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Jaguars castoffs have found greener pastures in Baltimore

Posted on 10 December 2014 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — A year ago at this time, Justin Forsett had just been placed on injured reserve and knew his NFL career was at a crossroads after carrying the ball just six times in an injury-plagued season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

No one could have predicted how dramatically his career would change as the Ravens running back enters Sunday’s game against his old team ranked third in the NFL in rushing and leading all running backs with a 5.6 yards per carry average. His 14 runs of 20 or more yards lead the league and are more than the Jaguars have — along with 28 other teams — this season.

But the 29-year-old can’t help but think about how far he’s come from being an afterthought on one of the NFL’s worst franchises to becoming a standout performer for an 8-5 Ravens team targeting a playoff spot.

“The writing was kind of on the wall when I was at the bottom of the depth chart and on injured reserve,” said Forsett about his lone season in Jacksonville. “I wasn’t really surprised, but it was still a hard pill to swallow knowing that you’ve been cut and [you] didn’t know what the future was going to hold. But I just kept the faith, kept working, and this opportunity came up.”

Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley doesn’t express regret — to be fair, not even the Ravens expected a 1,000-yard season from the journeyman back — but shared his admiration for a player who’s always been respected as a hard worker and good teammate. Those traits have drawn the Ravens to three Jacksonville castoffs in the last two years as Forsett only followed the 2013 additions of linebacker Daryl Smith, the Jaguars’ all-time leading tackler, and left tackle Eugene Monroe.

All three now start for the Ravens, who have a 2014 win total (eight) that matches the number of games the Jaguars have won in the last three seasons combined.

“Just because I know him so well, it’s more excitement for him,” said Bradley, who also spent time with Forsett when he was the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks. “He’s so deserving of it — what he brings to the locker room, what he brings to the team. I am just excited for what he’s brought to Baltimore.”

Bradley also spoke highly of Smith and Monroe as the former never played for the current Jaguars coach while Monroe was dealt to the Ravens last October, several months after Jacksonville had drafted offensive tackle Luke Joeckel with the second overall pick. The Jaguars received fourth- and fifth-round draft picks from Baltimore, which were then parlayed into three players this past May. The Jaguars decided to part ways with Smith as a result of desiring more youth at the linebacker position while Monroe was entering the final year of his rookie contract.

Smith and Monroe both received long-term deals from the Ravens this past offseason, showing how much general manager Ozzie Newsome thought of their play in their first season in Baltimore.

Though slowed by a knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery earlier this season, Monroe has stabilized the left tackle spot and has acknowledged feeling revitalized with the Ravens after winning only 22 games in five seasons with Jacksonville. The winning atmosphere was a reason why he signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract to remain in Baltimore.

“I don’t know if [being in the playoff hunt] makes you a better player, but it certainly forces you to zero in on everything your job requires,” said Monroe, who downplayed the significance of facing his former team because of so much roster turnover in the last year or two. “It’s going to be crucial at this point of the year being fundamentally sound and being physical. That’s what it’s going to come down to.”

Forsett, Smith, and Monroe escaped what many would describe as football purgatory to find greener pastures in Baltimore. The veteran running back’s emergence has received the national headlines while making Ray Rice’s on-field presence a distant memory. Smith has helped bridge the gap at the inside linebacker from the Ray Lewis era and has mentored rookie standout C.J. Mosley, and Monroe has effectively protected quarterback Joe Flacco’s blindside to end unrest at his position that had existed for years.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars continue to try to find their way as an organization that hasn’t produced a winning season since 2007.

None of the three have offered any ill will over the Jaguars’ decision to move on, but their arrival has paid major dividends for the Ravens as they pursue their sixth postseason appearance in seven years.

“No resentment, because all of the pain and the hurt I may have felt during that time, it made me a better man,” Forsett said. “Those dark moments, those times of frustration — they happen for a reason. I’m definitely a better man today because of it. Those times really molded me.”

