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Ranking The Ravens: A Postseason Breakdown of 53(+) Man Roster

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Ranking The Ravens: A Postseason Breakdown of 53(+) Man Roster

Posted on 21 January 2011 by Glenn Clark

In their new song, “Waiting For The End”, the band Linkin Park offered a lyric that should be considered particularly fitting for Baltimore Ravens fans.

The hardest part of ending is starting again…

With their 31-24 defeat at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in the AFC Divisional Round, the 2010-2011 NFL season has ended for the Ravens.

It didn’t take long for the team’s offseason to begin. Even with owners and players apparently headed towards a lockout, GM Ozzie Newsome, Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta, Senior Personnel Assistant George Kokinis and Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz lead a front office hard at work in shaping what the 2011 Baltimore Ravens will look like…as long as there is a 2011 NFL season.

Members of the front office are already preparing for the NFL Draft, as they are scouting college seniors this week in Orlando at the East West Shrine Game. Next week they will be doing the same thing at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL.

As we enter the offseason, I’ll offer a variation of my preseason power rankings (you’ll remember my “Mocking the 53″ blogs) to review the team’s roster. This is a complicated review, as I factor in who had the best season, who has proved to a better player overall, the value of the position and contract status.

Players labeled as “UFA” are unrestricted free agents. Players labeled as “RFA” are restricted free agents. Players labeled as “ERFA” are exclusive rights free agents. Players labeled as “reserve/future” have reserve/future contracts.

Unique labeling on my part. I’m aware.

1. LB Terrell Suggs
2. DT Haloti Ngata (UFA)
3. RB Ray Rice
4. LB Ray Lewis
5. G Ben Grubbs

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While I said Tuesday Ngata was the team’s best player in 2010 (he also received my vote for/won the team’s Most Valuable Player award), his contract status leaves him second on the list.

Suggs was outstanding in 2010, proving his 2009 season was indeed a fluke after signing a big contract the proceeding offseason.

It is going to cost owner Steve Bisciotti a LOT of money to retain Ngata this offseason, but the Ravens are basically going to have to pay the price. Losing Ngata could absolutely WRECK the franchise’s plans defensively, as Ngata anchors what they do up front. It could only spell the end of Lewis’ career. If Ngata were to depart, Lewis could no longer be viewed as a Top 5 player on the roster for sure.

Rice’s fantasy football numbers were down in 2010, but his offensive impact certainly wasn’t. He remained the Ravens’ most dynamic playmaker and is expected to an offensive force for years to come.

It was interesting (for me) as I graded out players that I felt Grubbs was worthy of being a Top 5 player. Grubbs proved himself to be the team’s best and most reliable Offensive Lineman, and gives the team at least one more position they don’t have to worry about…for now.

6. WR Anquan Boldin
7. QB Joe Flacco
8. OT Michael Oher
9. K Billy Cundiff (UFA)
10. P Sam Koch (UFA)

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Everything at the receiver position has to be viewed as wide open right now…except for Boldin. He has to be viewed as the team’s top possession receiver no matter what Derrick Mason decides to do.

While Flacco is still a cornerstone for the franchise (and the suggestion made that the team should have him “compete” with Marc Bulger for the starting job is laughable), his move outside the Top 5 is a statement. He made SOME of the progress the team wanted him to make-but not all of it. There will be increasing pressure for that to happen next year.

Oher represents a tricky situation for the Ravens. While he struggled in 2010, he’s certainly not a BAD player. The team will have to figure out whether or not he has a long term future at LT. If he does (and he plays to that level), he’ll be a Top 5 player on this team for a long time.

Koch and Cundiff represent a unique problem for the team. During the 15 years of the team’s history, they’ve never been the type of organization that would spend a lot of money on a specialist. They’re going to have to pay two guys this offseason as top-tier specialists. These players were a SIGNIFICANT reason the team managed to win 12 regular season games and a playoff game this year.

11. TE Todd Heap
12. WR Derrick Mason
13. S Ed Reed
14. CB Domonique Foxworth
15. FB Le’Ron McClain (UFA)

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Heap, Mason and Reed are unique. If this list was based on ability and performance alone; there would be an argument they should all be in the Top 10. Their age leaves them on the outside looking in, as even if they return as expected the team will have to make decisions at their positions.

It might seem surprising that Foxworth is the highest ranked of the cornerbacks, but he was the team’s top guy before getting hurt and is the only guy (besides Lardarius Webb) in the group who actually has a contract.

The Ravens are in a VERY unique situation with McClain. He had a tremendous season at fullback; but doesn’t want to return as true fullback. To return, the two time Pro Bowler would have to be assured of more involvement in Cam Cameron’s offense. I’m not sure how likely that is.

16. CB Chris Carr (UFA)
17. LB Jarret Johnson
18. CB Lardarius Webb
19. CB Josh Wilson (UFA)
20. DE Cory Redding

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Carr had a great season and offered some legitimate stability to the team’s defensive backfield. That being said, there will be a question as to whether or not bringing him back will work monetarily. If he gets paid as a #1 corner, the Ravens might be in trouble. Wilson is in the same boat. The uncertainty surrounding those two corners helps Webb find himself ranked higher on the list.

My guess is that one of Carr and Wilson will be back, but not both.

Johnson and Redding are both solid contributors to the defense, and the Ravens can pencil them in for next season. They’ll need a healthier (or just somehow more effective) Johnson, and they’ll need to compliment Redding with a legitimate rush end.

21. S Dawan Landry (UFA)
22. WR TJ Houshmandzadeh (UFA)
23. TE Ed Dickson
24. DT Brandon McKinney
25. DT Kelly Gregg

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Like other players, the Ravens find themselves in a tricky spot when it comes to Landry. As a starter and solid contributor to one of the league’s better defenses over the last few years, Landry could find himself in position to make a lot of money on the free agent market. The Ravens may or may not be in a place to match that. He’s been good; but with restricted free agents Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura likely to return, it seems unlikely they would retain Landry at a high cost.

Houshmandzadeh almost seems to be in a “if Mason doesn’t come back” position. The Ravens can’t just retain all of their top three receivers and make progress offensively. If Mason retires, there would be a much greater likelihood of Houshmandzadeh returning.

Dickson showed signs of being a potential breakout performer in 2010, but never actually broke out. The team will look to expand his role as he continues to get more comfortable in the offense. He also represents the team’s best chance of limiting an aging Heap’s snaps in 2011.

It might look surprising at first to see McKinney listed ahead of a player like Gregg, but I think it represents an area where the Ravens can move forward. McKinney came on strong down the stretch, looking like a reliable cog on the defensive line. While Gregg made a fantastic play on Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles in the AFC Wild Card playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium, he showed signs of aging as the season wore on, and it would be difficult to assume he could continue playing the majority of downs in the future.

