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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | November 24, 1996
Desperate teams tend to do desperate things.Like signing wide receiver Andre Rison.Desperate is about the best description of the Green Bay Packers' decision to claim Rison off waivers after he was cut loose by the Jacksonville Jaguars.It was an obvious overreaction to the team's disappointing loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night.Team president Bob Harlan said that general manager Ron Wolf came up to him on the bus after the game and suggested bringing in Rison. Harlan, who runs the administrative side and leaves the football decisions to Wolf, said it was his call.
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By Aaron Wright and Aaron Wright,aaron.wright@baltsun.com | July 12, 2009
Pro Bowl selections, Super Bowl champions and a host of other former NFL players and coaches shared their collective wisdom Saturday during Football University at the Severn School. The invitation-only football camp gave some of the region's top high school and middle school players a chance to learn techniques from seasoned veterans and gain tips for life outside of football. More than 200 players participated in Saturday's camp. Organizers aim to keep Football University functioning at an 8-1 coach-player ratio.
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By Sun staff writer Ken Murray | August 29, 1997
Ten acquisitions who won't make a difference:Bears QB Rick Mirer (Seahawks, trade): Steadily playing his way out of the league. Starting season on bench.Saints QB Heath Shuler (Redskins, trade): Wrong place for an unproven quarterback.Bears CB Tom Carter (Redskins): Not aggressive or physical enough.Chiefs WR Andre Rison (Packers): It always ends the same way for Andre.Lions FB Tommy Vardell (49ers): Barry Sanders needs a blocker, not a pass catcher.Colts DE Al Fontenot (Bears): Just 12 sacks in four years in Chicago.
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By Sun staff writer Ken Murray | August 29, 1997
Ten acquisitions who won't make a difference:Bears QB Rick Mirer (Seahawks, trade): Steadily playing his way out of the league. Starting season on bench.Saints QB Heath Shuler (Redskins, trade): Wrong place for an unproven quarterback.Bears CB Tom Carter (Redskins): Not aggressive or physical enough.Chiefs WR Andre Rison (Packers): It always ends the same way for Andre.Lions FB Tommy Vardell (49ers): Barry Sanders needs a blocker, not a pass catcher.Colts DE Al Fontenot (Bears): Just 12 sacks in four years in Chicago.
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By Mike Preston | November 10, 1996
BreakdownThe formation: The alignment is pro right because the tight end, Derek Brown (86), lines up on the right. Halfback James Stewart (33) lines up 5 to 7 yards behind quarterback Mark Brunell (8), and fullback Le'Shai Maston (35) lines up 3 yards behind the right tackle to give the Ravens a run look. Wide receiver Keenan McCardell (87) is flanked wide right, and Andre Rison (81) is split left.The action: Once the ball is snapped, Maston fakes as if he's running a power or lead block into the line of scrimmage, then drifts into the right flat as the linemen fire out one step to show run, then lock into a pass-protection set. Brunell fakes a handoff to Stewart to freeze the linebackers and then takes a 5- to 7-step drop.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | July 2, 1996
The Baltimore Ravens have expressed preliminary interest in signing Calvin Williams, a former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver who starred at Dunbar High School.Williams, 29, was cut last week after seven seasons with the Eagles. He became expendable during the off-season after the Eagles signed receivers Mark Seay of the San Diego Chargers, Mark Ingram of the Green Bay Packers and Irving Fryar of the Miami Dolphins. Williams was expected to make $1.3 million in salary this season.The Ravens are hoping to sign either Williams or Floyd Turner, an unrestricted free agent receiver from the Indianapolis Colts, before camp opens July 15.Turner played for Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda the past two seasons in Indianapolis.
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By Aaron Wright and Aaron Wright,aaron.wright@baltsun.com | July 12, 2009
Pro Bowl selections, Super Bowl champions and a host of other former NFL players and coaches shared their collective wisdom Saturday during Football University at the Severn School. The invitation-only football camp gave some of the region's top high school and middle school players a chance to learn techniques from seasoned veterans and gain tips for life outside of football. More than 200 players participated in Saturday's camp. Organizers aim to keep Football University functioning at an 8-1 coach-player ratio.
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By VITO STELLINO | November 1, 1996
1. Dallas: With Michael Irvin back, Cowboys are back on top.2. San Francisco: Only the 49ers could win with Jeff Brohm.3. Green Bay: Injuries have crippled the receiving corps.4. Pittsburgh: Jerome Bettis will remind the Rams how good he is.5. Denver: Broncos don't like the Chiefs' blocks.6. Philadelphia: Can Barry Switzer blow another game vs. the Eagles?7. Washington: All the Redskins do is win.8. Buffalo: Bills have seen their best days.9. Houston: Jeff Fisher knows how to coach a lame-duck team.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Mike Preston and Gary Lambrecht and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | April 29, 1996
Cornerback DeRon Jenkins described his first weekend with his first professional team as a crash course. Guard Jonathan Ogden agreed, and pronounced himself "miles ahead" of where he was on Friday. Wide receiver Curtis Brown just tried not to put additional pressure on himself.The Baltimore Ravens' opening minicamp ended for the team's seven 1996 draft picks and 19 other free-agent rookies %o yesterday. During three days, they combined hours of study with five practices to digest the Ravens' offensive and defensive schemes, laying the groundwork for training camp.
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By GARY LAMBRECHT and GARY LAMBRECHT,SUN STAFF | January 27, 1997
NEW ORLEANS -- He was, at once, dazzling and perplexing. From series to series, sometimes from play to play, he combined pinpoint passes with terrible decisions and strange throws, all of which added up to the puzzling inconsistency that continues to dog New England quarterback Drew Bledsoe,When the Patriots review their 35-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXI, they surely cannot hang all of the blame on their young, star, somewhat enigmatic passer.After...
