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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson certainly doesn't need any extra motivation. But a day after Ravens' rookie Matt Elam called him “old,” the 28-year-old couldn't help but have a little bit of fun at the rookie safety's expense. “It's all good,” Johnson said in a conference call with Ravens' reporters. “I'll show him what that old-man strength is all about, though.” In a conference call with Ravens' reporters, Johnson seemed more amused than annoyed by Elam's comments, which included the safety saying that the Ravens needed to get physical with the Pro Bowl receiver because “he's pretty old, so I don't know how physical he'll be,” according to the Associated Press.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | December 25, 2013
The Ravens secondary traveled to Detroit for its Dec. 16 game with a bull's-eye firmly affixed on it. Not only would third-year cornerback Jimmy Smith try to blanket the planet's greatest receiver, Calvin Johnson. Critics waited gleefully for rookie safety Matt Elam to fall on his face after he made a lighthearted comment about Johnson's age and declining physicality. Instead of suffering a nationally televised humiliation, however, the unit did solid work against the Lions, with Smith largely containing Johnson and Elam clinching a crucial win on his first career interception.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2013
The Ravens had matchups like this in mind when they poked and prodded Jimmy Smith in the months leading up to the 2011 NFL draft. At 6 feet 2, Smith had the height to jostle for jump balls with a leaper like A.J. Green. Having pumped out 24 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press at the NFL scouting combine, he had the strength to avoid getting bullied by Brandon Marshall. And with 32 1/4-inch-long arms, he had the length to jam a speedster like Mike Wallace. Seeing that Smith had ideal physical traits - and that the NFL's best wide receivers seemed to be getting bigger, stronger and faster every year - the Ravens felt he was too special to pass up. "How many corners are 6-foot-2, [have]
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2013
Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel highlights five stats that really mean something for the Ravens. Four -- kickers who have made a go-ahead field goal from 60-plus yards in the final minute of a game. Justin Tucker set a franchise record when he made a 61-yard field goal with 38 seconds left in Monday's 18-16 win in Detroit. How rare was his game-winning kick? According to Elias Sports Bureau, only three other kickers in NFL history have hit a go-ahead field goal of 60 or more yards in the final minute of the fourth quarter.
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January 26, 2005
On January 22, 2005 CORINE JOHNSON, beloved wife of Calvin Johnson, devoted mother of Calvin Johnson, Jr. and Cheryl J. Duncan, loving sister of Raymond and Wade Emerson, Catherine Nettles and Yvonne Baldwin. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. On Thursday friends may call at THE NEW VAUGHN C. GREENE FUNERAL SERVICES (RANDALLSTOWN), 8728 Liberty Road from 3 to 8 P.M. On Friday, Mrs. Johnson will lie instate at the Pennsylvania Avenue AME Zion, 1128 Pennsylvania Ave., the family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11 A.M. with services to follow.
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July 23, 2008
On July 19, 2008 ELIZABETH B. JOHNSON, age 88, mother of Calvin Johnson and Dorean Coles . Public viewing on July 23 from 2-7 p.m. at Estep Bros. Funeral Home, 1300 Eutaw Pl. Services will be held at Lion of Judah Praise Temple, 1201 W. Baltimore Street, 21223 on July 24; wake 11:30 a.m.; homegoing service 12 noon.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2013
Neither Ray Lewis nor Ray Rice will be on the cover of the next “Madden,” if you care about this sort of thing. Both players were eliminated in the Sweet Sixteen of the 64-player bracket to determine who will be on the cover of “Madden NFL 25,” which is the 25th anniversary edition of the popular pigskin video game franchise. Lewis, who retired after the Ravens won the Super Bowl in February, was knocked out of the “old school” bracket by former Detroit Lions back and fellow NFL legend Barry Sanders, who got 67 percent of the fan vote.
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October 3, 2011
Check with Packers Dan Pompei Chicago Tribune The Lions are legitimate, no question. They have a dynamic quarterback-receiver combination in Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson. Their defensive line may be the best in football. They come to play well-prepared and fired up. Their biggest problem is they play in the same neighborhood as the Super Bowl champions, and as of now, the Packers still are carrying a bigger stick. The Lions are not flawless.
