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Charean Williams: Cowboys keep draft plans close to vest

Posted on 24 April 2016 by WNST Staff

Charean Williams covers the Dallas Cowboys and thus is always subjected to the media circus that constantly surrounds what many consider to be American’s Team.

That said, there is one time of the year that the Cowboys keep things unusually quiet…

“They have pulled some surprises, and really, this is the one thing they do that they keep their cards close to their sleeve,’ Williams said. “When it comes to the draft, you really don’t know what the Cowboys are going to do and this year is another example of that.”

“The obvious need is defensive end, there’s no question about that, “Williams said. “Everyone thinks they’re going Joey Bosa, but I don’t think anybody would be surprised if they come out of this draft with Jalen Ramsey if he’s there or Ezekiel Elliott if he’s there.”

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Rick Gosselin talks the struggles of the Romo-less Cowboys

Posted on 13 October 2015 by WNST Staff

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J. Smith, Rice leave with injuries in win over Cowboys

Posted on 16 August 2014 by Luke Jones

The Ravens appeared to avoid a couple bullets in Saturday’s 37-30 win over the Dallas Cowboys after two key starters left the game with injuries in the first half.

Top cornerback Jimmy Smith created plenty of concern as he slammed his back hard on the turf while covering Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant on the opening drive of the game, but X-rays were negative for what’s being described as a bruised chest. The fourth-year defensive back watched the remainder of the game in street clothes after he was seen spitting up blood as he was helped to the sideline.

“Jimmy had kind of a chest contusion,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “He landed on his back and got a bruise in there, so he should be fine.”

Despite what sounds like a minor injury, The Sun reported Smith was still coughing up blood in the locker room and couldn’t recall anything after the first series of the game.

Running back Ray Rice also left the game with an injured shoulder, but X-rays were negative as Rice told the Ravens’ broadcast team he was fine when he was initially taken into the locker room. He finished the game with 21 yards on two carries, which included a good burst on an 18-yard gain.

With Rice facing a two-game suspension to begin the regular season, top backup Bernard Pierce started the game and finished with 55 yards on seven carries.

“That’s a shoulder bruise,” said Harbaugh about Rice’s condition following the game. “It shouldn’t be anything too serious.”

Harbaugh reiterated to reporters that he didn’t expect either player to miss too much time.

Tight end Owen Daniels sat out Saturday night’s game after missing practices on Wednesday and Thursday, but the Ravens have maintained that the veteran is simply being rested and is not dealing with an injury.

 

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Ravens-Cowboys preseason primer: Five players to watch

Posted on 15 August 2014 by Luke Jones

The Ravens will try to build on an encouraging performance in their preseason opener as they travel to Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys in their second preseason game of the summer.

Observers were abuzz over an impressive 10-play, 80-yard drive that resulted in a touchdown in the starting offense’s only work of the night against San Francisco, but the Ravens have acknowledged throughout the week that they can’t put too much stock into one possession. Even with plenty of strides already taken throughout training camp to grasp new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system, there is plenty of work remaining before the Ravens kick off the regular season against Cincinnati on Sept. 7.

“You have an opportunity to really see progress,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “You’re in a crucible, and every single day, it’s all you do. It’s wall-to-wall football. It’s morning to night. You go to sleep and you wake up, and you’re back at football. There’s no escape. There’s nowhere to hide, [and] there’s nowhere to run. It’s all football all the time, so you make progress rapidly, but you have to because you have a long way to go.”

Harbaugh confirmed starters are expected to receive more playing time against the Cowboys than they did against San Francisco, but the first units will receive their most extensive work against Washington in the third preseason game next weekend.

The Ravens are expected to continue giving running back Ray Rice first-team reps along with top backup Bernard Pierce before focusing more on the latter next week with Rice suspended for the first two games of the regular season.

“Normally, in the second preseason game you get a quarter, maybe a little more than a quarter,” Harbaugh said. “Some of that will be individualized for different players; we’ll have some play counts for a few guys, including Joe [Flacco] and some of the defensive players. We’ll see how it goes, but basically, about a quarter is what you’re looking at — maybe more. It could get close to a half; it could even be a half for some of the starters.”

Saturday will be the first preseason meeting between the Ravens and the Cowboys, but Baltimore owns the 4-0 edge in the regular season and will be making its first visit to AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The Ravens are 43-29 all-time in the preseason and have a 16-9 preseason mark in the Harbaugh era.

Unofficial (and largely speculative) injury report

The Ravens are not required to release an injury report like they do for regular-season games, but I’ve offered my best guess on what the injury report would look like if one were to be released ahead of Saturday night’s game against Dallas.

