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Dorsey’s Dugout – Ravens vs. Cowboys and Start Blake Bortles

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Dorsey’s Dugout – Ravens vs. Cowboys and Start Blake Bortles

Posted on 15 August 2014 by Nick Dorsey

 

 

Ravens Depart to Dallas

The first pre-season match was encouraging for the small sample size that fans got to witness out of the first team units. The defense did allow the 49ers to run the ball successfully on the opening drive, but they held it down when the defense needed to the most. In the first exhibition, it is better to see a defense bend and not break, rather than giving up six from the get go.

What stuck out the most from the game against the 49ers was the Ravens success offensively. All eyes were anxious to see the new look of the Kubiak-ran offense and the fans got a small glimpse of things to come. The use of tight ends stood out the most with the unique misdirection screen to Dennis Pitta. Kyle Juszczyk is not a tight end, but he assumes the H-back type role and looked solid in the first appearance.

As the Ravens head into Saturday night’s matchup in the house that Jerry built, there are a couple of things to look for. Although the sample size will once again be small, there are a couple different facets to observe.

Joe Flacco and the starters got yanked quickly after a perfect first drive that resulted in a touchdown. The choice of pulling the starters after a successful scoring drive against a defense like the 49ers was a smart decision.

The offense should not show any sign of slowing down against the Cowboys due to the fact they are facing a far less superior defense. The Dallas Cowboys arguably have the worst defense in the league, so it is imperative that the Ravens offense keeps the momentum rolling with productive drives from the starting unit.

The passing offense got it done last game, but the ground game is what to watch for this time around. The rush offense was the Achilles heel last season and it will be interesting to see how Kubiak can turn it around. If the offense shows signs of quality gains through the trenches against Dallas, it will be something to build off of.

Another facet to take note of for the upcoming exhibition is how Baltimore will defend the run. The Ravens struggled to slow down the 49ers rush offense, but they are among the best in the league at just that.

Dallas has a solid look in the run game, led by DeMarco Murray. The offensive line features some solid young starters such as Zach Martin and Tyron Smith. With that being said, CJ Mosley is someone to watch in game two.

The first round pick is coming off of a solid first performance and it would be encouraging to see progress in the second game. His natural football instincts will be put to the test to break down the plays and distinguish where the ball may end up.

Facing the Cowboys offense also means a defense is going against a quality air attack. The Ravens glaring depletion is in the secondary, depending on inexperience and lack of depth. The coaching staff is hoping someone can step up to fill that hole as the nickel corner and the Dallas game is the perfect opportunity to put that challenge on display.

 

Note to Bradley: Just Start Bortles

When the Jaguars made Blake Bortles the third selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, it came across that night as a slight surprise. It should not have been because Bortles was clearly the number one quarterback coming out of college.

Once the Central Florida star was drafted, head coach Gus Bradley made it clear that Bortles would sit the entire season to groom him for the future. All that sounded cliché during the off-season because the landscape of that decision could change once the exhibition season begins.

Bortles now has gotten reps in two exhibition games and he has been nothing short of impressive. In his first appearance against the Buccaneers, Bortles went 7 for 11 and 117 passing yards. In the Thursday night showing against the Bears, the former Golden Knight went 11 for 17 and 160 passing yards.

It is nice to see the yards and completion percentage, but the number one thing to account for in watching a young quarterback is decision making. Bortles has not turned the ball over yet in his two brief stints, which is a good sign since ball security at times was a concern in college.

Bradley has not given a lot of action to the rookie quarterback in training camp when it comes to getting first team reps. It is time now to give Bortles the chance with the first team in the next pre-season game.

The third exhibition in the NFL is known as the showcase game for every team as the starters play at least the first full half. It is somewhat of a dress rehearsal and the Jags would be smart to see what the rookie has in him against an opposing starting defense for a full half.

The Jaguars coaching staff already know what they have in Chad Henne. During his career, he has been a decent quarterback who is better served as a backup. He is not a franchise quarterback; he plays the role of a stopgap quarterback for a franchise. It is time that the staff eats their words from the off-season and throw in the rookie quarterback.

You know you have a stopgap quarterback in Henne, but what you do not know in Bortles is if you have a franchise quarterback. Coach Bradley needs to put the rookie in and see how much promise he has. Everything we have seen so far out of Bortles has been great and one play stuck out the most in his second game against Chicago.

It was second down and a good distance for Bortles as the offense was set up at their own five-yard line. They had the lead and a mistake would cost the team a good chunk of the points. The situation of the game would force the Jags offense to just run the ball conservatively, but it was an exhibition game. So the Jags took a risk to see how the rookie could handle it.

