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Ravens cut Prince Miller again; sign former Browns and Bengals tackle Scott Kooistra

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Ravens cut Prince Miller again; sign former Browns and Bengals tackle Scott Kooistra

Posted on 05 October 2010 by Ryan Chell

The Ravens made a move Tuesday that last week probably would have brought on the return of defensive end Trevor Pryce, but with Pryce’s departure to the New York Jets Thursday, the Ravens were forced to go in another direction.

The Ravens instead released corner back Prince Miller, the rookie free agent out of Georgia, who is on his second stint with the Ravens in a few months, and signed offensive tackle/guard Scott Kooistra, a 6’6”, 335 tackle out of NC State.

Scott Kooistra

Kooistra was a two-year starter for the Wolfpack his junior and senior years in Raleigh.

Kooistra, 29, has played in 84 career games in his eight-year NFL career, and has started one. He was a seventh-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2003, and made his debut against the Broncos on September 7th of that year.

From 2003-2008, he saw action in at least 10 games a year. In 2009, he was waived by the Bengals only to sign later with the Cleveland Browns when they decided to place quarterback Brady Quinn on injured reserve.

He was cut and resigned twice in the span of a week at the end of the 2009 regular season for the Browns last year, and after spending all of the off-season with Cleveland, he was finally cut for good by the Browns on September 4th.

He is expected to provide more depth at the tackle position especially given the injuries to starting right tackle Jared Gaither, who is still nursing a thoracic disk injury, and backups Tony Moll and Oniel Cousins-who also have been injured at some point this year.

Miller, who earlier in the preseason was brought in as a rookie free agent to not only contribute in the return game as well as providing depth at corner, was not seeing much action this year after being re-signed off the Patriots practice squad after the Ravens initially cut Miller when they finalizing the roster in the first week of September.

And because the Ravens signed him back off the Patriots practice squad on 9/15, he was required to spend three weeks on the Ravens active roster before a move could be made.

With Prince Miller still highly regarded by the Ravens, he likely will be placed on waivers with the hope that he will clear waivers and be able to be placed on the Ravens practice squad.

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Live From Owings Mills: As Ravens Prepare for Steelers, Rex Ryan Grabs Another Raven

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Live From Owings Mills: As Ravens Prepare for Steelers, Rex Ryan Grabs Another Raven

Posted on 30 September 2010 by Ryan Chell

On a rainy, dreary day heading out to Owings Mills Thursday, a cloud seemed to hang over the heads of the Ravens as news broke out early this morning that Trevor Pryce, who was released by the team Wednesday, reportedly has signed a deal with the New York Jets.
Trevor Pryce

Linebacker Terrell Suggs wrote on his Twitter account early this morning that Pryce had moved on to join Rex Ryan, his former defensive coordinator here in Baltimore. It was believed that the Ravens had released Pryce with the intention of bringing him back next week after Sunday against Pittsburgh when he was healthy, but with Pryce a Jet, his time as a Raven will have come to an end.

Written in marker on the white board in the Ravens locker room, it said-“R.I.P Trevor…You’re a comeback good man”. Suggs in the locker room before the afternoon practice said that the move “shocked” him and that he wished him all the best and to “call him from the big city.”

I’m shocked. I’m stunned. I’m still waiting from a call from him. I called him a few [unpleasant] words…just joking. That’s my man…all the best,” Suggs said.

If Pryce’s time in Baltimore is over as it appears to be, he will have finished his career as a Raven with 26 sacks in five seasons, including a team-high 6.5 last season. He is fourth on the active career sacks list with 90 quarterback drops, and his 13 sacks in 2006 were third most in team history for a single season.

Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison had not heard about the move when he spoke to the media this morning, but he did make sure to wish him all the best for his time under his guidance.

“We loved having here and he was a tremendous addition in our meeting room and we wish him the best of luck,” Mattison said.

Status of Ray Rice

Running back Ray Rice made himself available to the media Thursday after being barred from talking to reporters Wednesday.

He was also available to head coach Cam Cameron and the offense Thursday, as he practiced in pads Thursday afternoon with the offensive line, as he tested his bruised knee making as many cuts as possible.

He also wore a red , non-contact practice jersey that are usually designed for the quarterback and has been used by the likes of safety Ed Reed in the past.

Terrell Suggs, when entering the practice arena, saw Rice immediately and called out to Rice, saying “you look cute in that [expletive] jersey.”

His status is still uncertain for Sunday, and while Rice did say he was feeling better, he said it’s up to the coaching staff to decide and he said he wouldn’t risk it if it isn’t 100%.

“At the end of the day, Sunday is the ultimate test. And that decision will be up to coach. Let’s see how I look in practice, but right now, I feel great.”

Rice said the injury occurred due to a bad plant, and it will be interesting to see how things go on Sunday against an even more intimidating defense in the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Rice is confident he wont miss a snap of action.

“My initial thought I was scared,” Rice said. “But then it was new life…and I don’t expect to miss any time.”

“I’m an optimistic guy. If I’m able to cut and I’m able to run…if I’m able to do the things I can do and be the Ray Rice I can be, there’s no question whether I’ll play or not.”

In fact, he has all the confidence in the world that the Ravens coaching and training staff are not only going to make sure he is healthy, but that he will be as safe as can be if he suits up against the Steelers.

“I don’t think there is any risky point when you find out it’s a bruise. Any knee situation is scary. Any guy that has to deal with a small tweak, you do have to take precautionary measures. I think our team does a great job of that.”

Ravens Avoid the Flood by Going Indoors

Other Ravens practicing Thursday included tackle Tony Moll, who was limited in practice Wednesday with a hip injury. He suited up in full pads and was active in the pass blocking drills.

Donte Stallworth(foot) and Tavares Gooden(shoulder), and Edgar Jones(thigh) were the only regular Ravens to not practice, but a strange no-show was tackle Jared Gaither, who is battling a thoracic disk injury.

Gaither was limited in practice yesterday and it was the first time he had done so since the first week of training camp. With him missing practice Thursday, he could have had a setback in his recovery from his disk injury. WIth Moll and Oniel Cousins both back and healthy, Gaither may miss his fourth game of the year.

The Ravens have said throughout the week that he would only be active if he were to play every snap, and with Gaither appearing to not be at full strength, it is likely he will not play on Sunday or will be a game-time decision at the latest.

The Ravens are going to have their hands full dealing with two top-of-the-line pass rusher in Lamar Woodley and  former Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison, who are devastating pass rushers around the edge.

