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By Matt Vensel | March 18, 2011
Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who is expected to be a top-10 pick in next month's NFL draft, impressed a slew of scouts, personnel people and coaches (including one of those pesky, similar-looking Harbaughs ) at his pro day workout Thursday. His workout was so good, NFL.com's Gil Brandt wrote that "Gabbert couldn't have done better had he borrowed Drew Brees' right arm . " That's high praise from one of the best talent evaluators in NFL history. It now appears that Gabbert has pulled even with Auburn quarterback Cam Newton in what is expected to be a two-horse race to become the first quarterback off the board -- and perhaps the Panthers' first overall pick.
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By Matt Vensel | April 22, 2013
Given that the Ravens have made a trade in the first round of the draft five times in the past seven years, most fans are well aware there is a chance the team could trade out of the first round again Thursday night. A deep but unspectacular class of quarterbacks may mean the Ravens receive a few trade calls for pick No. 32. “The phone lines are open,” Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta declared last week. Last year, Indianapolis picked Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the first overall pick and Washington picked Baylor's Robert Griffin III. Miami also took a quarterback, Ryan Tannehill of Texas A&M, in the top 10. Some have said Tannehill would have been the top quarterback in this class had he waited a year to declare.
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April 14, 2011
Ken Zalis, owner of http://www.fansfantasyfootball.com Guest on The Rob Long Show, Fox 1370 and blogger at roblongshow.com Ranked for the last 3 year in the Top 75 for Mock Drafts at http://www.thehuddlereport.com 3 year average in top 25 Here is my Mock as of 4-13-11 DRAFT ORDER DRAFT NEEDS PICK COULD BE 1. Carolina (2-14) DL, OLB, TE, Q B Cam Newton - Auburn - QB Marcell Dareus - Alabama - DT 2. Denver (4-12)
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2012
Seems that before a big game, the Ravens would be thinking about eating their opponents not eating with them. But hey, it's pre-season. The folks at Sullivan's Steakhouse report that the two teams dined at the Inner Harbor restaurant last night, side-by-side, bulky bicep to bulky bicep. Sullivan's is apparently a big Ravens hangout. About 30 Ravens players were there and about 20 Jaguars, they say. In the black and purple, there was Haloti Ngata, Ray Lewis and Ray Rice, who apparently likes to order the same Sullivan's dish before every game -- the salmon.
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By Edward Lee | October 28, 2011
Pernell McPhee shared a sack of Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert with inside linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, but the rookie defensive end was thrilled to make a play before about 25 family members in attendance at Everbank Field Monday night. “It was real special,” recalled McPhee, who played before, among others, his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. “It was an enjoyable moment because that's what I wanted. I wanted to get a full sack, but it is what it is. I was really happy and enjoyed the moment.” McPhee, who ranks third on the team with 2½ sacks this season, said he got a chance to spend some time with his family on Monday morning and share an early dinner with them before returning to his room at the team hotel to prepare for the game.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2012
Seems that before a big game, the Ravens would be thinking about eating their opponents not eating with them. But hey, it's pre-season. The folks at Sullivan's Steakhouse report that the two teams dined at the Inner Harbor restaurant last night, side-by-side, bulky bicep to bulky bicep. Sullivan's is apparently a big Ravens hangout. About 30 Ravens players were there and about 20 Jaguars, they say. In the black and purple, there was Haloti Ngata, Ray Lewis and Ray Rice, who apparently likes to order the same Sullivan's dish before every game -- the salmon.
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April 14, 2011
Are you an NFL draft junkie just counting the days until the first round gets under way April 28? If so, email your complete mock draft to sports@baltimoresun.com and we'll publish it here. Ken Zalis, owner of fansfantasyfootball.com , guest on The Rob Long Show, Fox 1370 and blogger at roblongshow.com. Ranked for the last 3 years in the Top 75 for Mock Drafts at thehuddlereport.com . Three-year average in top 25. Here is my Mock as of 4-13-11: DRAFT ORDER DRAFT NEEDS PICK COULD BE 1. Carolina (2-14)
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By Matt Vensel | September 7, 2011
The Ravens enter Sunday's showdown against the Steelers with two quarterbacks on their active roster: Joe Flacco, a four-year veteran who has never missed a start, and Tyrod Taylor, an untested rookie who is coping with a minor shoulder injury. Hunter Cantwell is running with the practice squad, so he doesn't count. Despite throwing three interceptions in the preseason, Taylor did enough to win the trust of the coaching staff and keep the team from bringing in a more seasoned quarterback.
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By Edward Lee | October 13, 2011
As has been documented, Joe Flacco ranks 31 st in the NFL in completion percentage with a 49.3 success rate, and the Ravens' signal caller is just one of four quarterbacks with at least two starts who has completed less than half of his passes. (Sam Bradford of the St. Louis Rams, Blaine Gabbert of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kerry Collins of the Indianapolis Colts are the others.) But if Flacco is supposed to be concerned about his off-target passes, he's not airing those worries, especially after he was asked during his weekly briefing with the media Wednesday on how he could improve his completion percentage.
