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Ravens extend stadium naming rights deal

Posted on 21 May 2014 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

M&T BANK EXTENDS STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH RAVENS

Includes $600,000 investment to establish Judy Center in Baltimore

Baltimore, Md., May 21, 2014 — M&T Bank and the Baltimore Ravens announced a 10-year, $60 million extension of their partnership, which includes the continuation of naming rights to M&T Bank Stadium and an array of community-focused programs, including a new initiative focused on helping at-risk children in Baltimore.

The partnership, which began as a 15-year agreement in 2003 and is now extended through 2027, has proven to reach far beyond the stadium and into the community through a range of joint initiatives.

“M&T Bank’s partnership with the Ravens isn’t about a name on a building—it’s about combining the strengths of our two teams to build a better, stronger Baltimore,” said M&T Bank President Mark Czarnecki.

“Our partnership with M&T is based on shared values and has produced impact on both companies and this community,” said Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti. “This new agreement is a natural extension of our strong relationship and mutual commitment to pursuing excellence and strengthening this region. We look forward to continuing to work with M&T and helping those in need.”

A new component of the partnership will be an initiative to establish a Judith P. Hoyer Early Child Care and Family Education Center (Judy Center), which provides comprehensive services to increase school readiness for at-risk children under age five and their families. The Judy Center will be located at an elementary school in the Cherry Hill section of Baltimore City and is being organized through the Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF). The Ravens and M&T will provide a total of $600,000 in funding for the project.

“We are thrilled that the Ravens and M&T are joining BCF in its goal to have 90 percent of Baltimore’s children ready for school by 2017,” said Tom Wilcox, president of the Baltimore Community Foundation. “M&T and the Ravens’ financial commitment to our program will have a dramatic impact on these children and our school system, leveling the playing field for our children as they enter school.”

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Rice avoids prosecution with acceptance into intervention program

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Rice avoids prosecution with acceptance into intervention program

Posted on 20 May 2014 by Luke Jones

Ravens running back Ray Rice officially learned Tuesday he’s been accepted into a pretrial intervention program that will allow him to avoid prosecution for a domestic incident occurring in an Atlantic City casino in February.

The program could allow the 27-year-old to clear his record of charges after he pleaded not guilty to one count of third-degree aggravated assault earlier this month. After entering his plea and applying for the program, the prosecutor offered a plea deal that included probation with no jail time and anger management counseling, making it all but certain at the time that Rice would not be going to prison.

“After considering all relevant information in light of applicable law, it was determined this was the appropriate disposition,” acting Atlantic County prosecutor Jim McClain said in a statement on Tuesday.

Rice was arrested and charged with simple assault-domestic violence at the Revel Casino on Feb. 15 after allegedly striking his then-fiancee Janay Palmer — the pair have since married — and rendering her unconscious. Palmer was arrested for allegedly striking Rice, but the simple assault-domestic violence charge against her was dismissed by the grand jury while Rice was instead indicted for third-degree aggravated assault, a charge that potentially carried a prison term of three to five years.

It remains to be seen whether Rice will be disciplined by the NFL as he could be fined and suspended for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

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Taking a look at the 2014 Ravens roster prior to OTAs

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Taking a look at the 2014 Ravens roster prior to OTAs

Posted on 20 May 2014 by Luke Jones

With the NFL draft and rookie minicamp now in the rear-view mirror, the Ravens’ 90-man offseason roster has taken shape with a 2014 class of rookies and select veterans added to the mix over the last few months.

Baltimore will conduct its first of three weeks of organized team activity workouts next week before completing the offseason workout program with a mandatory three-day minicamp June 17 through June 19. Of course, the roster remains very fluid until the start of the regular season, but the Ravens now have a decent idea of the 90 players they’ll be bringing to training camp beginning in late July.

With that in mind, it’s time to take an early look at the 2014 roster, which includes plenty of mainstays as well as a number of newcomers head coach John Harbaugh hopes will make a difference in helping the Ravens rebound from their first non-playoff season of his tenure a year ago.

The numbers in parentheses indicate the total number of players currently on the roster at that given position. As we eventually move into the preseason, I’ll provide updated looks as well as actual projections of who’s in and who’s out during the different stages of the summer.