“We just have to block them up,”  Marshal Yanda said, who could be starting his fourth game of the season at right tackle. “That sounds pretty simple. It sounds overly simple. But it is. We just need to put a hat on a hat and block them when they come and use good technique.”

“If I get help, I get help. If I don’t, I don’t. You always plan on not getting help, cause most of the time you don’t.”

Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said those two have been in the back of his mind as the week has gone on.

“They’re obviously two of the best in the league. You come up with what you think is a sound plan,”  Cameron said. “Sometimes you double them. Sometimes you single them. Sometimes you triple them.  And then you rely on the trust between the quarterback and the receivers to get the ball out quickly.”

Defensive end Paul Kruger(shoulder) practiced on special teams lining up in punt and kick block, and as he returns from a labrum injury he sustained in the preseason.  Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison is happy to seeing him getting closer to being plugged in on defense.

“He’s a very important part of our defense. He’s improved a great deal in the switch, and if he is one of the guys in the active this week… he will be a big part of this game as he was last year,” Mattison noted.

And with Trevor Pryce in New York, Kruger is one step closer to seeing the field with his pass-rush abilities.

Another body-a big body-who could see playing time against a Steelers power running game is defensive tackle Terrence Cody, who is recovering from a knee injury.

Mattison has been impressed with Cody’s resolve in coming back from a knee injury such as his-something Mattison said he hasn’t seen too often.

“He’s another one that’s  in the mix.  But we’re not sure. Terrence Cody is back. He is working very hard and we worked really hard last week.  I’m really excited about him playing again,” Mattison said.

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 22 September 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because Joaquin Phoenix is back on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight on CBS. Why is this a big deal? You may remember their last get together…

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP says NFL fined Ravens coach John Harbaugh $15,000 for striking official in Sunday’s loss to Cincinnati Bengals

I know a lot of folks are fired up because New York Giants RB Brandon Jacobs only got a $10,000 fine for throwing his helmet in the stands. I wouldn’t be so fired up. The league has to make a statement that it is not okay to make physical contact with an official. The way they do that is by levying heavy fines.

John Harbaugh knew he was wrong when he made physical contact with an official. It doesn’t mean his argument wasn’t valid, it doesn’t mean he was trying to harm the official he made contact with.

It just means he was wrong to do it. He’ll remember that the next time he approaches an official with frustration.

2. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Jared Gaither not expected to play Sunday vs. Cleveland Browns

And if I was in the Baltimore Ravens’ front office, I would admittedly be getting frustrated with not having Jared Gaither on the field. If this was supposed to be a 6 week injury, it is hard to stomach him not being able to get back out on the field.

That being said, no one in the organization is debating whether or not Gaither is hurt. He’s clearly dealing with a fairly significant injury, or at least an injury to a significant part of his body.

At this point, the Ravens probably must consider getting Oniel Cousins and/or Tony Moll on the field more. Marshal Yanda is still expected to be the starter with Chris Chester at RG, but thus far the results of that experiment have been uneven at best.

3. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Ravens released OT Devin Tyler, CB David Pender from practice squad

We’ll always have the memories.

Looks like the Ravens will need some practice squad help this week. NFP said Tuesday the team tried out OL Xavier Fulton and Marc Dile; as well as CB’s John Bowie, Coye Francies and Ray Fisher.

But if the Ravens REALLY need practice squad help, I think Helen Lindes would make a fine option. (Thanks Guyism!)

lindes

4. Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Tavares Gooden could miss 4-6 weeks with shoulder injury

And a few more things before we move on from the Ravens…

-There was no announcement regarding the roster move made by the Ravens to activate CB Cary Williams from suspension. There was a 4pm deadline yesterday. The team hasn’t said a thing. I’m sure we’ll find out by the time John Harbaugh speaks to the media today.

-The Ravens return to practice at 1 Winning Drive in Owings Mills today, with their focus shifted to their home opener Sunday against the Browns at M&T Bank Stadium. We will have full coverage throughout the day on AM1570 WNST, at WNST.net and on Twitter (@WNST). We’re expected to hear from Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis and many more Ravens players; as well as conference calls with Eric Mangini and Joshua Cribbs. Make sure you stick with us!

5. The AP’s Howard Ulman says Ty Wigginton homered as Orioles crushed Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park

They didn’t just win, they punished the Red Sox in every single way. So much so that even Glenn Clark managed to drag himself away from the season premiere of “Glee” to watch the game a bit.

I’m kidding. I didn’t watch any of Glee last night. It’s still waiting on my DVR.

What else can I say here? This late summer version of Spring Training has been a lot of fun. When they play another real game, I hope it’s just as exciting!

6. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of win

The Birds got help from some other folks besides Wigginton last night.

Brad Bergesen gave up just one run on five hits in six innings (plus four walks) to improve to 8-10.
Adam Jones was 3-4 and scored a pair of runs.
Nick Markakis was 2-5 and also scored a pair of runs.
Brian Roberts went 1-3 and walked twice, also scoring two runs.

So go look at the numbers. Then come right back here. Divya Lalitha will be waiting for you. (Thanks The Smoking Jacket!)

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7. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Brian Roberts injured shoulder but didn’t exit Tuesday night win over Sox

And before we move on from the O’s, a couple of things…

-INF Julio Lugo rejoined the team last night in Beantown after dealing with a pinched nerve. According to MLB.com, Buck Showalter is in no rush to get him back on the field.

-The Birds will try to polish off a sweep of the Sox tonight at Fenway Park. First pitch between John Lackey and Kevin Millwood is at 7:10pm and the game can be seen on MASN.

8. Baltimore Business Journal’s Ryan Sharrow says M&T Bank Stadium awarded 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Final Four

Did you miss Drew Forrester’s chat with Maryland Office of Sports Marketing director Terry Hasseltine Wednesday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net to hear Hasseltine’s thoughts on the Final Four, the World Cup, IndyCar racing, etc.

Some other things you can hear in the Audio Vault include:

  • Rich Dubroff (Carroll County Times)-who talked Ravens and Orioles with Drew Wednesday morning
  • Mike Wilkening (Pro Football Weekly)-who went around the NFL with Drew Wednesday morning
  • Rex Hoggard (Golf Channel)-who previewed the TOUR Championship and Ryder Cup with Drew Wednesday morning
  • Matt Mitrione (UFC Fighter) and Reed Harris (WEC General Manager)-who joined John Rallo and Thyrl Nelson on “The MMA Report” Tuesday
  • Johnny Rhodes (Former Terrapins Guard)-who discussed the upcoming Gary Williams event at Sports Legends at Camden Yards with Thyrl Tuesday
  • Gregg Rosenthal (ProFootballTalk.com/NBC Sports)-who went around the NFL with Rex Snider Tuesday

It’s all in the Audio Vault. Once again, I’ve planned your day for you. Just send all checks to 1550 Hart Rd.