26. OT Jared Gaither (UFA)
27. OL Marshal Yanda (UFA)
28. DT Terrence Cody
29. C Matt Birk
30. S Haruki Nakamura (RFA)

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My only gut instinct with Gaither is that the team won’t give him the type of premium price tag a top tier OT would probably expect. There’s an argument as to whether or not ANYONE should pay Gaither that price, but my guess is that someone will. The Ravens don’t want to see Yanda depart, but there’s a chance another NFL team will choose to offer him legitimate tackle money because he played the position in 2010.

The Ravens likely can’t be in position to overpay a player like Yanda, but they certainly to solidify their O-Line. Birk could still decide to retire; but even if he doesn’t the team has to make future plans for the position.

Cody showed SOME signs of being a future contributor during the 2010 season, but probably not enough that the Ravens can feel comfortable with expecting him to play every down in 2011. Nakamura could be very important, as he would be the most likely to step into the role should Landry depart in free agency.

31. RB Willis McGahee
32. DE Paul Kruger
33. LB Jameel McClain (RFA)
34. LB Tavares Gooden (RFA)
35. LB Dannell Ellerbe (ERFA)

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I’m going to guess that McGahee won’t be getting the $19.7 million owed to him over the last three years of his contract. The most likely scenario probably involves McGahee not returning to Charm City next season. But if he’s willing to take a pay cut, there’s still a chance he could be a solid compliment to Rice behind an improved O-Line.

Paul Kruger started to show some signs at the end of the season that he might be able to contribute in the future. Unfortunately, that’s probably not the level of progression the team had in mind for the 2009 2nd round pick. 2011 could be a “make or break” type of year for Kruger.

And then there’s McClain/Gooden/Ellerbe. Does anyone else want to try to figure this out? The team clearly hoped one player in this group would separate themselves out at McDaniel College in Westminster during Training Camp in 2010, but that clearly didn’t happen. They also hoped one would separate themselves during the 2010 season. That didn’t happen either.

Of the group, McClain has probably shown himself to be the most steady, but is equally vulnerable against the pass. Gooden is probably the best against the pass, but there’s a joke in there about being the prettiest girl at fat camp. Ellerbe showed some capability of making plays in the backfield, but looks lost against the pass.

It looks like all three will end up returning in 2011. It also looks like the Ravens will be in a very familiar position when (if?) the season begins.

36. WR/KR David Reed
37. CB Fabian Washington (UFA)
38. S Tom Zbikowski (RFA)
39. LS Morgan Cox
40. OL Chris Chester (UFA)

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Whether or not David Reed can someday contribute at receiver is still to be determined. But he clearly came on as a kick returner until a concussion and a wrist injury cut his season short. He’ll have to stay out of trouble off the field, but it looks like the Ravens have a solid piece of the puzzle in Reed.

Washington made it clear earlier this week he wouldn’t return to the team unless his role was expanded. There’s a chance his role could be expanded if Carr and Wilson depart. Otherwise, it doesn’t look good. Zbikowski will almost certainly be back, the organization will now have to determine whether or not he is capable of replacing Ed Reed on a full-time basis whenever the future Hall of Famer walks away from the game.

Cox did a nice job of solidifying the long snapper position after beating veteran Matt Katula out during the preseason. The only concern surrounding Cox is how quickly he’ll be able to return from the torn ACL he suffered against the Cleveland Browns, but it appears as though he’ll be ready to go.

Chester will be another tough decision for the Ravens. If another team is willing to pay him to be an every down linemen, the organization will have to think hard before matching. Chester has shown himself as being reliable, but I think he’s only a starter in Baltimore if Yanda were to depart…or the Ravens were forced to keep Yanda at Tackle.

41. CB Cary Williams (ERFA)
42. OL Tony Moll (UFA)
43. LB Jason Phillips
44. QB Marc Bulger (UFA)
45. WR Donte’ Stallworth (UFA)

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Williams could be in a good spot this offseason. As an exclusive rights free agent, he could be in a good position to come back and get more playing time should some of the corners ahead of him sign elsewhere. He’s 6’1″, and the team liked him at least enough to hold on to him through a suspension to start the 2010 season.

Moll looks like a solid option to return and give the O-Line important depth. He’s capable of playing multiple positions to at least a solid level. He’s not good enough to be an every down player and it’s unlikely that another team will choose to pay him that way.

Phillips showed signs in 2010, probably enough that he will enter the 2011 season on the “good” side of the roster bubble. He certainly can’t be considered a lock at this point however.

Bulger will likely only return to the team if he isn’t offered a starting job elsewhere. With Jim Harbaugh now in charge of the San Francisco 49ers, it wouldn’t be stunning to see him consider Bulger. If the options are for backup jobs-or even jobs where Bulger would have to “compete” for a starting gig, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see him return to Baltimore.

Some of the fan frustration surrounding Cam Cameron certainly centers around Stallworth, who seems unlikely to return. The Ravens need a speed receiver option, but it has to be a player they’ll trust to send out and stretch the field.

46. TE Dennis Pitta
47. LB Brendon Ayanbadejo
48. DT Arthur Jones
49. WR Marcus Smith (UFA)
50. DT Lamar Divens (RFA)

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The lack of involvement from Pitta in 2010 was disappointing, but he was often a victim of only being able to dress 53 players. His role should expand in 2011.

Ayanbadejo and Smith are interesting cases. Both are special teams players only for the most part, and the team will have to determine how much value they have. Smith is unlikely to generate much interest elsewhere, Ayanbadejo isn’t getting any younger. Both could return, but I don’t think they’re guarantees.

Jones and Divens are both solid players who have the “look” of Ravens defensive linemen. The only issue for new Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano is that he’s inheriting a bunch of these type of players. They’re big, they move fairly well and they can control gaps. Jones will clearly be back in 2011, Divens is the question mark.

51. LB Prescott Burgess (UFA)
52. RB Jalen Parmele (RFA)
53. OT Oniel Cousins (RFA)
54. WR James Hardy (reserve/future)

55. TE Davon Drew (ERFA)

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Burgess was a solid Special Teams contributor who was also able to get a handful of positive snaps defensively. There’s a chance he could generate interest elsewhere, we remember the New England Patriots grabbed him when he was available in 2009.

Parmele could stand to benefit from a McGahee departure, but probably wouldn’t be a great option as the top compliment to Rice.

Cousins gives the team a cheap reserve tackle. I can’t fathom anyone will be hot after him, so he seems like a player that will at least make it to Westminster with a chance to retain his job.

Hardy is interesting. He climbed the list after comments by Newsome in the team’s Season Review press conference. There was a reason Hardy was once a second round pick by the Buffalo Bills. There’s also a reason why he was unemployed a season ago. Either way, he’s 6’5″. The Ravens don’t have any other receivers of that size right now.

Davon Drew is the fourth of four TE’s on the roster. That would be a problem in a lot of places, but when the General Manager is a former Tight End, it bodes well for the chances of sticking around.

