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By Edward Lee | October 14, 2012
After spending his rookie campaign as an active member on the Ravens' roster, Anthony Allen faced the uncomfortable and unfamiliar scenario of getting cut at the end of August by the organization that drafted him in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL draft. Since then, however, the running back has gone from free agent to practice squad to active roster and has carved out a niche on special teams, where he has collected two tackles. Being effective on special teams and occasionally spelling starting tailback Ray Rice have provided the framework for Allen's role.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
Former Ravens fullback Vonta Leach held a casino night fundraiser and his foundation's ninth annual football and cheer camp in his hometown of Lumberton, N.C. over the weekend. Leach, the three-time Pro Bowl selection who was let go by the Ravens earlier this offseason and hasn't attracted much buzz on the free agent market, told a reporter from the Robesonian (N.C.) newspaper that he still is hoping to play in the 2014 season.  “It's never easy going through free agency,” Leach told the newspaper.
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By Matt Vensel | June 15, 2012
Anthony Allen spent most of his rookie season watching from the sidelines. In practice, he was behind Ray Rice and Ricky Williams in the pecking order for carries. And on game days, he was usually in street clothes. But with Rice in a contract negotiation and Williams in retirement, Allen enjoyed his opportunity this spring. The 23-year-old spent most of organized team activities and this week's three-day mandatory minicamp with the first-team offense. The Ravens say they are comfortable with Anthony Allen and two other young running backs, Bernard Pierce and Damien Berry, providing depth behind Rice when he eventually returns, but they could always sign a veteran before training camp.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2013
Each weekday through April 24, the day before the first round of the NFL draft, The Sun will look at where the Ravens stand at each position, the likelihood that they will address that spot early in the draft and some of the prospects that they may consider. Today we'll examine running backs: Current running backs under contract : Ray Rice, Bernard Pierce, Anthony Allen, Bobby Rainey, Damien Berry, Lonyae Miller, Vonta Leach (fullback) Chances that the Ravens draft a RB in first three rounds : Highly unlikely.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2013
Running back Anthony Allen , a key performer on the Ravens' highly successful special teams units last season, signed his exclusive rights free agent tender, the team announced today. Allen, a 24-year-old who the Ravens drafted out of Georgia Tech in the seventh round of the 2011 draft, has 19 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown in two seasons with the team. He was one of the Ravens' most valuable and unheralded special teams players this past season. Allen was the lead blocker for Pro Bowl kick returner Jacoby Jones , who set a franchise record with three return touchdowns during the regular season.
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By Edward Lee | August 15, 2012
Perhaps the surest sign of the Ravens' trust in Anthony Allen was the coaches' decision to insert the running back to succeed Ray Rice in the second quarter of Thursday night's 31-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. But after gaining just 9 yards on five carries (including one for a 2-yard loss) and letting a pass slip through his hands on third-and-5 from the Falcons' 41-yard line, Allen understands that his grip as the first tailback behind Rice on the team's depth chart could be loosening.
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By Edward Lee | August 16, 2012
Anthony Allen may not have the decisive edge in a four-way battle to back up starting tailback Ray Rice, but his weight won't be an issue. The 6-foot-1 Allen said he weighs about 225 pounds, which is 10 pounds less than his weight from last season. He said the weight loss coincided with shaving five percent of his body fat - all in the name of being a better back. “I just toned up,” he said after Wednesday's practice at the team's headquarters in Owings Mills. "I just wanted to get a little faster, a little quicker.
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By Edward Lee | October 12, 2012
Bernard Pierce has gone from carrying the workload to sharing it. The rookie running back is regarded as the primary backup to starter Ray Rice, but Anthony Allen got the first carry in Rice's place in the Ravens' 9-6 win against the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday. If Pierce was disappointed, he didn't show it. “I wouldn't say it was a surprise,” he said. “We have a certain rotation that we like to do for certain plays. His play was called, and his time was called. So he got in.” Allen, who took his only handoff in the third quarter of Sunday's contest, said he wasn't sure he would play until offensive coordinator Cam Cameron called his number.
