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Harbaugh unclear on status of Oher, J. Jones in short term

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Harbaugh unclear on status of Oher, J. Jones in short term

Posted on 09 September 2013 by Luke Jones

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ravens coach John Harbaugh met with the media for the first time since his post-game comments in a 49-27 loss to the Denver Broncos and painted a foggy picture for the two biggest injuries suffered in the Thursday defeat.

Asked to address the MCL sprain suffered by wide receiver Jacoby Jones that will reportedly keep him sidelined for four to six weeks, Harbaugh did not specify when asked if the Ravens would be looking to get the return specialist back at some point in the month of October. Jones was injured when rookie safety Brynden Trawick accidentally collided with him on a punt return in the second quarter.

“We’ll see how that goes with Jacoby,” Harbaugh said. “He’s got a sprain. I wouldn’t call it a serious type of thing, but we’ll just have to see how it goes. I would say day to day, week to week. We’ll see how fast he can come back.”

Weekend reports indicated right tackle Michael Oher’s prognosis for his right ankle sprain was more favorable than Jones’ injury, but Harbaugh wouldn’t bite on a timetable for Oher being ready to return to action, which leaves his status for Sunday’s meeting with the Cleveland Browns undetermined for now.

The Ravens were forced to use rookie Rick Wagner at right tackle in Oher’s absence against the Broncos, but they could elect to move left guard Kelechi Osemele back to tackle should Oher be sidelined for a game or two. In that scenario, Baltimore would likely insert third-year lineman Jah Reid at left guard.

“The prognosis is the same for Michael Oher [as Jones],” Harbaugh said. “Day to day, week to week.”

Harbaugh confirmed the encouraging news over the weekend of defensive tackle Arthur Jones being cleared to resume football activities following a personal health issue. Jones hasn’t practiced since playing in the team’s third preseason game on Aug. 22.

It remains to be seen how much the reported viral infection impacted his conditioning and readiness to get back on the field.

“It seems to have cleared up,” Harbaugh said. “He should be good and we’ll just have to see how ready he is to play this week. That will be the issue football-wise. We’ll just see how ready he is to play.”

The Ravens are hoping they are moving closer to the returns of both wide receiver Deonte Thompson (foot) and offensive lineman Ryan Jensen. Harbaugh said each player could be back on the practice field soon and are not candidates to land on injured reserve.

Jensen was a sixth-round choice in April’s draft and suffered a broken foot in the first week of training camp, leading fans and media to assume he was a likely candidate for season-ending IR in his first NFL season after missing so much practice time in the summer.

“We feel like he’s going to be a player for us sooner rather than later,” Harbaugh said. “That’s why we held on to him on the [53-man roster]. We’ve got high hopes for him this year. He’s getting closer to being back.”

Harbaugh said Jensen has the ability to provide depth at both center and guard.

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Ravens WR J. Jones reportedly to miss 4-6 weeks, DT A. Jones cleared for activity

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Ravens WR J. Jones reportedly to miss 4-6 weeks, DT A. Jones cleared for activity

Posted on 07 September 2013 by Luke Jones

What was already a disappointing 49-27 season-opening loss to the Denver Broncos has proven even more costly for the Ravens as wide receiver Jacoby Jones is likely be sidelined for the next four to six weeks.

According to Pro Football Talk, Jones suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee when rookie safety Brynden Trawick accidentally collided with the return specialist as he tried to field a punt in the second quarter. Jones limped off the field before being taken to the locker room for further examination where he was ruled out for the remainder of the game.

The injury leaves the Ravens short-handed at wide receiver and in the return game as Jones was expected to play a major part in both areas. Jones caught three passes for 24 yards in the first half and was replaced by cornerback Lardarius Webb on punt returns and running back Bernard Pierce on kickoff returns.

At the end of the preseason, the Ravens waived running back Bobby Rainey, who appeared to be the team’s second-most impressive returner behind Jones. Baltimore had hoped to sign Rainey to its practice squad, but the Cleveland Browns claimed him on waivers. The Ravens also parted ways with wide receivers David Reed and Tandon Doss, who offered some abililty as return options as well.

