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Our Ravens-Texans “Pats On The Ass”

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Our Ravens-Texans “Pats On The Ass”

Posted on 16 October 2011 by Glenn Clark

After every Baltimore Ravens victory, Ryan Chell and I take to the airwaves on “The Nasty Purple Postgame Show” on AM1570 WNST.net to offer “Pats on the Ass” to players who have done something to deserve the honor.

We give pats to two defensive players, two offensive players and one “Wild Card”-either another offensive or defensive player, a Special Teams player or a coach. We offer a “Pat on Both Cheeks” to someone who stands out, our version of a “Player of the Game.”

Here are our “Pats on the Ass” following the Ravens’ 29-14 victory over the Houston Texans at M&T Bank Stadium…

Glenn Clark’s Pats…

5. Ray Lewis


4. Terrence Cody


3. Joe Flacco


2. Billy Cundiff


1. Anquan Boldin (Pat on both cheeks)


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Redding, Cody return to practice on limited basis in Ravens’ Thursday injury report

Posted on 22 September 2011 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Despite Thursday’s injury report looking much improved after seven players missed practice a day earlier, two key offensive starters missed practice for the second straight day as the Ravens continue preparations for the St. Louis Rams.

Wide receiver Lee Evans (ankle) and guard Ben Grubbs (toe) were both absent from the field and remain question marks for Sunday as the Ravens hope to improve their underwhelming 13-point output from a week ago.

The Rams received good news on Thursday with the return of running back Steven Jackson (quad) to the practice field. Jackson was injured early in the Rams’ season-opening loss to the Phildelphia Eagles. The 240-pound back practiced on a limited basis.

DID NOT PARTICIPATE – G Ben Grubbs (toe), WR Lee Evans (ankle), WR David Reed, CB Jimmy Smith (ankle)
LIMITED – CB Chris Carr (thigh), DT Terrence Cody (concussion), DE Cory Redding (toe)
FULL PARTICIPANT – C Matt Birk (knee)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE – WR Danny Amendola (elbow), RB Carnell Williams (hamstring)
LIMITED – RB Steven Jackson (quad), TE Michaeel Hoomanawanui (calf), DE CJ Ah You (wrist), LB Ben Leber (groin)
FULL PARTICIPANT – WR Greg Salas (ribs)

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Live from Owings Mills: Cody, Redding, Birk return to practice on Thursday

Posted on 22 September 2011 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Facing a plethora of injuries, some serious and others of the nagging variety, the Ravens saw three players return to the practice field on Thursday after being absent a day ago.

Defensive tackle Terrence Cody, defensive end Cory Redding, and center Matt Birk (knee) were back on the field during the portion of practice open to the media. Cody sustained a concussion in the 26-13 loss to the Titans on Sunday but passed the battery of baseline tests required to return to action. However, Cody went through position drills without a helmet, indicating he was limited in his return to practice.

Redding sat out Wednesday’s workout with a toe injury, but the 30-year-old did not appear to be limited as he took part in drills with the rest of the defensive line.

Birk’s return was expected after Wednesday appeared to simply be a day off for the 35-year-old center. He did not take part in the preseason after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in early August, but Birk has practiced fully since the week prior to the start of the regular season.

Left guard Ben Grubbs (toe) missed his second straight practice of the week, further clouding his status for Sunday after he missed the first game of his career last week. With Grubbs hobbled, Mark LeVoir and former Pro Bowler Andre Gurode continue to work at the left guard spot.

Wide receiver Lee Evans was also absent from the open portion of practice as he continues to rest his left ankle. His status is in jeopardy after coach John Harbaugh suggested the Ravens could elect to rest Evans if he is unable to produce in the way they need him to.

Cornerback Jimmy Smith (high ankle sprain) and return specialist David Reed were not present and are not expected to return before the Ravens’ bye week that follows their Week 4 meeting with the New York Jets.

Chris Carr was practicing for the second straight day and was a limited participant in Wednesday’s workout. His limited number of reps was intentional, and the 5-10 cornerback expects to be able to play on Sunday against the Rams.

“It’s trying not to be prideful, because you really want to play, but trying to be smart,” said Carr, who revealed Sunday was the first game he’s missed because of an injury. “If I feel like I can’t perform like I’m usually accustomed to performing than I’m not going to play.”