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By Edward Lee | November 16, 2011
Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis was absent from the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media. Lewis was not reported to have suffered an injury in Sunday's 22-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, but he did have his right forearm wrapped during his weekly interview before practice. Defensive tackle Arthur Jones and rookie running back Anthony Allen also were not present. Wide receiver Lee Evans did take part in practice. Evans has missed seven consecutive games with a left ankle injury.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson | September 11, 2012
A day after he was waived to accomodate Anthony Allen's return to the active roster, undrafted free agent running back Bobby Rainey cleared waivers and was signed to the Ravens' practice squad. "I basically just want to pick up where I left off," Rainey said. "Offensively, I think I'm good. To get on offense, I have to do more on special teams. "   Rainey acknowledged that he was initially upset and confused when he learned prior to the Bengals game that he was being cut.   "It was a surprise to me, it caught me off-guard," Rainey said.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2013
Running back Anthony Allen , a key performer on the Ravens' highly successful special teams units last season, signed his exclusive rights free agent tender, the team announced today. Allen, a 24-year-old who the Ravens drafted out of Georgia Tech in the seventh round of the 2011 draft, has 19 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown in two seasons with the team. He was one of the Ravens' most valuable and unheralded special teams players this past season. Allen was the lead blocker for Pro Bowl kick returner Jacoby Jones , who set a franchise record with three return touchdowns during the regular season.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2012
It was the anatomy of failure for the Ravens' punt team, a costly breakdown at the most inopportune time. Two minutes into overtime of a 31-28 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday at FedEx Field, the Ravens allowed a 64-yard punt return to Redskins cornerback Richard Crawford that directly led to a 34-yard game-winning field goal by kicker Kai Forbath . "We just didn't cover the punt the way we were supposed to," running back ...
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2012
A 41-year-old Baltimore County man was shot and seriously wounded in the Johnston Square neighborhood early Tuesday evening, police said. Police said detectives have identified a person of interest. Police had earlier reported that the man was dead, but have since revised their account to say he was "gravely injured. " Officers responded to reports of gunshots at 5:20 p.m. in the 1100 block of Homewood Ave., near East Chase Street. Michael Anthony Allen, of the 8200 block of Laurel Dr. in Parkville had sustained at least one wound to his upper body, police said.
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By Matt Vensel | October 16, 2012
Every Tuesday, blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with the help of Ravens players, from that week's game. Today he looks at Jacoby Jones' NFL-record-tying 108-yard kickoff return touchdown. Jacoby Jones had an itch and he wanted to scratch it. With the Ravens leading, 17-13, in the third quarter of Sunday's win over the Dallas Cowboys, Jones, who had replaced Deonte Thompson as the team's primary kickoff returner, stood with his heels barely inside the back of the end zone.
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By Edward Lee | October 14, 2012
After spending his rookie campaign as an active member on the Ravens' roster, Anthony Allen faced the uncomfortable and unfamiliar scenario of getting cut at the end of August by the organization that drafted him in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL draft. Since then, however, the running back has gone from free agent to practice squad to active roster and has carved out a niche on special teams, where he has collected two tackles. Being effective on special teams and occasionally spelling starting tailback Ray Rice have provided the framework for Allen's role.
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By Edward Lee | October 12, 2012
Bernard Pierce has gone from carrying the workload to sharing it. The rookie running back is regarded as the primary backup to starter Ray Rice, but Anthony Allen got the first carry in Rice's place in the Ravens' 9-6 win against the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday. If Pierce was disappointed, he didn't show it. “I wouldn't say it was a surprise,” he said. “We have a certain rotation that we like to do for certain plays. His play was called, and his time was called. So he got in.” Allen, who took his only handoff in the third quarter of Sunday's contest, said he wasn't sure he would play until offensive coordinator Cam Cameron called his number.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | August 7, 2012
Rookie linebacker Courtney Upshaw returned to practice after missing the past seven workouts because of a right shoulder sprain. Upshaw, the team's first of two second-round picks in April, was one of several Ravens to return to the practice field today. Running back Anthony Allen , guard Marshal Yanda , linebacker Jameel McClain and defensive end Pernell McPhee , who all left practice early yesterday, were also on the practice field. Nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu also returned after missing Monday's practice.
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By Matt Vensel | October 16, 2012
Every Tuesday, blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with the help of Ravens players, from that week's game. Today he looks at Jacoby Jones' NFL-record-tying 108-yard kickoff return touchdown. Jacoby Jones had an itch and he wanted to scratch it. With the Ravens leading, 17-13, in the third quarter of Sunday's win over the Dallas Cowboys, Jones, who had replaced Deonte Thompson as the team's primary kickoff returner, stood with his heels barely inside the back of the end zone.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson | September 11, 2012
A day after he was waived to accomodate Anthony Allen's return to the active roster, undrafted free agent running back Bobby Rainey cleared waivers and was signed to the Ravens' practice squad. "I basically just want to pick up where I left off," Rainey said. "Offensively, I think I'm good. To get on offense, I have to do more on special teams. "   Rainey acknowledged that he was initially upset and confused when he learned prior to the Bengals game that he was being cut.   "It was a surprise to me, it caught me off-guard," Rainey said.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson | September 1, 2012
The Ravens announced that they have filled five of their eight practice squad spots, bringing back five players who they cut yesterday, including preseason standout Omar Brown . Brown, an undrafted rookie safety out of Marshall, played himself onto the roster bubble by recovering three fumbles and intercepting a pass in the span of two preseason games. According to industry sources, the Ravens are also planning to fill two more spots by signing outside linebacker Adrian Hamilton and safety Anthony Levine , who were but cut recently by their respective teams.  Hamilton who was cut earlier this week by the Dallas Cowboys, is viewed as an intriguing developmental player.
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