QUARTERBACKS (4)
Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor, Keith Wenning, Nick Stephens
Skinny: The sixth-round selection of the Ball State product Wenning signals that Taylor’s time is likely short as the backup quarterback in Baltimore.
Player to watch: Wenning throws an accurate deep ball and was on the Ravens’ radar as a developmental backup option throughout the pre-draft process.
Player to worry: Taylor will need to have a strong preseason to show other teams he can at least remain a viable backup option after his rookie contract expires at the end of the 2014 campaign.

RUNNING BACKS & FULLBACKS (7)
Ray Rice, Bernard Pierce, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Justin Forsett, Cierre Wood, Kyle Juszczyk, Shaun Chapas
Skinny: There are still too many unknowns to determine whether the Ravens wind up having one of the deepest backfields in football or continue to have major issues running the football for the second consecutive year.
Player to watch: Taliaferro is the prototypical one-cut runner the Ravens are looking for in Gary Kubiak’s system despite outside concerns about the fourth-round pick coming from an FCS program.
Player to worry: Pierce won’t be 100 percent from offseason shoulder surgery until training camp and put forth a worse yards per carry average than Rice despite most attention falling on the three-time Pro Bowl back last year.

WIDE RECEIVERS (12)
Torrey Smith, Steve Smith, Jacoby Jones, Marlon Brown, Deonte Thompson, Aaron Mellette, Michael Campanaro, LaQuan Williams, Gerrard Sheppard, Jace Davis, Kamar Aiken, Jeremy Butler
Skinny: If Steve Smith experiences a renaissance in his new surroundings, this can be one of the team’s most productive units, but that might be asking too much of a 35-year-old wide receiver.
Player to watch: Mellette spent the 2013 season on injured reserve with a knee injury, but the Ravens remain high on his future as an NFL receiver.
Player to worry: Thompson will struggle to make the 53-man roster after a disappointing 2013 season and an arrest earlier this offseason that certainly didn’t put him in the organization’s good graces.

TIGHT ENDS (5)
Dennis Pitta, Owen Daniels, Crockett Gillmore, Nathan Overbay, Phillip Supernaw
Skinny: With the third-round selection of the blocking-minded Gillmore, the Ravens have no concerns at the tight end position, which often thrives in Kubiak’s system.
Player to watch: Gillmore will see plenty of opportunities as a traditional tight end in the base offense, but the Ravens like his upside as a receiver as well.
Player to worry: Overbay was a late addition to the practice squad in 2013 but couldn’t have liked the Ravens signing Supernaw, a former Texans tight end.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (16)
Eugene Monroe, Marshal Yanda, Kelechi Osemele, Jeremy Zuttah, John Urschel, Gino Gradkowski, Jah Reid, A.Q. Shipley, Rick Wagner, Ryan Jensen, Will Rackley, James Hurst, Reggie Stephens, Parker Graham, David Mims, Brett Van Sloten
Skinny: Right tackle remains this unit’s biggest question mark, but Osemele returning as good as new from back surgery could be the X factor in determining how much the line improves from a disastrous 2013 season.
Player to watch: Wagner is currently projected to be the starting right tackle and the organization has more faith in him than most outsiders realize.
Player to worry: Reid has been a major disappointment as a 2011 third-round pick and could find himself off the roster by the end of the summer with the veteran Rackley being added to the mix at guard on Monday.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (13)

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Las Vegas Hilton sets Ravens’ 2014 wins at 8.5

Posted on 19 May 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 NFL SEASON WIN TOTALS, LVH (actual number of last season’s wins in parentheses)

CARDINALS 7.5 OVER -120 UNDER EVEN (10 wins in 2013)

FALCONS 8.0 OVER -130 UNDER +110 (4 wins in 2013)

RAVENS 8.5 OVER -120 UNDER EVEN (8 wins in 2013)

BILLS 6.5 OVER -130 UNDER +110 (6 wins in 2013)

PANTHERS 8.0 OVER -130 UNDER +110 (12 wins in 2013)

BEARS 8.0 OVER -140 UNDER +120 (8 wins in 2013)

BENGALS 9.0 OVER -135 UNDER +115 (11 wins in 2013)

BROWNS 6.5 OVER -150 UNDER +130 (4 wins in 2013)

COWBOYS 8.0 OVER -110 UNDER -110 (8 wins in 2013)

BRONCOS 11.0 OVER -140 UNDER +120 (13 wins in 2013)

