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Former Ravens LB McClain agrees to deal with Giants

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Former Ravens LB McClain agrees to deal with Giants

Posted on 13 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Former Baltimore Ravens LB Jameel McClain agreed to a deal with the New York Giants Thursday night, as first reported by the NFL Network.

Terms of the deal were not immediately known.

McClain was released in a cap-savings move before the start of free agency after playing in 10 games in 2014. McClain was a member of the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII Championship team but did not play in the game due to a spinal injury.

The 28-year-old also received interest from the Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings and visited each destination after he was cut on Feb. 27. The Ravens expressed interest in re-signing McClain at a cheaper rate than the $3.2 million base salary he was originally scheduled to make in the final year of a three-year contract signed in 2012.

The former undrafted free agent from Syracuse took to Facebook after signing the deal the express his feelings towards fans in Charm City.

The Ravens had indicated they would consider re-signing McClain after his release. LB Daryl Smith remains a free agent, while the team does have depth at inside linebacker with second year player Arthur Brown and now veteran Josh Bynes.

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Ravens reach four-year agreement with receiver Jacoby Jones

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Ravens reach four-year agreement with receiver Jacoby Jones

Posted on 12 March 2014 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens continued their offseason trend of retaining their own free agents Wednesday by agreeing to terms on a new four-year deal with wide receiver Jacoby Jones.

The Pro Bowl return specialist was in the midst of a visit with the New York Giants on Wednesday prior to coming to terms with the Ravens to stay in Baltimore. According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, the deal is worth a total of $14 million with $4.5 million guaranteed.

Viewed by many as more of a luxury compared to the Ravens’ other needs on both sides of the ball, Jones brings dynamic ability in the return game while also offering occasional big plays as a No. 3 or No. 4 wide receiver. General manager Ozzie Newsome said at the start of the offseason that the Ravens intend to add a receiver to help move the chains and gain yards after the catch, but Jones provides another home-run option in the passing game to complement starter Torrey Smith.

“I would love to stay in Baltimore,” Jones said in an interview with AM 1570 WNST in late January. “It’s a business. It is what it is, but I would love to go back to Baltimore.”

The 29-year-old originally signed a two-year, $7 million prior to the 2012 season and thrived in his first year with the Ravens, earning his first trip to the Pro Bowl. In the last two season, Jones has caught 67 passes for 861 yards and three touchdowns while registering four returns for touchdowns in the regular season, earning an invitation to his first Pro Bowl in 2012.

None of Jones’ regular-season heroics, however, can top his performance in the 2012 playoffs when he caught the miraculous 70-yard touchdown in the final minute to force overtime against Denver in the divisional round. He then added a 56-yard touchdown catch and a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown — a Super Bowl record — to help the Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII.

Jones injured his right knee while fielding a punt in the 2013 season opener, an ailment that cost him four games before he returned to action to make 37 catches for 455 yards and two touchdowns while serving as a starting wide receiver in a depleted passing game that missed injured tight end Dennis Pitta and former Baltimore wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

The Lane College product was a third-round pick in the 2007 draft and spent the first five years of his career with the Houston Texans. Because of this, it will be interesting to see how the speedy wideout fits in new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system after the pair spent extensive time together in Houston and Jones didn’t leave the Texans on the greatest terms.

Jones offered no indication earlier this offseason that he’d object to a reunion with his former head coach.

“He’s like a father figure to me, and I’m starting to think he’s my real biological father,” said Jones, drawing laughter. “I don’t know my daddy, so I think he’s really my daddy now.”

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Orioles officially ink free agent OF Peguero

Posted on 07 December 2013 by WNST Staff

The Orioles today announced that they have signed free agent OF FRANCISCO PEGUERO to a one-year contract.

Peguero, 25, spent the majority of the 2013 season with Triple-A Fresno in the San Francisco organization, batting .316/.354/.408 in 70 games. He also appeared in 18 major league games, going 6-for-29 with his first big league home run. In eight minor league seasons in the San Francisco organization, Peguero is a career .306/.337/.427 hitter in 690 games. He has appeared in 35 major league games since 2012, batting .200/.217/.289 in 46 plate appearances.