56. LB Sergio Kindle (ERFA)
57. DT Kelly Talavou (ERFA)
58. RB Matt Lawrence (RFA)
59. QB Hunter Cantwell (reserve/future)
60. WR Justin Harper (reserve/future)

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Kindle is such a question mark (as he continues to recover from a fractured skull) that it really doesn’t matter how much talent he might have. Until there’s reason to believe he’ll be able to return next season, he can’t be an assumed part of the 53 man roster.

If Talavou is able to come back healthy, he’s highly thought of by the organization. He could be the insurance that allows the team to let someone like Divens go elsewhere.

Lawrence is a good Special Teams player if he’s healthy. It will be an uphill battle for him to make the roster in Training Camp, especially after missing the entire 2010 season.

Cantwell is the team’s 3rd quarterback, but has only a cup of coffee worth of experience on an active roster with the Carolina Panthers in 2009. If the Ravens decided to go with three QB’s again, he’d have a decent chance to make the roster.

Harper is tall. Harper has only ever been on the active roster briefly. The team’s website apparently doesn’t know Harper wears number 82. That’s where we’re at with Harper.

61. OL Ramon Harewood
62.
OL Bryan Mattison (contract status unknown)
63. OL Daniel Sanders (contract status unknown)
64. RB Curtis Steele (reserve/future)
65. DE Albert McClellan (reserve/future)
66. CB Danny Gorrer (reserve/future)
67. OT Brady Bond (reserve/future)
68. OT Andre Ramsey (reserve/future)
69. LS Kevin Houser (UFA)

I’d provide a picture of Kevin Houser here, but even the team’s official site doesn’t have one.

If they all return (and are healthy); Harewood, Mattison and Sanders will compete to try to provide depth along the O-Line. Harewood could give the team an insurance policy if they choose to cut ties with Cousins, Sanders could prove to be the team’s center of the future when Birk hangs up the cleats. A local writer joked with me that Mattison had been “on scholarship” in recent seasons-that would probably come to an end now as his father (former Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison) has departed for Michigan.

Steele has the look of a potential weapon at the next level. If he can work his way into the return game, he’d have a much better shot of making the roster.

McClellan is employed by the Ravens, as is Gorrer. I’m going to guess most of you didn’t know that. Neither has a realistic path to the active roster.

Bond and Ramsey are big. My guess is that both of them will find their way onto an active roster in the National Football League someday. It probably won’t be in Baltimore however.

It might not be fair for me to rank Houser last on this list. He’s a NFL player, which is more than anyone else in this final group can really say. But his ONLY chance of returning to the team is if Cox can’t return from his torn ACL. There’s a chance he might not be ready for the start of Training Camp, but it’s unlikely it will be a factor moving towards the 2011 regular season.

(Thanks to BaltimoreRavens.com for the pictures!)

-G

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens

Posted on 18 January 2011 by Glenn Clark

Here are our Top 7 Baltimore Ravens from their 31-24 AFC divisional round playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday at Heinz Field…

Glenn Clark’s Top 7…

7. Paul Kruger

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6. Cory Redding

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5. Haloti Ngata

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4. Todd Heap

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3. Ray Lewis

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2. Sam Koch

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1. Terrell Suggs

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Drew Forrester’s Top 7…

7. Chris Carr

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6. Paul Kruger

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5. Ray Rice

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4. Cory Redding

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3. Brandon McKinney

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2. Todd Heap

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1. Terrell Suggs

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(Thanks to Getty Images, AP & Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for photos from Saturday’s game)

FINAL SEASON TOTALS:

Glenn:
29. Paul Kruger (1 point)
29. Morgan Cox (1 point)
29. Tavares Gooden (1 point)
26. David Reed (2 points)
26. Willis McGahee (2 points)
26. Le’Ron McClain (2 points)
23. Ed Dickson (3 points)
23. Marshal Yanda (3 points)
23. Kelly Gregg (3 points)
22. Ben Grubbs (4 points)
20. Terrence Cody (5 points)
20. Michael Oher (5 points)
18. TJ Houshmandzadeh (7 points)
18. Jarret Johnson (7 points)
16. Chris Carr (8 points)
16. Lardarius Webb (8 points)
15. Josh Wilson (10 points)
14. Fabian Washington (12 points)
13. Dawan Landry (13 points)
12. Cory Redding (14 points)
11. Billy Cundiff (18 points)
10. Sam Koch (23 points)
9. Ed Reed (25 points)
8. Todd Heap (27 points)
7. Derrick Mason (29 points)
6. Ray Lewis (35 points)
5. Terrell Suggs (37 points)
4. Haloti Ngata (45 points)
3. Ray Rice (46 points)
2. Anquan Boldin (49 points)
1. Joe Flacco (66 points)

Drew:
31. Ed Dickson (1 point)
31. Jason Phillips (1 point)
26. Paul Kruger (2 points)
26. Morgan Cox (2 points)
26. TJ Houshmandzadeh (2 points)
26. Jameel McClain (2 points)
26. Dannell Ellerbe (2 points)

25. Marshal Yanda (4 points)

22. Willis McGahee (5 points)
22. Le’Ron McClain (5 points)
22. Michael Oher (5 points)
20. Lardarius Webb (6 points)
20. Fabian Washington (6 points)
18. Brandon McKinney (7 points)
18. Cory Redding (7 points)
14. Terrence Cody (8 points)
14. Tavares Gooden (8 points)
14. Josh Wilson (8 points)

14. Jarret Johnson (8 points)
12. Dawan Landry (11 points)
12. Sam Koch (11 points)
9. Chris Carr (20 points)
9. Ed Reed (20 points)
9. Billy Cundiff (20 points)
8. Todd Heap (21 points)
7. Derrick Mason (22 points)
6. Haloti Ngata (32 points)
5. Ray Lewis (36 points)
4. Anquan Boldin (37 points)
3. Terrell Suggs (42 points)
2. Ray Rice (53 points)
1. Joe Flacco (77 points)

If you missed the explanation of why these players made the list on “The Morning Reaction” Tuesday on AM1570 WNST, hit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net!