Bortles ran a play action fake and rolled to his right side looking up field. The rookie had a defender crashing down on him quickly and Bortles launched a throw on the run. Over 20 yards down the field, Bortles dropped the ball over and in between four Bears defenders to the wide receiver’s arms.

It ended up as an incompletion, but that was not on Bortles. Jon Gruden, the analyst on the ESPN telecast, went on a rant about the bad decision made given the situation of the game. Once the replay was shown, he was quickly scrutinized by fellow commentator Mike Tirico because the quality of the throw.

It was an absolute perfect throw, launched into the breadbasket of the receiver who failed to keep his second foot in bounds. The first thought that came to mind after that throw was simply just Wow.

Bortles has “it” to be the franchise quarterback for the Jaguars. That’s the same kind of throw that he displayed multiple times on film playing at UCF. He makes those “wow” throws that back up him being the real deal. Like the incredible opposite hash throw, deep down the field against Penn State, he has translated some of that magic to the next level.

So note to Gus Bradley, start the rookie because Bortles looks like he is the truth under center. He gives the Jags their best chance to win because of his playmaking ability with his arm and he has shown so far he can be smart with the ball.

With a good defense in place and a potential franchise quarterback, there is reason for optimism in Jacksonville. If Bortles can get the experience this season and continue to show these signs, the Jaguars can be a team to watch out for during the 2015 NFL season.

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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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Navy looks to get bowl eligible Saturday against South Alabama

Posted on 15 November 2013 by WNST Staff

2013 Navy Football Game Specifics
Game 10 Navy (5-4) vs. South Alabama (3-5, 1-3 Sun Belt)
Date and Kickoff Nov. 16, 2013 at 3:30 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television CBS Sports Network
TV Talent Brad Johansen (play-by-play), Randy Cross (analyst), Sheehan Stanwick-Burch (sideline)

Setting the Stage
• Navy and South Alabama will meet for the first time on the gridiron when the two square off on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000) in Annapolis.   Kickoff is set for  3:30 pm.
• Saturday’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Brad Johansen (play-by-play), Randy Cross (color) and Sheehan Stanwick-Burch (sideline) on the call.

Game Day Festivities
• Pregame festivities will get underway at approximately 1:15 pm with the Navy Football Team Walk.  Originating at the Blue Angel in the southwest corner of the stadium, the team will make its way down the sidewalk and through NavyFest before walking up the drive to the stadium.  Fans are encouraged to line up on both sides of the sidewalk to cheer for the team.
• The March-On of the Brigade of Midshipmen will take place at 3:04 pm.
• Navy’s 22 senior football players will be honored in a pregame ceremony starting at 3:21 pm.
• Between the first and second quarters, the Navy men’s indoor track & field team will be honored for winning the 2013 Patriot League Championship.
•    At halftime, the senior cheerleaders will be recognized, there will be a performance by Cheerleaders of America and the Naval Academy D&B will perform.
• Between the third and fourth quarters, the men’s and women’s swimming teams will be honored for winning the 2013 Patriot League Championship.
• Following the game, Navy’s alma mater, the Navy Blue & Gold, will be played as the team will stand at attention in front of the Brigade of Midshipmen.  It is one of the best traditions in college sports.

Reynolds Has Record Day In Navy’s 42-28 Victory Over Hawai’i
•    (AP) – Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds ran for four touchdowns, including one for 67 yards, and threw for another as the Midshipmen (5-4) kept the Rainbow Warriors winless with a 42-28 victory.
• Sean Schroeder completed 29 of 33 passes for 246 yards with three touchdowns, while running back Joey Iosefa rushed for 191 yards and a touchdown on a school-record 35 carries for Hawai’i (0-9).
• Reynolds also finished with a career-high 226 yards on 28 carries. He now has 18 rushing touchdowns on the season, one behind Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs for most in the nation.
• With the game tied at 14, an interception by Hawaii’s John Hardy-Tuliau was nullified by a roughing-the-passer penalty on the first drive of the third quarter. Three plays later, Navy fullback Quinton Singleton made them pay with a 12-yard touchdown run.
• Reynolds then scored from 6 yards to increase the lead to 28-14 with 4:39 left in the third quarter. Hawai’i went to a no-huddle offense and put together an 18-play, 99-yard drive, capped by a 6-yard run by Iosefa to pull within a touchdown.
• On the ensuing drive, however, Reynolds ran 67 yards to increase the margin back to 35-21. It was the longest play of the season for Navy.
• But Hawai’i would not go quietly and cut the margin again on a 6-yard pass from Schroeder to Clark Evans, who set a career high with nine catches. Once again, Reynolds answered with a 21-yard scoring run to put the game away with 1:36 left.
• The Rainbow Warriors concluded a 10-day road trip that covered 9,863 miles, six time zones and a 47-10 loss to Utah State. Hawai’i entered the game as one of five winless teams in the FBS.
• After Hawaii’s Donnie King Jr. fumbled a punt on his own 26, Reynolds foundGeoffrey Whiteside in the corner of the end zone on the next play for a 7-0 lead with 10:08 left in the first quarter. Hawai’i tied the game with 6:21 left in the half on a 40-yard pass from Schroeder to Keith Kirkwood.
• Navy retook the lead 14-7 on a 1-yard run by Reynolds, but the Rainbow Warriors knotted the score again on an 8-yard pass from Schroeder to Evans with 45 second left in the second quarter.
• With the victory, Navy (5-4) is just a win away from qualifying for a bowl game for the 11th time in 12 years.