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By GARY LAMBRECHT and GARY LAMBRECHT,SUN STAFF | January 27, 1997
NEW ORLEANS -- He was, at once, dazzling and perplexing. From series to series, sometimes from play to play, he combined pinpoint passes with terrible decisions and strange throws, all of which added up to the puzzling inconsistency that continues to dog New England quarterback Drew Bledsoe,When the Patriots review their 35-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXI, they surely cannot hang all of the blame on their young, star, somewhat enigmatic passer.After...
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | November 24, 1996
Desperate teams tend to do desperate things.Like signing wide receiver Andre Rison.Desperate is about the best description of the Green Bay Packers' decision to claim Rison off waivers after he was cut loose by the Jacksonville Jaguars.It was an obvious overreaction to the team's disappointing loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night.Team president Bob Harlan said that general manager Ron Wolf came up to him on the bus after the game and suggested bringing in Rison. Harlan, who runs the administrative side and leaves the football decisions to Wolf, said it was his call.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | November 11, 1996
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Ravens safety Bennie Thompson is not the type of player who needs extra motivation on game day, but that's precisely what he received when he picked up a copy of the local sports section yesterday.Thompson's breakfast did not go down smoothly, not after he read comments by Jacksonville wide receiver Andre Rison -- a teammate of Thompson's in Cleveland last year -- in the Florida Times-Union. Rison, whom the Ravens released shortly before training camp, took some shots at his former teammates.
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By Mike Preston | November 10, 1996
BreakdownThe formation: The alignment is pro right because the tight end, Derek Brown (86), lines up on the right. Halfback James Stewart (33) lines up 5 to 7 yards behind quarterback Mark Brunell (8), and fullback Le'Shai Maston (35) lines up 3 yards behind the right tackle to give the Ravens a run look. Wide receiver Keenan McCardell (87) is flanked wide right, and Andre Rison (81) is split left.The action: Once the ball is snapped, Maston fakes as if he's running a power or lead block into the line of scrimmage, then drifts into the right flat as the linemen fire out one step to show run, then lock into a pass-protection set. Brunell fakes a handoff to Stewart to freeze the linebackers and then takes a 5- to 7-step drop.
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By VITO STELLINO | November 1, 1996
1. Dallas: With Michael Irvin back, Cowboys are back on top.2. San Francisco: Only the 49ers could win with Jeff Brohm.3. Green Bay: Injuries have crippled the receiving corps.4. Pittsburgh: Jerome Bettis will remind the Rams how good he is.5. Denver: Broncos don't like the Chiefs' blocks.6. Philadelphia: Can Barry Switzer blow another game vs. the Eagles?7. Washington: All the Redskins do is win.8. Buffalo: Bills have seen their best days.9. Houston: Jeff Fisher knows how to coach a lame-duck team.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | October 4, 1996
Ravens receiver Michael Jackson has created a new identity.After years of living in the shadows of Reggie Langhorne, Webster Slaughter, Brian Brennan and Andre Rison, Jackson has emerged as one of the Ravens' marquee players on and off the field.Jackson was one of the three players invited to the city when the team's name was unveiled and one of a trio to model the new uniforms. He is articulate, has a warm smile and a radio and TV deal in town.And he leads the team in receptions with 17 for 253 yards and two touchdowns.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | April 10, 1996
Baltimore beware, Andre Rison is coming to town."Tell Baltimore to watch out. 'Dre is on his way, and the NFL is going to have hell to pay against the Ravens," said Rison, laughing. "I'll be there in a few weeks searching for a place to live."It has been nearly four months since one of the Ravens' most recognizeable players put on a football uniform. Rison has been relatively quiet about the team's move from Cleveland, but yesterday the controversial and talented wide receiver talked about his new team, new home, new coach and his off-season ventures.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | October 4, 1996
Ravens receiver Michael Jackson has created a new identity.After years of living in the shadows of Reggie Langhorne, Webster Slaughter, Brian Brennan and Andre Rison, Jackson has emerged as one of the Ravens' marquee players on and off the field.Jackson was one of the three players invited to the city when the team's name was unveiled and one of a trio to model the new uniforms. He is articulate, has a warm smile and a radio and TV deal in town.And he leads the team in receptions with 17 for 253 yards and two touchdowns.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | August 31, 1996
When the Jacksonville Jaguars were practicing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the start of training camp, Andre Rison broke free on one play and caught a long pass as the fans cheered.Rison even did a little dance to celebrate.But he didn't get any congratulations when he returned to the huddle.Instead, he heard offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride telling the players that free-lancing wouldn't be tolerated.It turned out that Rison was supposed to run a short pattern on that play.Rison's tendency to free-lance -- along with his habit of being late or missing meetings -- is one of the reasons he's on his third team in three years even though he leads all other seven-year veterans in receptions (522)
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | July 2, 1996
The Baltimore Ravens have expressed preliminary interest in signing Calvin Williams, a former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver who starred at Dunbar High School.Williams, 29, was cut last week after seven seasons with the Eagles. He became expendable during the off-season after the Eagles signed receivers Mark Seay of the San Diego Chargers, Mark Ingram of the Green Bay Packers and Irving Fryar of the Miami Dolphins. Williams was expected to make $1.3 million in salary this season.The Ravens are hoping to sign either Williams or Floyd Turner, an unrestricted free agent receiver from the Indianapolis Colts, before camp opens July 15.Turner played for Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda the past two seasons in Indianapolis.
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