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens

Posted on 11 January 2011 by Glenn Clark

Here are our Top 7 Baltimore Ravens from their 30-7 AFC Wild Card playoff win over the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium…

Glenn Clark’s Top 7…

7. Terrence Cody

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6. Terrell Suggs

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5. Anquan Boldin

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4. Dawan Landry

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3. Chris Carr

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2. Joe Flacco

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1. Todd Heap

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Drew Forrester’s Top 7…

7. Ray Lewis

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6. Terrence Cody

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5. Anquan Boldin

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4. Dawan Landry

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3. Chris Carr

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2. Joe Flacco

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1. Todd Heap

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(Most photos courtesy of the Kansas City Star)

SEASON TOTALS:


Glenn:
29. Morgan Cox (1 point)
29. Tavares Gooden (1 point)
26. David Reed (2 points)
26. Willis McGahee (2 points)
26. Le’Ron McClain (2 points)
23. Ed Dickson (3 points)
23. Marshal Yanda (3 points)
23. Kelly Gregg (3 points)
22. Ben Grubbs (4 points)
20. Terrence Cody (5 points)
20. Michael Oher (5 points)
18. TJ Houshmandzadeh (7 points)
18. Jarret Johnson (7 points)
16. Chris Carr (8 points)
16. Lardarius Webb (8 points)
15. Josh Wilson (10 points)
13. Cory Redding (12 points)
13. Fabian Washington (12 points)
12. Dawan Landry (13 points)
11. Sam Koch (17 points)
10. Billy Cundiff (18 points)
9. Todd Heap (23 points)
8. Ed Reed (25 points)
7. Derrick Mason (29 points)
5. Terrell Suggs (30 points)
5. Ray Lewis (30 points)
4. Haloti Ngata (42 points)
3. Ray Rice (46 points)
2. Anquan Boldin (49 points)
1. Joe Flacco (66 points)

Drew:
30. Ed Dickson (1 point)
30. Jason Phillips (1 point)
25. Morgan Cox (2 points)
25. TJ Houshmandzadeh (2 points)
25. Jameel McClain (2 points)
25. Brandon McKinney (2 points)
25. Dannell Ellerbe (2 points)

24. Cory Redding (3 points)
23. Marshal Yanda (4 points)

20. Willis McGahee (5 points)
20. Le’Ron McClain (5 points)
20. Michael Oher (5 points)
18. Lardarius Webb (6 points)
18. Fabian Washington (6 points)
14. Terrence Cody (8 points)
14. Tavares Gooden (8 points)
14. Josh Wilson (8 points)

14. Jarret Johnson (8 points)
12. Dawan Landry (11 points)
12. Sam Koch (11 points)
11. Todd Heap (15 points)
10. Chris Carr (19 points)
8. Ed Reed (20 points)
8. Billy Cundiff (20 points)
7. Derrick Mason (22 points)
6. Haloti Ngata (32 points)
5. Terrell Suggs (35 points)
4. Ray Lewis (36 points)
3. Anquan Boldin (37 points)
2. Ray Rice (50 points)
1. Joe Flacco (77 points)

If you missed the explanation of why these players made the list on “The Morning Reaction” Tuesday on AM1570 WNST, hit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net!

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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5 Takeaways from the Ravens 30-7 win over the Chiefs

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5 Takeaways from the Ravens 30-7 win over the Chiefs

Posted on 10 January 2011 by Thyrl Nelson

For those who have been waiting for an aesthetically pleasing performance from the Ravens, you got it on Sunday (in the second half at least). For those just looking for things to be gloomy about, there was plenty for you on Sunday too. Whatever your feelings about it are, the Ravens picked up the only lopsided win of this NFL playoff weekend, and forced 5 takeaways in doing so (even if they gave one right back). In honor of that performance, here are my 5 takeaways from Sundays 30-7 win over the Chiefs in Arrowhead.

1. Great fight match ups are defined by trilogies, Ali/Frazier, Leonard/Duran, Gatti/Ward just to name a few. In that way, Ravens/Steelers III (and Jets/Patriots III for that matter) just feels right. It will be the Ravens 5th trip to Heinz Field in the last 3 years, and unlike the AFC title game 2 years ago, this is an actual rubber match, and also one in a season where the Ravens might rightfully feel that they should have won each of the first 2 games instead of feeling like they could have won them, as in 2008.

 

2. As I said, for those looking to be gloomy, there was plenty of fodder for you too. The Ravens came out with a flat first half effort. You could certainly question whether what you saw in Sunday’s second half was more Ravens dominance, or Chiefs panic. They are after all the Chiefs, who haven’t won a playoff game since Joe Montana was at their helm. Still, given what happened to New Orleans on Saturday at the hands of the Seahawks, any playoff win should be considered a good one.

 

The offensive line looked shaky, albeit against a stout KC defensive front, the running game struggled to get established early, and the Ravens’ inefficiency in the red zone was nothing short of alarming. They’ll have a lot to work on before facing the Steelers next week. But on the flip side, they’re still playing football. Put that in your half empty glasses.

 

3. The Ravens made some of their own luck on Sunday too. Whether the result of the Siragusa-like flop by Terrence Cody on Jamaal Charles, or the hit on him by Josh Wilson at the sideline on his next carry, Charles was finished early. After giving Ravens fans a healthy dose of reasons to be worried early, Charles carried just 2 more times for -5 yards after the Wilson hit. If not for that, it could have been a far different game in the second half.

 

4. You’re kidding me with the Donte Stallworth thing right? Or maybe trying to kid everyone. At this point the Stallworth end around has become so predictable that it’s hard to remember him doing much else. The Ravens have to be trying to set something up with this, don’t they? Look for that action to lead to a big play sometime soon…maybe.

 

5. Although nothing can compare to the gravity of the Brian Reed situation or the gamut of emotions that his brother Ed must be experiencing right now, it is a solemn reminder that anytime you see those that you count as close to you could be the last time. In that way, it serves as a reminder too, that the careers of Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, Todd Heap, Derrick Mason, Kelly Gregg are quickly winding down, and any chance to enjoy them on the field could be your last (especially with no football promised yet for 2011).

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens

Posted on 04 January 2011 by Glenn Clark

Here are our Top 7 Baltimore Ravens from their 13-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium…

Glenn Clark’s Top 7…

7. Todd Heap

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6. Ray Rice

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5. Lardarius Webb

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4. Haloti Ngata

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3. Sam Koch

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2. Billy Cundiff

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1. Ed Reed

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Drew Forrester’s Top 7…

7. Terrell Suggs

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6. Joe Flacco

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5. Billy Cundiff

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4. Ray Rice

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3. Chris Carr

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2. Ed Reed

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1. Haloti Ngata

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SEASON TOTALS:

Glenn:
29. Morgan Cox (1 point)
29. Tavares Gooden (1 point)
26. David Reed (2 points)
26. Willis McGahee (2 points)
26. Le’Ron McClain (2 points)
22. Ed Dickson (3 points)
22. Marshal Yanda (3 points)
22. Kelly Gregg (3 points)
22. Chris Carr (3 points)
20. Terrence Cody (4 points)
20. Ben Grubbs (4 points)
19. Michael Oher (5 points)
17. TJ Houshmandzadeh (7 points)
17. Jarret Johnson (7 points)
16. Lardarius Webb (8 points)
15. Dawan Landry (9 points)
14. Josh Wilson (10 points)
12. Cory Redding (12 points)
12. Fabian Washington (12 points)
11. Todd Heap (16 points)
10. Sam Koch (17 points)
9. Billy Cundiff (18 points)
8. Ed Reed (25 points)
7. Terrell Suggs (28 points)
6. Derrick Mason (29 points)
5. Ray Lewis (30 points)
4. Haloti Ngata (42 points)
2. Ray Rice (46 points)
2. Anquan Boldin (46 points)
1. Joe Flacco (60 points)