Scouting South Alabama
• South Alabama enters Saturday’s game with a 3-5 record that includes victories over bowl-bound Tulane (41-39) and Western Kentucky (31-24). South Alabama also beat Kent State, 38-21.
• Incredibly, South Alabama is just 12 points away from being 8-0.  The Jags have lost to Southern Utah (22-21), Tennessee (31-24), Troy (34-33), Texas State (33-31) and Arkansas State (17-16).
•    The Jags are led by quarterback Ross Metheny, who has completed 136 of his 220 pass attempts for 1,817 yards with nine touchdowns and six interceptions.  Metheny is also South Alabama’s second-leading rusher, running for 359 yards and eight touchdowns on 77 carries.
•    Junior running back Jay Jones leads the South Alabama rushing attack with 437 yards and three touchdowns on 83 carries.
•    Junior Wes Saxton leads the South Alabama passing attack with 496 yards on 39 catches, while Shavarez Smith has 29 catches for 551 yards and two touchdowns.
•    Senior linebacker Enrique Williams leads the defense with 73 tackles, four tackles for a loss and a sack, while junior corner Qudarius Ford has 57 tackles, an interception and five pass break-ups.
•    South Alabama has lost just three fumbles on the year, which is ranked sixth in the country; allows only 17.3 yards per kickoff return, which is ranked fifth in the country; and has lost just 11 turnovers on the year, which is ranked 19th in the country.
•    Individually, T.J. Glover is ranked 16th in the country in kickoff returns (27.2), while defensive end Alex Page ranks 19th in tackles for a loss per game (1.4).

Navy vs. The Sun Belt
•    Navy is 5-2 (.714) all-time against teams from the Sun Belt.
•    The Mids have played four of the eight teams that make up the Sun Belt, having played Arkansas State (1-0), Texas State (1-0), Troy (1-1) and Western Kentucky (2-1).
•    Navy lost to Western Kentucky earlier this year, 19-7.

Navy To Celebrate Senior Day
• Navy’s 22 seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony.  The Class of 2014 has compiled a 27-20 (.574) record in its four seasons in Annapolis, qualified for two bowl games and won two Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies.
• With a victory on Saturday over South Alabama, the senior class will clinch its third bowl game in four years.
• With a victory over Army on Dec. 14, the senior class will win its third Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy in four years.
• Navy has won 10 straight games on Senior Day.  The Mids’ last loss came back in 2002 when Navy lost to Connecticut in a monsoon, 38-0.
• The 22 seniors that will be honored on Saturday include:  wide receiver and co-captain Matt Aiken, wide receiver Casey Bolena, nose guard Travis Bridges, nose guard Barry Dabney, corner Albrey Felder, punter Justin Haan, wide receiver Brantley Horton, defensive end Michael Huf, wide receiver Shawn Lynch, guard Eric Mahler, wide receiver Hayden Maples, defensive end Evan Palelei, linebacker and co-captain Cody Peterson, safety Wave Ryder, outside linebacker DJ Sargenti, slot back Darius Staten, offensive guard Thomas Stone, slot back Marcus Thomas, linebacker Michael Tuimavave, offensive tackleMatthew Van Halanger, offensive tackle Graham Vickers and offensive tackle Sam Womack.

One More Win Sends Navy To The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
• Navy needs one more victory to become bowl eligible and to accept an invitation to play in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 30 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Ft. Worth, Texas against a team from the Mountain West Conference.
•    It would be Navy’s 10th bowl game in the last 11 years. Prior to 2003, Navy had been to nine bowl games in the previous 122 seasons.

Undefeated At Home
• A victory over South Alabama would give Navy an undefeated record at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for the first time since 2004.
• That 2004 team, which finished 10-2 and beat New Mexico in the Emerald Bowl, went 6-0 at home with victories over Duke, Northeastern, Vanderbilt, Rice, Delaware and Rutgers.