Hear from Cam Cameron, Chuck Pagano, Jerry Rosburg, Terrence Cody, Chris Carr, and Bryant McKinnie in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault right here.

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Evans, Grubbs headline crowded injury report for Ravens

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Evans, Grubbs headline crowded injury report for Ravens

Posted on 21 September 2011 by Luke Jones

(Updated: 8:50 p.m.)

Turning the page from Week 2 and returning to the practice field to begin preparations for the St. Louis Rams, the Ravens were missing a number of players during practice on Wednesday afternoon.

Left guard Ben Grubbs is still dealing with a right toe injury that caused him to miss the first game of his five-year career on Sunday and did not practice on Wednesday. Swing lineman Mark LeVoir started in his place instead of veteran Andre Gurode against the Titans.

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Wide receiver Lee Evans was sidelined for the second straight Wednesday practice as he continues to struggle with a left ankle injury that’s had him in and out of a walking boot following the third preseason game in August. Coach John Harbaugh said again on Wednesday that the Ravens must weigh how productive Evans can be on the field with trying to rest him in the short term.

“You just have to work through it throughout the week and then on game day, if you’re well enough, you can play.”

With Evans not running at 100 percent, opponents are unlikely to respect his normal deep-threat capability, thus shrinking the coverage closer to the line of scrimmage to key on possession receiver Anquan Boldin and tight ends Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta. The lack of production from rookie third receiver Torrey Smith hasn’t helped the Ravens’ passing game through the first two games.

For now, the Ravens will hope intermittent rest during the week will allow Evans to feel healthy enough to contribute.

“It is up and down, but there has been some progress made,” said Evans, who has been told the injury cannot get worse by continuing to play. “How much that is or where it is relatively to everything is hard to say. Right now, it’s tough. It’s hard to get a lot of rest during the season. We try to take a smart approach to it.”

Center Matt Birk also sat out Wednesday’s practice in what was a presumed day off for the veteran. After missing the entire preseason, Birk has practiced consistently without any real limitations through the first two weeks of the regular season.

Cornerback Chris Carr returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday after missing the Tennessee game and sitting out all practices last week.

DID NOT PARTICIPATE – C Matt Birk (knee), DE Cory Redding (toe), DT Terrence Cody (concussion), G Ben Grubbs (toe), WR Lee Evans (ankle), WR David Reed, CB Jimmy Smith (ankle)
LIMITED – CB Chris Carr (thigh)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE – DE CJ Ah You (wrist), WR Danny Amendola (elbow), RB Steven Jackson (quad), LB Ben Leber (groin), RB Carnell Williams (hamstring)
LIMITED – TE Michaeel Hoomanawanui (calf), WR Greg Salas (ribs)

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Live from Owings Mills: Seven Ravens not practicing as attention turns to Rams

Posted on 21 September 2011 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Putting behind the disappointment of a 26-13 loss to Tennessee on Sunday, the Ravens returned to the practice field with a number of players unavailable to them during the open portion of practice.

Wide receiver Lee Evans (ankle), guard Ben Grubbs (toe), defensive tackle Terrence Cody (concussion), and Cory Redding (undisclosed) were not present for the portion of practice open to the media. Veteran center Matt Birk attended practice but was not working, indicating a likely day off for the 35-year-old continuing to work his surgically-repaired knee back to full strength.

In a piece of positive news, cornerback Chris Carr (hamstring) returned to the practice field after missing Sunday’s game against the Titans and an entire week of practice.

Cornerback Jimmy Smith (high ankle sprain) and wide receiver/returner David Reed were not present since neither is likely to return to action prior to the Ravens’ bye week following a meeting with the New York Jets on Oct. 2.

The Ravens have also re-signed rookie safety Mana Silva to the practice squad to take the spot formerly held by defensive back Danny Gorrer, who was promoted to the 53-man roster on Saturday to add to the team’s depth at cornerback. Linebacker Jason Phillips has joined the Carolina Panthers after being waived by the Ravens on Saturday.