The Ravens have also been better for it.

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Torrey Smith’s status uncertain for Sunday’s game against Jacksonville

Posted on 08 December 2014 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Perhaps the most concerning development to arise from the Ravens’ critical 28-13 win over the Miami Dolphins was the status of wide receiver Torrey Smith.

After his right knee swelled up during pre-game warmups on Sunday, the fourth-year wideout was limited to just 15 snaps and failed to record a reception while younger wide receivers Kamar Aiken and Marlon Brown picked up the slack in his absence. With the 8-5 Ravens now preparing to play 2-11 Jacksonville on Sunday, it’s possible that the medical staff will be cautious with Smith with an eye toward him being closer to 100 percent for the final two games of the regular season and a potential trip to the postseason.

“Torrey does not have any torn things in his knee. He’s got a sprain,” head coach John Harbaugh said on Monday. “We’ll just have to monitor that day to day and see if he makes it to the game. He made it to the last game — he didn’t damage it any further — but he just wasn’t able to be 100 percent. I think we all appreciate him gutting it out and giving us what he had. He showed a lot of toughness there in that situation.”

Of course, medical experts will tell you a sprain is a tear, but it’s believed that the 25-year-old isn’t dealing with a significant injury since the Ravens cleared him to play against the Dolphins before the knee flared up during warmups. Taking a more conservative approach against the Jaguars would make sense considering the Ravens will be facing one of the worst teams in the NFL at M&T Bank Stadium.

Smith has never missed a game in his career, but it was the second time this season he’s failed to record a reception with the first coming in a loss at Cincinnati on Oct. 26. It was clear from the early going Sunday that he was going to be used as little more than a decoy against one of the league’s better pass defenses entering Week 14.

Against the Dolphins, second-year receiver Kamar Aiken played 46 of 65 offensive snaps and caught six passes for 65 yards and a 13-yard touchdown in the third quarter. The Ravens also turned more frequently to 6-foot-5 target Marlon Brown, who played 33 snaps and caught three passes for 30 yards. Veteran Steve Smith led all Ravens targets with seven catches for 70 yards and a touchdown.

In the final year of his rookie contract, Torrey Smith leads the Ravens with eight touchdown catches and has collected 38 receptions for 609 yards after a slow start to the 2014 campaign.

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Report: Maryland to promote Warren to assistant coach

Posted on 19 May 2014 by Glenn Clark

University of Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon will promote recently hired Director of Basketball Operations Cliff Warren to an assistant coach role, according to a report from the Washington Post Monday. The report said the move is expected by Wednesday.

Warren replaces Scott Spinelli, who departed earlier in the offseason for a similar job at Boston College. Warren will join Bino Ranson (who was held over from Gary Williams’ final staff in College Park) and Dustin Clark (similarly promoted from Director of Basketball Operations after Dalonte Hill resigned during the 2013-2014 season) on Turgeon’s staff. Turgeon will again be looking for a new Director of Basketball Operations for the 2014-2015 season.

Warren is a graduate of Mt. St. Mary’s andplayed for the Mountaineers under legendary head coach Jim Phelan. He has spent the last 10 seasons as the head coach at Jacksonville University in the Atlantic Sun Conference, winning the regular season twice and reaching two NIT’s and a CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Warren is the first former head coach to work under Turgeon since his arrival at Maryland.

The Silver Spring native began his college coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater in 1994. His tenure also includes stops at Siena and Georgia Tech-the latter of which included the Yellow Jackets’ trip to the 2004 National Championship Game under then head coach Paul Hewitt.

NOTES: Former North Carolina A&T guard Richaud Pack has still not announced what school he’d be transferring to. Reports indicated recently he was choosing between Maryland and TCU…Former Georgia Tech forward Robert Carter is still considering a transfer to Maryland according to SNY.tv. Carter visited St. John’s Monday

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Former fourth-round pick Doss signs deal with Jacksonville

Posted on 18 March 2014 by Luke Jones

Just over a week after the Ravens decided not to tender him a contract as a restricted free agent, wide receiver Tandon Doss has found a new home.