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

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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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Ravens-Jaguars pre-game notes and inactives

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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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Former Ravens WR Evans Joins Jags

Posted on 16 April 2012 by WNST Staff

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Rivalry Day in Annapolis Saturday as Navy Hosts Army

Posted on 13 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Game Preview
• Bragging rights will be on the line this Saturday when  Navy (5-5, 3-2 Patriot League) battles arch rival Army (5-6, 2-2) in the Star Game … the 91st edition of the Army-Navy Game is slated for a 12:00 pm faceoff at Michie Stadium in West Point … Saturday’s contest marks the first the Star Game has been played at West Point since 2008, though the two programs did meet at Michie Stadium for the 2010 Patriot League Championship.
• The Mids are looking to end a losing skid that has featured back-to-back losses to top-15 programs Lehigh (9-4) and Maryland (13-6) … Army, meanwhile, looks to have the momentum going into the weekend after stunning 15th-ranked Bucknell, 6-5, in double overtime in Lewisburg.
• General Martin E. Dempsey, the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be in attendance on Saturday.
• Saturday’s Star Game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Dave Ryan (play by play) and Evan Washburn (analyst) calling the action. Live stats will also be available at NavySports.com.

More on the Black Knights
• In his seventh season as the head coach of the Black Knights, Joe Alberici has directed Army to a 5-6 record, including a 2-2 mark in the Patriot League.
• Picked to finish second in the league this season, Army is in a dog fight with the Mids to grab a spot in this year’s Patriot League Tournament … Army owns league wins over Lafayette and Bucknell, while dropping decisions to Lehigh and Colgate … the Black Knights have games against Navy and Holy Cross over the next two weekends.
• Three of Army’s six losses have been at the hands of nationally-ranked foes Massachusetts (12-9), Syracuse (10-9) and Cornell (18-7), while Lehigh (L, 7-6) was just outside of the top 20 when the two programs met in Bethlehem.
• Averaging 10.45 goals per game, Army’s offensive arsenal is headed up by junior attackman Garrett Thul who leads the team with 34 points on 31 goals and three assists … he is ranked 44th in points per game (3.09) and seventh nationally in goals per game (2.82).
• Rooke midfielder John Glesener presents the best all-around game for the Black Knights, producing his 24 points on 14 goals and 10 assists … meanwhile, senior attackman Conor Hayes has contributed 21 points on 13 goals and eight assists.
• Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Tim Henderson spearheads the defense as the Black Knights’ pole … he has recorded 16 caused turnovers and picked up 50 ground balls … junior Brendan Buckley has been a monster on defense, creating 26 turnovers for the opposition … Buckley is ranked No. 6 in the country with his 2.36 caused turnovers per game.
• Senior Zach Palmieri has taken over the keeper duties this season following the graduation of Tom Palesky … Palmieri owns a 9.09 goals-against average and is turning back 50.8 percent of the shots he has faced.
• Senior Derek Sipperly has enjoyed a fine season at the faceoff “x” where he has won 54.9 percent (118-215) of the draws he has taken … he is ranked 23rd nationally … as the team’s leader in ground balls, he is 14th in the country, picking up 5.73 grounders per game.
• Army’s extra-man offense is one of the best in the nation, scoring on 51.9 percent (14-27) of its opportunities … that unit is ranked No. 3.
• The one area Army has struggled this season is in saves per game … the Black Knights are 53rd with 9.18 saves per game.

America’s Most Storied Rivalry:  Army vs. Navy
Not just a rivalry played on the gridiron, the Army-Navy lacrosse tradition dates back nearly 90 years.  The Academies played the inaugural game on May 31, 1924, with the Mids prevailing, 5-0, at West Point.
Army and Navy battled each other from there out on a yearly basis until 1929 when the series was sidelined for four years because of war times. The series resumed in 1933 with an 8-5 Army victory and has not been interrupted since.
In 2004, Navy joined the Patriot League for lacrosse. With the new conference affiliation, it guaranteed the two service academies would meet at least once a year, and possibly a second time in the Patriot League Tournament.
There have been only six years in which the two programs have met twice in a season, including four of the last seven seasons.  In 1978, the Mids earned a 16-13 regular-season victory over the Black Knights in Annapolis.  Nearly three weeks later, the fourth-ranked Midshipmen defeated No. 5 Army, 16-15, at home in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
In 1981, 12th-ranked Army upset the No. 6 Mids on their home field, claiming a 9-8 victory.  Navy, however, picked off No. 3 Army at West Point, 16-10, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament a month later.
The two programs played one another twice in 2005, ‘06 ‘07 and ‘10, as Army and Navy met during the regular season, as well as the championship game of the Patriot League Tournament.  Navy earned wins in six of the eight games, including the April 16, 2005, matchup in which an Army-Navy record crowd of 12,117 piled into Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and cheered Navy to a 12-9 win.
The annual Army-Navy Game was played on neutral soil for the first time in the history of the series when the two programs participated in the inaugural Day of Rivals on April 11, 2009, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. Anchored by a three-goal, two-assist effort by Brendan Connors, along with a career-high tying 16-save performance by Smartlink Player of the Game Tommy Phelan, the Mids scored an 8-4 Star Game win over the Black Knights.
The two have played at a neutral site three times total (2006, ‘09, ‘10).  Outside of the 2009 and ‘10 Star Games played in Baltimore, the only other time the two have faced each other on netural ground was on April 30, 2006, in a Patriot League Tournament matchup in Hamilton, N.Y.
The Midshipmen lead the overall series, 57-30-3, winning 14 of the last 18 meetings. Navy’s 13-game winning streak, spanning nearly an entire decade (1998-07), is the longest winning streak by either team in the series.
Additionally, Navy owns a 52-29-3 advantage in Star Games, including 10-straight between 1998-07.  The Mids have won 14 of the last 19 Star Games.