LIONS 8.0 OVER -150 UNDER +130 (7 wins in 2103)

PACKERS 10.0 OVER -145 UNDER +125 (8 wins in 2013)

TEXANS 7.5 OVER -145 UNDER +125 (2 wins in 2013)

COLTS 9.5 OVER +130 UNDER -150 (11 wins in 2013)

JAGUARS 4.5 OVER -150 UNDER +130 (4 wins in 2013)

CHIEFS 8.0 OVER -120 UNDER EVEN (11 wins in 2013)

DOLPHINS 8.0 OVER +110 UNDER -130 (8 wins in 2013)

VIKINGS 6.0 OVER +105 UNDER -125 (5 wins in 2013)

PATRIOTS 10.5 OVER -135 UNDER +115 (12 wins in 2013)

SAINTS 9.5 OVER -150 UNDER +130 (11 wins in 2013)

GIANTS 7.5 OVER -135 UNDER +115 (7 wins in 2013)

JETS 7.0 OVER -125 UNDER +105 (8 wins in 2013)

RAIDERS 5.0 OVER +130 UNDER -150 (4 wins in 2013)

EAGLES 9.0 OVER +115 UNDER -135 (10 wins in 2013)

STEELERS 8.5 OVER -120 UNDER EVEN (8 wins in 2013)

CHARGERS 8.0 OVER -120 UNDER EVEN (9 wins in 2013)

49ERS 10.5 OVER -120 UNDER EVEN (12 wins in 2013)

SEAHAWKS 11.0 OVER -120 UNDER EVEN (13 wins in 2013)

RAMS 7.5 OVER -110 UNDER -110 (7 wins in 2013)

BUCS 7.0 OVER -120 UNDER EVEN (4 wins in 2013)

TITANS 7.0 OVER -130 UNDER +110 (7 wins in 2013)

REDSKINS 7.5 OVER +125 UNDER -145 (3 wins in 2013)

**TEAMS MUST PLAY 16 REGULAR SEASON GAMES FOR ACTION; NO PARLAYS; A TIE GAME IS CONSIDERED A LOSS TOWARDS NUMBER OF REGULAR SEASON WINS

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Ravens add three veterans; cut Furstenburg, two others

Posted on 19 May 2014 by Luke Jones

After this past weekend’s rookie minicamp, the Ravens have signed three veteran free agents while waving goodbye to three former members of their practice squad.

Baltimore announced the signings of fullback Shaun Chapas, guard Will Rackley, and tight end Phillip Supernaw and the releases of former Maryland tight end Matt Furstenburg, defensive lineman Cody Larsen, and outside linebacker and Randallstown product D.J. Bryant.

Of the three veterans to sign with Baltimore on Monday, Rackley presents the most intrigue after he started 25 of the 26 games he played for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2011 through 2013. A third-round pick of the 2011 draft, the 24-year-old guard missed the entire 2012 season due to an ankle injury.

It will be interesting to see if Rackley’s starting experience would prompt the Ravens to open up more of a competition at the left guard spot with Kelechi Osemele then moving to right tackle, a position the Ravens surprisingly didn’t address during this year’s draft.

Chapas has spent time with the Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, and Jacksonville Jaguars in his career and has appeared in six games, making two receptions for 15 yards.

Supernaw was with the Houston Texans the last two years, appearing in one game last season and spending most of his time on the practice squad. Of course, his familiarity with new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system made him a player of interest as he was invited to try out for the Ravens over the weekend.

Furstenburg and Larsen spent the 2013 season on the Ravens’ practice squad while Bryant was sidelined with a season-ending leg injury suffered in the final preseason game. Despite being a well-regarded free-agent signing from the University of Maryland last spring, Furstenburg could not crack the 53-man roster and saw his fortunes dim with the signing of veteran Owen Daniels and third-round selection of Colorado State tight end Crockett Gillmore earlier this offseason.

Larsen and Furstenburg took part in this weekend’s rookie camp. Bryant’s release was listed as being due to a failed physical.

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Jernigan, Urban latest draft picks to sign deals with Ravens

Posted on 17 May 2014 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

The Baltimore Ravens have signed two more draft picks from their 2014 class, general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome announced Saturday afternoon. DT Timmy Jernigan (second round) and DE Brent Urban (fourth round) each signed four-year contracts with the team.

The Ravens now have seven of their nine 2014 draft picks under contract.