Originally signed by San Francisco as an international free agent on August 8, 2005, Peguero was named the #98 prospect in baseball by MLB.com prior to the 2012 season, and was a Baseball America top-10 prospect in the San Francisco organization after each season from 2009-2012.

With this move, the Orioles now have 38 players on the 40-man roster.

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The 15-7-0 has a better defense than the Washington Redskins

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The 15-7-0 has a better defense than the Washington Redskins

Posted on 16 September 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick.

I heard that before settling on “Daniel”, Mr. and Mrs. Flacco were seriously considering “Fifteensevenoh” as their son’s name. I’m sorta surprised they didn’t stick with it.

15 Positive Observations…

1. Someone is going to end up beating the Denver Broncos, but right now it’s really hard to imagine someone beating the Denver Broncos.

My favorite Peyton Manning audible is the one where he finishes his bowl of soup.

Apparently Trindon Holliday thought he was playing the Ravens.

The Brothers Manning seemed a bit awkward postgame.

Which is weird because earlier they were…making out?

This was Phil Simms doing…Christ, I don’t know…during the game broadcast on CBS.

2. I should be excited about Maryland being 3-0 for the first time since 2001, but I’m actually a bit depressed that Maryland went 12 years without starting a season 3-0.

Things went really well for Randy Edsall in his return to Connecticut. Enjoy these highlights of the Terps’ win before we get to the crappy part.

The crappy part is that Dexter McDougle becomes the second Maryland CB to go down, and we know McDougle will miss the rest of the season. I’ll just assume Shawn Petty starts playing corner next week.

Again, we follow bad stuff with good stuff; so here’s the plane the Terrapins flew to Hartford on. It’s the most amazing thing you’ll ever see ever.

Elsewhere in the ACC, Virginia Tech is going to wear this next week because they know they’re awful this year anyway.

3. Johnny Football is good at football. Alabama football is better at football.

Oh my Bear Bryant. Manziel threw a 95 yard TD…

And then Oh my Saban this is how he celebrated.

Unfortunately for Manziel, he also threw a TD to Vinnie Sunseri-who plays for Alabama. His attempt at a tackle left a bit to be desired.

I know Manziel is an “effort” guy, but I’m not sure he needed to truck his own security.

Look, I know Alabama won the game. But they’re just really GOOD. Johnny Manziel is really INTERESTING.

Okay, TJ Yeldon was interesting too.

4. The Miami Dolphins would like to remind you of why it is that everyone was saying the Miami Dolphins were a sleeper to make the playoffs in the AFC.

But TY Hilton REALLY looks good.

5. The Kansas City Chiefs would like to echo those sentiments…you know, except about them.

Unfortunately for Sam Koch, the road to the Pro Bowl just keeps getting tougher.

Dez Bryant did awesome things.

It is probably worth pointing out that this guy attended the game.

(Continued on Page 2…)

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Ravens to try out former Giants tight end Ballard on Monday

Posted on 08 September 2013 by Luke Jones

Desperate to improve their production at the tight end position, the Ravens will reportedly try out Jake Ballard.

The former New York Giants tight end was waived by the New England Patriots at the end of the preseason after missing the entire 2012 season due to the torn ACL he suffered in Super Bowl XLVI. Prior to the injury, Ballard had a good 2011 season with the Giants, catching 38 passes for 604 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games.

According to FOX Sports’ Mike Garafolo, Ballard will work out for the Ravens in Owings Mills on Monday.

Ballard struggled in the preseason as the Patriots were hoping he could help fill the void left behind by Aaron Hernandez and the currently-injured Rob Gronkowski.

The Ravens have struggled to find production at the tight end position following the long-term hip injury to starter Dennis Pitta in late July. Fourth-year tight end Ed Dickson struggled to catch the football several times and veteran Dallas Clark dropped a sure touchdown right before halftime in the season-opening 49-27 loss to Denver.

Baltimore also signed veteran Visanthe Shiancoe during training camp but decided to cut him on Aug. 25.

With the Ravens struggling to find viable targets for quarterback Joe Flacco in the passing game, watching Anquan Boldin catch 13 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown had to sting even more.

