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By Matt Vensel | April 26, 2013
I'll be honest with you. I don't know anything about Missouri Southern State nose tackle Brandon Williams, whom the Ravens picked in the third round of the NFL draft on Friday night. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, though. The Ravens raved about his strength and character and how he held his own at the Senior Bowl, so I'm eager to find out more about him in the next couple of days. One thing I do know about Williams is that he can do this (see video above).
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
Breaking down each aspect of the Ravens' Week 5 game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium: PASSING GAME RAVENS: Through the first four games last year, Joe Flacco had thrown five touchdown passes, seven interceptions and was sacked 12 times. This year, he has seven touchdowns, two interceptions and he's been sacked just three times. Flacco has directed 12 drives of 10 plays or more and converting on third down will be vital in keeping Andrew Luck off the field.
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By Matt Vensel | October 30, 2013
When rookie defensive lineman Brandon Williams arrived at the office Wednesday and learned that his mentor was no longer employed at the company, he reached for his phone and typed him a text message. “Thanks for everything you've done for me,” Williams wrote. “Thanks for teaching me how to be a pro.” The release of defensive end Marcus Spears and free safety Michael Huff caught many players, including Williams, off guard Wednesday. The veteran players who have seen teammates come and go before quickly shrugged it off. But for a rookie like Williams, saying goodbye to Spears was a new experience.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
During his decade playing for the Ravens, gritty defensive lineman Kelly Gregg anchored the nose tackle position in a fairly revolutionary way. Gregg did more than just clog up the middle and prevent blockers from touching star middle linebacker Ray Lewis. As one of the most underrated players in the NFL -- he was never selected to a Pro Bowl -- Gregg was uncommonly active in pursuit and frequently penetrated the backfield as he recorded 548 tackles and 20.5 sacks in his career.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2013
Each week, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will fire a few questions at a random Ravens rookie. This week it was nose tackle Brandon Williams, a third-round pick with an impressive set of pipes. MV: All of the players sang "Happy Birthday" to O.J. Brigance in the cafeteria last week. I heard you sing and you were pretty good, so I guess we'll start there. What was it like to serenade O.J. like that? BW: It was cool. I know how much he means to the team and to most of the veterans because they've known him the longest.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2013
The grind of being an NFL nose guard is embraced by Ravens rookie Brandon Williams, a heavyweight defensive lineman accustomed to dirty work and life's hardships. Before emerging as a draft sleeper from Division II Missouri Southern, Williams spent last summer hauling and cleaning portable toilets. "Sometimes, you got a little poop on you," said Williams, the Ravens' third-round pick (94th overall). "Every time I was doing that, I said to myself, 'I gotta work harder, I'm not doing this the rest of my life.' It motivated me to get better.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
During his decade playing for the Ravens, gritty defensive lineman Kelly Gregg anchored the nose tackle position in a fairly revolutionary way. Gregg did more than just clog up the middle and prevent blockers from touching star middle linebacker Ray Lewis. As one of the most underrated players in the NFL -- he was never selected to a Pro Bowl -- Gregg was uncommonly active in pursuit and frequently penetrated the backfield as he recorded 548 tackles and 20.5 sacks in his career.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2013
Starting weak-side linebacker Josh Bynes said he's recovering well from surgery to clean out his infected finger, and expects to return following the bye and be ready for the Ravens' game against the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 3. Bynes was sidelined for the Ravens' 19-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Heinz Field. “I'll be back for the Cleveland game, I'm just letting it heal up as fast as possible,” Bynes said. “I'll be all right. If I'm not practicing next week, I'll definitely play in the game.” Bynes reiterated that he doesn't have a staph infection.
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April 26, 2013
Mike Preston, Ravens columnist: The Ravens will say they take the best player available, but so far this draft has been based on need as well. The Ravens got another good player in the second round in inside linebacker Arthur Brown, and a player with good potential a round later in defensive tackle Brandon Williams. Ron Fritz, sports editor: The Ravens addressed the defense during the first two days of the NFL Draft, and it appears they got much stronger up the middle. They still need a wide receiver, tight end and offensive tackle, so expect Saturday to be a day for the offense.
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Mike Preston | April 26, 2013
In theory, the defending Super Bowl champion isn't supposed to get stronger through the NFL draft because the team has the last pick in each round. That's not the case with the Ravens. After two days, they have picked up one of the top three players at two different positions. On Thursday, it was University of Florida safety Matt Elam with the No. 32 overall pick. On Friday night, they got another gem in Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown. The Ravens also picked Missouri Southern defensive tackle Brandon Williams in the third round, but he doesn't have the acclaim of Brown.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
The defensive line was supposed to be a major strength for the Ravens last year after they signed veterans  Chris Canty  and  Marcus Spears  and then used a third-round pick on  Brandon Williams . It didn't work out that way. The group didn't perform poorly by any means, but the defense finished 11th   against the run and didn't generate a lot of pass rush from the interior defensive line beyond the work of  Arthur Jones...