The 2011 fourth-round pick agreed to a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars Tuesday morning, officially ending his disappointing three-year run in Baltimore. The Ravens had initially left the door open for Doss to return on a contract at a cheaper rate than the original-round tender of $1.43 million for a restricted free agent.

Originally cut at the end of the preseason last year, Doss was re-signed following the season-opening knee injury suffered by Jacoby Jones and enjoyed the best year of his career. He caught 19 passes for 305 yards and averaged 15.6 yards per punt return, returning one 82 yards for a touchdown against the Houston Texans in Week 3.

“It was a great learning experience,” Doss said to the Jaguars’ official website about his time with the Ravens. “You learn from the best, the guys who have done it. You take what they do and apply it to your game.”

A two-time, first-team All-Big Ten selection out of Indiana, Doss was originally viewed as the eventual successor to veteran Anquan Boldin at slot receiver, but underwhelming speed and inconsistent hands limited his opportunities in the Baltimore offense.

 

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Former Jaguars WR McCardell among additions to Maryland football coaching staff

Posted on 16 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Dave DeGuglielmo, Keenan McCardell and Chad Wilt join the staff for the 2014 season

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – University of Maryland head football coach Randy Edsall announced the hiring on Thursday of Dave DeGuglielmo as offensive line coach, Keenan McCardell as wide receivers coach, and Chad Wilt as defensive line coach, and the promotion of Lyndon Johnson to the position of assistant head coach/outside linebackers.

DeGuglielmo brings 22 years of coaching experience to College Park having spent nine seasons in the NFL with three different organizations and 13 seasons on the collegiate level. DeGuglielmo’s last stop was with the New York Jets in 2012 after three seasons with the Miami Dolphins as an offensive line coach.

Prior to his time in Miami, DeGuglielmo spent five seasons with the New York Giants (2004-08). In 2008, the team led the league and established a franchise record with 2,518 rushing yards helping the Giants win Super Bowl XLII.

In 2012, DeGuglielmo’s unit helped the Jets rank 12th in the NFL in rushing totaling 1,896 yards. In three seasons in Miami, DeGuglielmo’s tutelage helped tackle Jake Long earn a starting spot in three consecutive Pro Bowls. The Lexington, Mass., native last coached collegiately at the University of South Carolina where he spent five seasons with the Gamecocks (1999-2003).

A two-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl champion, McCardell spent 19 seasons in the NFL, 17 as a player. The Houston native completed his 17-year career with 883 receptions for 11,373 yards and 63 touchdowns. His reception total ranks 16th all-time, while his total receiving yards ranks 26th.

McCardell began his coaching career in 2010 with the Washington Redskins as a wide receivers coach spending two seasons with the organization. In 2010, McCardell mentored wideout Santana Moss who caught a franchise record 93 passes, the fourth-best total in the league, for 1,115 yards, the 10th-best mark in the NFL.

Wilt spent the past three seasons at Ball State University as the Cardinals defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. The native of Carlisle, Pa., coached defensive end Jonathon Newsome to All-MAC First Team honors in 2013 and helped defensive tackle Nathan Ollie earn All-MAC second team honors. Newsome ranked second in the MAC with 10 sacks. Prior to his stint at Ball State, Wilt spent the 2010 season at the University of Richmond where he tutored defensive lineman Martin Parker to All-America honors.

As a player, Wilt was a three-time all-conference selection at Taylor University in Upland, Ind., and was a two-time NAIA All-American at defensive end.

In addition, Maryland announced contract extensions on Thursday for inside linebackers coach Keith Dudzinski, tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator John Dunn, assistant head coach/outside linebackers coach Lyndon Johnson, special teams coordinator and running backs coach Andre Powell, and defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Brian Stewart.