Jones’ injury will likely create an expanded role for rookie wide receiver Marlon Brown, who was one of the few bright spots offensively against the Broncos. An undrafted free agent from the University of Georgia, Brown caught four passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.

The absence of Jones will put a strain on the Ravens’ vertical passing game as defenses normally must respect him and Torrey Smith as deep threats. Jones’ exit from Thursday’s game allowed the Denver defense to bracket coverage on Smith and shade a safety toward him to help take away the big play.

The Ravens could also look to the free-agent market for potential help in both areas. Veteran wide receiver Brandon Lloyd is still available and with Week 1 now behind the Ravens, they may sign a vested veteran without being required to guarantee his contract for the entire season.

Right tackle Michael Oher also left Thursday’s game after spraining his right ankle in the second quarter, but that injury is not believed to be as serious at this time.

In other health-related news, defensive tackle Arthur Jones wrote on his official Twitter account that he received “amazing news” related to his undisclosed illness. According to The Sun, Jones had been dealing with a viral infection but was cleared for activity with no concerns moving forward.

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Ravens TE Dickson probable, Broncos CB Bailey out for Thursday

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Ravens TE Dickson probable, Broncos CB Bailey out for Thursday

Posted on 04 September 2013 by Luke Jones

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With little drama surrounding the four biggest injury concerns for the Ravens on the final injury report of the week, the Denver Broncos provided the biggest headline with the news of Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey missing Thursday night’s opener.

After already ruling out defensive tackle Arthur Jones with an undisclosed illness earlier in the week, the Ravens are extremely unlikely to have the services of wide receiver Deonte Thompson (foot), defensive tackle Brandon Williams (toe), and offensive lineman Ryan Jensen (foot), who were all listed as doubtful. The trio missed practices all week and aren’t expected to play.

Bailey has been dealing with a foot injury and hadn’t practiced all week as reports earlier Wednesday suggested the 35-year-old was becoming increasingly pessimistic about his status in the opener. The 12-time Pro Bowl selection was infamously beaten for two long touchdowns by wide receiver Torrey Smith in the Ravens’ 38-35 double-overtime victory last January.

The Broncos also ruled out backup tight end Joel Dreessen with a knee injury.

The good news for the Ravens was tight end Ed Dickson and rush specialist Pernell McPhee both being listed as probable for Thursday’s game. Dickson was a full participant in practices this week and had become increasingly optimistic over the last couple weeks in coming back from a torn hamstring suffered early in August. McPhee was estimated to be a full participant in Wednesday’s walk-through before the team departed for Denver.

Tight end Dennis Pitta was removed from Wednesday’s injury report since he was placed on injured reserve-designated to return earlier in the day.

BALTIMORE
OUT: DT Art Jones (illness – NFI)
DOUBTFUL: C Ryan Jensen (foot), WR Deonte Thompson (foot), DT Brandon Williams (toe)
PROBABLE: TE Ed Dickson (thigh), DE Pernell McPhee (knee)

DENVER
OUT: RB C.J. Anderson (knee), CB Champ Bailey (foot), TE Joel Dreessen (knee)
DOUBTFUL: G Chris Kuper (ankle)
PROBABLE: DE Robert Ayers (Achilles), T Ryan Clady (shoulder), QB Brock Osweiler (left shoulder), WR Wes Welker (ankle)

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A. Jones undergoing tests for undisclosed illness, McPhee limited Tuesday

Posted on 03 September 2013 by Luke Jones

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — There were no changes to practice attendance for the Ravens on Tuesday as they continued preparations for their season-opening game against the Denver Broncos.

Already ruled out for Thursday night’s game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, defensive tackle Arthur Jones (undisclosed illness) was once again missing from the field and hasn’t practiced since playing in the Ravens’ third preseason game on Aug. 22. Coach John Harbaugh reiterated Tuesday that the health issue is not related to football and once again deferred to Jones to decide what details he eventually discloses.

“It’s not anything that’s like life-threatening or anything like that, but it’s non-football related,” Harbaugh said. “We’ve just got to get some tests done to make sure he’s OK. Until the tests come out the right way, he’s not going to be able to play. It’s something that I’ve been told now they can’t tell you how long it will be. It could be a week; it could be indefinitely. We don’t think it’s going to be the second part of it.”