Series History
• Saturday’s contest marks the 91st meeting between Army and Navy on the lacrosse field, meeting for the 80th-consecutive year … it’s the longest continuous lacrosse series between Navy and another team.
• Navy owns a commanding 57-30-3 series advantage that included 13-straight wins by the Midshipmen between 1998 and 2007 … the Mids have won 14 of the last 18 contests in the series.
• The Mids also own a 52-29-3 advantage in Star Games, winning 11 of the last 14.
• Army, however, has won four of the last five games in the series, including each of the last three games overall and two-consecutive Star Games.
• Navy owns a 27-15-2 advantage in games played at West Point, however, Army has won two in a row at Michie Stadium (2008 Star Game, 2010 Patriot League Championship).
• There have been only six times in the 90-game history (dating back to 1924) in which the two programs have battled twice in one season (1978 and 1981 in the NCAA Tournament; 2005, ‘06, ‘07 and ‘10 in the Patriot League Tournament).
• Navy has scored eight or more goals in 21 of the last 23 games against Army … the Mids have held the Black Knights to single digits in eight of the 12 games since joining the league in 2004 … Army has reach double digits just twice in the last eight games against the Mids.

2011 Army-Navy Recap
• Led by attackmen Jeremy Boltus and Garrett Thul who combined to score nine goals, Army outscored Navy 10-2 in the second half to earn a 14-9 victory over the Mids at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• In a tale of two halves, Navy dominated the opening 30 minutes of play over the Black Knights.  The Mids owned an 18-5 advantage in shots, a 15-9 lead in ground balls and held an 8-5 edge in faceoffs.
• After the two teams traded off goals, Navy staged a 4-0 run over the course of eight minutes.  Senior Kevin Doyle scored a pair of goals during the run, while freshman attackman Tucker Hull scored a goal and added an assist.  Assisting Hull on his goal was senior Andy Warner, who became just the 29th player in program history to reach the 100-point milestone.  He finished the game with a pair of assists.
• Navy owned its largest lead of four at the 2:33 mark in the second quarter after junior middie Nikk Davis used a role dodge to punch in his lone goal of the game and gave the Mids a 7-3 advantage.
• Army countered just under a minute later when junior midfielder Devin Lynch scored the first of his two goals running in from the right wing and getting off his shot before falling into the crease.  It was a goal that would trigger a five-goal run by the Black Knights, despite a 15-minute halftime break after Lynch’s goal.
• The Black Knights came out like gang busters in the second half, scoring four goals in the first six minutes of action, including two in the first 1:15.  Lynch picked up where he left off in the first half, blowing past Navy defensive midfielder Marty Gallagher and scoring off a lefty shot on the run 1:06 into the game.  Nine seconds later, long pole Tim Henderson fed Matt Hurley for a 15-yard sidearm shot that squirmed its way past Navy keeper RJ Wickham.  Henderson then scored the game-tying goal at 11:30.
• Army took its first lead of the game at the 9:03 mark, when the fantastic attack duo of Boltus and Thul hooked up with Boltus finding Thul on the crease to take an 8-7 lead.  Remarkably at that point in the game, Army had scored its eight goals on just 11 shots.
• The Mids scored the equalizer with 3:58 to play in the third quarter when Jay Mann’s  pass ricocheted off defenseman Larry LoRusso who was standing on the crease and went into the goal.
• Army, though, wasted little time in answering, as Thul found Boltus who cranked a 10-yard shot from up top at 3:04 to give the Black Knights the lead for good.
• Navy managed just one more goal in the game, as Hull scored his third goal of the game off an assist from fellow freshman Harrison Chaires on extra-man with 7:08 remaining in the contest.