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland OL Justin Gilbert out for season, RJ Dill and Pete DeSouza to start at OT

Clearly Ralph Friedgen’s Terps could use some help on the O-Line. I think they should seriously consider Christina De Kerpel. (Thanks Busted Coverage!)

dekerpel

10. NavySports.com says Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland to host Midshipmen clash with Notre Dame in 2012

I’d REALLY like to go on this trip. Mostly for this reason…

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And finally, I leave you with this.

It’s time to think about “The Greatest Song of All Time This Week.” Here’s my new version of TGSOATTW; as John Legend and The Roots got together to record a new cover album called “Wake Up!” The song is called “Hard Times”, and it is QUITE good…

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And the “retro” version of The Greatest Song of All Time This Week? In honor of Barry Aparicio’s 26th birthday today-he told me his favorite Michael Jackson song of all time is “Man in the Mirror.” It’s a good song, he’s a good man, so happy birthday Barry…

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Live from Owings Mills: Webb a “game-time decision,” Cousins expected to play against Jets

Posted on 11 September 2010 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — With an opening night encounter against the New York Jets only two days away, the Baltimore Ravens took the practice field on Saturday for a final tuneup before Sunday’s walk-through and train ride to East Rutherford, N.J..

Cornerback Lardarius Webb was practicing again on Saturday and is listed as probable on the official game status report released Saturday afternoon. Coach John Harbaugh,  however, labeled the second-year corner a game-time decision, which often means a player will be listed as questionable on the final injury report. Even if Webb does play, Fabian Washington and Chris Carr are expected to start against the Jets, with Josh Wilson working as the third corner.

“[Webb has] practiced 100 percent the whole week; he’s done everything,” Harbaugh said on Saturday. “We didn’t rule [him] out, and we haven’t said he was going to go. That’s kind of one we’re leaving up in the air for you.”

The Ravens are at least making it sound like Webb might play after defensive coordinator Greg Mattison claimed the second-year corner was “a lot closer” to returning following Friday’s practice. As he has said repeatedly since returning to the practice field last month, Webb will defer to the coaching staff to decide whether he plays in the opener,

“I think I can play if it came down to it,” Webb said. “I’m still leaving it up to coach  Harbaugh and [trainer Bill Tessendorf], but I am prepared and ready.”

Webb did not sound encouraged when asked about the potential chance of returning to the field for Week 1 after failing to receive any action in the team’s four preseason games. The cornerback missed training camp and the entire preseason as he rehabbed the surgically-repaired ACL in his right knee.

“It’s just all about the right timing,” Webb said following Saturday’s workout. “Me, [Harbaugh], and [Tessendorf will] come together and see what we want to do this week. We’re going to leave it to the game-time decision.”

The Ravens are keeping everyone guessing regarding the right tackle position with Jared Gaither already ruled out with the same back injury that has kept him off the practice field since early August. Oniel Cousins is listed as probable for Monday’s game and practiced on Saturday. Harbaugh’s comments following practice suggested all indications point to the young tackle being on the field against the Jets; however, it does not mean Cousins will be in the starting lineup. The third-year tackle said the symptoms from a concussion sustained in the final week of training camp have disappeared over the last few days.

“I don’t believe [Cousins] is touch-and-go,” Harbaugh said. “I would expect him to play. I shouldn’t speak for the doctors, but it looks to me like he’s ready to play.”

Cousins had made comments on Friday suggesting he may not be ready to go against the Jets. Tony Moll or starting right guard Marshal Yanda would be the most logical candidates to start should Cousins be held out. Moving Yanda to right tackle would force top reserve Chris Chester to move into the starting lineup at right guard, a position at which he split time last season with Yanda, who was still working his way back from a devastating knee injury suffered in 2008.

The preseason hype machine has been as loud as ever in Baltimore with expectations soaring for third-year quarterback Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense. The receiving trio of Anquan Boldin, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, and Derrick Mason appears tremendous on paper, but the question remains whether the young quarterback can keep all three former Pro Bowlers content by spreading the ball around in the passing game. The three possess similar traits, but none have a strong ability to stretch the field, making the trade of Mark Clayton a perplexing short-term decision with speedy receiver Donte’ Stallworth out with a broken foot until at least the bye week at the end of October.

Despite Houshmandzadeh being a Raven for less than a week, Harbaugh expects the veteran wideout to receive extensive playing time against the Jets. The former Bengals and Seahawks receiver wants to play as much as possible but is realistic about his limitations after only practicing four days with the team.

“That’s what I’m used to doing is playing the entire game,” Houshmandzadeh said following Saturday’s practice. “I’m not a fool, I know that’s not going to happen. But I want to play as much as I can.

All signs point to safety Tom Zbikowski returning punts against the Jets, as he is listed as the top returner on the team’s official depth chart and was again fielding punts in the portion of practice open to the media on Saturday. Webb has also fielded punts in practice this week, but one would think the coaching staff would prefer not to use Webb in the return game before he establishes himself as fit to contribute on defense.

There were no surprises among the players absent from practice, as Gaither, Stallworth, and defensive tackle Terrence Cody (knee) were absent from practice again on Saturday. All three have already been ruled out for Monday night.

NOTES: Ed Reed celebrated his 32nd birthday on Saturday and celebrated by working out on the side field at 1 Winning Drive. Several teammates wished the free safety a happy birthday during the portion of practice open to the media. Reed will miss at least the first six weeks of the season after being placed on the reserve Physically Unable to Perform list last week. … Walt Anderson will be the referee in Monday night’s game. His crew officiated the Ravens’ Monday night loss to the Packers last season in which a total of 23 penalties for 310 yards were called between the teams.

Check out the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault to hear from Harbaugh, Webb, Cousins, and Houshmandzadeh following Saturday’s practice in Owings Mills.

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Live From Owings Mills: Personnel Questions Persist Three Days Before Ravens Face Jets

Posted on 10 September 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Just three days away from their season opener against the New York Jets, there were still a handful of questions surrounding the Baltimore Ravens as they returned to work Friday at 1 Winning Drive.