According to the Ravens coach, Jones will see a specialist and undergo further tests on Wednesday as veteran defensive lineman Marcus Spears is expected to take his place along the defensive line in the base 3-4 defense.

A couple hours after Harbaugh’s update, the fourth-year lineman wrote a message on his official Twitter account for the first time since Aug. 19.

“As many of you know i’m [sic] having personal health issues,” Jones wrote. “Please respect my privacy. We as athlete’s [sic] go through real life problems also. Thank You all for your love and support. Ravens fans are the best!! See you all on the field soon!!!”

Defensive tackle Brandon Williams (toe), wide receiver Deonte Thompson (foot), and offensive lineman Ryan Jensen (foot) were also absent during the portion of practice open to the media. None of those three are expected to play against the Broncos.

Pass-rush specialist Pernell McPhee (knee) was the only new addition to Tuesday’s injury report as he continues to manage a sore knee and was a limited participant.

Of course, tight end Dennis Pitta (hip) was officially declared out for Thursday’s game and is expected to be placed on injured reserve with the designation to return when NFL teams are allowed to use that exemption beginning at 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.

“I think we’ll have an announcement for that on Wednesday,” Harbaugh said. “[We'll] just get some final evaluations from the doctors and make sure that we’re doing the right thing for everybody involved.”

This would free up an open spot on the 53-man roster in time for Thursday night’s game.

Tight end Ed Dickson (hamstring) was once again present and working after being listed as a full participant on Monday’s injury report. He made his return to the practice field two weeks ago and has looked good, according to Harbaugh.

“If I can practice out there, I feel like I can play in any game,” said Dickson, who added that he had never suffered such a severe hamstring injury in his football career. “With practice, personally, I feel like I can play. In the end, it’s not my decision to say I can go out there and [potentially] hurt the team by re-injuring anything.”

As they’ve done in past seasons, Ravens players practiced their jersey swap that’s traditionally seen on Fridays during normal game weeks. Running back Ray Rice wore retired linebacker Ray Lewis’ No. 52 jersey while cornerback Chykie Brown sported former safety Ed Reed’s No. 20. Rice’s close friendship with Lewis is common knowledge, and Reed took Brown under his win in their two years together and the pair often swapped jerseys on Fridays last season.

The Ravens will hold a closed walk-through on Wednesday before departing for Denver later in the day.

Here is Tuesday’s official injury report:

BALTIMORE
OUT: DT Art Jones (illness – non-football injury), TE Dennis Pitta (hip)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: C Ryan Jensen (foot), WR Deonte Thompson (foot), DT Brandon Williams (toe)
LIMITED: DE Pernell McPhee (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION: TE Ed Dickson (thigh)

DENVER
OUT: none
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: RB C.J. Anderson (knee), CB Champ Bailey (foot), TE Joel Dreessen (knee)
LIMITED: G Chris Kuper (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION: DE Robert Ayers (Achilles), T Ryan Clady (shoulder), QB Brock Osweiler (left shoulder), WR Wes Welker (ankle)

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Ravens defensive tackle Arthur Jones ruled out for Thursday opener

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Ravens defensive tackle Arthur Jones ruled out for Thursday opener

Posted on 02 September 2013 by Luke Jones

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens continue to deal with health concerns along their defensive line as defensive tackle Arthur Jones has already been ruled out for Thursday’s opener against the Denver Broncos with what was listed as an illness.

Jones’ status remains a mystery as the starting defensive tackle hasn’t practiced since playing in the team’s third preseason game on Aug. 22. Coach John Harbaugh said on Aug. 27 that Jones was dealing with a personal health issue but didn’t divulge any other specifics.

“Art had an issue — it’s not football-related,” Harbaugh said at the time. “I’m going to leave it to Art to explain what it was, but it was more of a personal health thing that’s not serious. But we just held him back this week.”

Though the Ravens figure to be playing extensively in the nickel package against Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and a trio of talented receivers, Jones is one of the team’s better defensive linemen against the run, making his absence concerning for defensive coordinator Dean Pees. Free-agent acquisition Marcus Spears will likely start in Jones’ place in the Ravens’ base defense.