 

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Giants unable to identify person responsible for Adam Jones incident

Posted on 12 August 2013 by WNST Staff

Statement from the San Francisco Giants Regarding Incident at AT&T Park Yesterday

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – We were extremely disappointed to learn about the incident involving Adam Jones at AT&T Park yesterday. The Giants have a zero tolerance policy against this type of behavior, which results in immediate ejection from the ballpark. While we have been investigating the matter since we learned of the situation, unfortunately we have been unable to identify the person responsible. We would like to extend our sincerest apologies to Adam and the entire Orioles organization for this unfortunate incident. The inappropriate actions of this individual in no way reflect the values of our organization and our fans.

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Reed fined $55,000 for hit on Giants’ Cruz

Posted on 28 December 2012 by Luke Jones

Ravens free safety Ed Reed has been fined a reported $55,000 for a penalized hit on New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz in last Sunday’s 33-14 win for Baltimore.

The veteran appeared to hit Cruz in the chest with his shoulder before making contact with the wideout’s facemask. Reed was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness for contact to the head and neck area of a defenseless player, according to Week 16 referee Carl Cheffers.

Earlier this season, Reed was initially suspended one game for a hit on Pittsburgh receiver Emmanuel Sanders before the suspension was overturned. Reed was instead fined $50,000 by arbitrator Ted Cotrell after an appeal that was supported by team president Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome.

“It’s just an interesting situation,” said Reed prior to news of the latest fine surfacing Thursday night. “I just play the game. I’ll let them make those decisions.”

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens for Week 16

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens for Week 16

Posted on 26 December 2012 by Luke Jones

Below are our Tuesday Top 7 Ravens players in the 33-14 win over the New York Giants in Week 16. 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

To hear the full explanation for the respective lists, click HERE.

Luke Jones’ Top 7 …

7) Chykie Brown
Brown

6) James Ihedigbo
Ihedgibo

5) Anquan Boldin
Boldin

4) Bernard Pierce
Pierce

3) Torrey Smith
Smith

2) Ray Rice
Rice

1) Joe Flacco
Flacco

Drew Forrester’s Top 7 …

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game-Ravens/Giants

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game-Ravens/Giants

Posted on 25 December 2012 by Glenn Clark

Following every Baltimore Ravens game this season, Ryan Chell and I will take to the airwaves Tuesdays on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net with a segment known as “The Five Plays That Determined The Game.”

It’s a simple concept. We’ll select five plays from each game that determined the outcome. These five plays will best represent why the Ravens won or lost each game.

This will be our final analysis of the previous game before switching gears towards the next game on the schedule.

Here are the five plays that determined the Ravens’ 33-14 win over the New York Giants Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium…

(Note: not all pictures are always of actual play)

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Anquan Boldin 39 yard catch from Joe Flacco on 3rd & 19 (2nd quarter)

4. Omar Brown sacks Eli Manning for nine yard loss (3rd quarter)

3. Brendon Ayanbadejo sacks Eli Manning for seven yard loss (2nd quarter)

2. Torrey Smith 6 yard TD catch from Joe Flacco on 3rd & goal (1st quarter)

1. Ray Rice 27 yard touchdown catch from Joe Flacco (2nd quarter)

(Ryan’s Plays on Page 2…)

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Your Monday Reality Check: Ravens should absolutely play to win in Cincinnati

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Your Monday Reality Check: Ravens should absolutely play to win in Cincinnati

Posted on 24 December 2012 by Glenn Clark

I’m amazed by how many people I had to explain it to Sunday night. I honestly had to give up after a little while.

The stupidity of the statement “I’d rather the Baltimore Ravens be the four seed because the path looks easier to me” is unbelievable.

I was impressed by a number of things I saw from the Baltimore Ravens Sunday (weren’t we all?), but one that probably went unnoticed by many was how head coach John Harbaugh addressed the question of how the team would handle next week’s game.

“The thing we’re going to do for sure is we’re going to try to win the game” Harbaugh explained. “We’re also going to try to make sure we’re as healthy as we can be going into the playoffs so I think we’ll merge those two considerations.”

Bingo. The Baltimore Ravens absolutely MUST try to win their Week 17 date with the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

By virtue of their 33-14 win over the New York Giants Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens clinched the AFC North title and a home playoff game. They are guaranteed to play on Wild Card weekend of the NFL Playoffs, but they are not yet locked into the four seed. The Ravens could still clinch the three seed in the AFC Playoffs with a win over the Bengals and a New England Patriots loss to the Miami Dolphins.