With OT Jared Gaither (back) ruled out for Monday’s game, there are multiple possibilities as to what the team will do at RT on Monday Night Football. Oniel Cousins (concussion) was listed as a full participant in practice Wednesday, but told reporters he “didn’t know” if he’d be able to start in East Rutherford. He also admitted that while listed as a full participant, he “didn’t do everything” in practice as he continues to battle headaches. Cousins was again listed as a full participant Friday.

Should Cousins not be able to play-or start-when the Ravens invade New Meadowlands Stadium, Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron  says the Ravens have “options” at the position. Tony Moll started against both the Washington Redskins and New York Giants during the preseason, and G Marshal Yanda has been taking snaps at RT this week in case he’s needed to make the shift.

Another question facing the Ravens comes at Punt Returner, where Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg said Friday the team has a “number of guys who can do that job.” S Tom Zbikowski is listed as the #1 option on the team’s official depth chart; but CB’s Chris Carr and Lardarius Webb were also seen fielding punts during practice Friday. RB Ray Rice had been seen fielding punts earlier in the week as well.

Zbikowski and Carr are the team’s top options, but both are expected to start on defense Monday night in New Jersey. Zbikowski will start for Ed Reed (who is on the reserve PUP list with a hip/groin issue) and Carr is expected to start alongside Fabian Washington with Josh Wilson as the nickel back. It would not be surprising to see both Carr and Zbikowski get chances to return punts in the opener.

A third question surrounds the status of Webb. Head coach John Harbaugh said the team wasn’t “anticipating” Webb (knee) to be available Monday when he spoke this week on his weekly radio show, but Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison praised the work Webb has done Friday. Mattison said Webb was “a lot closer” to returning. Webb returned to practice August 23rd, and was listed as a full participant on the team’s initial injury report Thursday. Webb was again listed as a full participant Friday.

However, Webb did not play in any of the team’s preseason games and had been held out of contract drills in recent days.

Another question surrounding the Ravens has to do with which eight players will be inactive for Monday night’s game. Gaither, DT Terrence Cody (knee) and WR Donte’ Stallworth (foot) have already been ruled out for the game. Webb is another candidate to be scratched, as is DE Paul Kruger (shoulder) who did not participate in practice Thursday but was back on the practice field Friday afternoon, where he was listed as a limited participant.

Other potential candidates to be scratched include TE Dennis Pitta, WR’s David Reed & Marcus Smith, DT’s Arthur Jones and Lamar Divens, LB’s Edgar Jones, Prescott Burgess and Jason Phillips, CB Bryan McCann and S Ken Hamlin. It is worth noting that of that group; Reed, Smith, Jones, Burgess, McCann and Hamlin are expected to have very significant roles on Special Teams.

NOTES: Hear from Cameron, Mattison, Rosburg and Cousins NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault at WNST.net……McCann joined Drew Forrester Friday morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, that interview is also available in the Audio Vault……The Ravens will practice again Saturday, with Harbaugh scheduled to address the media following practice. They will then hold a walkthrough Sunday (closed to the media) before heading to East Rutherford……The Jets removed DE Shaun Ellis (knee) from their injury report, he was listed as “limited” Thursday. S Brodney Pool (ankle) improved from not participating to limited……Harbaugh’s first weekly press conference will be Tuesday at 4pm. Press conferences will be at 4pm Monday when the Ravens play games on Sunday.

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Emotions of Ravens-Jets Coming to Forefront

Posted on 09 September 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Given the number of former players and coaches employed by their first opponent, it is not a stretch to assume that the Baltimore Ravens will be facing a more emotional test when they visit the New York Jets Monday night at New Meadowlands Stadium.

In fact, the only really surprising part has to be the fact that it took until four days before the Monday Night Football showdown in East Rutherford for any member of the Ravens to really speak their mind. Of course, it isn’t particularly surprising that the one to do it was future Hall of Fame LB Ray Lewis.

“We’re talking about the Jets like we’re talking about the Saints” said Lewis. He added “until they play tonight, (they’re) the only people that can be dethroned-Drew Brees and the Saints, not Mark Sanchez and the Jets.” Lewis unloaded on his former Defensive Coordinator Rex Ryan and company. “All this pressure (Ryan) wants to put on his team, I hope they can cash the check that he writes” said the Pro Bowler.

Lewis’ entire rant can be heard currently in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net.

The Jets have captivated the attention of the NFL world and the pop culture world in general as they were profiled on this season of “Hard Knocks” on HBO. Television clip shows like E!’s “The Soup” featured clips of Ryan and CB Antonio Cromartie during Training Camp and leading up to the start of the regular season. Ryan has been no stranger to the spotlight since leading his team to an appearance in the AFC Championship Game last year, as he gained plenty of attention (not always for the right reasons) when he made offseason appearances at a Strikeforce fight in Miami, a Carolina Hurricanes game and Yankee Stadium.

Ryan wasn’t particularly concerned with Lewis’ comments, saying “I’m laughing” when asked about them during a Thursday afternoon conference call with Charm City media members. Ryan said he’s not concerned about talking too much himself or as a team, saying “we don’t have to sneak up on people to tell them what we think.”

The Jets and Ravens have both been amongst media favorites to win the AFC and reach Super Bowl XLV in Dallas/Arlington.

ROSTER MOVES
: The Ravens released practice squad QB Hunter Cantwell Thursday just four days after signing him. Cantwell is replaced on the practice squad by former Miami Dolphins and Georgia Tech OT Andrew Gardner. Gardner told reporters he was “really happy to have the opportunity” to join a team like the Ravens.

When asked about who his emergency 3rd quarterback would be with just two on the roster, coach John Harbaugh said it would “probably” be WR Anquan Boldin. Boldin played QB at Pahokee High School in Florida and was pressed into emergency duty for Florida State in the 2003 Sugar Bowl against Georgia.

The Ravens also reached an injury settlement with FB Mike McLaughlin. McLaughlin had been placed on IR over the weekend due to a hip flexor issue and sports hernia.

PRACTICE NOTES: WR Donte’ Stallworth (foot), DT Terrence Cody (knee) and OR Jared Gaither (back) were not present during the portion of practice open to the media. All three have been officially ruled out for Monday night according to the team’s Injury Report.