Jones isn’t the only injured member of the defensive line as rookie Brandon Williams missed his second straight practice and had his right foot in a walking boot on Monday, an indication that he won’t be available in Thursday’s season-opening game. He played 39 defensive snaps in the preseason finale against the St. Louis Rams last Thursday but hasn’t practiced since then.

Others who weren’t absent during the portion of practice open to the media on Monday included wide receiver Deonte Thompson (foot), offensive lineman Ryan Jensen (foot), and tight end Dennis Pitta (hip). As expected, Pitta was officially ruled out for Thursday’s game and is expected to be placed on injured reserve with the designation to return on Tuesday afternoon.

Rush specialist Pernell McPhee (knee) was practicing for the second straight day after missing the last two weeks of preseason action.

The good news for the Ravens was tight end Ed Dickson being listed as a full participant in Monday’s workout, a strong indication that he will be ready to go against the Broncos as many expected when he made his return to the practice field two weeks ago.

Newly-claimed veteran linebacker Robert James was taking part in his first practice a day after being added from the Atlanta Falcons. He is expected to mostly be a special-teams contributor.

“He’s played on all four special-teams phases,” special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said. “He’s been a productive tackler for [the Falcons]. He’s a real good blocker, and we’ll see how it works out in practice today. But I think we’re able to get a guy — much like our personnel office has done in the past — at the last second and come in and help us immediately. We’re excited about his presence here.”

Outside linebacker John Simon is now wearing No. 94 after wearing No. 47 in the spring and preseason.

Here’s Monday’s official injury report:

BALTIMORE
OUT: DT Art Jones (illness – non-football injury), TE Dennis Pitta (hip)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: C Ryan Jensen (foot), WR Deonte Thompson (foot), DT Brandon Williams (toe)
LIMITED: none
FULL PARTICIPATION: TE Ed Dickson (thigh)

DENVER
OUT: none
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: RB CJ Anderson (knee), CB Champ Bailey (foot), TE Joel Dreessen (knee)
LIMITED: G Chris Kuper (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION: DE Robert Ayers (achilles), T Ryan Clady (shoulder), QB Brock Owsweiler (left shoulder), WR Wes Welker (ankle)

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Ngata back at practice, A. Jones sidelined with “personal health thing”

Posted on 27 August 2013 by Luke Jones

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata returned to the practice field Tuesday after being excused the previous two days to deal with a family matter.

However, the Ravens were still dealing with the absence of starting defensive end Arthur Jones and rush specialist Pernell McPhee during their final workout of the week open for media viewing. McPhee has experienced knee soreness for the better part of a week while the reason for Jones’ absence was partially explained by coach John Harbaugh after Tuesday’s practice.

“Art had an issue — it’s not football-related,” Harbaugh said. “I’m going to leave it to Art to explain what it was, but it was more of a personal health thing that’s not serious. But we just held him back this week.”

Others missing from the practice field on Tuesday included wide receiver Deonte Thompson (foot), offensive lineman Ryan Jensen (foot), and tight end Dennis Pitta (hip).

Backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor (concussion) was practicing once again and appeared to be moving closer to being available to play in Thursday’s preseason finale if the Ravens don’t elect to simply go with third-string quarterback Caleb Hanie and the newly-signed Dayne Crist. Harbaugh said that starting quarterback Joe Flacco will be held out against the Rams but wouldn’t rule out Taylor receiving playing time.

“I know he’s passed the physical balance part of [the concussion test],” Harbaugh said. “We’re waiting for the test result on the other part of it. I haven’t heard anything negative on that. I just haven’t heard yet. As soon as he passes the test, he’s cleared to play. We do not anticipate that being a problem and we haven’t. If it is, then that would be a little surprising.”

Inside linebacker Jameel McClain (neck) and defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore (knee) were moved to the reserve physically unable to perform and reserve non-football injury lists respectively prior to Tuesday’s practice.

The Ravens will hold a walk-through that’s closed to the media on Wednesday before departing for St. Louis where they’ll play their preseason finale on Thursday night. Most starters aren’t expected to play against the Rams as their attention has already shifted toward the regular-season opener against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 5.