Most of the players ruled to be out will come as no surprise, but the status of a few will be in question. This list, of course, will not include any veterans who may be held out of the preseason opener due to the coaching staff’s preference. Cornerback Lardarius Webb is not expected to play in the second preseason game as he’s been sidelined with a lower back injury since July 25.

Again, this is not an official injury report released by the Ravens:

OUT: CB Lardarius Webb (back), G Will Rackley (head), DT Terrence Cody (hip), DE Kapron Lewis-Moore (Achilles tendon), DE Brent Urban (knee)
DOUBTFUL: CB Asa Jackson (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Owen Daniels (unspecified)
PROBABLE: LB Daryl Smith (groin), S Brynden Trawick (back), OL Ryan Jensen (leg)

Five players to watch Saturday night

1. C Jeremy Zuttah

While many pointed to the success of right tackle Rick Wagner in the first preseason game, the new Baltimore center appeared to make calls at the line successfully as the starting offense ran the ball effectively and protected Flacco. Zuttah isn’t dramatically bigger than 2013 starter Gino Gradkowski, but he’s held up well physically as a run blocker and in pass protection. The offensive line will remain under heavy scrutiny through the early portion of the series, but the reviews for Zuttah have been positive and the overall concern at the center position last year at this time appears to be a distant memory.

“The thing about Jeremy, he is a professional in every way,” offensive line coach Juan Castillo said. “He is smart, and he studies the game. For him, too, it’s a different technique, and he’s been working very hard at the fundamentals and trying to do the things the way we do it here in Baltimore.”

2. S Terrence Brooks

It was no secret that Brooks was lagging behind in the competition at free safety due to concerns with him grasping the intricacies of the defense, but injuries to Webb and Jackson at the cornerback position have prompted the Ravens to take a look at the Florida State product in the nickel spot, a position he played with the Seminoles. The shift is more of a reflection on how shallow the cornerback depth is at this point, but Brooks may find the nickel and dime packages as his best chance to see the field for meaningful defensive snaps to start his rookie season.

“Everybody is an option right now. We’re just trying to find guys,” said defensive coordinator Dean Pees on the No. 3 cornerback spot. “We’re moving guys around a little bit. We have two more games to experiment with where we want to put guys and see where they fit getting ready for the season. The first two games are [about] playing everybody [to] see what we have, and then after that, we have to start honing in. But we’ll move a bunch of guys around. Terrence is playing well; he’s playing hard. He’s a multi-position guy like all of our guys really are. It’s a possibility.”

3. WR Kamar Aiken

The 2013 practice squad member has turned plenty of heads and certainly took advantage of his opportunity in the preseason opener with four catches for 46 yards on six targets and 29 offensive snaps. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound wideout appears to be competing closely with Deonte Thompson for a potential roster spot, but Aiken has outplayed the incumbent member of the 53-man roster and can further improve his chances by building on what he did against the 49ers. Of course, special-teams contributions will play a major part in determining whether Aiken finds himself on the active roster.

“He is explosive and he’s big,” offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said. “I tell you, in all my years in the league, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen as competitive a situation as we have at receiver right now. I would have no chance telling John [Harbaugh] which five or six I would want right now, and that’s a good thing as a coach.”

4. DL DeAngelo Tyson

The 2012 seventh-round pick has been a steady member of the defensive line rotation in his first two seasons, but season-ending injuries to young defensive ends Brent Urban and Kapron Lewis-Moore may force the Ravens to use Tyson more exclusively at the 5-technique spot to spell veteran Chris Canty. The University of Georgia product can play multiple spots on the defensive line, so it will be a blow to their overall versatility in the trenches if Pees must use Tyson outside, but his presence has become much more important with the overall depth taking a hit this summer.

“The next guy will be up, and we’ll find a way to do it,” said Harbaugh about the injuries to Urban and Lewis-Moore. “There are always going to be injuries. You adapt, you adjust and you fill out your positions.”

5. TE Crockett Gillmore

The Ravens insist the veteran tight end Daniels isn’t injured, but it’s clear there are some physical concerns with him missing two straight practices following an off-day and not showing great separation while running routes in practices. These factors could open the door for Gillmore to receive more opportunities with the starting offense against Dallas and beyond. It’s been an inconsistent summer for the Colorado State product as a blocker and as a receiver, but that’s to be expected from a third-round pick who will be counted on to be used to some degree with neither Daniels nor starter Dennis Pitta considered particularly strong blockers.