Breaking Down the Rivalry
All-Time Army-Navy Record:  Navy Leads, 952-721-39 (56.7)
Navy’s Overall Record vs. Army, Last 16 Yrs.:  Navy Leads, 307-181-6 (62.8)
Navy’s Star Game Record vs. Army, Last 16 Yrs.:  Navy Leads, 231-112-6 (67.0)

Navy’s 2011-12 Overall  Record vs. Army:  18-10 (64.3)
Navy’s 2011-12 Star Game Record vs. Army:  16-4 (80.0)
• In addition to Saturday’s men’s lacrosse game, the Army-Navy men’s tennis match will also take place on Saturday … the two teams battle in Annapolis at 1:00 pm.
• Last Saturday’s dramatic win by the men’s outdoor track team (102.5-100.5) clinched the overall series … tied at 97.5 points apiece, the meet came down to the final event of the day with the Mids’ 4x400m relay edging out the Black Knights (3:18.55 – 3:19.78) … Navy has won the overall series 19 times in the last 20 years.
• Navy, who has dominated the Star Series this season, 16-4, clinched the series for the 16th-straight season when the Mids’ women’s basketball squad captured a 57-50 victory over Army on Feb. 11 at West Point.

2011-12 Star Game Victories Over Army (in chronological order): Men’s Soccer • Golf • Men’s Cross Country • Women’s Cross Country • Women’s Soccer • Sprint Football • Men’s Swimming • Women’s Swimming • Football • Men’s Indoor Track & Field • Women’s Indoor Track & Field • Women’s Basketball • Gymnastics • Wrestling • Men’s Outdoor Track & Field • Women’s Outdoor Track & Field.

Patriot League Tournament in State of Flux
• With two weeks remaining in the regular season and thanks to Army defeating Bucknell and Colgate defeating Lehigh last weekend, the Patriot League Tournament remains in a state of flux.
• Bucknell, Colgate and Lehigh all sit atop the league at 3-1, while Navy stands fourth at 3-2, Army at 2-2, Lafayette at 1-3 and Holy Cross at 0-5.
• If Navy defeats Army on Saturday, the Mids are in the tournament … should Navy lose, it would still have a glimmer of hope to get in, but a number of things would have to happen over the next two weeks.
• Also in is the winner of Saturday’s Bucknell-Lehigh game.
• If Bucknell, Colgate and Navy all win on Saturday, all three of those teams would qualify for the tournament, as would Lehigh … if Navy loses and Colgate wins, Lehigh also gets in.

Remaining Patriot League Schedule
Saturday, April 14
•    Navy at Army    12:00 pm
•    Lafayette at Colgate    1:00 pm
•    Bucknell at Lehigh    7:00 pm
•    Holy Cross at Providence    7:00 pm

Friday, April 20
•    Colgate at Bucknell    7:00 pm

Saturday, April 21
•    Holy Cross at Army    12:00 pm
•    Johns Hopkins at Navy    12:00 pm
•    Lehigh at Lafayette    2:00 pm

Taking the Field In …
10    Navy has lost just five games (51-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 5-0 this season when reaching 10 goals … Army, meanwhile, is 3-1 in games in which it has produced 10 goals.
9    Senior attackman Taylor Reynolds owns nine-career multi-point contests, including 2-plus points in six of the last eight games.
8    Tucker Hull is one of only three players in program history to post three eight-point games in a season – 6-2 vs. VMI, 3-5 at Lafayette and 3-5 vs. Holy Cross … he joins Mike Buzzell (1978) and Dennis Nealon (1990) … no Navy player has ever recorded four eight-point games in a season.
7    Sophomore long pole Pat Kiernan has produced nine points on seven goals and two assists over his career … the seven goals are tied as the most by a defenseman in school history, along with Bucky Morris (2001-04) and Zack Schroeder (2007-10).
6    Since 2004, Navy owns an amazing 54-2 record when holding its opponents to six or fewer goals, including a 12-1 mark in the last four seasons combined … Army is 1-1 this season when being held to six goals, including a 6-5 win in double overtime against Bucknell last week.
5    Tucker Hull is ranked No. 5 in the country in points per game, averaging 4.60 … his is also ranked fifth in assists per game (2.30) and 24th in goals per game (2.30).
4    Navy has won four in a row when leading after the third quarter and stand 5-1 on the year when achieving that feat.
3    Navy is one of four teams who have captured three Patriot League wins this season … Bucknell, Colgate and Lehigh are 3-1, while the Mids are 3-2 … a win by the Mids on Saturday would clinch a playoff berth for Navy.
2    Navy has been outscored 13-1 in the second half of its last two contests (Lehigh, Maryland) … in last year’s Army battle, the Black Knights rallied in the second half to outscore the Mids, 10-2, en route to a 14-9 win.
1    Over the last four seasons, 24 (10-14) of the Mids’ 70 contests have been decided by one goal … Navy had lost five-straight one-goal games prior to its 12-11 victory over No. 12 Colgate on March 24 … 21 of the 90 games in the Army-Navy series have been decided by one goal, including the 2010 Star Game in which the Mids won, 7-6.