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Ngata, A. Jones still missing from practice on Monday

Posted on 26 August 2013 by Luke Jones

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens were still missing two starters along their defensive line Monday as Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and defensive end Arthur Jones were absent from the open portion of practice.

Coach John Harbaugh told reporters Sunday that Ngata had been excused to deal with a family issue, but the eighth-year defensive lineman wasn’t on the field in the first 30 minutes of the workout a day later. Jones (undisclosed) was missing for the second straight day after Ravens players were off from practice on Friday and Saturday.

Also missing from Monday’s practice were linebackers Pernell McPhee (knee) and Jameel McClain (neck), wide receiver Deonte Thompson (foot), defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore (knee), offensive lineman Ryan Jensen (foot), and tight end Dennis Pitta (hip). McPhee missed last Thursday’s game against Carolina with what the Ravens are calling a knee injury and the third-year pass rusher hasn’t practiced since then.

Harbaugh had no update on Thompson Sunday as the second-year wideout has been sidelined since Aug. 8 after injuring his foot in the preseason opener against Tampa Bay. His extensive absence has led many to wonder whether the injury is more severe than the Ravens initially indicated. His absence has prevented the coaching staff from evaluating him within the mix of current wide receivers on the roster, further clouding his status moving forward as the organization must trim the roster to 53 players by Saturday.

Backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor (concussion) and tight end Ed Dickson (hamstring) were both practicing, but it remained unclear if Taylor had yet been cleared for contact.

The Ravens began Monday with 77 players on their active roster, meaning they must make at least two more moves before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline for NFL teams to get down to 75 players.

Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis was in attendance for Monday’s practice in Owings Mills before traveling with his club to Boston to begin a three-game series on Tuesday.

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WNST’s Aparicio to take part in football roundtable Sept. 17 at Sports Legends

Posted on 21 August 2013 by WNST Staff

SPORTS LEGENDS MUSEUM AT CAMDEN YARDS TO HOST FOOTBALL ROUNDTABLE WITH LOCAL MEDIA ON SEPTEMBER 17th

Baltimore Media Members to Provide Insight on 2013 Baltimore Ravens Season

Baltimore, Md. – Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards today announced that it will host a football roundtable discussion on Tuesday, September 17 from Noon to 1:30 p.m. with members of the local sports media.

The panel of Baltimore media experts will consist of  Pete Gilbert (WBAL-TV, WBAL Radio, 98 Rock & Ravens Broadcast Team); Bruce Cunningham (Fox 45 Sports Director & Public Address Announcer at  M&T Bank Stadium); Nestor Aparicio (WNST Founder &  Author of Purple Reign and Purple Reign 2); and Jeff Zrebiec (The Baltimore Sun). The panelists will discuss the Ravens off-season moves, provide their insight & predictions for the 2013 season and take questions from members of the audience.

“There is an excitement building as the Ravens prepare to kickoff their 2013 campaign, especially after winning the Super Bowl last season ,” said Mike Gibbons, executive director of the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation.  “Baltimoreans  love talking football, so we thought this roundtable would be a great opportunity for the media who cover the team and fans to come together to share their thoughts on the Ravens initial start to the season and the long-term outlook for 2013.”

Tickets for the program are $25.00 and include lunch, the roundtable program and admission to the galleries at Sports Legends Museum.  Attendees will have the opportunity to see the latest additions to the Ravens Gallery featuring new artifacts from the  Super Bowl XLVII Championship season. Artifacts include Ravens Kicker Justin Tucker’s cleats worn during Super Bowl XLVII; Ravens Defensive End Arthur Jones’ jersey (#97) worn during the Wild Card game against the Indianapolis Colts; a reproduction Super Bowl XLVII ring that is an exact replica of the one presented to Joe Flacco with his name and “MVP” engraved on the side; and more.

To order tickets, please contact Ashley Serano at 410-727-1539 x3013 or AshleyS@BabeRuthMuseum.org.

About The Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation
The Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating the legacy of Maryland’s rich sports heritage.  The Foundation owns and operates both Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards and the Babe Ruth Birthplace.  Located adjacent to Oriole Park, Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards opened in May 2005 and consists of 22,000 square feet of artifacts and interactive exhibits profiling Maryland’s sports history.  Among the items featured in the Museum’s Ravens’ Gallery are the Super Bowl jerseys of Jonathan Ogden and Matt Stover, as well as the football from the team’s first home game.