OT Oniel Cousins (concussion) and CB Lardarius Webb (knee) were again active participants in practice, both listed as having fully participated. Harbaugh said of Cousins “I think he’s come along and I think he’ll be able to do something over there.” Webb fielded punts during practice, along with S Tom Zbikowski and RB Ray Rice. Zbikowski is listed as the punt returner on the team’s official depth chart.

Stallworth met with reporters in the locker room, saying he got his cast off earlier in the day. He said the prognostication for return was eight weeks, but his doctor informed him one “crazy guy” had made it back in four weeks. That “crazy guy” was New Orleans Saints TE Jeremy Shockey, who Stallworth reached out to for tips on how to get back quicker.

DE Paul Kruger (shoulder) did not participate in practice according to the Injury Report. His status for Monday night is unknown.

Jets LB Calvin Pace (foot) has been ruled out Monday night. S Brodney Poole (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday and DE Shaun Ellis (knee) was limited in practice.

NOTES: Hear from Lewis, Harbaugh, Boldin, Stallworth, QB Joe Flacco, RB Ray Rice, LB Jarret Johnson, DE Trevor Pryce and WR Derrick Mason NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……Lewis received good natured ribbing from his teammates regarding his popular new Old Spice commercial. He said teammates have poked at him, including leaving suds in front of his locker room. “I’ve just gotta weather the storm” said Lewis……OL Marshal Yanda joined Drew Forrester Thursday morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST. If you missed the chat, you can hear it in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault. New CB Bryan McCann is scheduled to join Forrester Friday morning at 6:30am.

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Ravens Add Houshmandzadeh, Trade Clayton to Rams

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Live From Owings Mills: Ravens Add Houshmandzadeh, Trade Clayton to Rams

Posted on 06 September 2010 by Ryan Chell

T.J. Houshmanzadeh

The Ravens front office went to work this Labor Day morning, reaching out to ex-Seahawks wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzaeh, signing the former Bengals receiver to a one year deal, worth roughly around 855,000 dollars.

“He’s another proven weapon on this offense,” Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said, a big receiver with good hands and toughness.”

He does have a guaranteed contract in place, roughly worth around 7 million dollars, but that remaining 6.15 million is the Seahawks’ responsibility.

Houshmandzadeh, who was released last week by the Seahawks because new Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and the coaching staff felt like Houshmandzadeh not only didn’t fit in their system but could become a locker room cancer, will join the Ravens and immediately fill the void left by the injuries to third wide receiver candidates Mark Clayton and Donte Stallworth.

Houshmandzadeh will be in Baltimore Tuesday to take his physical, meet with the media, and get right into cramming  before the Ravens opener Monday night against the Jets.

“T.J will definitely be ready to go Week 1,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. “He’ll start working on the playbook tomorrow. He’s been in this system, before which is a plus.”

Houshmandzadeh caught 79 passes last year for 911 yards and three scores, his lowest touchdown numbers since his second year in the league.

Both Clayton and Stallworth’s injuries came in the Ravens third preseason game against the New York Giants, as Clayton suffered a concussion after a devastating hit from safety Antrel Rolle, while Stallworth broke his left foot running down the field on a route sometime during the game.

Both receivers survived cuts on Saturday, but with the Houshmandzedah signing today, one or both could be headed to IR or off the Ravens roster as a whole. Neither can be placed on the physically unable to perform list since both have practiced and played in preseason action.

Houshmandzadeh, who was drafted by the Bengals in the 7th round of the 2001 draft out of Oregon State, has caught 586 passes for 6,693 yards and has scored 41 TDs in his career.

He spent his first eight years of his career in Cinncinnati, where he formed a complementary 1-2 punch with former Beaver teammate Chad Johnson, now known as Chad Ocho Cinco. While Johnson was the premier deep-threat, Houshmandzadeh made his living in the slot and on underneath routes, which is a role that may suit him again here in Baltimore.

His best seasons came in 2006 and 2007, when he caught a combined 202 passes for 2,224 yards and 21 scores. Since he has seen significant playing time since 2004, he has caught no less than 73 balls in a year.

He is also familiar with this division very well playing for the Bengals for eight seasons in the AFC North, and was quite the Raven killer catching passes from Carson Palmer.

“We saw him more than we wanted making a lot of plays against us,” Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said. “We had interest in him a year ago when he first became a free agent before he signed with Seattle.”

Now he is in purple, and should make one of the better receiving corps on paper even better, joining Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason.

Some would question the move because now, the Ravens have three wide receivers who literally all do the same thing well-run short routes but aren’t great at getting the deep ball.

Harbaugh shot down that mention to the media Monday.

“You know how you stretch the field? You run deep. They’ve got to cover you-especially when you have guys running down the field that can catch the ball. So, you run deep and you throw it to them.”

“If they don’t cover them, they’ll catch the ball and they’ll score…you put good players on the field and they’re threats.”

3:25- With the addition of Houshmandzadeh, the Ravens had to make a move to clear a spot on the roster for the ex Bengal and Seahawk. With Clayton falling down the depth chart with the additions of Houshmandzadeh and the Ravens not wanting to give up on the blazing speed Stallworth shows when healthy, this meant the end for Clayton in Baltimore.

The Ravens traded Mark Clayton to St. Louis Rams for “late-round considerations”. Signing his tender, Clayton was scheduled to make over  2 million dollars and while he showed some progress in the off-season, his injuries continued to mount up, as he suffered a concussion in the preseason victory over the Giants.

Mark Clayton

“Mark is a good person who did everything he could to help the Ravens on and off the field,” Newsome added. “In the end, we have to do what we think is best for the team, but letting Mark go hurts.”

“He was first class all the way, even when we met with him about the trade. This is the tough part of the business.”

The Rams were in the market for a wide receiver with their top wide out, Donnie Avery, out for the year with a torn ACL in his right knee, and their other top receiver, Laurent Robinson, not catching on to the new offense.

And when it comes to Houshmandzadeh and Clayton, Harbaugh said it isn’t fair to Clayton to compare the two’s capabilities.

“It’s not a fair question… it’s a comparison,” Harbaugh noted. ”Both bring a lot to the table to anyone. For us right now, it’s a fresh start with a new guy in T.J. And he’s a big physical guy, and we appreciate that, but they’re both really good players.”

Clayton is re-united with a former Oklahoma Sooner in quarterback Sam Bradford, who was drafted first overall this year by the Rams, and will likely be the #1 option in St. Louis when healthy.

“I had the chance to spend a lot of time talking to the Rams about Mark today…and they’re very excited to have him.  Mark was just one of the most special guys we’ve had here…one of our top leaders.”