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens for Week 2

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens for Week 2

Posted on 20 September 2011 by Luke Jones

Below are our Top 7 Ravens players in the deflating 26-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Nashville on Sunday. We’ll track our rankings throughout the 2011 season with the following point system:

No. 1 – 7 points
No. 2 – 6 points
No. 3 – 5 points
No. 4 – 4 points
No. 5 – 3 points
No. 6 – 2 points
No. 7 – 1 point

And, yes, we know there really weren’t seven players worthy of the honor, but we did our best in completing the process.

Luke Jones’ Top 7…

7) Ray Lewis

6) Terrell Suggs

5) Billy Cundiff

4) Haloti Ngata

3) Terrence Cody

2) David Reed

1) Ray Rice

Drew Forrester’s Top 7…

7) Sam Koch

6) Marshal Yanda

5) Terrell Suggs

4) Lardarius Webb

3) Haloti Ngata

2) Ed Dickson

1) Ray Rice


1. Haloti Ngata (10 points)
1. Ray Rice (10 points)
3. Terrell Suggs (9 points)
4. David Reed (6 points)
5. Bryant McKinnie (5 points)
5.Terrence Cody (5 points)
7. Joe Flacco (4 points)
8. Billy Cundiff (3 points)
9. Ed Reed (2 points)
10. Matt Birk (1 point)
10. Ray Lewis (1 point)

1. Haloti Ngata (9 points)
1. Ray Rice (9 points)
3. Terrell Suggs (8 points)
4. Bryant McKinnie (7 points)
4. Lardarius Webb (7 points)
6. Joe Flacco (6 points)
6. Ed Dickson (6 points)
8. Marshal Yanda (2 points)
9. Ed Reed (1 point)
10. Sam Koch (1 point)

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Mocking The 53: A Look At Roster Ahead of Preseason Finale

Posted on 30 August 2011 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Baltimore Ravens travel to the Georgia Dome to meet the Atlanta Falcons Thursday night, the final opportunity for players on the roster “bubble” to impress Head Coach John Harbaugh and coordinators Cam Cameron, Chuck Pagano and Jerry Rosburg.

As I am no longer the Ravens beat reporter here at WNST I have deferred to Luke Jones for most of our coverage during Training Camp. I have had the chance to get out to 1 Winning Drive this week, so I decided I would bring back “Mocking The 53″ to get a look at how the team may trim the roster from 80 players to 53.

As I’ve explained before, the team does not have a certain number of players they keep at each position, so I have never done this breakdown by position. Instead, I offer what is more like a “power ranking” of players from 1-80.

Keep in mind, GM Ozzie Newsome is likely to make an addition or two (a veteran backup quarterback-perhaps still Marc Bulger namely) before either Saturday’s cut day or the team’s opener September 11 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium.

1. DT Haloti Ngata
2. QB Joe Flacco
3. LB Terrell Suggs
4. RB Ray Rice
5. WR Anquan Boldin
6. S Ed Reed
7. LB Ray Lewis
8. G Ben Grubbs
9. G Marshal Yanda
10. CB Jimmy Smith

Whether or not Smith is a starter on September 11 is the only issue in this group. All of these guys are clearly on the team and significant contributors.

11. OT Michael Oher
12. WR Lee Evans
13. FB Vonta Leach
14. DE Cory Redding
15. P Sam Koch
16. TE Ed Dickson
17. S Bernard Pollard
18. K Billy Cundiff
19. DT Terrence Cody
20. LB Jarret Johnson

Like the first group, the players in the group above are all safely on the roster and are expected to be significant contributors.

21. CB Cary Williams
22. S Tom Zbikowski
23. C Matt Birk
24. OT Bryant McKinnie
25. CB Chris Carr
26. S Haruki Nakamura
27. TE Dennis Pitta
28. RB Ricky Williams
29. LB Jameel McClain
30. WR Torrey Smith

There’s no drama in this group either. McClain still appears to be the frontrunner for the other starting ILB job, while the team has remained steadfast in their support of Torrey Smith despite struggles. There’s a chance he’s not the third receiver on September 11, but he’s absolutely safe on the roster.

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Live from Owings Mills: Ravens making final preparations for Thursday’s meeting with Redskins

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Live from Owings Mills: Ravens making final preparations for Thursday’s meeting with Redskins

Posted on 23 August 2011 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The most eventful moment of the afternoon occurred when a tremor from the earthquake felt up and down the coast struck the Ravens training facility less than an hour following Tuesday’s practice.