Drew:
30. Ed Dickson (1 point)
30. Jason Phillips (1 point)
25. Morgan Cox (2 points)
25. TJ Houshmandzadeh (2 points)
25. Jameel McClain (2 points)
25. Brandon McKinney (2 points)
25. Dannell Ellerbe (2 points)

24. Cory Redding (3 points)
23. Marshal Yanda (4 points)

20. Willis McGahee (5 points)
20. Le’Ron McClain (5 points)
20. Michael Oher (5 points)
17. Lardarius Webb (6 points)
17. Terrence Cody (6 points)
17. Fabian Washington (6 points)
16. Dawan Landry (7 points)
12. Tavares Gooden (8 points)
12. Josh Wilson (8 points)
12. Jarret Johnson (8 points)
12. Todd Heap (8 points)

11. Sam Koch (11 points)
10. Chris Carr (14 points)
8. Ed Reed (20 points)
8. Billy Cundiff (20 points)
7. Derrick Mason (22 points)
6. Haloti Ngata (32 points)
5. Anquan Boldin (34 points)
3. Terrell Suggs (35 points)
3. Ray Lewis (35 points)
2. Ray Rice (50 points)
1. Joe Flacco (71 points)

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens

Posted on 28 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

Here are our Top 7 Baltimore Ravens from their 20-10 win over Cleveland Browns Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium…

Glenn Clark’s Top 7…

7. Morgan Cox

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6. Joe Flacco

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 26: Quarterback Joe Flacco  of the Baltimore Ravens throws to a receiver against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

5. TJ Houshmandzadeh

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 26: Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh,  of the Baltimore Ravens catches a touchdown pass over defensive back Sheldon Brown,  of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

4. Ray Lewis

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 26: Linebacker Ray Lewis  of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates as he leaves the field after their game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

3. Derrick Mason

Baltimore Ravens Derrick Mason leaves the huddle during the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints at M&T Banks Stadium in Baltimore on December 19, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom

2. Haloti Ngata

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13: Mark Sanchez  of the New York Jets gets sacked by Haloti Ngata  of the Baltimore Ravens during their home opener at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 13, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

1. Ed Reed

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 26: Safety Ed Reed  of the Baltimore Ravens returns an interception as he is chased by defenders Alex Mack  and Eric Steinbach  of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Drew Forrester’s Top 7…

7. Billy Cundiff

Baltimore Ravens' kicker Billy Cundiff celebrates with holder Sam Koch after kicking a 32-yard field goal to take the lead against the New Orleans Saints during the fourth quarter at M&T Banks Stadium in Baltimore on December 19, 2010. The  UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom

6. Morgan Cox

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5. Ray Lewis

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 19: Ray Lewis  of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates the Ravens victory after the game against the New Orleans Saints at M&T Bank Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Saints 30-24. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

4. Derrick Mason

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 16: Derrick Mason #85 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Lucas Oli Stadium on January 16, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts defeated the Ravens 20-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

3. Joe Flacco

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 26: Quarterback Joe Flacco  of the Baltimore Ravens runs against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

2. Ray Rice

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 26: Running back Ray Rice  of the Baltimore Ravens runs by linebacker Eric Barton  of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

1. Ed Reed

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 21: Teammates Ed Reed  and Ray Lewis  of the Baltimore Ravens celebrate after a defensive stop against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Glenn:
29. Morgan Cox (1 point)
29. Tavares Gooden (1 point)
26. David Reed (2 points)
26. Willis McGahee (2 points)
26. Le’Ron McClain (2 points)
22. Ed Dickson (3 points)
22. Marshal Yanda (3 points)
22. Kelly Gregg (3 points)
22. Chris Carr (3 points)
20. Terrence Cody (4 points)
20. Ben Grubbs (4 points)
18. Lardarius Webb (5 points)
18. Michael Oher (5 points)
16. TJ Houshmandzadeh (7 points)
16. Jarret Johnson (7 points)
15. Dawan Landry (9 points)
14. Josh Wilson (10 points)
10. Cory Redding (12 points)
10. Sam Koch (12 points)
10. Billy Cundiff (12 points)
10. Fabian Washington (12 points)
9. Todd Heap (15 points)

8. Ed Reed (18 points)
7. Terrell Suggs (28 points)
6. Derrick Mason (29 points)
5. Ray Lewis (30 points)
4. Haloti Ngata (38 points)
3. Ray Rice (44 points)
2. Anquan Boldin (46 points)
1. Joe Flacco (60 points)

Drew:
30. Ed Dickson (1 point)
30. Jason Phillips (1 point)
25. Morgan Cox (2 points)
25. TJ Houshmandzadeh (2 points)
25. Jameel McClain (2 points)
25. Brandon McKinney (2 points)
25. Dannell Ellerbe (2 points)

24. Cory Redding (3 points)
23. Marshal Yanda (4 points)

20. Willis McGahee (5 points)
20. Le’Ron McClain (5 points)
20. Michael Oher (5 points)
17. Lardarius Webb (6 points)
17. Terrence Cody (6 points)
17. Fabian Washington (6 points)
16. Dawan Landry (7 points)
12. Tavares Gooden (8 points)
12. Josh Wilson (8 points)
12. Jarret Johnson (8 points)
12. Todd Heap (8 points)
11. Chris Carr (9 points)
10. Sam Koch (11 points)
9. Ed Reed (14 points)
8. Billy Cundiff (17 points)
7. Derrick Mason (22 points)
6. Haloti Ngata (25 points)

4. Anquan Boldin (34 points)
4. Terrell Suggs (34 points)
3. Ray Lewis (35 points)
2. Ray Rice (46 points)
1. Joe Flacco (69 points)

-Morgan Cox photos courtesy of BaltimoreRavens.com

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Rating the Ravens after Baltimore’s 20-10 victory over Browns

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Rating the Ravens after Baltimore’s 20-10 victory over Browns

Posted on 27 December 2010 by Ryan Chell

What a boring game on Sunday between the Ravens and the Cleveland Browns. I know my boss, Glenn Clark, said that he forgot most of details of Sunday’s game an hour after the fourth quarter ended on the way back to Baltimore. But nevertheless, the Ravens won 20-10 and guaranteed themselves a playoff spot for the third straight year-the first time the team has achieved that feat in franchise history.

Rex and I sat down on “The Afternoon Drive” Monday on the “Purple Post-Game Show” to rate the Ravens, and in honor of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner announcing his engagement to 24-year old Playboy Playmate Crystal Harris, we decided to “Rate the Ravens” this week based on Playmates, with five being the highest and one being the lowest. Because more is better right?