“Crockett is a good football player,” Pitta said earlier this summer. “He’s a tough kid and he’s big and physical and a great blocker at the point of attack. I think that’s what stood out the most this early on. He’s going to be a valuable asset for this offense moving forward.”


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Ravens lose coin flip to Dallas, will pick 17th in this year’s draft

Posted on 19 February 2014 by Luke Jones

As the scouting combine begins in Indianapolis, the Ravens finally know where they’ll be picking in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft.

The league announced Wednesday morning that the Dallas Cowboys won the coin flip, meaning they will pick 16th in the first round while Baltimore will settle for the 17th overall selection in May.

After failing to make the playoffs for the first time in the John Harbaugh era this past season, the Ravens haven’t been slotted this high of a pick since 2008 when they were originally slotted to pick eighth overall before eventually trading back in the first round to select quarterback Joe Flacco with the 18th overall pick.

The Ravens haven’t made a pick in the top half of the draft since 2006 when they chose defensive tackle Haloti Ngata with the 12th overall selection.

The Ravens currently hold picks in the second, third and sixth rounds of the draft in addition to their first-round choice. They traded their fourth- and fifth-round picks last year to acquire left tackle Eugene Monroe from the Jacksonville Jaguars and traded their seventh-round selection to the Indianapolis Colts for offensive lineman A.Q. Shipley.

The team is expected to receive four compensatory picks in this year’s Draft as they lost a number of impact unrestricted free agents (cornerback Cary Williams, linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger, and safety Ed Reed) without signing any unrestricted free agents themselves. Compensatory picks will be assigned at next month’s NFL owners meetings.

The team holds the 16th pick in the second round, the 15th pick in the third round, and the 18th pick in the sixth round.

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Coin toss to determine 16th pick in NFL Draft for Ravens, Cowboys

Posted on 30 December 2013 by WNST Staff

If we had told you at the beginning of the season that Kyle Orton would end up playing a role in the Baltimore Ravens’ future, would you have believed us?

Okay, we’re stretching a bit-but the outcome of Sunday night’s de facto NFC East Championship Game did end up impacting the Ravens moving towards the NFL Draft.

The Ravens and Cowboys were among six NFL teams that finished the season with 8-8 records. NFL Draft Order tiebreakers are determined by weakest strength of schedule, which handed the Chicago Bears the 14th pick in the Draft and the Pittsburgh Steelers the 15th pick. The Ravens’ 2013 Strength of Schedule was .484, matching the Dallas Cowboys.

Therefore, the Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys will be part of a coin flip to determine who will get that #16 pick. Coin flips are traditionally held in February at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. The loser of the coin flip will receive the #17 pick in the Draft.

And you thought that the drama of the 2013 season was over in Charm City.

Here is a rundown of the Top 20 picks in the NFL Draft, courtesy of NFL.com. The remaining 12 spots will be determined during the course of the NFL Playoffs.

1 Houston Texans 2 14 0.559 SOS
2 St. Louis Rams (WAS) 3 13 0.516
3 Jacksonville Jaguars 4 12 0.504
4 Cleveland Browns 4 12 0.516
5 Oakland Raiders 4 12 0.523
6 Atlanta Falcons 4 12 0.553
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4 12 0.574
8 Minnesota Vikings 5 10 1 0.512
9 Buffalo Bills 6 10 0.520
10 Detroit Lions 7 9 0.457
11 Tennessee Titans 7 9 0.504
12 New York Giants 7 9 0.520
13 St. Louis Rams 7 9 0.551
14 Chicago Bears 8 8 0.465
15 Pittsburgh Steelers 8 8 0.469
16 Baltimore Ravens* 8 8 0.484
17 Dallas Cowboys* 8 8 0.484
18 New York Jets 8 8 0.488
19 Miami Dolphins 8 8 0.523
20 Arizona Cardinals 10 6 0.516

*Draft spot to be determined by coin flip.

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Bovada gives Cowboys better odds to win Super Bowl than Ravens

Posted on 03 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).

 

“Super Bowl odds have fallen into place with the season a few days away and Denver and San Francisco remain co-favorites at 6-1. The Broncos and 49ers have also taken more money than any other team with Green Bay right behind them at 12-1. The Bears and Cowboys have seen significant action the last couple weeks and have both dropped to 25-1 and at this point are two of the biggest losers for the book.”

