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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2013
Retired Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis weighed in on the Aaron Hernandez situation, offering his opinion on the former New England Patriots star tight end during his debut as an ESPN football analyst. During a roundtable discussion with Cris Carter, Keyshawn Johnson and Tom Jackson, Lewis said he believes the Patriots should have had some idea that Hernandez, who remains in jail after pleading not guilty to the charge of murdering Odin Lloyd, was headed down the wrong path.
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By Matt Vensel | December 19, 2013
Offense in the NFL is all about identifying mismatches and exploiting them, something the New England Patriots were able to do on a weekly basis when they had tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Gronkowski was an in-line monster for the Patriots before blowing out his knee two weeks ago, stomping all over secondaries that couldn't match his rare blend of size, strength and body control. Before going to prison, Hernandez was their joker, lining up at a bunch of different spots, from the backfield to out wide.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2013
Over the past three seasons, New England Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez have been the NFL's most productive tight-end tandem. Meanwhile, Ravens tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson, who were also selected in that 2010 draft, were measured against New England's dynamic duo. In terms of on-field results, there really was no comparison. Pitta and Dickson combined have fewer career touchdowns than each of those Patriots tight ends. Gronkowski and Hernandez have scored 56 touchdowns.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2013
Now that the NFL season is here, I'm putting a twist on my weekly Blogger on Blogger series. Each week, I will enlist a blogger who regularly writes about the Ravens' opponent to help me break down the game. This week, I exchanged emails with Alec Shane, who blogs about the New England Patriots for Pats Pulpit . MV: The Patriots have experienced a lot of turnover at the skill positions on offense, letting Brandon Lloyd and Wes Welker walk and releasing Aaron Hernandez before he went to prison.
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Baltimore Sun Staff | July 23, 2013
Ray Lewis said he will choose his words carefully if he is ever asked to comment as an ESPN analyst on Aaron Hernandez's murder case. In an interview with Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch, Lewis was asked if he should be "a part of any studio conversation" about Hernandez and said: "It would only be to give a brief explanation on what you know. Because if you are talking about getting into the case - what happened, how it happened - that's the judge's job, that's the police's job. Having gone through the things I have been through, what I learned from that is everybody has something they want to say, and 80 percent of them are illiterate.
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By Edward Lee | August 2, 2012
Ed Dickson understood that what he said could be perceived as arrogance. But the Ravens tight end didn't back down from his original contention that he thinks of himself as being one of the best in the NFL at his position. “I expect a big season out of myself,” Dickson said after Wednesday's practice at the team's training complex in Owings Mills. “I consider myself one of the top tight ends. I don't talk about it. I want to be about it. So I'm going to lead with my play this year, and I'm going to prove that I'm one of the best tight ends and help this team.” Dickson had a decent season last year, ranking second on the team in touchdown catches (five)
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By Edward Lee | January 19, 2012
The Ravens may have watched enough film of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez to last them a lifetime. But the scrutiny is well-deserved. Gronkowski set a NFL record for tight ends with 1,327 yards, eclipsing the 1980 mark of 1,290 set by the San Diego Chargers' Kellen Winslow. He also established a new league standard with 17 touchdown catches, surpassing the record of 13 shared by the Chargers' Antonio Gates (2004) and the San Francisco 49ers' Vernon Davis (2009)
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2013
In eager anticipation of the 2013 NFL season, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will take a daily look at one of the 13 opponents on the Ravens' regular-season schedule. Today is the New England Patriots. Ravens-Patriots, one of the NFL's best non-divisional rivalries right now, will be renewed once again in 2013, the fourth time in five years they will meet in the regular season. And control of the conference could be on the line when the Patriots show up for the Sunday night showdown at M&T Bank Stadium in Week 16. Some expect both teams to take a step back, but there is no reason to believe they won't be contenders again this fall.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2012
Every Monday morning, the day after my favorite day of the week but still hours before that week's slate of games officially wraps up with “Monday Night Football,” I will bring you my weekly premature NFL power rankings. Why Monday? Because who wants to wait until Tuesday or Wednesday for power rankings? Why 11 teams? I don't really have a good answer for that one. I've always liked odd numbers. What am I basing them on? Who my gut tells me are the toughest teams to beat that week.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2012
The comparisons are inevitable. In the 2010 NFL draft, the Ravens selected a pair of tight ends in Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta. The New England Patriots also claimed a pair of tight ends in Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. That's where the similarities end. Whereas Dickson and Pitta have capably filled the void created when the Ravens cut Todd Heap in the offseason, Gronkowski and Hernandez have sparked an offense setting league records. So on Wednesday, as the Ravens prepared for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Patriots in Foxborough, Mass., Dickson applauded Gronkowski's and Hernandez's accomplishments - and said that he and Pitta have the potential to do more.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2013
Retired Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis weighed in on the Aaron Hernandez situation, offering his opinion on the former New England Patriots star tight end during his debut as an ESPN football analyst. During a roundtable discussion with Cris Carter, Keyshawn Johnson and Tom Jackson, Lewis said he believes the Patriots should have had some idea that Hernandez, who remains in jail after pleading not guilty to the charge of murdering Odin Lloyd, was headed down the wrong path.