Crystal Harris

Quarterbacks

Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco only completed 12-of-19 passes for only 102 yards, and had two touchdown passes-one to Derrick Mason and the other to T.J. Houshmandzadeh in the back of the end zone. The passing yards may not be outstanding, but Flacco did enough to win and played relatively mistake-free. He did throw a floater that Browns cornerback Joe Haden picked off, but Haden has been playing at a very high level this year. Flacco also made several plays with his feet to make a play despite something not being open downfield.

Ryan’s Rating: 3.5/5

Rex’s Rating:3

Running backs

Ray Rice

It was hard for Ray Rice to one-up his performance from last week against the Saints where he topped 200 yards of total offense, but the Ravens showed Sunday that they were determined still to manage the clock by still having a good dose of Ray Rice on the ground. Rice finished with 92 yards on 25 carries, but he never broke the huge run that sparked a Ravens scoring drive. Fullback Le’Ron McClain also carried the ball twice for 19 yards and Willis McGahee also provided solid supplementary support. No touchdowns for any of them though, and I think the injury to tight end Dennis Pitta early on in Sunday’s game stopped the Ravens from running their favorite formation to run out of-the two tight-end set.

Ryan’s Ratings: 3.5

Rex’s Rating: 3

Wide Receivers

T.J. Houshmandzadeh

The stats weren’t mind-blowing here, much like Flacco, but Derrick Mason continued his track record of making plays against the Cleveland Browns by grabbing a touchdown in front of Cleveland’s Sheldon Brown. After the Browns failed to convert on an onside-kick to open the second half, the Ravens had the benefit of a short field and made the most of the opportunity, as Flacco found Mason for the final score of the game, 20-10. Mason finished with 4 catches for 40 yards, and Houshmadzadeh’s score was also just as impressive. Dissapointing still is the loss of TE Todd Heap and the play of his replacement, Ed Dickson, who had no catches for 0 yards and just one target on Sunday.

Ryan’s Rating: 3/5

Rex’s Rating:2.5

Offensive Line

Flacco was only sacked once by the Browns, and that came on a corner blitz by Joe Haden. On several occasions, Flacco had several seconds to make a throw and either did or escaped out of the pocket and made a play with his legs (3 rushes, 16 yards). The holes were there in the running lanes for the backs to make; it was just on the part of Ray Rice or Willis McGahee to make a cut and they could have made a bigger play. But there is a silver lining in all of this…no penalties for Michael Oher!

Ryan’s Rating:3/5

Rex’s Rating:3/5

Defensive Line:

Cory Redding

The Ravens didn’t sack Colt McCoy once but rushed him on several occasions from the likes of Cory Redding, Haloti Ngata, and Terrell Suggs. Those pressures led to the three McCoy interceptions, and the biggest stop of the day by this unit was holding running back Peyton Hillis to just 35 yards on 12 carries(2.9 YPC). Overall, as a team the Browns only averaged 3.9 yards per carry as a team, and the trio of Redding, Ngata, and Gregg combined for eight solo tackles.

Ryan’s Rating: 4/5

Rex’s Rating:3.5/5

Linebackers

Peyton Hillis and Terrell Suggs

Ray Lewis said in the week leading up to Sunday’s game against the Browns that “even a blind cat finds a meal”. I always thought the quote was “even a blind squirrel finds a nut eventually”, but who’s going to tell Ray Lewis that? Certainly not me. Hillis of course had his breakthrough game against the Ravens in their previous matchup, gaining 144 yards on just 22 carries. Well, we thought Ray was opening his mouth a bit too early but Ray and the unit put their money where their mouth was and stopped Hillis, holding him to 35 yards and got physical with him.

They also did a good job of controlling the intermediate to short passing game that McCoy is great at. Jameel McClain led all Ravens with seven tackles, and Dannell Ellerbe and Jarret Johnson both were forces on the inside and outside of the Browns offensive line.

Ryan’s Rating:4/5

Rex’s Rating:3.5

Secondary:

Ed Reed

By far, the best Ravens unit of the day. The Ravens picked off Colt McCoy three times on Sunday-two coming from safety Ed Reed. McCoy appeared to be throwing the ball to a spot instead of leading the receiver, and Reed appeared to position himself in just the right spot. McCoy admitted afterwards that he being a rookie failed to realize that he should always know where a ball-hawking safety like Ed Reed should have been at all times. Lardarius Webb on his first quarter interception on the seventh-play of the game appeared to be the receiver instead of Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi.

And despite the touchdown allowed by Chris Carr on the trick play from Massaquoi to Brian Robiskie, Carr bounced back with a play later in the second quarter when he forced Massaquoi to fumble on the ball after catching a ball on a curl route. The ball bounced to the turf and took a Raven roll inbounds into the arms of Jameel McClain.

Ryan’s Rating:4.5/5

Rex’s Rating:3.5/5

Special Teams:

Nothing special here. The coverage team did do a great job containing return man Josh Cribbs, and while Billy Cundiff did connect on field goals of 27 and 40 yards with the wind blowing; he only had one touchback out of five attempts. Sam Koch averaged 45.7 yards per punt on three attempts and had one downed inside the Cleveland 20. The loss of David Reed was evident on kick returns as Jalen Parmele did just enough to move the ball up the field.

Ryan’s Rating: 4/5

Rex’s Rating: 3/5

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Live from Owings Mills: Heap a game-time decision as Ravens eye playoff spot

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Live from Owings Mills: Heap a game-time decision as Ravens eye playoff spot

Posted on 24 December 2010 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. –With a festive mood surrounding the training complex at 1 Winning Drive, the Ravens were making final preparations for Sunday’s showdown in Cleveland.

Despite the Pittsburgh Steelers maintaining control of the AFC North with a convincing victory over Carolina Thursday, the Ravens will clinch their third straight playoff berth with a victory over the 5-9 Browns, losers of four of their last six.

Tight end Todd Heap practiced for the third straight day, an indication that the veteran will have a realistic chance to play Sunday after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury. He was seen running pass patterns during the portion of practice open to the media on Friday and is listed as questionable on the team’s official injury report.

“I think he’s done really well. He just told me he felt very good [after Friday's practice],” coach John Harbaugh said. “I think we’ll wait until game time, just to see for sure and see how it feels up there with the weather and everything and make a decision right before the game.”

The Ravens have been cautious with their starting tight end, given his history of hamstring issues during his 10-year career. Heap has taken reps throughout the week, but described the recovery as having “ups and downs.”

“I’m feeling better,” Heap said. “I’d say it’s a day-to-day thing. It’s a long process. We’ll take it up to game day, and we’ll see how it feels.”

Brendon Ayanbadejo (knee) and Haruki Nakamura (illness) returned to the practice field after missing Thursday’s workout. However, David Reed (concussion) and Tom Zbikowski (back) were absent for the third straight day and have been ruled out for Sunday’s game. Joining them as non-participants in Friday’s practice were cornerback Chris Carr (illness) and defensive end Cory Redding (elbow). Carr is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game while Redding is probable.