Harbaugh made sure to wish Clayton all the luck in the world going to the Rams, the team the Ravens faced last Thursday in their preseason finale.

“I think its good for him to get a opportunity; a little bit of a fresh start there. He’s very talented, and I’m sure he’ll do really well.”

Clayton is the Ravens all-time leader in 100-yard games with nine, and was the Ravens first-round pick in 2005.

Clayton finished his career with the Ravens with 234 catches, 3,116 yards, and 12 TDs.

4:13- Four Ravens were taking snaps from center at the start of practice, including Flacco, Bulger(with a new number, #10 which replaces Troy Smith), Hunter Cantwell who will be on the practice squad, and receiver Anquan Boldin.

Cantwell, who was on the Panthers roster this preseason and saw action against the Ravens in the first preseason game of the year, was picked up by the Ravens over the weekend after being cut from Carolina.

He played his college ball at the University of Louisville.

Boldin, a former prep QB at Pahokee High School, would likely take snaps if something were to happen to both starting QB Joe Flacco and Marc Bulger if both were to fall to injury.

Hunter Cantwell is on the Ravens’ practice squad at this time but not on the active roster.

“I’m obviously disappointed to be cut in Carolina,” Cantwell said, “but my agents and the organization here worked out a deal for me to come on and be the practice squad quarterback and learn the system.”

Cantwell said that he is learning from two of the best in the business in Joe Flacco and Marc Bulger.

“Joe and Marc are great quarterbacks, and have a great reputation,” Cantwell continued. “So to come here and learn from them and be part of this organization, is something I’m excited about.”

4:28- Defensive end Paul Kruger was not on the practice field Monday, still suffering the effects of his injured shoulder suffered during the preseason finale against the Rams.

Willis McGahee, who was absent from practice on Friday, was seen walking out to practice when the media were allowed to view the session.

Both Josh Wilson, acquired over the weekend for a 5th round pick, and Bryan McCann, claimed off waivers after the final roster cuts, practiced.

Wilson was very excited to see a former teammate of his in Houshmandzadeh joining him in Baltimore.

“You get a great player like that, and it’s iciing on the cake,” Wilson said. “I’m happy we went out and got him, and we’ve got something great here. I just want to make sure I can add to that greatness.”

Wilson saw firsthand last year what kind of a player Houshmandzadeh was lining up against him in practice and also got to see what kind of player he was in the locker room.

“With what kind of player he is, he knows how to catch the ball,” Wilson said. “He knows how to get open and make plays. He’s not T.J. Whose-Your-Momma for no reason.”

“He’s a great person,” Wilson continued. “I loved hanging out with T.J. He’s one of your laid back guys who are going to have fun, and I’ve never had a problem with TJ.”

“I love that he’s going to be here. He’s one more person for me to laugh with, hang out with, talk trash with, and just have fun.”

5:53 Also on the field was tackle Oniel Cousins, who has not been cleared to play by the doctors after missing the last two preseason games with a concussion.

Cousins told the media in the locker room that he probably a day or two away from being given the thumbs up to practice.

“I thought I was cleared, but I think I’ve got to go to the doctors tomorrow to make sure everything is finalized and good.”

Cousins said the headaches are behind him.

“Overall, I feel pretty good. The past couple of days, we haven’t really been doing any contact, and practicing more in a conditional and mental thing. I feel pretty good.”

Two other notable injuries came up in conversation at practice, one being linebacker Sergio Kindle and the other being tackle Jared Gaither.

Harbaugh said he has talked to Kindle over the phone about his progression returning from a fractured skull he suffered days before the team reported to training camp.

“I know he’s really excited to get going, and we’ll just have to [wait]… it’s in the hands of the medical people, and we’ll just have to see how that turns out.”

And with Gaither-who is back to lifting weights and is slowly regaining weight-he personally addressed his back spasms, what is described as a thoracic disk ailment.

He has not practiced in full since August 5th.

“It’s really hard with this type of injury, as I’ve been told,” Gaither said.”As soon as it feels better, I want to go out and play. I’m looking forward to doing that.”

Tune into WNST and WNST.net as we continue to follow the Ravens as we get closer and closer to Opening Night against the Jets! WNST-We Never Stop Talking Baltimore Sports!

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Ravens Announce Final 53* Players to Make Roster

Posted on 04 September 2010 by Glenn Clark

The Baltimore Ravens made multiple moves today to trim their roster from 75 active players to 53.

The team announced they have placed DT Kelly Talavou (knee), OT David Hale (back), OT Stefan Rodgers (ankle and OT Ramon Harewood (knee) on Injured Reserve, ending their 2010 season. The team also moved S Ed Reed from the Active PUP list to the Reserve PUP list. LB Antwan Barnes was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

The team also cut an additional 15 players: TE Davon Drew, S/CB K.J. Gerard, WR Justin Harper, CB Chris Hawkins, CB Brad Jones, OL Bryan Mattison, DE/LB Albert McClellan, OT Joe Reitz, WR Eron Riley, QB Troy Smith, RB Curtis Steele, OT Devin Tyler, WR Demetrius Williams, CB Travis Fisher and K Shayne Graham.

The team actually has 54 players currently on the roster, as CB Cary Williams does not count against the roster for the first two weeks while suspended. Here is the Ravens roster:

QB’s (2)
Joe Flacco
Marc Bulger

RB’s (4)
Ray Rice
Willis McGahee
Le’Ron McClain
Jalen Parmele

TE’s (3)
Todd Heap
Ed Dickson
Dennis Pitta

WR’s (6)
Anquan Boldin
Derrick Mason
Mark Clayton
Marcus Smith
David Reed
Donte’ Stallworth* (expected to miss 8 or more weeks)

OL (8)
Michael Oher
Ben Grubbs
Matt Birk
Marshal Yanda
Jared Gaither
Chris Chester
Tony Moll
Oniel Cousins

DL (9)
Haloti Ngata
Trevor Pryce
Cory Redding
Kelly Gregg
Terrence Cody
Brandon McKinney
Arthur Jones
Lamar Divens
Paul Kruger

LB’s (9)
Ray Lewis
Terrell Suggs
Jarret Johnson
Jameel McClain
Tavares Gooden
Dannell Ellerbe
Prescott Burgess
Jason Phillips
Edgar Jones

CB’s (6*)
Fabian Washington
Chris Carr
Josh Wilson
Lardarius Webb
Prince Miller
Cary Williams* (Does not count against roster)

S’s (4)
Dawan Landry
Tom Zbikowski
Haruki Nakamura
Ken Hamlin

ST’s (3)
Sam Koch
Morgan Cox
Billy Cundiff

The Ravens can add eight players to their practice squad Sunday.