On The Road Again
• Navy will play half of its 12-game slate away from its home venue, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, this season.  Five of the six are true road games, while the sixth is a neutral site contest against Jacksonville which was played at EverBank Stadium, the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, on Feb. 19.
• Navy stands 3-1 on the road this season with wins over Lafayette (3-10), Towson (3-13) and Colgate (3-24) … the Mids dropped their first road game of the year last  Friday at 12th-ranked Maryland (13-6).
• Since the beginning of the 2004 campaign, Navy has lost 22 of its 51 road games (neutral sites not included).
• Last year, Navy produced a 1-6 record in games played away from Annapolis … its lone road victory was an 8-3 decision over Holy Cross on March 19.

Patriot League Boasts Nation’s Top Scorers
• Three of the nation’s top-six point producers hail from Patriot League institutions according to this week’s NCAA statistics report.
• Colgate junior Peter Baum, who owns the nation’s seventh-leading scoring streak at 38-consecutive games, is No. 2 in the country with his 5.18 points per game, while Bucknell senior Billy Eisenreich stands No. 6 on the list, scoring at a 4.50 point per game clip.  Navy sophomore attackman Tucker Hull stands No. 5, averaging 4.60 points per contest.
• Hull has produced a point in every game this season and has registered hat tricks in five of the 10 contests.
• Hull, who possesses one of the most balanced games in the country, is ranked No. 5 in assists per game (2.30) and 24th in goals per game (2.30).
• Hull is one of three players in the country ranked in the top 25 in points, goals and assists, joining Massachusetts’ Will Manny (1st pts, 5th goals, 7th assists) and Siena’s Bryan Neufeld (4th pts, 9th goals, 10th, assists).

Rivalries in the Spotlight
• With one of the nation’s richest traditions in the sport of lacrosse, Navy plays three rivalry games each year that stand among the nation’s longest.
• Army and Navy have met 90 times, marking the sixth-longest rivalry in college lacrosse.  The two will play for the 91st time this Saturday at West Point.
• Meanwhile, the Mids have played Maryland 87 times, which is tied as the ninth-longest rivalry, and the Navy-Johns Hopkins series runs 85 games, which is 12th on the list.
• Cornell-Hobart is the longest-running series in college lacrosse with the two teams meeting 133 times.  Hobart was a Div. III program prior to 1995, but continue their series today.

Longest Rivalries in College Lacrosse
1.    133    Cornell v. Hobart    postponed, 2-25
2.    107    Johns Hopkins v. Maryland    April 14
3.    97    Hobart v. Syracuse    April 17
97    Cornell v. Syracuse    Cornell, 12-6
5.    93    Princeton v. Yale    Princeton, 10-9 (5OT)
6.    90    Army v. Navy    April 14
90    Princeton v. Rutgers    Princeton, 13-4
8.    88    Maryland v. Virginia    Virginia, 12-8
9.    87    Maryland v. Navy    Maryland, 13-6
87    Cornell v. Penn    Cornell, 16-11
11.    86    Harvard v. Cornell     Cornell, 14-10
12.    85    Johns Hopkins v. Navy    April 2

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Ravens release 2012 preseason schedule

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Ravens release 2012 preseason schedule

Posted on 04 April 2012 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

A nationally-televised game against the Detroit Lions at M&T Bank Stadium highlights the Baltimore Ravens’ 2012 preseason schedule.

In the preseason home opener, the Ravens will host the Lions on Friday, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. in a game broadcast by FOX-TV. This marks the third preseason meeting between the teams, with Baltimore owning a 2-0 series advantage.

The Ravens open preseason play at Atlanta on Thursday, Aug. 9. Baltimore holds a 5-3 preseason series edge over the Falcons, including last year’s 21-7 victory at the Georgia Dome. The Ravens have played six of the eight preseason contests in Atlanta.

Following their game against Detroit, the Ravens will host Jacksonville on Thursday, Aug. 23, in their first-ever preseason matchup against the Jaguars.