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2014
Aquille Carr's NBA Development League journey has come to an end, at least for now. The Delaware 87ers on Friday released the former Patterson star, known in Baltimore as the “Crimestopper” for his must-see athletic feats. Brandon Williams, the 87ers' general manager, said the team placed Carr on waivers and that other D-League teams had 48 hours to claim the 20-year-old point guard. “He's got some incredible gifts and talents,” Williams said. “There's a lot he's going through privately.
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By Matt Vensel | October 30, 2013
When rookie defensive lineman Brandon Williams arrived at the office Wednesday and learned that his mentor was no longer employed at the company, he reached for his phone and typed him a text message. “Thanks for everything you've done for me,” Williams wrote. “Thanks for teaching me how to be a pro.” The release of defensive end Marcus Spears and free safety Michael Huff caught many players, including Williams, off guard Wednesday. The veteran players who have seen teammates come and go before quickly shrugged it off. But for a rookie like Williams, saying goodbye to Spears was a new experience.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2013
Starting weak-side linebacker Josh Bynes said he's recovering well from surgery to clean out his infected finger, and expects to return following the bye and be ready for the Ravens' game against the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 3. Bynes was sidelined for the Ravens' 19-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Heinz Field. “I'll be back for the Cleveland game, I'm just letting it heal up as fast as possible,” Bynes said. “I'll be all right. If I'm not practicing next week, I'll definitely play in the game.” Bynes reiterated that he doesn't have a staph infection.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2013
Each week, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will fire a few questions at a random Ravens rookie. This week it was nose tackle Brandon Williams, a third-round pick with an impressive set of pipes. MV: All of the players sang "Happy Birthday" to O.J. Brigance in the cafeteria last week. I heard you sing and you were pretty good, so I guess we'll start there. What was it like to serenade O.J. like that? BW: It was cool. I know how much he means to the team and to most of the veterans because they've known him the longest.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2013
The Ravens reported no serious injuries during their 27-23 preseason victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium. Strong-side linebacker Elvis Dumervil suffered a slight groin injury and rookie first-round safety Matt Elam tweaked his ankle, according to Ravens coach John Harbaugh . Rush linebacker Adrian Hamilton may have sprained or dislocated his right wrist on special teams....
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2013
The difference between lining up over left tackle and the left shoulder of the left guard may not seem vast, but Haloti Ngata admits he felt lost in space when asked to play the five-technique defensive end position in 2012. “Playing defensive end, it's too much space for me,” Ngata said Tuesday evening. “I like the guys around me.” That's why Ngata got downright giddy, at least by his standards, when asked about the free-agent signings of defensive linemen Chris Canty and Marcus Spears and the draft selection of big nose tackle Brandon Williams.
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2014
Aquille Carr's NBA Development League journey has come to an end, at least for now. The Delaware 87ers on Friday released the former Patterson star, known in Baltimore as the “Crimestopper” for his must-see athletic feats. Brandon Williams, the 87ers' general manager, said the team placed Carr on waivers and that other D-League teams had 48 hours to claim the 20-year-old point guard. “He's got some incredible gifts and talents,” Williams said. “There's a lot he's going through privately.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2013
The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. Each week, I hope to chat with one of them in a regular feature called Blogger on Blogger. This week, I exchanged emails with Jason Butt, who covers the Ravens for Baltimore Beat Down . MV: Give me three players who have impressed you the most during training camp. JB: Without citing the obvious ones, the three that have stood out are Deonte Thompson, Chykie Brown and Brandon Williams.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2013
SETTING THE SCENE: Monday's outdoor practice started at 2:30 p.m. and completely wrapped up at 5:20. Weather was sunny with temperatures near 80 degrees. Players were in full pads. THERE GOES YOUR MAN: Second-year cornerback Asa Jackson, who is battling to keep his roster spot, had a rough afternoon in coverage. Wide receiver Torrey Smith beat Jackson in one 11-on-11 period. Jackson closed on him, but Smith slowed up and allowed Jackson to bounce off of him, giving him the separation he needed to catch the ball about 50 yards from where Tyrod Taylor threw it. Later in the practice, Jackson tried to jump a pass thrown to rookie Aaron Mellette, but he couldn't get his hands on the ball.
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