Here are Ozzie Newsome’s thoughts on the decision to cut Troy Smith and carry just two quarterbacks: “The competition to make our team was very heated, and we decided to keep a position player rather than a third quarterback. We have a number of young guys who made our team who have tremendous upside, plus they can help us win this year. We’ve gone with two quarterbacks before (last time was 2006).”

Here are John Harbaugh’s thoughts on Billy Cundiff making the team ahead of Shayne Graham: “First, congratulations to Billy. He won a great competition, and he earned this spot. We’ve talked about this the entire preseason: Both Billy and Shayne rose to the occasion and performed at high levels. We know Shayne will kick in the league, but we feel very good about the decision to go with Billy.”

-G

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Ravens Cutdown Day Notes: What We Know Thus Far

Posted on 04 September 2010 by Glenn Clark

3:15pm update: I figured we should take a look at the roster, based on what we know/assume:

(Edit from GMC: When I say “DEFINITELY”, I am saying that either based on the fact that a player was never on the bubble to begin with, or based on news we have heard today.)

There are DEFINITELY 2 QB’s on the roster (Joe Flacco, Marc Bulger)
There are DEFINITELY 4 RB’s on the roster (Ray Rice, Willis McGahee, Le’Ron McClain, Jalen Parmele)
There are DEFINITELY 5 WR’s on the roster (Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton, David Reed, Donte’ Stallworth)
There are DEFINITELY 3 TE’s on the roster (Todd Heap, Ed Dickson, Dennis Pitta)
There are DEFINITELY 9 OL’s on the roster (Michael Oher, Jared Gaither, Matt Birk, Ben Grubbs, Marshal Yanda, Chris Chester, Oniel Cousins, Tony Moll, Ramon Harewood)
There are DEFINITELY 8 DL’s on the roster (Haloti Ngata, Kelly Gregg, Trevor Pryce, Cory Redding, Terrence Cody, Brandon McKinney, Arthur Jones, Paul Kruger)
There are DEFINITELY 6 LB’s on the roster (Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Jarret Johnson, Jameel McClain, Dannell Ellerbe, Tavares Gooden)
There are DEFINITELY 4 CB’s on the roster (Fabian Washington, Chris Carr, Josh Wilson, Lardarius Webb)
There are DEFINITELY 3 S’s on the roster (Dawan Landry, Tom Zbikowski, Haruki Nakamura)
There are DEFINITELY 3 ST’s on the roster (Sam Koch, Morgan Cox, Billy Cundiff)

So as of right now, 47 of 53 roster spots are spoken for. Players on the list above could still be traded away (like Antwan Barnes was earlier today). But if not, six jobs would still be available. The bubble players who have not been accounted for include:

QB Troy Smith, WR Demetrius Williams, WR Marcus Smith, OT Joe Reitz, DT Lamar Divens, LB Prescott Burgess, LB Jason Phillips, S KJ Gerard, S Ken Hamlin.

The Ravens could also acquire other players before 6pm.

2:50pm update: A reminder that the Ravens will NOT be having formal media availability today with Ozzie Newsome or John Harbaugh. Instead, we will merely get an official release from the team at 6pm, and Harbaugh will be made available to the media again Monday.

Curtis Steele did not have any realistic chance of making the 53 man roster, but NFP confirms he indeed was cut. Like the others we mentioned below, he’s a very realistic practice squad candidate.

Oh-and Trice Capra lost 6-0, 6-0. What’s worse? CBS says she’s considering a scholarship offer from Duke. Apparently she doesn’t think there’s a future with Glenn Clark.

1:45pm update: National Football Post now reports that the Ravens have placed both OL David Hale (tailbone) and DT Kelly Talavou (ACL) on IR. Hale is not surprising at all, but Talavou is. Talavou was hurt in Thursday night’s loss to the St. Louis Rams; coach John Harbaugh declined to comment on the injury when asked by media assembled in Owings Mills Friday.

Hale’s injury likely paved the way for Ramon Harewood to make the roster. Chris Chester now defaults back to being the team’s backup center as well as the 3rd guard.

Talavou’s injury likely helped Arthur Jones make the roster. Still no word yet re: Lamar Divens; there’s an outside chance it could help him make the roster as well.

Also, RB/KR Jalen Parmele was probably never even “on the bubble”, but a NFL source tells me he’s safe. Now you know.

And one more thing-Baltimore’s Trice Capra lost the first set 6-0 to Maria Sharapova. I might start drinking early today.
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It’s 1pm, and I’m overwhelmed by the amount of college football and U.S. Open tennis on TV today. That being said, there are a number of moves being made by the Baltimore Ravens today as they work towards the NFL deadline to have 53 players on their active roster. Here’s what we know thus far…

-National Football Post has reported that K Shayne Graham has been cut and K Billy Cundiff has won the kicking battle. There could be a number of factors (both football and non-football related) involved with this move. Football-wise, Cundiff had hung with Graham throughout Training Camp on field goals, and appeared to get more distance than Graham on kickoffs. Outside of football, there were some off-field concerns with Graham-and he almost certainly would have made more money than Cundiff.

-WNST.net first reported (follow us on Twitter @WNST) that rookie DT Arthur Jones had made the team. No word on other bubble players on the D-Line, including DT’s Kelly Talavou and Lamar Divens. DT Brandon McKinney was not believed to be on the bubble.

-NFP also reported earlier in the day that rookie OT Ramon Harewood had made the team. This was more than a bit surprising, but could reflect the injury issues the Ravens currently have on the O-Line. With OT Jared Gaither a question mark (back), OT Oniel Cousins (concussion) just getting back to the practice field Friday and OL David Hale (tailbone) still an IR possibility-the team may just well need the depth.

-The Ravens have announced they have traded LB Antwan Barnes to the Philadelphia Eagles for a pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. This is also surprising, as the Ravens do not have tremendous depth at OLB. This could be good news for one of the bubble guys at ILB (Jason Phillips, Prescott Burgess) or OLB bubble man Edgar Jones. It could also reflect a belief that Sergio Kindle could be able to return this season; he is currently in Charm City meeting with neurologists. NFP says Phillips and Burgess are “probably safe.”