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Baltimore Sun Staff | July 23, 2013
Ray Lewis said he will choose his words carefully if he is ever asked to comment as an ESPN analyst on Aaron Hernandez's murder case. In an interview with Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch, Lewis was asked if he should be "a part of any studio conversation" about Hernandez and said: "It would only be to give a brief explanation on what you know. Because if you are talking about getting into the case - what happened, how it happened - that's the judge's job, that's the police's job. Having gone through the things I have been through, what I learned from that is everybody has something they want to say, and 80 percent of them are illiterate.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2013
In eager anticipation of the 2013 NFL season, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will take a daily look at one of the 13 opponents on the Ravens' regular-season schedule. Today is the New England Patriots. Ravens-Patriots, one of the NFL's best non-divisional rivalries right now, will be renewed once again in 2013, the fourth time in five years they will meet in the regular season. And control of the conference could be on the line when the Patriots show up for the Sunday night showdown at M&T Bank Stadium in Week 16. Some expect both teams to take a step back, but there is no reason to believe they won't be contenders again this fall.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2013
Over the past three seasons, New England Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez have been the NFL's most productive tight-end tandem. Meanwhile, Ravens tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson, who were also selected in that 2010 draft, were measured against New England's dynamic duo. In terms of on-field results, there really was no comparison. Pitta and Dickson combined have fewer career touchdowns than each of those Patriots tight ends. Gronkowski and Hernandez have scored 56 touchdowns.
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January 19, 2013
RAVENS PASSING GAME: Joe Flacco brings a hot hand and some past successes against the New England Patriots into his third AFC championship game. In his past three games against New England, Flacco has completed 70 percent of his passes and thrown for 973 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. He's gone more than four games since his last interception, and he's averaged 20.4 yards per completion in the playoffs. The offensive line has led the resurgence, allowing just three sacks over the past four games.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2012
Every Monday morning, the day after my favorite day of the week but still hours before that week's slate of games officially wraps up with “Monday Night Football,” I will bring you my weekly premature NFL power rankings. Why Monday? Because who wants to wait until Tuesday or Wednesday for power rankings? Why 11 teams? I don't really have a good answer for that one. I've always liked odd numbers. What am I basing them on? Who my gut tells me are the toughest teams to beat that week.
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January 19, 2013
RAVENS PASSING GAME: Joe Flacco brings a hot hand and some past successes against the New England Patriots into his third AFC championship game. In his past three games against New England, Flacco has completed 70 percent of his passes and thrown for 973 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. He's gone more than four games since his last interception, and he's averaged 20.4 yards per completion in the playoffs. The offensive line has led the resurgence, allowing just three sacks over the past four games.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2013
Now that the NFL season is here, I'm putting a twist on my weekly Blogger on Blogger series. Each week, I will enlist a blogger who regularly writes about the Ravens' opponent to help me break down the game. This week, I exchanged emails with Alec Shane, who blogs about the New England Patriots for Pats Pulpit . MV: The Patriots have experienced a lot of turnover at the skill positions on offense, letting Brandon Lloyd and Wes Welker walk and releasing Aaron Hernandez before he went to prison.
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By Edward Lee | August 2, 2012
Ed Dickson understood that what he said could be perceived as arrogance. But the Ravens tight end didn't back down from his original contention that he thinks of himself as being one of the best in the NFL at his position. “I expect a big season out of myself,” Dickson said after Wednesday's practice at the team's training complex in Owings Mills. “I consider myself one of the top tight ends. I don't talk about it. I want to be about it. So I'm going to lead with my play this year, and I'm going to prove that I'm one of the best tight ends and help this team.” Dickson had a decent season last year, ranking second on the team in touchdown catches (five)
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By Edward Lee | January 19, 2012
The Ravens may have watched enough film of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez to last them a lifetime. But the scrutiny is well-deserved. Gronkowski set a NFL record for tight ends with 1,327 yards, eclipsing the 1980 mark of 1,290 set by the San Diego Chargers' Kellen Winslow. He also established a new league standard with 17 touchdown catches, surpassing the record of 13 shared by the Chargers' Antonio Gates (2004) and the San Francisco 49ers' Vernon Davis (2009)
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