Reed has not cleared the battery of concussion tests that would allow him to return to the field, according to Harbaugh.

Zbikowski is suffering from a bulging disc in his back and was treated with cortisone earlier in the week. The team remains optimistic that he could return this season since he is not experiencing any pain or numbness radiating in his legs, according to the Ravens coach.

Derrick Mason (ankle) was a full participant after being listed as limited on Thursday.

Reed’s absence leaves a hole in the kick return game after the rookie had finally stabilized the spot after poor production earlier in the season. Jalen Parmele would be the likely candidate to replace Reed, as he did last week against the New Orleans Saints, but Lardarius Webb has also returned kicks in practice this week and shined in the role last season.

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Festivus becoming an annual occurrence

Despite the Festivus holiday technically falling on Thursday (the contrived holiday made famous by Seinfeld), Baltimore has long used the term for a Ravens playoff appearance. A win on Saturday would mark the third straight year the Ravens have qualified for the postseason, something that’s never happened in the 15-year history of the franchise.

Younger players like Joe Flacco and Ray Rice might view the postseason as a birthright, but veterans know a playoff spot should never be taken for granted.

“Playoffs, no matter how long you play, anything can happen,” said nose tackle Kelly Gregg, an 11-year veteran who’s experienced the highs and lows in Baltimore over the last decade. “A lot of these young guys think it can happen every year, but it doesn’t go like that. You better take the opportunity now.”

Of course, a division title — and a first-round bye — would further sweeten the pot, but the Ravens must win their final two games and hope the Browns can upset the Steelers in Cleveland next Sunday.

“We’re still alive in the AFC North, and that’s the way we have to play it,” Gregg said. “Until they say we can’t win, we just have to keep chugging along and get in the playoffs [with a win on Sunday].”

Peeking at Pittsburgh

Harbaugh was asked if he watched the Steelers’ Thursday night game against the Panthers, and his thoughts were likely shared by the many Ravens fans who watched Pittsburgh’s 27-3 blowout victory.

“I watched a little bit of it, then I checked in on the score, and then I lost interest,” said Harbaugh, drawing laughs from the media gathered in Owings Mills. “Hey, that was good for them. They got it done, and congratulations to them. We just move forward, now it’s our turn. We have to step up.”

Jersey swap

The main purpose of the portion of practice open to the media is typically to get an early read on who’s participating before the official injury report is released in the afternoon.

So the appearance of a player wearing a Zbikowski jersey created a brief stir among the few media members present for Friday’s practice, especially considering talk that the reserve safety might be done for the season. However, a closer look showed it was not the Notre Dame product after all.

A number of players had swapped jerseys in what has become a fun tradition for the team, but a sometimes frustrating one for the media. Among those who had swapped numbers included Haloti Ngata and Dawan Landry, Ray Lewis and Jarret Johnson, and, of course, Terrell Suggs sporting Sam Koch’s No. 4 jersey.

Injury report

RAVENS: OUT – S Tom Zbikowski (back), WR David Reed (head) QUESTIONABLE – TE Todd Heap (leg), CB Chris Carr (illness) PROBABLE – LB Brendon Ayanbadejo (knee), C Matt Birk (knee), WR Derrick Mason (ankle), OL Tony Moll (illness), S Haruki Nakamura (illness), LB Jason Phillips (illness), DE Cory Redding (elbow), WR Marcus Smith (shoulder)

BROWNS: DOUBTFUL – TE Robert Royal (shoulder) QUESTIONABLE – LB Eric Alexander (shoulder), DL Kenyon Coleman (knee), DL Shaun Rogers (ankle/hip) PROBABLE - LB Marcus Bernard (shoulder), DB Sheldon Brown (shoulder), WR Josh Cribbs (foot), RB Peyton Hillis (knee), QB Colt McCoy (illness), WR Chansi Stuckey (thigh), OL John St. Clair (ankle), OL Floyd Womack (knee)

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens

Posted on 21 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

Here are our Top 7 Baltimore Ravens from their 30-24 win over the New Orleans Saints Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium…

Glenn Clark’s Top 7…

7. Tavares Gooden

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 19: Tavares Gooden  of the Baltimore Ravens chases Drew Brees  of the New Orleans Saints at M&T Bank Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Saints 30-24. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

6. Ed Dickson

Baltimore Ravens Ed Dickson runs for a 34 yard touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at M&T Banks Stadium in Baltimore on December 19, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom

5. Cory Redding

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 19: Cory Redding  of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates his interception with 1 minute, 56 seconds to go in the game against the New Orleans Saints at M&T Bank Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Saints 30-24. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

4. Haloti Ngata

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 28: Josh Freeman  of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is almost sacked by Haloti Ngata  of the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Buccaneers 17-10. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

3. Terrell Suggs

July 30, 2010 - Westminster, Maryland, United States of America - 30 July 2010: Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs.

2. Jarret Johnson

July 30, 2010 - Westminster, Maryland, United States of America - 30 July 2010: Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jarret Johnson.

1. Ray Rice

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 19: Ray Rice  of the Baltimore Ravens score the Ravens third touchdown against the New Orleans Saints at M&T Bank Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens lead the Saints at the half 21-14. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Drew Forrester’s Top 7…

7. Ed Dickson

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco passes to Ed Dickson as he is hit by New Orleans Saints' Roman Harper during the second quarter at M&T Banks Stadium in Baltimore on December 19, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom

6. Willis McGahee

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 19: Willis McGahee  of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball during the game against the New Orleans Saints at M&T Bank Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Saints 30-24. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

5. Haloti Ngata

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13: Haloti Ngata  of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after a play against the New York Jets during their Jets home opener at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 13, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

4. Billy Cundiff

Baltimore Ravens' kicker Billy Cundiff celebrates with holder Sam Koch after kicking a 32-yard field goal to take the lead against the New Orleans Saints during the fourth quarter at M&T Banks Stadium in Baltimore on December 19, 2010. The  UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom

3. Tavares Gooden

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 19: Reggie Bush  of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by Tavares Gooden  of the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Saints 30-24. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
2. Joe Flacco

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 19: Joe Flacco  of the Baltimore Ravens looks for a receiver during the game against the New Orleans Saints at M&T Bank Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Saints 30-24. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

1. Ray Rice

Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice runs past the New Orleans Saints defense during the first quarter at M&T Banks Stadium in Baltimore on December 19, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom

SEASON TOTALS:

Glenn:
29. Tavares Gooden (1 point)
26. David Reed (2 points)
26. Willis McGahee (2 points)
26. Le’Ron McClain (2 points)
22. Ed Dickson (3 points)
22. Marshal Yanda (3 points)
22. Kelly Gregg (3 points)
22. Chris Carr (3 points)
19. TJ Houshmandzadeh (4 points)
19. Terrence Cody (4 points)
19. Ben Grubbs (4 points)
17. Lardarius Webb (5 points)
17. Michael Oher (5 points)
16. Jarret Johnson (7 points)
15. Dawan Landry (9 points)
14. Josh Wilson (10 points)
13. Ed Reed (11 points)
9. Cory Redding (12 points)
9. Sam Koch (12 points)
9. Billy Cundiff (12 points)
9. Fabian Washington (12 points)
8. Todd Heap (15 points)