Timmy Jernigan (second round)

No. 97

Defensive Tackle

Florida State

6-2, 300

Jernigan finished his collegiate career after appearing in 40 games (16 starts), recording 139 tackles (73 solo), 25 TFL (-104 yards), 8.5 sacks (-63 yards), one pass defensed and one fumble recovery. In 2013, he earned first-team All-ACC honors after helping FSU’s defense rank third in the nation by allowing only 281.4 yards per game en route to a BCS National Championship victory over Auburn.

Brent Urban (fourth round)

No. 96

Defensive End

Virginia

6-7, 298

Urban started 20 of 36 games in his career at Virginia, producing 75 total tackles (26 solo), 16.5 TFL (-48 yards), three sacks (-15 yards), two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and 11 passes defensed. He led all NCAA down linemen in the country and finished sixth overall in the ACC with 9 PD in 2013. Urban’s efforts as a senior helped him garner honorable mention All-ACC honors.

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Rookies try to make strong first impression with Ravens

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Rookies try to make strong first impression with Ravens

Posted on 17 May 2014 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — With most attention on the 2014 draft class as the Ravens gathered for their rookie minicamp this weekend, a number of former college players were trying to take advantage of what might be their only shot to catch on in the NFL.

In addition to working out draft picks, signed rookie free agents, and a few veterans previously on the practice squad or returning from injury, Baltimore invited 22 players to take part in rookie camp to not only fill out a full practice routine but take a look at any potential additions to the 90-man offseason roster. The most notable among them was wide receiver Jerry Rice Jr., the son of the Hall of Famer regarded by most as the greatest wideout in NFL history.

“He is a really good athlete. He doesn’t have his dad’s size, but he sure has his athleticism,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “When you watch him run, he runs a in a real similar way. And the other thing is he has that West Coast offense down. He has probably had that playbook since he was in the cradle.”

The former UCLA receiver is undersized at 5-foot-10 and caught only nine passes for the Bruins before transferring to UNLV for his senior season in which he caught 11 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown, making the likelihood of the Ravens signing him a long shot. However, Rice caught several passes on Saturday and took one slant to the end zone during non-contact 11-on-11 team drills.

Of course, watching his father play for years in San Francisco made him familiar with the offensive attack the Ravens will be using under new coordinator Gary Kubiak. The 22-year-old has also dealt with living in the shadow of his father without allowing it to take away from who he is as a person.

“It’s something I’ve been born with since the beginning; I don’t know any better,” Rice said. “You can take it two ways. You can either burden yourself or take it as a challenge. I definitely take it as a challenge. Why not strive to be the greatest? You only get one chance to do this. Why not try to do your best?”

While Rice’s tryout was a feel-good story in an otherwise mundane weekend in which many of the players participating won’t even make it to the remainder of organized team activities, Harbaugh was complimentary of a number of the Ravens’ draft picks including first-round linebacker C.J. Mosley and fourth-round running back Lorenzo Taliaferro. Third-round tight end Crockett Gillmore was one of the most impressive players on the field as he showed good hands in catching several passes.

Mosley was vocal while running the defensive huddle, and most expect him to immediately start next to veteran Daryl Smith in the 3-4 base defense.

“The first impression is that he seems very comfortable in a defense,” Harbaugh said. “He understands the game very well. He’s been really well-coached, obviously, down [at Alabama]. That was a big plus coming out.”

Harbaugh made it clear that there was no time to ease the rookies into action with the draft taking place two weeks later this year.

The mental preparation of learning an NFL system understandably takes time, but the physical rigors of playing at the next level were felt by the rookies immediately, according to the head coach.

“We go right at it as much as we can,” Harbaugh said. “It’s not real football. It’s not tackling and all that, but we try to throw a bunch on them mentally and really physically as well in terms of the running. Lorenzo Taliaferro told me that he had never been so sore in his life without hitting. I said, ‘Yeah, we run a lot in the NFL.’”

Lewis-Moore ready to show he belongs

The Ravens selected Notre Dame defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore in the sixth round of the 2013 draft fully knowing that his rookie year would essentially be a redshirt season after he suffered a torn ACL in the national championship game that January, but they’re hoping to reap the fruits of that long-term investment beginning this season.

