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By Matt Vensel | September 6, 2012
Each week, blogger Matt Vensel fires a few questions at rookie cornerback and kick returner Asa Jackson. The Ravens' fifth-round pick in April's draft, Jackson is a Sacramento native who played his college ball at Cal Poly. MV: What was your reaction when you found out last week that you officially made the 53-man roster? AJ: I was relieved, but at the same time, it's just a new start for the rest of the season and basically the rest of my life. This is something that I have looked forward to and have been working toward for a real long time and I was happy to officially accomplish it. MV: Now that you know, are you starting to get settled in here in Baltimore?
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
When Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco took his first snap in the full-squad portion of Wednesday's practice, three of his usual five starting linemen were nowhere to be found. Despite that - and a shaky performance by the offensive line last Sunday - Flacco said he has no concerns about the group. "I'm not even thinking about that," Flacco said. "Three out of five games, I haven't really been touched. This past week, it's really the situation that we have to fix as a whole group.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
The Ravens had already lost starting tight end Dennis Pitta for the rest of the season with a hip injury and starting left tackle Eugene Monroe for about a month after he had knee surgery. Now, they know that they'll have to overcome the absence of two defensive starters for an extended period. A day after a 20-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium dropped his team to 3-2, Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced that starting defensive end Chris Canty had surgery to clean out an infection in his wrist and starting cornerback Asa Jackson is in a walking boot because of a "very severely" sprained toe. Jackson, who had started the past four games opposite the team's top cornerback, Jimmy Smith, will be out a "number of weeks," Harbaugh said.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
There's a pretty solid chance that the Ravens' scouting report on the Indianapolis Colts' offense includes a few bolded reminders about how dangerous wide receiver T.Y. Hilton can be as a deep threat. Hilton is one of the fastest wide receivers in the NFL, having run the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds. “We just can't let him take the top off the defense,” Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. Hilton emerged last season as a pivotal figure in the Colts' offense, catching a career-high 82 passes for 1,083 yards and six touchdowns.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
GAME PLAN: Gary Kubiak constructed a strategy that heavily involved veteran wide receiver Steve Smith as he was targeted 10 times against his former team. The Ravens trust Smith in every situation: short, intermediate and deep. It was a balanced approach with a few more deep shots than usual. The Ravens ran the football 30 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns, with 31 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns. Although it was primarily Smith's day to be featured, quarterback Joe Flacco distributed the football to eight different targets.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
It probably wouldn't have made a difference even if Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had not delivered a strike to the left corner of the end zone. No one from the Ravens' secondary was in position to challenge the pass Sunday as Newton hit rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin for a 28-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Free safety Darian Stewart reacted far too late after cornerback Jimmy Smith had the initial coverage on Benjamin and released him to Stewart. For the second consecutive game, the Ravens had a botched coverage because of a mix-up in coverage responsibilities.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
Ravens strong safety Matt Elam motioned with his hand in the opposite direction of the football as his eyes darted toward teammates trailing the play. Elam appeared lost at how to react Sunday when he failed to touch Taylor Gabriel down after the Cleveland Browns' wide receiver burst past him, allowing extra yardage after an already long reception. Confusion reigned in the Ravens' secondary during the 23-21 victory where Elam and teammates were frequently not on the same page.
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The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston answers readers' questions on the Ravens' win over the Cleveland Browns and other topics about the team. Going forward, to what extent does potentially losing Dennis Pitta for the year impact the offense? Does the offense have playmakers who can step in and lessen Pitta's absence? Does his injury appear to be career-ending? -- Craig, Winchester, Va. Craig, you have to be nervous about the loss of tight end Dennis Pitta. Pitta was supposed to be the replacement for Anquan Boldin last year, and the offense clearly suffered all of last season without him. This season needs to be different.
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The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
Baltimore Sun reporters, columnists and editors share their initial thoughts on the Ravens' game against the Cleveland Browns in Week 3 of the 2014 NFL season. Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: This one came at a huge cost. Dennis Pitta may be done for the season with a hip injury. Terrell Suggs (groin) and Chris Canty (knee) both left the game early. Left tackle Eugene Monroe and cornerback Jimmy Smith both hobbled out of the locker room. It's fair to question what the Ravens will be able to get from cornerback Lardarius Webb after watching him play today.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Ravens coach John Harbaugh isn't discussing injuries these days, especially ones involving a player who hasn't seen game action since last season. Whenever cornerback Lardarius Webb is asked about his playing status, he makes it clear that it's not his call. "You can ask John Harbaugh," Webb said Wednesday when surrounded by reporters in front of his locker. "If you interview him, ask him that question. " Webb's status has become a weekly mystery. After leaving a July 25 training camp practice with a lower back injury, Webb missed the entire preseason.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Ravens coach John Harbaugh on Monday explained the decision to slot second-year safety Matt Elam in at the nickel cornerback slot in Thursday's 26-6 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, which he said allows the team to take advantage of its safety depth and added a run nickel package to its future plans. “We're able to do it because Matt Elam can do it,” Harbaugh said Monday. “He's done a great job of learning how to play in the slot, and that's not an easy thing to do, especially for a safety.
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