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Don Banks: Sense of Urgency for Ravens in 2016

Posted on 17 August 2016 by WNST Staff

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated caught up with Nestor Aparicio this week as the NFL regular season continues to get closer.

Don was out in Owings Mills recently and he had some positive observations to share about Joe Flacco.

“I was using the words locked in, because the day I was there, I barely saw the ball touch the ground,” Banks said. “He told me that the knee is not really on his mental radar screen. He feels like he can trust it, and hasn’t really had to clear much of a hurdle on that front. He’s excited. I feel like he’s poised for a big bounce back year. The question is, how many others on Baltimore after that injury plagued year are ready to bounce back as well.”

Don sees 2016 as a key season for the Ravens, and he sees them being in a position that they haven’t found themselves in for quite some time.d

“They are a very interesting team this year Nestor,” Banks said. “I think we’e always kind of known what to expect from Baltimore, but last year altered the perception a little bit. I think a lot of us are wondering ‘Does this team pick up where they left off, always a playoff perennial contender, 10-11 wins? Or was last year in any way the first sign of a team on the decline, and getting a little older in some key spots?’ That’s what this year is about. I think there’s a little bit of a sense of urgency in Baltimore that there hasn’t been in a number of years, to kind of continue the program the way it has been under John Harbaugh and Ozzie Newsome.”

To hear Nestor’s full chat with Don Banks, listen here:

 

 

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Chris Burke: Cam Newton not going after fumble much worse than press conference

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Chris Burke: Cam Newton not going after fumble much worse than press conference

Posted on 15 February 2016 by WNST Staff

Chris Burke covers the NFL for Sports Illustrated, and he joined Nestor this week to discuss a variety of topics including the Peyton Manning scandal, Cam Newton, the Big 10 basketball environments, including Purdue’s Mackey Arena, the NFL combine, and much more!

As for Cam Newton and the talk surrounding his Super Bowl post-game press conference, Chris had an interesting take.

“To me, not going after that fumble late in the game was worse than the press conference,” Burke said. “It’s such a scattered post-game atmosphere, it’s all jammed into one spot, both teams, it’s a curtain that separates them, and Cam was right next to where the Broncos were. I can understand why he was upset and short with the media.”

That said, Chris would like to have seen Newton handle his media responsibilities differently.

“He’s got to handle that better,” Burke said. “He’s a veteran quarterback now, he’s the face of that franchise and one of the faces of the NFL. He’s got to be more professional in that situation. But like I said, what happened on that fumble where he just sort of pulled up and didn’t try to dive on it, that bothered me far more than anything that happened in the press conference.”

To hear Chris Burke’s full conversation with Nestor Aparicio, listen here:

 

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Peter King talks Ravens biggest offseason needs

Posted on 22 December 2015 by WNST Audio

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Navy QB Reynolds named Honorable Mention All-America by SI

Posted on 19 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Navy Sophomore Quarterback Keenan Reynolds Named Honorable Mention All-American By Sports Illustrated

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds has been named an Honorable Mention All-American by Sports Illustrated.

In just his second season at Navy, Reynolds is well on his way to rewriting the school and national record books, establishing an NCAA single-season record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 29 this season, tying the NCAA record for most touchdowns in a game against an FBS opponent (7 vs. San Jose State), scoring a program-best 42 points against San Jose State, breaking a nearly 100-year-old season scoring mark at Navy with 176 points (174 by Bill Ingram in 1917) and smashing the school record for points responsible for in a season with 224.  Reynolds heads into the Dec. 30 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl against Middle Tennessee State ranked No. 1 in the country in scoring, averaging 14.7 points per game, No. 1 in rushing touchdowns with 29 and No. 2 in rushing yards by a quarterback with 105.0.

Florida State’s Jameis Winston was named the first team quarterback, while Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M was named to the second team.  Blake Bortles (UCF), Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Shane Carden (East Carolina), Derek Carr (Fresno State), Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois), Marcus Mariota (Oregon), AJ McCarron (Alabama), Zach Mettenberger (LSU), Braxton Miller (Ohio State), Aaron Murray (Georgia), Bryce Petty (Baylor) and Connor Shaw (South Carolina) joined Reynolds as Honorable Mention All-Americans.

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Lewis dismisses SI report saying he used banned substance

Posted on 29 January 2013 by Luke Jones

NEW ORLEANS — Appearing at media day for Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, retiring Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was likely prepared to discuss the events that occurred in Atlanta from 13 years ago but wasn’t ready to deal with another controversy.

According to a report from Sports Illustrated, the 37-year-old linebacker acquired a banned substance to aid in his recovery from a torn right triceps earlier this season. The story rehashed information uncovered by Yahoo! Sports two years ago regarding a company called S.W.A.T.S. and alleges that Lewis used holographic stickers and deer antler spray, which contains the banned substance IGF-1.

Lewis allegedly contacted the owner of Sports with Alternatives to Steroids — a two-man sports science company — to help in recovering from the injury suffered against the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 14. He would not address the report when asked about it on Tuesday afternoon.

“Two years ago, that was the same report,” Lewis said at Tuesday’s Super Bowl Media Day in New Orleans. “I wouldn’t give that report or him any of my press. He’s not worthy of that. Next question.”

Mitch Ross of S.W.A.T.S. reportedly taped the phone call from Lewis, which includes the veteran asking for directions on how to use the deer antler spray. .

Coach John Harbaugh was aware of the piece written by David Epstein and George Dohrmann, but he offered his support to Lewis in a predictable manner considering the linebacker did not fail a drug test.

“Ray has passed every substance test in his career,” Harbaugh said.

Regardless of how much weight this story holds, there is virtually no chance it will impact his status for Super Bowl XLVII as any potential disciplinary action — as unlikely as it might be — would be met with the appeals process that would delay a decision until after a champion is crowned.

Lewis intends to retire after the season.

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