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The 15-7-0 is sick of all these NFL bullies. You know, like the Jaguars. Big bullies.

Posted on 11 November 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.

Unlike Richie Incognito, the 15-7-0 actually turned down Jay Glazer’s request for a Sunday morning interview. Also unlike Richie Incognito, the 15-7-0 only uses the term “expletive” once or twice per sentence. Personal rule. Except when I’m at church. Obviously.

15 Positive Observations…

1. Someone tell Rod Marinelli to get the champagne ready-there’s just one more domino to fall to keep the streak alive!

The Jaguars won a football game. Sure it was against Ryan Fitzpatrick, but it still counts!

Delanie Walker with the response of the day.

Via Terry McCormick of Titans Insider:

“It’s disgusting. I’m disappointed. I’m embarrassed. A team that’s 0-8 comes in here and beats us? Beats us on our home field, that’s 0-8, the Jaguars? Come on. Talking about first place? Talking about first place? We just got whooped by the Jaguars. We ain’t talking first place no more. It’s out the window. We’ve got to come back and play the Colts. I don’t know how everybody’s gonna handle it. I mean, we lost to the Jaguars.”

Truth.

2. Keenan Reynolds ran many yards beyond the line of scrimmage Saturday. As a Baltimore Ravens fan, I was admittedly unaware this was allowed within the rules of football.

Navy beat Hawai’i. You know what that means.

Also, the most adorable picture you’ll see all weekend.

3. While I’ve always been in favor of college football going to the “division four” concept, I’m pretty sure it will be tough for Alabama to sell tickets when they’re the only team playing in it.

But honestly, Nick Saban has one like half a billion football games. THIS was the one that made him want to jump into his quarterback’s arms?

Tigers really opened up the playbook to try to top the Tide…

I can’t explain why-but this right here seems like the absolute perfect reaction to this game.

OH SNAP, VERNE LUNDQUIST!

And elsewhere in the SEC, you guys remember the Manziel guy that one the Heisman Trophy that one time? The guy who plays at Texas A&M reminds me of him.

And finally elsewhere in the SEC (at least for now), Dorial Green-Beckham did what now?

4. So apparently the deal is that you actually CAN survive losing your head coach…but only if you have one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time on your roster.

Of course, Peyton Manning’s ankle was banged up during the course of the game-which apparently means some ref somewhere didn’t get the memo.

This lady is currently thinking to herself “there are like five people that come to games out here and I have to sit behind this one?”

5. This Riley Cooper guy is a nice little player. Any back story on this guy? He’s just kinda popped up out of nowhere these last couple of weeks. I bet he’s a really great dude.

This DeSean Jackson TD is obviously the responsibility of Aaron Rodgers not being in the game.

Elsewhere, LeSean McCoy is KILLING IT.

Clay Matthews played with a thing on his hand that is so ridiculous it would probably be disallowed even in the WWE.

Vinny Curry is lovable.

Also, Philly’s play call sheets are cooler than yours.

(Continued on Page 2…)

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Orioles team plane makes emergency landing after ‘small fire’

Posted on 01 October 2012 by WNST Staff

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Ravens-Jaguars pre-game notes and inactives

Posted on 23 August 2012 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — Playing their third preseason game of the summer, the Ravens face off against the Jacksonville Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The Jaguars are 2-0 in the preseason while the Ravens hold a 1-1 record after falling to the Detroit Lions by a score of 27-12 last Friday in Baltimore. The Ravens have won 11 of their last 14 preseason games.

Playing each other for the first time ever in the preseason, the old AFC Central rivals have met 17 times in the regular season with the Ravens owning a 7-10 record against Jacksonville. Last season, it was the lowly Jaguars shocking Baltimore in a nationally-televised Monday night game in an ugly 12-7 contest on Oct. 24.

