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.”
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Ira Kaufman covers the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the Tampa Tribune, and the Bucs have undergone some major changes this offseason as they promoted Dirk Koetter to offensive coordinator, and hired former Ravens coach and Falcons head coach Mike Smith to be their defensive coordinator.
The Buccaneers also have a Top 10 pick in next week’s draft as they prepare to select ninth overall. Which side of the ball are the Bucs targeting, and who does Ira think they will ultimately select?
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Charean Williams covers the Dallas Cowboys and thus is always subjected to the media circus that constantly surrounds what many consider to be American’s Team.
That said, there is one time of the year that the Cowboys keep things unusually quiet…
“They have pulled some surprises, and really, this is the one thing they do that they keep their cards close to their sleeve,’ Williams said. “When it comes to the draft, you really don’t know what the Cowboys are going to do and this year is another example of that.”
“The obvious need is defensive end, there’s no question about that, “Williams said. “Everyone thinks they’re going Joey Bosa, but I don’t think anybody would be surprised if they come out of this draft with Jalen Ramsey if he’s there or Ezekiel Elliott if he’s there.”
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Mark Eckel has been covering the Philadephia Eagles for a long time, and there are not many moments that have created as much buzz as the Eagles trading up to the #2 spot in the 2016 Draft in an effort to, by all indications, select quarterback Carson Wentz.
When a trade of such magnitude is made, the ramifications are sure to be felt well into the future. Eckel touched on some of those possibilities.
“The future of a lot of people were affected by that trade,” Eckel said. “Obviously quarterback Sam Bradford’s future is up in the air. He won’t be an Eagle for much longer, maybe this year. The head coach Doug Pederson and GM Howie Roseman, both of their careers are kind of on the line with this pick, if it is Carson Wentz as we all have kind of come to the conclusion that it is. If Wentz is not the answer, if he is another Ryan Leaf, then Doug Pederson is not going to be a head coach for very long, and Howie Roseman probably won’t be involved in personnel very long.”
Mark went on to share many more in-depth thoughts regarding this blockbuster trade. To hear his complete conversation with Nestor, listen here:
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Nestor Aparicio joined Howard Balzer’s radio show in St. Louis to discuss the Baltimore Ravens draft outlook as the 2016 NFL Draft is less than a week away.
With two quarterbacks expected to go with the first two picks, the Baltimore Ravens will have the opportunity to draft one of the best non-quarterback players in the draft. Will Jalen Ramsey, the top rated cornerback from Florida Sate, still be available, and if so, will the Ravens definitely take him? What are some other options for the Ravens at the sixth spot? Nestor dishes on some Ravens possibilities as the draft quickly approaches.
Also, who does Nestor believe was the biggest free agent signing for the Ravens this offseason?
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We at WNST have been taking thousands upon thousands of passionate purple fans on roadtrips for nearly 20 years, and we expect 2016 to provide some of our best experiences yet as we head to “Jerryworld” in Dallas for the first time, Jacksonville, and Cleveland (with a stop over at the Pro Football Hall of Fame). We’ll also be visiting The Meadowlands twice in 2016 as the Ravens face both the New York Jets and New YorK Giants.
Ed Hale joined Nestor fresh off of the Baltimore Blast’s 8th title and recapped their season as well as their unique experience playing for the championship in Senora, Mexico.
“When we got into the game, the entire arena, including all the aisle ways, were standing room only,” Hale said. “If a bomb went off or if a fire started in that place, there would have been thousands of people dead. It was so crazy, but it was fun crazy. The game was really really well played by both teams.”
The Baltimore Blast now have brought eight championships home to Baltimore. Congrats to Ed, Kevin Healey, Coach Kelly, and everyone involved in the Blast organization!
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Christian Page joined WNST this week as we quickly approach the 2016 NFL Draft, and discussed the trade that, as Page said, has put all of the previous mock drafts in the shredder.
Page covers the Titans down south, and from a Titans fan perspective, Page is happy with the big deal.
“Absolutely, and I don’t think the Titans are necessarily done yet,” Page said. “They have plenty of ammo to move up back into the Top 10 and maybe get an offensive tackle to protect Mariota with some injuries and sack problems that the Titans had last season.”
Of course, the trickle down effect that the trade will have on the teams picking in the 3-6 range, including the Ravens, has not been lost on draft analysts across the country,
“With the Rams moving up to take a quarterback and with Cleveland always in the quarterback conversation picking at two, that shifts the best player available down to Baltimore, and we all know general manager Ozzie Newsome likes the best player available and he’s sitting home enjoying everything the Titans just did with the Rams.”
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