The difference in the third seed and fourth seed isn’t necessarily significant, but it has the potential to be. Getting the third seed could be the difference in whether the Ravens are able to host the AFC Championship Game.

It seems like an unlikely scenario, but it’s not impossible. Should the Ravens and Patriots end up as the third and fourth seeds but each win their first two playoff games, they would meet in the AFC title game. If the Pats are the three seed and the Ravens the four, the Pats would host the game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. I vaguely remember such a game happening there before.

But if the Ravens were to finish as the three seed and the Patriots the fourth seed, the game would then be played in the friendly confines of M&T Bank Stadium, the place where the Baltimore Ravens have won 15 of their last 17 games (including playoffs).

Which scenario would you prefer?

I got this question Sunday night. “This seems so unlikely. When was the last time something like this even happened?”

The person who asked was right. It IS an unlikely scenario. But if the Ravens are to return to the AFC Championship Game at all, they will HAVE to knock off one of the top two seeds. The Pats would then only need to win a game either in Houston or Denver, neither of which seems like an impossible scenario.

And if you’ll allow your memory to serve you right, you’ll be reminded that the Ravens were a second half collapse away from having this scenario play out in January 2011. The New York Jets stunned the Patriots in Foxborough, so had the Ravens avoided blowing a fourteen point halftime lead to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, they would have hosted the AFC Championship Game as a five seed.

Some people argued to me “Glenn, I think the road is easier as a four seed because I’d rather play Indianapolis and Houston than Cincinnati and Denver.”

I have absolutely no idea why there is a sudden fear of the Cincinnati Bengals amongst Ravens fans. The difference between the Bengals and Colts is minimal at best. Bengals QB Andy Dalton has thrown for three touchdowns and five interceptions over the course of the last three weeks, is 0-3 in his career against the Ravens and thus far in his NFL career has not defeated a team that has clinched a postseason berth (although that could change next week if the Washington Redskins or New York Giants get in).

The Houston argument is more compelling. Despite the fact that the Ravens suffered a 43-13 shellacking earlier this season in Houston, it’s easy to understand why fans would believe that task more likely to be accomplished than a Ravens win in Denver. What’s forgotten in this scenario is that the Texans have not yet clinched the top seed in the AFC. They will need to do something they’ve never done in franchise history-win in Indianapolis-next Sunday in order to nail down the top spot, and RB Arian Foster’s availability could be an issue after he left Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings with an irregular heartbeat.

Should the Texans lose (as well as the Patriots) and the Broncos win, the Broncos would be the one seed and the Texans would be the two seed. Which scenario is better for the Ravens at that point?

The NFL did the Ravens no favors in scheduling, as their tilt with the Bengals will kick off at 1pm Sunday, while the Patriots won’t kick off until some three hours later. The Ravens will not have the benefit of knowing what the Patriots are doing to decide if there’s a point where they want to pull their starters.

Instead, they’ll simply have to channel former NFL coach Herm Edwards and “play to win the game.”

That doesn’t mean they should go crazy.

The Ravens are smart enough to know that the Patriots are unlikely to lose to the Dolphins and will most likely open the postseason by hosting the Colts in a playoff game for the second time in franchise history. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t try.

As Harbaugh said, merging the two considerations is very plausible.

It would make total sense for the Ravens to consider giving oft-injured DT Haloti Ngata another week off (he rested for the team’s blowout win over the Oakland Raiders in November) and even LB Terrell Suggs (who has played the last two weeks after suffering a torn biceps tendon) the day off. Harbaugh also confirmed LB Ray Lewis wouldn’t be a consideration to return from Injured Reserve until the postseason. It wouldn’t be stunning to see S Bernard Pollard miss a third straight game either, and if WR Anquan Boldin’s shoulder is of significant concern it would be understandable to see him miss the finale as well.

But there is absolutely no reason for the Ravens to spend Sunday’s game with Tyrod Taylor handing the ball off to Anthony Allen all afternoon while Joe Flacco and Ray Rice watch in sweats. It’s one thing to be prudent. It’s quite another to just plain give up.

With something to play for still, there’s no reason the Ravens should do the latter. Judging by John Harbaugh’s comments, I’ll assume they won’t.

-G

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