Now 16 months removed from the injury and taking part in this weekend’s rookie camp, Lewis-Moore is out to prove why he was a well-regarded NFL prospect and to find his place in the defensive line rotation.

“I don’t have to relearn too much. We’re all football players and the game comes back to us pretty quick,” said Lewis-Moore, who briefly practice on a limited basis for a three-week period last season. “The first practice, I was a little rusty with my technique, but the afternoon practice was better. It’s going to be really competitive.”

The 6-foot-4, 310-pound defensive lineman collected 40 tackles and six sacks in his senior season to help lead the Fighting Irish defense to the national championship game against Alabama.

Other veteran players taking part in rookie minicamp included tight end Matt Furstenburg, wide receiver Gerrard Sheppard, quarterback Nick Stephens, and lineman Cody Larsen, who were all members of the 2013 practice squad.

Injury report

Fourth-round defensive end Brent Urban (offseason ankle surgery) and sixth-round wide receiver Michael Campanaro (hamstring strain) were present but did not participate in Saturday’s practice.

Third-round safety Terrence Brooks was excused from the team as he and his fiancée welcomed the birth of their son on Friday, but Harbaugh complimented the former Florida State defensive back’s work from earlier in the week.

The Ravens coach also said that left guard Kelechi Osemele (back surgery) was participating fully in the offseason training program and that running back Bernard Pierce (shoulder surgery) should be ready to go by the start of training camp.

“[Bernard's] been allowed to move around a little bit, but we just can’t risk him falling on it right now and getting a setback,” Harbaugh said. “So, you’re probably looking at training camp for him, which shouldn’t be an issue as long as you don’t get a setback.”

Two more draft picks sign

The Ravens announced the signings of second-round defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and Urban to their rookie contracts on Saturday afternoon.

The only draft picks who remain unsigned were Mosley and Brooks despite the draft only being completed last weekend.

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Even with chip on shoulder, Jernigan recognizes perfect fit with Ravens

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Even with chip on shoulder, Jernigan recognizes perfect fit with Ravens

Posted on 16 May 2014 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Based on last week’s conference call and his first meeting with the media in Owings Mills on Friday, it’s clear that Ravens defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan has a chip on his shoulder.

Slipping to the second round and the 48th overall selection before general manager Ozzie Newsome finally snatched him up, Jernigan is out to silence criticism over a diluted drug test sample at the NFL scouting combine in February and doubts over whether he has the size and stamina to thrive at the next level despite a successful career at Florida State. The Ravens have said they were comfortable with Jernigan’s explanation for his diluted sample — claiming he was counteracting problems with cramping and dehydration — and graded the 6-foot-2, 300-pound lineman as a first-round talent on their draft board.

They now hope he — along with 2013 third-round pick Brandon Williams — can help fill the void left behind by free-agent departure Arthur Jones along the defensive line. Jernigan is viewed as an option at either nose tackle or the 3-technique that lines up on the outside shoulder of the opposing guard.

“I just want to be the best I can be. It’s clear to see I was a great run-stopper in college,” Jernigan said. “I didn’t really get a chance to show off my pass-rushing abilities, because I played in a two-gap scheme. Now I feel like I’m in the right type of defense that is really going to turn me loose and showcase my ability.”

Jernigan was an Associated Press second-team All-American for the national champion Seminoles, collecting a career-high 63 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks in 2013. However, he will be expected to show more pass-rushing ability in addition to his strong play against the run that he displayed in college.

Some of the doubts about Jernigan are reminiscent of 2006 first-round pick Haloti Ngata, who was accused by some of taking plays off and not playing with full effort at the University of Oregon. Eight years and five Pro Bowl selections later, it’s safe to say the Ravens chose wisely in drafting Ngata to anchor their defensive line.

Now, Jernigan is looking forward to reaping the benefits from playing next to the 30-year-old lineman.

“It’s a blessing to play with another great defensive tackle,” Jernigan said. “It’s a defensive lineman’s dream to be able to play with a great player beside him. It definitely will take a whole bunch of pressure off me, and he’ll definitely be a great person to learn from.”

Gillmore different breed at tight end position

The Ravens raised eyebrows by not selecting an offensive player until late in the third round of last weekend’s draft when Colorado State’s Crockett Gillmore was finally called.