-ProFootballTalk/NBC Sports first reported CB Travis Fisher had been cut by the Ravens; while NFP reported Prince Miller had also been cut. This likely means good news for CB KJ Gerard and could also be good news for S Ken Hamlin. The Ravens confirmed yesterday that S Ed Reed would open the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.

-There have been rumors floating by ESPN and others regarding the status of QB Troy Smith-rumors have included Smith could be traded or released. There have also been rumors floating surrounding WR Marcus Smith, none have been confirmed. WR David Reed has made the team according to multiple sources.

-A number of other players have also been cut. WNST confirms WR Eron Riley was cut, while NFP reported TE Davon Drew, DE/LB Albert McClellan, TE Davon Drew, CB Chris Hawkins and OT Devin Tyler were cut. None were believed to be roster possibilities, but all could be practice squad options.

I will continue to update as updates are available.

-G

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Mocking The 53: One Final Preseason 53 Man Roster

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Mocking The 53: One Final Preseason 53 Man Roster

Posted on 04 September 2010 by Glenn Clark

The preseason is over and the Baltimore Ravens face a Saturday deadline to trim their roster to 53 players.

I said this after the loss to the St. Louis Rams was over, but it bears repeating. I have AGONIZED over putting together an only somewhat educated MOCK roster. I can’t IMAGINE how Ozzie Newsome, John Harbaugh, Eric DeCosta and George Kokinis are handling it.

Here’s what I said the first time I made this list…

“Ozzie Newsome, John Harbaugh and company will at least MOSTLY keep the 53 best players on the roster, I am going to try to identify the Top 53 players on the roster myself. It ISN’T a perfect science, and some of the players will have outside circumstances that will influence where they find themselves on the list. Similarly, the Ravens will make some decisions based on health, position needs, etc.

I’m putting “best overall players”, “most significant players”, and “position relevance” into my “Top 53″ rankings. This isn’t just a list of the 53 best players on the team. This is however a list-at this moment-of the 53 players I believe are most likely to make the roster.”

Here’s my final Mock 53…

1. QB Joe Flacco
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2. RB Ray Rice
3. WR Anquan Boldin
4. DT Haloti Ngata
5. LB Ray Lewis
6. OT Michael Oher
7. WR Derrick Mason
8. LB Terrell Suggs
9. LB Jarret Johnson
10. G Ben Grubbs

No changes in this group. The Ravens hope they all remain in the Top 10 this season.

11. TE Todd Heap
12. DE Trevor Pryce
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13. DL Cory Redding
14. CB Fabian Washington
15. FB Le’Ron McClain
16. OL Marshal Yanda
17. C Matt Birk
18. S Dawan Landry
19. S Tom Zbikowski
20. CB Josh Wilson

Former Maryland Terrapins CB Josh Wilson joins this group, as he’ll immediately be expected to make an impact at CB and possibly on Special Teams as well. He might not start against the New York Jets on September 13, but expect him to be on the field.

21. CB Chris Carr
22. P Sam Koch
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23. QB Marc Bulger
24. DT Kelly Gregg
25. S Haruki Nakamura
26. CB Lardarius Webb
27. TE Ed Dickson
28. WR Mark Clayton
29. OL Chris Chester
30. RB Willis McGahee

It’s a shame only one AFC punter can make the Pro Bowl, as Shane Lechler has sorta locked down the spot in recent years. Koch looks like he might be the type of player who could put together a season worthy of a trip to Hawaii.

31. OT Jared Gaither
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32. DT Terrence Cody
33. LB Jameel McClain
34. LB Dannell Ellerbe
35. LB Tavares Gooden
36. LB Antwan Barnes
37. OL Tony Moll
38. RB Jalen Parmele
39. TE Dennis Pitta
40. DE Paul Kruger

Terrence Cody and Jared Gaither have both dropped, only because neither have been on the field. At this point, we can’t really expect either to be on the field at the Meadowlands for the Monday Night Football opener. When they get healthy, expect them both to climb.

41. DT Brandon McKinney
42. LS Morgan Cox
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43. DT Kelly Talavou
44. OT Oniel Cousins
45. K Shayne Graham
46. WR Demetrius Williams
47. QB Troy Smith
48. LB Prescott Burgess
49. WR Marcus Smith
50. S/CB KJ Gerard
51. DT Arthur Jones
52. WR David Reed
53. WR Donte’ Stallworth* (Will miss first 8 weeks of season with broken foot)

I think Shayne Graham’s experience gets him on the roster, but I’m 51-49 towards him at this point over Billy Cundiff. Demetrius Williams, Marcus Smith and David Reed are all on my roster-but seven receivers seems like an awful lot. Smith or Reed would be the odd man out if necessary. I think Troy Smith makes the roster. Not because teams HAVE to keep three quarterbacks, but because I think he’s a better player than Ken Hamlin, Travis Fisher or Prince Miller (to name a few). Prescott Burgess beats out Jason Phillips and Edgar Jones, Arthur Jones beats out Lamar Divens for the final spots on the roster in my book.

54. CB Cary Williams* (Suspended for 2 weeks, does not count against roster)

(CB Domonique Foxworth-IR)
(CB Marcus Paschal-IR)
(OL Daniel Sanders-IR)
(FB Mike McLaughlin-IR)
(LB Sergio Kindle-No contract/Expected PUP)
(LB Brendon Ayanbadejo-Starting season on Reserve PUP)
(RB Matt Lawrence-Starting season on Reserve PUP)
(S Ed Reed-Starting season on Reserve PUP)

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55. K Billy Cundiff
56. OL David Hale (Possible IR)
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57. CB Travis Fisher
58. CB Prince Miller
59. LB Edgar Jones
60. LB Jason Phillips
61. S Ken Hamlin
62. DT Lamar Divens
63. OT Ramon Harewood (possible IR)
64. TE Davon Drew
65. OT Joe Reitz
66. WR Justin Harper
67. DE Albert McClellan
68. WR Eron Riley
69. RB Curtis Steele
70. OT Stefan Rodgers
71. OL Bryan Mattison
72. CB Brad Jones
73. CB Chris Hawkins
74. OT Devin Tyler

Here’s a stab at the 10 man practice squad:
Prince Miller,  Jason Phillips, Davon Drew, Joe Reitz, Eron Riley, Curtis Steele, Albert McClellan, Brad Jones, Stefan Rodgers, Bryan Mattison

Thoughts? Concerns? Comments?

We’ll know how it all shakes out shortly.

-G

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