And, no, it had nothing to do with defensive tackle Terrence Cody if that’s what you’re thinking.

Prior to the earthquake, players completed a light shells-and-shorts practice in preparation for their meeting with the Washington Redskins on Thursday night. The practice was comparable to a typical Friday workout in the regular season, according to coach John Harbaugh.

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Most starters are scheduled to play well into the third quarter, if not the entire first three quarters while select veterans such as Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are not expected to see as much time. The third preseason game is widely viewed as the dress rehearsal for the start of the regular season. Harbaugh said the team watched film of Washington this week, but they have not installed a game plan for the Redskins, who the Ravens coach complimented as one of the most impressive teams of the preseason.

“We want to win, we always want to win,” Harbaugh said. “The guys that are going to have to win the game in the fourth quarter are all the young guys — just like they were able to do last week and that was good to see. We want to see us developing into a winning and a championship football team, and you guys will be able to recognize that, whether it’s on defense or offense, specials teams. We want to play well, and we’re going to go against a team that’s playing really well in the preseason.”

Linebacker Jarret Johnson returned to practice after sitting out the last two days with tightness in his back. Following Tuesday’s practice, he announced his intention to play on Thursday night.

Right guard Marshal Yanda (back) and cornerback Chris Carr (hamstring) also practiced on a limited basis. It appears unlikely that Yanda will play after missing five straight practices last week with back spasms and only participating for the opening portion of practice over the last three days.

Carr has been hindered by a hamstring tweak since last Monday.

Cornerback Domonique Foxworth sat out Tuesday’s light practice in what’s become a fairly predictable pattern during training camp. The veteran is still building strength in his surgically-repaired knee and has received periodic days off since training camp began in late July. With Foxworth not practicing, rookie Jimmy Smith and third-year player Cary Williams were once again running with the first team.

The Ravens have officially reached a deal with former North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo. The rookie became a free agent after he was not selected in the NFL supplemental draft on Monday.

At 6-foot-7 and 245 pounds, McAdoo possesses freakish size, but will be considered more of a long-term project than an option as a pass rush specialist in 2011. Declared ineligible by the NCAA as a junior last season due to an academic cheating incident, McAdoo compiled 29 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks in his freshman and sophomore seasons in Chapel Hill.

McAdoo fits the mold of a rush end or outside linebacker, depending on the defensive system.

“He’s on his way here,” Harbaugh said. “He’s going to get a physical at some point. Don’t know much about him. I’ve heard good things about him. He’s a guy that got caught up in some situations there at North Carolina, but he’s supposed to be a very good guy and a very talented guy. We’re looking forward to seeing him here.”

The Ravens will have a walk-through on Wednesday in final preparation for Thursday’s preseason game in Baltimore. The session will be closed to the media.

Visit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault to hear more from John Harbaugh as well as Thyrl Nelson’s conversation with outside linebacker Paul Kruger following Tuesday afternoon’s practice.

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Cory Redding: “We don’t have a long off-season for these guys to learn our plays”

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Cory Redding: “We don’t have a long off-season for these guys to learn our plays”

Posted on 19 August 2011 by Ryan Chell

It may only be a preseason game, but tonight versus the Kansas City Chiefs is going to be a good test for a Ravens defense continuing its tradition of being stout on the run.

And despite seeing him in limited action tonight at M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens know they will face backs this year like KC running back Jamaal Charles, who finished 2nd in the AFC last year with 1,467 yards rushing.

Throughout the 2011 season, it’s going to be on guys like DL Cory Redding, who joined Glenn Clark this week on his afternoon live after practice, to bottle up the run.

Cory Redding

And with one game in the books-despite giving up only 13 points in the Ravens preseason loss-Redding and the Ravens defense wants to improve game-by-game even if they don’t matter.

“The biggest thing that we take from the first game is that we don’t want to give up seven,” Redding said. “We were kind of disappointed with how few mistakes we made [that] we allowed them to get in the end zone.”

Now, with another game under their belt, every member of the Ravens defense-from younster to a veteran like Redding-are hoping to improve and get themselves ready for the Week1 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“This is preseason, and we can’t take too much out of it,” Redding said, “but in the terms of hustling and working hard, those things are going to come. Just be where you’re supposed to be when you are supposed to be there, and everything will work out.”