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Ravens Jameel McClain Holds Annual Football Camp

Posted on 06 July 2013 by brianbower

More than 300 Maryland children joined Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain at Reisterstown Regional Park for his free annual Football & Fitness Clinic on Saturday afternoon.

McClain teamed up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake for the fun filled day in effort to teach the kids football skills as well as life lessons.

“It is amazing, Julie Bates and Cedric Lowe along with Big Brothers Big Sisters always do a good job of having a great turnout. It is good to see these kids out here working instead of being in the house.” Remarked McClain when asked about the biggest camp yet by Team McClain.

Joining McClain with instructing the children through various football skills and drills were several area football coaches and Baltimore Ravens linebackers coach Don “Wink” Martindale.

The kids were thrilled when several of McClain’s teammates including Michael Oher, Arthur Jones, Bryan Hall, Terrence Cody and former Raven Dannell Ellerbe were on hand to cheer them on during the drills.

” I really believe in kids in being active. In today’s world with all these Play stations and Xboxes kids want to stay in the house so it is real important to workout. It is really great to have football camps for the kids so they can come out and get ready for their own seasons.” stated Ravens tackle Michael Oher about the importance of this football camp.

It is a very important deal that Jameel does this for the kids.” Oher added.

During McClain’s childhood there were periods of homelessness in which he, his mother and three siblings lived at a Salvation Army rescue center in Philadelphia, PA. “You’d just have nights where food was a figment of your stomach’s imagination, where you would go to bed hungry,” McClain recalled.

The day was a wonderful success for Team McClain and the many kids who not only received valuable football information but learned from one of the greatest stories in the NFL today.

Baltimore is lucky to have him not just on the field but off the field as well.

 

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Will the Ravens defense improve in 2013?

Posted on 01 April 2013 by jeffreygilley

Four weeks ago, everyone outside of Baltimore was skeptical of Ozzie Newsome. First, Anquan Boldin was traded to the 49ers. Shortly after, Paul Kruger signed with the Browns and Dannell Ellerbe left for Miami. Ellerbe was viewed as the top priority for the Ravens but the Dolphins were willing to pay more for his services.

But that was just the beginning. Other key players including Carry Williams Ed Reed also joined other teams. Bernard Pollard is also no longer part of the team. Pollard was released and has since signed with the Tennessee Titans.

All of these players were critical to the Ravens regular and postseason success. Despite that, I believe the defense will be better. But then again, it’s not difficult to improve when the Ravens ranked in the high teens and low 20’s in most defensive categories.

Despite these losses, can the Ravens defense improve in 2013? The short answer is yes. The reason? Versatility.

All of the free agents the Ravens have signed this offseason have the ability to play multiple positions. Chris Canty and Marcus Spears can play almost every position on the defensive line and Michael Huff can play any position in the secondary.

The additions of Canty and Spears give the Ravens a scary rotation along the defensive line. Pernell McPhee and Arthur Jones will also be vital parts of that rotation. Even Deangelo Tyson could get playing time.

With Canty, Spears, McPhee, Tyson, and Jones in a rotation at the 3-4 defensive end and defensive tackle spots, Haloti Ngata can play more nose tackle, which is his favorite position.

Add Elvis Dumervil to that equation and I would be shocked if the Ravens don’t come close to leading the NFL in sacks. Dumervil and Suggs will consistently command attention on the outside. In turn, opportunities will open up for Ngata, McPhee, and the rest of the Ravens defensive lineman on the inside.

The only question mark for the Ravens defense to me is the secondary. With Carry Williams departure to Philadelphia and Lardarius Webb’s return from injury, Jimmy Smith and Corey Graham might have to play larger roles this season.

Inside linebacker could be viewed as another area of need but the additions to the defensive line should help the middle of the defense. The Ravens could also look to the draft for a young inside linebacker. Candidates would include Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, LSU linebacker Kevin Minter, or Florida linebacker Jon Bostic in the later rounds.

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