Of course, tight end wasn’t considered a position of major need after the organization re-signed Dennis Pitta to a five-year contract and inked veteran Owen Daniels to a one-year deal earlier this offseason, but the desire to have a stronger blocker in the group made Gillmore — who began his college career as a defensive end — an attractive option. At 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, Gillmore will likely be in the mix immediately as a traditional tight end with Pitta and Daniels being better fits to move around in Gary Kubiak’s system.

“A tight end is a guy that can play any position on the field; he just happens to be a bigger body,” Gillmore said. “For me, I think of myself as a blocker with ability to catch the ball. I think championships are still won running the ball and playing defense. So, I’d much rather be considered a blocker that can catch than a receiver that can block.”

Baltimore hopes a season working behind both Pitta and Daniels will help transform Gillmore into a dangerous pass-catching threat in the years to come, but his ability to block would be a major asset to an offensive line that struggled immensely last season.

Undersized understudy

Seventh-round wide receiver Michael Campanaro is a feel-good story as a Clarksville, Md. native who went on to set Wake Forest’s all-time career mark for receptions, but it’s no secret that he faces an uphill battle to become a productive NFL receiver.

Standing only 5-foot-9, Campanaro doesn’t fit the mold of the perceived necessary stature to thrive at the next level, but the rookie won’t have to look far to find inspiration and tutelage from 35-year-old receiver Steve Smith, who shares the same height while catching more than 800 passes and accumulating more than 12,000 yards over the last 13 years.

“[When] I go out there and I’m with the receivers, Steve and I are definitely the smallest, shortest guys there,” Campanaro said. “He is a Hall of Fame receiver. He’s gotten it done for so many years. So, having a guy like that who I can learn from him and see the little things he does preparing with his game, it’s going to help out a ton.”

Campanaro figures to be in the mix as a punt returner as well as in the slot while Smith is expected to work primarily as an outside receiver as he did during his 13 years with the Carolina Panthers, but the Ravens hope the veteran can pass along a few tricks to help offset the obvious size disadvantage that the former Demon Deacon will encounter in not only trying to make the 53-man roster but to eventually contribute in the passing game.

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Ravens confirm signings of three 2014 draft picks

Posted on 14 May 2014 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

The Baltimore Ravens have signed three draft picks from their 2014 class, executive vice president and general manager Ozzie Newsome announced Wednesday afternoon. TE Crockett Gillmore (third round), G/C John Urschel (fifth round) and QB Keith Wenning (sixth round) all signed four-year contracts with the team.

Crockett Gillmore (third round)

No. 80

Tight End

Colorado State

6-6, 260

Gilmore finished his collegiate career with 111 catches for 1,308 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while starting 36 of 37 games played. He earned first-team All-Mountain West Conference honors in 2013 and 2011.

 

John Urschel (fifth round)

No. 64

Guard/Center

Penn State

6-3, 313

Urschel appeared in 40 career games at Penn State, starting every contest (24) at right guard since the beginning of his junior season (2012). He recorded 21 touchdown-resulting blocks and 181 key blocks/knockdowns in his two full seasons as a starter, also serving as a team captain during his 2013 senior campaign.

 

Keith Wenning (sixth round)

No. 10

Quarterback

Ball State

6-3, 218

Wenning set Ball State career records for touchdown passes (92), passing yards (11,402), completions (1,035) and attempts (1,642). He finished his career with the fourth-most touchdown passes and sixth-most passing yards in Mid-American Conference history.

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Todd Heap

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Todd Heap To Be Inducted Into Ring Of Honor

Posted on 13 May 2014 by Brandon Sacks

At some point during this upcoming season, there will be another very familiar name up on the Ring Of Honor at M&T Bank Stadium.  The team announced that Todd Heap, who spent 10 years as a tight end with the Ravens before being released in 2011, will be enshrined at some point during the 2014 season.

Heap will join an elite list of former Colts and Ravens greats, such as Hall of Famers Johnny Unitas and Jonathan Ogden and future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, and Art Modell, just to name a few.  His enshrinement will make him the eighth Raven inducted.

In Heap’s 10 years in Baltimore, he caught 467 passes for 5492 yards.  His 41 touchdown catches are a franchise high.  He spent two years in Arizona and decided to retire last year.

Heap will forever be known as one of the Ravens all-time greats.  While he never was able to win a championship in the purple and black, his name will now forever be etched into Ravens history.  Congratulations Todd Heap.  You, of all people, are absolutely deserving of this honor.

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