As a veteran, Redding hopes they work things out sooner rather than later, so that the Ravens defense has that good feeling sitting on the sidelines.

But at the same time, Redding knows that even when his time on the field is over, it’s a teaching and learning experience for him till the final seconds wind down on the clock.

“Guys are fighting for jobs,” Redding said. “They will make mistakes and they are learning. We don’t have a long off-season for these guys to learn our plays with our complex defense…so they could be going to the wrong gap, so our defense can get weak at times.”

Redding has seen three second-year guys in particular that  haven’t been doing that-Arthur Jones, Terrence Cody, and Sergio Kindle-and that aspect of the Baltimore youth movement on defense is a sight to see.

“Art is doing good,” Redding said. “Arthur is a lot better understanding where and why we want him in certain places. He is understanding the system a lot more and he is letting the game come to him unlike the rest panicking when tough situations occur on the field.”

With Cody, Redding said that the defensive tackle may be the quickest learner in this shortened off-season so far. In other words, if there is a most-improved player, Redding threw his hat in Cody’s corner.

“Terrence came in shape and of course with the heat and all, everyone had tough days but he fought through it and he’s out there making tremendous plays for us.”

In essence, Cody looks like he could be a valuable asset to this defense given his inability to get on the field last year due to injury or conditioning.

“He’s holding the gap and he’s chasing balls down,” Redding said from a glance. “He looks like he’s lost two people. He looks really good, and he’s a big man who’s moving well for his size.”

“We are looking for good things out of him and he’s having a really good time right now.”

And finally, Redding said that when he’s lined up in practice and when the whistle blows in practice, there has always been one guy around the ball on every play-the linebacker hailing from the same school as Redding in the University of Texas-Sergio Kindle.

“It’s good to see my younger star,” Redding laughed.  “He’s out there playing like a little kid. He’s excited to be out there playing again being out for a year…it is pretty awesome.”

Overall, it’s on all these guys developing together that’s going to make  Chuck Pagano’s job that much easier-and easier for a old veteran like Cory Redding.

And for the team prepping for Pittsburgh Week 1 on September 11th.

“That is what its all about and that is huge and that is what we want,” said Redding.  You want to know all the way, to see and be the kind of team you want to be, an opener with you rival what better game to start off the season than with the Steelers”

Tune into WNST following Ravens-Chiefs tonight for your Nasty Purple Post-Game Show!

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Live from Owings Mills: C. Williams, J. Smith work with starting defense

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Live from Owings Mills: C. Williams, J. Smith work with starting defense

Posted on 14 August 2011 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens had their full allotment of cornerbacks on the practice field Sunday, making the two players working with the first defense all the more surprising.

Rookie Jimmy Smith and third-year defensive back Cary Williams played extensively with the starting defense as Chris Carr and Lardarius Webb — the starters in the preseason opener — rotated inside in nickel and dime packages. Veteran Domonique Foxworth practiced on a limited basis but did not take reps in 11-on-11 team sessions as he continues to work his way back to full strength from ACL surgery a year ago.

Smith’s involvement with the starting defense should not surprise too many people, given the fact that the Ravens viewed him as a top-10 talent when they selected him with the 27th overall pick in April. However, seeing the 6-foot-1 Williams work with the first unit was a product of his strong play in camp and performance against the Eagles last Thursday.

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“A guy deserves an opportunity,” coach John Harbaugh, who wanted to get a look at how Williams and Smith fit with the rest of the starting defense. “He’s played really well, and we try to do that. We always say the best guys play the most, and he’s earned that. It’s nothing against anybody else. I think everybody’s played well, but we’ll see how he looks in there and see how he does.”

It’s important to remember this was only one practice, but the sheer size of Williams (6-foot-1) and Smith (6-foot-2) would be an intriguing element before you even factor in their impressive athleticism. Regardless of whether Williams finds himself on the field on Sept. 11 or this was simply a cameo appearance, it’s pretty apparent that his roster spot is pretty safe after most expected him to compete with rookie Chykie Brown for the fifth cornerback job.

Visit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault to hear more from John Harbaugh following Sunday’s practice.

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