According to CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora, rookie kicker Justin Tucker will play the entire game with Billy Cundiff receiving the night off, which is certainly an interesting development in the well-chronicled kicking competition.

Starting right guard Marshal Yanda will not play against Jacksonville after he was undercut during Monday’s workout and sat out Tuesday’s practice. Coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday that Yanda had tweaked his leg, but the injury was not considered to be serious.

Veteran Bobbie Williams will start at right guard, moving over from the left side where rookie Kelechi Osemele will take his place. Bryant McKinnie will start at left tackle while Michael Oher will work at right tackle as expected based on practices over the last week.

Defensive end Pernell McPhee is back with the team after being away to deal with the death of a family member. He was going through pre-game warmups and appeared ready to play against Jacksonville despite having not practiced all week.

Though not listed among the inactives, linebacker Sergio Kindle was not going through pre-game warmups with the Baltimore linebackers and will not play. He suffered a shoulder stinger in last week’s game against the Detroit Lions and practiced with a red non-contact jersey all week.

Meanwhile, safety Sean Considine was dressed out and going through pre-game warmups

Here are tonight’s inactives…

Baltimore
G Marshal Yanda
WR David Reed
LB Josh Bynes
LB Darryl Blackstock
LB Terrell Suggs
OL Jah Reid
TE Ed Dickson
TE Dennis Pitta
DT Ryan McBean

Jacksonville
CB Derek Cox
CB Ashton Youboty
RB Maurice Jones-Drew
CB Leigh Torrence
RB Keith Toston
FB Brock Bolen
LB Daryl Smith
LB Clint Session
C John Estes
G Drew Nowak
OL Will Rackley
OL Jason Spitz
DE Odrick Ray
OT Eugene Monroe
DE Austen Lane
DE John Chick

Follow WNST on Twitter HERE throughout the evening as Drew Forrester and I bring the latest updates and analysis from M&T Bank. Stadium.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 22 May 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Ft. Worth, TX), Champions Tour Senior PGA Championship (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Benton Harbor, MI); High School Lacrosse: MPSSAA Class 2A/1A Final-Fallston vs. South Carroll (Tuesday 6pm UMBC Stadium), Class 4A/3A Final-Westminster vs. South River (Wednesday 4pm UMBC Stadium), Class 3A/2A Final-Hereford vs. Glenelg (Wednesday 8pm UMBC Stadium); WNBA-Tulsa Shock @ Washington Mystics (Wednesday 7pm Verizon Center)

10. Drake (Friday 7pm Verizon Center); One Direction (Thursday 7:30pm Patriot Center); Corey Smith (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Jason Isbell (Saturday 1pm Rams Head on Stage); Garbage (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Collective Soul (Wednesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Thrice (Wednesday 7:30pm Howard Theatre); John Mayer “Born and Raised” and Garbage “Not Your Kind of People” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

You know that I’m a “money over everything, money on my mind” type of guy, right?

I used to have the biggest crush on Shirley Manson. Hell, I probably still have  huge crush on Shirley Manson…

If you don’t want to go see Collective Soul we probably wouldn’t be much of friends…

John Mayer is apparently doing country music now. This is a classic example of when “success just simply isn’t enough.” See below.

9. Men in Black III” and “Chernobyl Diaries” open in theaters (Friday); Bob Marley (Wednesday-Sunday DC Improv); Cedric The Entertainer (Saturday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Brew at the Zoo (Saturday & Sunday Maryland Zoo in Baltimore)

There’s simply no chance MIB3 is something I’ll want to go see. And while Cedric the Entertainer is funny, I’d rather talk about beer.

I have no idea whether or not Flying Dog Brewery will be unleashing canned Underdog Atlantic Lager on the Zoo this weekend, but I DO know that the campaign they used to roll it out in our nation’s capital was simply fantastic…

Brilliant.

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Former Ravens WR Evans Joins Jags

Posted on 16 April 2012 by WNST Staff

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