7. Derrick Mason (24 points)
6. Ray Lewis (26 points)
5. Terrell Suggs (28 points)
4. Haloti Ngata (32 points)
3. Ray Rice (44 points)
2. Anquan Boldin (46 points)
1. Joe Flacco (58 points)

Drew:
29. Ed Dickson (1 point)
29. Jason Phillips (1 point)
25. TJ Houshmandzadeh (2 points)
25. Jameel McClain (2 points)
25. Brandon McKinney (2 points)
25. Dannell Ellerbe (2 points)

24. Cory Redding (3 points)
23. Marshal Yanda (4 points)

20. Willis McGahee (5 points)
20. Le’Ron McClain (5 points)
20. Michael Oher (5 points)
17. Lardarius Webb (6 points)
17. Terrence Cody (6 points)
17. Fabian Washington (6 points)
15. Dawan Landry (7 points)
15. Ed Reed (7 points)
11. Tavares Gooden (8 points)
11. Josh Wilson (8 points)
11. Jarret Johnson (8 points)
11. Todd Heap (8 points)
10. Chris Carr (9 points)
9. Sam Koch (11 points)
8. Billy Cundiff (16 points)
7. Derrick Mason (18 points)
6. Haloti Ngata (25 points)

5. Ray Lewis (32 points)
3. Anquan Boldin (34 points)
3. Terrell Suggs (34 points)
2. Ray Rice (40 points)
1. Joe Flacco (64 points)

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens…On A Wednesday

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens…On A Wednesday

Posted on 15 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

Here are our Top 7 Baltimore Ravens from their Monday Night Football 34-28 overtime win over the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium…

Glenn Clark’s Top 7…

7. Lardarius Webb

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 05: Corner back Lardarius Webb  of the Baltimore Ravens returns a kick against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter of the game at M&T Bank Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. Pittsburgh won 13-10. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

6. David Reed

Baltimore Ravens David Reed is tripped up by St. Louis Rams Chris Chamberlain (57) in the first quarter of pre-season play at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on September 2, 2010.  UPI/BIll Greenblatt Photo via Newscom

5. Joe Flacco

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 13: Quarterback Joe Flacco  of the Baltimore Ravens throws over the Houston Texans defense at Reliant Stadium on December 13, 2010 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

4. Cory Redding

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 10: Cory Redding  of the Baltimore Ravens defends against the Denver Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. Players wore pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Ravens defeated the Broncos 31-17. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

3. Sam Koch

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 05: Punter Sam Koch  of the Baltimore Ravens punts the ball to the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter of the game at M&T Bank Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

2. Derrick Mason

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 13: Wide receiver Derrick Mason  of the Baltimore Ravens scores his second toudhdown of the quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on December 13, 2010 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

1. Josh Wilson

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 13: Cornerback Josh Wilson  of the Baltimore Ravens intercepts Matt Schaub of the Houston Texans for the winning touchdown in overtime as Derrick Ward  of the Houston Texans watches at Reliant Stadium on December 13, 2010 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Drew Forrester’s Top 7…

7. Tavares Gooden

BALTIMORE - OCTOBER 11:  Tavares Gooden #56 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates a play against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on October 11, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Bengals defeated the Ravens 17-14. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

6. Terrell Suggs

Baltimore Ravens Terrell Suggs celebrates a defensive stop against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on December 5, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom

5. Anquan Boldin

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 05: Wide receiver Anquan Boldin  of the Baltimore Ravens catches a pass to score a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter of the game at M&T Bank Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

4. Derrick Mason

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 13: Wide receiver Derrick Mason  of the Baltimore Ravens scores in the first half against the Houston Texans as linebacker Kevin Bentley  and Troy Nolan  of the Houston Texans are late defending at Reliant Stadium on December 13, 2010 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

3. Joe Flacco

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 11: Quarterback Joe Flacco  of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after tossing a touchdown reception against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 11, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

2. Sam Koch

BALTIMORE - OCTOBER 5:   Sam Koch #4 of the Baltimore Ravens moves to punt the ball during the game against the Tennessee Titans on October 5, 2008 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

1. Josh Wilson

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 13: Cornerback Josh Wilson  of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates intercepting a pass from Matt Schaub of the Houston Texans in overtime at Reliant Stadium on December 13, 2010 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

SEASON TOTALS:

Glenn:
27. Ed Dickson (1 point)
27. Jarret Johnson (1 point)
24. David Reed (2 points)
24. Willis McGahee (2 points)
24. Le’Ron McClain (2 points)

21. Marshal Yanda (3 points)
21. Kelly Gregg (3 points)
21. Chris Carr (3 points)
18. TJ Houshmandzadeh (4 points)
18. Terrence Cody (4 points)
18. Ben Grubbs (4 points)
16. Lardarius Webb (5 points)
16. Michael Oher (5 points)

14. Cory Redding (9 points)
14. Dawan Landry (9 points)
13. Josh Wilson (10 points)
12. Ed Reed (11 points)
9. Sam Koch (12 points)
9. Billy Cundiff (12 points)
9. Fabian Washington (12 points)
8. Todd Heap (15 points)

7. Terrell Suggs (23 points)
6. Derrick Mason (24 points)
5. Ray Lewis (26 points)
4. Haloti Ngata (28 points)
3. Ray Rice (37 points)
2. Anquan Boldin (46 points)
1. Joe Flacco (58 points)

Drew:
29. Jason Phillips (1 point)
25. TJ Houshmandzadeh (2 points)
25. Jameel McClain (2 points)
25. Brandon McKinney (2 points)
25. Dannell Ellerbe (2 points)
22. Tavares Gooden (3 points)
22. Willis McGahee (3 points)
22. Cory Redding (3 points)
21. Marshal Yanda (4 points)

19. Le’Ron McClain (5 points)
19. Michael Oher (5 points)
16. Lardarius Webb (6 points)
16. Terrence Cody (6 points)
16. Fabian Washington (6 points)
14. Dawan Landry (7 points)
14. Ed Reed (7 points)
11. Josh Wilson (8 points)
11. Jarret Johnson (8 points)
11. Todd Heap (8 points)
10. Chris Carr (9 points)
9. Sam Koch (11 points)
8. Billy Cundiff (12 points)
7. Derrick Mason (18 points)
6. Haloti Ngata (22 points)

5. Ray Lewis (32 points)
4. Ray Rice (33 points)
2. Anquan Boldin (34 points)
2. Terrell Suggs (34 points)
1. Joe Flacco (58 points)

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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