Baltimore closes out its preseason schedule at St. Louis on Thursday, Aug. 30. This will mark the Ravens’ third all-time preseason game against the Rams – all of which have been scheduled in St. Louis.

Two of the Ravens’ four preseason opponents – Atlanta and Detroit – earned playoff berths during the 2011 campaign. Baltimore is 38-25 all time in preseason play. Under head coach John Harbaugh (2008-11), the Ravens have compiled an 11-5 record in the preseason.

2012 Ravens Preseason Schedule

Thursday, Aug. 9 at Atlanta Falcons

Friday, Aug. 17 vs. Detroit Lions (FOX-TV National, 8 p.m.)

Thursday, Aug. 23 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Thursday, Aug. 30 at St. Louis Rams

(Times for three of the Ravens’ preseason games will be determined at a later date.)

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Broncos SB Odds Improve, Ravens Drop After Start of Free Agency

Posted on 19 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Peyton Manning Odds

Peyton Manning – Total Passing Yards in the 2012 Regular Season? 

Over/Under                    4000    

Peyton Manning – Total TD Passes in the 2012 Regular Season?       

Over/Under                    28½

Peyton Manning – Completion % in the 2012 Regular Season?          

Over/Under                    65%

Peyton Manning – Total Interceptions in the 2012 Regular Season?   

Over/Under                    16½

Peyton Manning – Will his first pass of the season be complete, incomplete, or an Interception?

Complete                      -180     (5/9)

Incomplete                    +150     (3/2)

Interception                   +1000   (10/1)

Peyton Manning – Will he win 2012 NFL MVP?           

Yes                              7/1       

Peyton Manning – Will he win 2012 Comeback Player of the Year?   

Yes                              1/1       

Tim Tebow Odds

Tim Tebow – Which team will he be on for Week 1 of the Regular Season?     

Jacksonville Jaguars                  3/2

Denver Broncos                         7/4

Miami Dolphins                          7/4

New England Patriots                 7/1

Cleveland Browns                       12/1

Tim Tebow – Will he start as a QB in the NFL Week 1 of the Regular Season?          

Yes                  EVEN  

No                    -140     

Broncos Odds

Denver Broncos – Regular Season Wins         

Over                              10        

Will the Denver Broncos play against The New York Giants in the 2013 Super Bowl?           

Yes                              50/1     

Will the Denver Broncos win the AFC?

Yes                              6/1

Will the Denver Broncos win the AFC West?

Yes                              2/3

2013 SUPER BOWL XLVII ODDS  (odds current, 3/19/2012)                  (odds on 2/6/2012)

Green Bay Packers                                13/2                                          6/1

New England Patriots                             15/2                                          7/1

New Orleans Saints                               10/1                                          8/1

Denver Broncos                                     12/1                                          50/1

Houston Texans                                     12/1                                          12/1

San Francisco 49ers                              14/1                                          18/1

Baltimore Ravens                                   15/1                                          14/1

Philadelphia Eagles                                15/1                                          12/1

New York Giants                                    16/1                                          15/1

Pittsburgh Steelers                                18/1                                          12/1

Dallas Cowboys                                     20/1                                          18/1

San Diego Chargers                               22/1                                          16/1

Chicago Bears                                       25/1                                          30/1

Detroit Lions                                          25/1                                          18/1

Atlanta Falcons                                     28/1                                          22/1

New York Jets                                       30/1                                          16/1

Carolina Panthers                                  40/1                                          50/1

Cincinnati Bengals                                 40/1                                          40/1

Miami Dolphins                                      40/1                                          35/1

Seattle Seahawks                                  40/1                                          60/1

Arizona Cardinals                                   50/1                                          30/1

Kansas City Chiefs                                50/1                                          50/1

Oakland Raiders                                    50/1                                          50/1

Tennessee Titans                                   50/1                                          40/1

Washington Redskins                            50/1                                          60/1

Buffalo Bills                                           75/1                                          60/1

St. Louis Rams                                      75/1                                          75/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers                         75/1                                          75/1

Indianapolis Colts                                   100/1                                        50/1

Jacksonville Jaguars                               100/1                                        100/1

Minnesota Vikings                                 100/1                                        75/1

Cleveland Browns                                   150/1                                        100/1

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

“Our Super Bowl odds have been down for a couple weeks until we knew where Peyton would go since this signing would have such a huge impact on every team’s odds.  Denver who we had at 50-1 before we closed the odds have dropped to 12-1 and as I expected the public is taking them regardless as soon as we opened this morning.  We were a bit lucky that Denver came out of nowhere in the Manning Sweepstakes so not too many people bet them at 50-1.”

-Kevin Bradley, Bovada.lv Sportsbook Manager

 

 

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