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By Matt Vensel | April 22, 2013
Given that the Ravens have made a trade in the first round of the draft five times in the past seven years, most fans are well aware there is a chance the team could trade out of the first round again Thursday night. A deep but unspectacular class of quarterbacks may mean the Ravens receive a few trade calls for pick No. 32. “The phone lines are open,” Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta declared last week. Last year, Indianapolis picked Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the first overall pick and Washington picked Baylor's Robert Griffin III. Miami also took a quarterback, Ryan Tannehill of Texas A&M, in the top 10. Some have said Tannehill would have been the top quarterback in this class had he waited a year to declare.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2012
Curtis Painter is all too familiar with the fleeting nature of job security in the NFL. In the span of less than a full calendar year, Painter went from backing up Peyton Manning to replacing the Hall of Fame-bound quarterback to being unceremoniously released by the Indianapolis Colts. That's why he's not putting too much stock into the sentiment that he has outperformed Tyrod Taylor in the Ravens' first two preseason games. "I think it's a little too soon to jump to those conclusions, but I think for me, I just want to keep getting better each time," Painter said Sunday.
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By Matt Vensel | November 1, 2011
Last week, we looked at the biggest surprises of the 2011 fantasy football campaign . This time around, we will hand out dishonors to the disappointing (non-injured) players who have torpedoed our seasons so far. Try not to cuss too much in the comments section below after reading this list, OK? Quarterback: Philip Rivers, Chargers. His miscues were on display Monday night, but he has been stinking up the joint all year, with 11 interceptions to go with seven TD passes.
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By Edward Lee | October 28, 2011
Pernell McPhee shared a sack of Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert with inside linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, but the rookie defensive end was thrilled to make a play before about 25 family members in attendance at Everbank Field Monday night. “It was real special,” recalled McPhee, who played before, among others, his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. “It was an enjoyable moment because that's what I wanted. I wanted to get a full sack, but it is what it is. I was really happy and enjoyed the moment.” McPhee, who ranks third on the team with 2½ sacks this season, said he got a chance to spend some time with his family on Monday morning and share an early dinner with them before returning to his room at the team hotel to prepare for the game.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2011
If the loss in Tennessee was a letdown, this one was a meltdown. The Ravens couldn't move the ball for the first 55 minutes. The defense played well, but helped the Jaguars put points on the board with key penalties. And it was Joe Flacco, not Jaguars rookie Blaine Gabbert, who made the final fatal mistake in crunch time. There is plenty of blame to go around, and trust me, Baltimore sports fans will be more than willing to hand it out on Tuesday morning after an inexcusable 12-7 loss to the Jaguars - which came on national television, no less.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2011
Jimmy Smith's return to the Ravens was an uneventful and quiet one. Making his first appearance since suffering a high left ankle sprain in the season opener, the rookie cornerback was limited mostly to special teams play against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field Monday night. Perhaps the best news was that Smith did not re-aggravate his ankle injury or leave the game with a new one. Smith, the organization's first-round pick in April, played primarily on the punt return unit, lining up on the outside.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2011
A lackluster offensive display against the Jacksonville Jaguars Monday night notwithstanding, John Harbaugh and the Ravens have been sharp when it comes to overturning plays this season. Harbaugh improved to 5-of-6 in challenging officials' rulings. He won two against the Jaguars. On first down-and-goal from the Ravens' 3-yard line in the first quarter, Harbaugh successfully challenged an initial ruling that Maurice Jones-Drew was down by contact at the 1 prior to the Jaguars running back getting stripped by free safety Ed Reed . After review, the Ravens were awarded the ball at the 1. Inside linebacker Jameel McClain recovered the fumble.
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By Edward Lee | October 22, 2011
Blaine Gabbert probably already figured that he would face a lot of heat when the rookie quarterback leads the Jacksonville Jaguars against the Ravens Monday night. But Gabbert's evening might be foretold depending on the availability of offensive tackles Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton. Monroe, the left tackle, sat out Jacksonville's 17-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers with a shoulder injury. Britton, the right tackle, also missed Sunday's contest due to a recurring back ailment.
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By Edward Lee | October 21, 2011
For Ray Rice who stands at 5 feet, 8 inches, there aren't too many running backs in the NFL that he has a height advantage on. On Monday night, the Ravens running back will get a chance to enjoy that advantage when he meets 5-7 Maurice Jones-Drew and the rest of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Rice, who spoke Thursday, said he and Jones-Drew are friends who spent time together at the 2009 Pro Bowl and at the 2008 NFL draft. “It's more like when we see each other, we know that off the field, it's a mutual respect, good buddies.
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By Edward Lee | October 22, 2011
Blaine Gabbert probably already figured that he would face a lot of heat when the rookie quarterback leads the Jacksonville Jaguars against the Ravens Monday night. But Gabbert's evening might be foretold depending on the availability of offensive tackles Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton. Monroe, the left tackle, sat out Jacksonville's 17-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers with a shoulder injury. Britton, the right tackle, also missed Sunday's contest due to a recurring back ailment.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | October 21, 2011
When Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert stands under center Monday, he'll be confronting one of the NFL's elite defenses and a trend that suggests that he's in for an extremely long night. One of the defining traits of the Ravens' defense has been a tendency to batter and befuddle young quarterbacks. The Ravens are 6-0 in the John Harbaugh era against first- or second-year starting quarterbacks, and they were last beaten by a rookie signal-caller Oct. 21, 2007, when Trent Edwards led the Buffalo Bills to a 19-14 win. "You don't want any quarterback to do well, but I think we're built in such a way that it's hard to recognize what we're doing," Harbaugh said when asked about the challenge young quarterbacks face when they play the Ravens.
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