Kevin Bradley, Sports Book Manager, Bovada.lv

 

Odds to win the 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII         

Denver Broncos                        6/1

San Francisco 49ers                  6/1

Seattle Seahawks                      17/2

New England Patriots                10/1

Atlanta Falcons                         12/1

Green Bay Packers                    12/1

Houston Texans                        16/1

New Orleans Saints                   18/1

Chicago Bears                          25/1

Cincinnati Bengals                     25/1

Dallas Cowboys                        25/1

New York Giants                       25/1

Baltimore Ravens                      28/1

Pittsburgh Steelers                    28/1

Washington Redskins                33/1

Detroit Lions                             40/1

Indianapolis Colts                      40/1

Miami Dolphins                         40/1

Minnesota Vikings                     40/1

St. Louis Rams                         40/1

Kansas City Chiefs                    50/1

Philadelphia Eagles                   50/1

San Diego Chargers                  50/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers             50/1

Carolina Panthers                      66/1

Arizona Cardinals                      125/1

New York Jets                           125/1

Buffalo Bills                              150/1

Cleveland Browns                      150/1

Tennessee Titans                       150/1

Oakland Raiders                        250/1

Jacksonville Jaguars                 300/1

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Odds to win the 2014 AFC Conference

Denver Broncos                        2/1

New England Patriots                9/2

Houston Texans                        13/2

Cincinnati Bengals                     9/1

Baltimore Ravens                      12/1

Pittsburgh Steelers                    12/1

Indianapolis Colts                      15/1

Miami Dolphins                         18/1

San Diego Chargers                  20/1

Kansas City Chiefs                    25/1

Cleveland Browns                      50/1

New York Jets                           50/1

Buffalo Bills                              66/1

Tennessee Titans                       66/1

Jacksonville Jaguars                 125/1

Oakland Raiders                        125/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 NFC Conference 

San Francisco 49ers                  4/1

Seattle Seahawks                      5/1

Green Bay Packers                    11/2

Atlanta Falcons                         7/1

New Orleans Saints                   10/1

New York Giants                       12/1

Chicago Bears                          14/1

Dallas Cowboys                        14/1

Washington Redskins                18/1

Detroit Lions                             22/1

St. Louis Rams                         22/1

Minnesota Vikings                     25/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers             25/1

Carolina Panthers                      28/1

Philadelphia Eagles                   28/1

Arizona Cardinals                      66/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 AFC East Division

New England Patriots                1/3

Miami Dolphins                         13/4

Buffalo Bills                              9/1

New York Jets                           14/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 AFC North Division

Cincinnati Bengals                     9/5

Pittsburgh Steelers                    11/5

Baltimore Ravens                      9/4

Cleveland Browns                      5/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 AFC South Division       

Houston Texans                        2/5

Indianapolis Colts                      12/5

Tennessee Titans                       8/1

Jacksonville Jaguars                 28/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 AFC West Division

Denver Broncos                        1/3

San Diego Chargers                  6/1

Kansas City Chiefs                    4/1

Oakland Raiders                        20/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 NFC East Division

New York Giants                       2/1

Dallas Cowboys                        2/1

Washington Redskins                5/2

Philadelphia Eagles                   4/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 NFC North Division

Green Bay Packers                    5/7

Chicago Bears                          3/1

Detroit Lions                             9/2

Minnesota Vikings                     6/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 NFC South Division       

Atlanta Falcons                         7/5

New Orleans Saints                   7/4

Carolina Panthers                      4/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers             5/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 NFC West Division         

San Francisco 49ers                  11/10

Seattle Seahawks                      11/10

St. Louis Rams                         5/1

Arizona Cardinals                      20/1

 

Miscellaneous Odds and Ends

Who will be the first head coach fired during the 2013 Regular Season?

Rex Ryan                                  3/2

Dennis Allen                              3/1

Mike Munchak                           5/1

Ron Rivera                                11/2

Jason Garrett                            15/2

Jim Schwartz                             12/1

 

Will any Quarterback record 5000 or more Passing yards in the 2013 Regular Season?

Yes                  -200     (1/2)

No                    +150     (3/2)

 

Will any Player record 2000 or more Receiving yards in the 2013 Regular Season?

Yes                  +400     (4/1)

No                    -700     (1/7)

 

Will any Player record 2000 or more Rushing yards in the 2013 Regular Season?

Yes                  +300     (3/1)

No                    -500     (1/5)

 

Will any Quarterback record 1000 or more Rushing yards in the 2013 Regular Season?

Yes                  +200     (2/1)

No                    -300     (1/3)

 

Will any Team go 16-0 in the 2013 Regular Season?    

Yes                  +1500   (15/1)

No                    -3000   (1/30)

 

Will any Team go 0-16 in the 2013 Regular Season?    

Yes                  +2000   (20/1)

No                    -5000   (1/50)

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Ravens agree to two-year deal with former Cowboys DE Spears

Posted on 15 March 2013 by Luke Jones

While losing starters virtually everywhere else on their defense, the Ravens continued to get stronger along the defensive line by agreeing to a two-year deal with defensive end Marcus Spears on Friday.

Multiple outlets are reporting the deal is worth a total of $3.5 million. The 30-year-old lineman was released by the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday after signing a five-year, $19.2 million contract in 2011.

As soon as Spears hit the market, the Ravens showed immediate interest as general manager Ozzie Newsome declared a need to improve the defensive line at the end of the season. Spears is the second defensive end to be signed by the Ravens this week after former New York Giant Chris Canty was signed to a three-year deal on Tuesday.

“Spears, like Canty, can play multiple positions along the line,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He brings a lot of snaps and big game experience to us. We like the way Marcus plays. He will fit in with the Ravens way of playing.”

Spears never lived up to his billing as a first-round pick of the 2005 draft but played eight seasons in Dallas, accumulating 226 tackles and 10 sacks. Last season, the former LSU standout collected 25 tackles and one sack in 15 games, one of which he started.

Defensive coordinator Dean Pees now appears to have a surplus of defensive ends, which makes you wonder if defensive tackle Haloti Ngata might be moving to nose tackle, a position where he has plenty of experience. Canty and Spears appear to be more traditional defensive ends in a 3-4 base scheme — though the 6-foot-4, 315-pound Spears has occasionally played some nose tackle in the past — and would rotate with Arthur Jones, who received a second-round tender as a restricted free agent earlier this week. In that scenario, Pernell McPhee would continue to be used in mostly passing situations like he was in the postseason.

“The base of a good defense is to be good along the defensive line,” Newsome said. “We didn’t play to our standards last season, partly because of injury. With the expected better health of players like Haloti Ngata and Pernell McPhee and the additions of Marcus Spears and Chris Canty, we have a chance to improve.”

Given the Ravens’ lack of depth at the linebacker position and sudden surplus of defensive linemen, others have speculated that Baltimore should consider moving to a 4-3 defense, but the organization has given no indication such a change is coming.

 

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Ravens clinch fifth straight trip to playoffs with Pittsburgh loss

Posted on 16 December 2012 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — Only a few hours after suffering their worst home defeat in over five years, the Ravens officially received their ticket to their fifth straight trip to the playoffs after the Pittsburgh Steelers fell in Dallas.

The Ravens failed to clinch the AFC North title after suffering a humbling 34-17 defeat to the Denver Broncos, but the Cowboys’ overtime win over Pittsburgh officially sent Baltimore to a league-best fifth consecutive postseason appearance. Still one game ahead of the Bengals in the division race, the Ravens can take care of business themselves against the New York Giants in Baltimore with a win next Sunday to secure the AFC North crown.

Clinching the AFC North next week will not be possible if the Ravens lose to the Giants, regardless of what happens in the Week 16 Steelers-Bengals game. A Cincinnati win would set up a Week 17 showdown with the Ravens in which the winner takes the division. A Steelers win over the Bengals would set up a potential scenario in which the three AFC North teams could all finish the season with 9-7 records if Cincinnati would beat Baltimore and Pittsburgh would beat Cleveland in Week 17. This would result in Pittsburgh winning the three-way head-to-head tiebreaker to take the division.

Of course, the Ravens would cure all headaches by beating the Giants and putting all these tiebreaker scenarios to rest.

Regardless of how the next two weeks play out, Baltimore is the only team in the league to win a playoff game in each of the last four seasons, and the Ravens will have a chance to do it once again this January.

 

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens for Week 6

Posted on 16 October 2012 by Luke Jones

Below are our Tuesday Top 7 Ravens players in the 31-29 win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6. We’ll track our rankings throughout the 2012 season using the following point system:

No. 1 – 7 points
No. 2 – 6 points
No. 3 – 5 points
No. 4 – 4 points
No. 5 – 3 points
No. 6 – 2 points
No. 7 – 1 point

You can hear Luke’s explanation HERE and Drew’s HERE.

Luke Jones’ Top 7 …

7) Marshal Yanda
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6) Kelechi Osemele
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5) Anquan Boldin
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4) Michael Oher
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3) Jacoby Jones
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2) Ray Rice
Rice

1) Joe Flacco
Flacco

Drew Forrester’s Top 7

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