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By Matt Vensel | January 9, 2012
Because doing a full, 32-team list of power rankings is too much work for a Monday afternoon, I will rank the top 11 teams in the NFL after each exciting football Sunday (that's where the "first and 10" comes in). Here's how I rank them entering the Divisional Round: 1. Green Bay: The Packers will have their hands full with the Giants this weekend. Will rust be an issue early in the game for QB Aaron Rodgers, who hasn't played since Week 16? 2. New Orleans: The Saints' win over the Lions played out pretty much how I expected it to, but that doesn't mean I don't remain in awe over the savvy and accuracy of Drew Brees.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
The bar was busy with some purple-and-black festivities last night. My sincerest apologies to the guy in the Calvin Johnson jersey who got tossed out the window; it really was a simple misunderstanding. Yeah, we are all getting old. Anyway, let's turn our attention to baseball this morning while I pour some hot coffee. When the Orioles traded closer Jim Johnson to the Oakland Athletics on Dec. 2, the reasoning -- according to executive vice president Dan Duquette -- was so the club could use the roughly $10 million saved on Johnson to fill other needs.
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By Matt Vensel | December 18, 2013
On Monday, the Ravens had to try to shut down Megatron. This weekend, they must deal with Minitron. Julian Edelman might not have the athleticism and imposing stature of Calvin Johnson or an intimidating nickname, but over the past few weeks, Edelman has been one of the NFL's most productive wide receivers. Since Week 12, Edelman has been targeted 51 times by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. He caught 37 of those passes for 414 yards and four touchdowns. Brady threw his way a whopping 19 times in last week's loss to the Miami Dolphins and Edelman had 13 catches for 139 yards and a score.
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Mike Preston | December 17, 2013
Now, everyone will take the Ravens seriously. Of the three remaining games they had on the schedule, the Ravens won the toughest Monday night by beating the Lions 18-16 here in Detroit. The Lions aren't considered the best team in the NFL, not even the best team in the NFC North, but they play tough defense and they are hard to beat at Ford Field. It's Game On. The Ravens are back. They play the hated New England Patriots next week at M&T Bank Stadium, but the Ravens aren't afraid of the Patriots.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun and By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was granted an assignment he coveted Monday night, a daunting task most other defensive backs would dread. Smith shadowed All-Pro Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson all over Ford Field, doing a respectable job containing one of the most dangerous players in the NFL during the Ravens' 18-16 victory. With the exception of a 37-yard reception in the second half and an 18-yard catch that led to a go-ahead touchdown for the Lions in the final minutes, Johnson didn't have much of an impact.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
The bar was busy with some purple-and-black festivities last night. My sincerest apologies to the guy in the Calvin Johnson jersey who got tossed out the window; it really was a simple misunderstanding. Yeah, we are all getting old. Anyway, let's turn our attention to baseball this morning while I pour some hot coffee. When the Orioles traded closer Jim Johnson to the Oakland Athletics on Dec. 2, the reasoning -- according to executive vice president Dan Duquette -- was so the club could use the roughly $10 million saved on Johnson to fill other needs.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2013
After watching ESPN's “Monday Night Countdown” show, I wondered why they even bothered to play the game. All I heard for two hours, was how unstoppable Lions receiver Calvin Johnson was, and how all but impossible it was for the Ravens to make the kind of run they made last year without Ray Lewis. At first, it was just annoying. But then, it became embarrassing when Steve Young and Trent Dilfer started talking about the “moral authority” that Lewis provided for the Ravens - with Lewis sitting next to them on the set. Really, I understand that ESPN has a huge investment in Lewis as its new marquee analyst, but don't demean the Ravens players to promote him. I don't think I heard the name of Daryl Smith, the linebacker who replaced Lewis, mentioned once in the “Countdown” show.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2013
In case you missed it, I wrote a story for Sunday's paper about whether the Ravens might use cornerback Jimmy Smith, whom the Ravens drafted in the hopes that he would become a shutdown corner, to shadow Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson throughout tonight's prime-time showdown at Ford Field. It has been the team's philosophy under head coach John Harbaugh to keep its cornerbacks in the same spot. Moving them around would reveal whether they were in man or zone coverage, and would also force each cornerback, not just Smith, to know the responsibilities of multiple spots.
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By Matt Vensel | December 12, 2013
For much of the season, we have asked the Ravens about the need to generate more chunk passing plays down the field. Perhaps just as much of an emphasis should have been placed on the need to prevent them. Surprisingly, no defense has allowed more passing plays of 40-plus yards than the Ravens, who have been beaten for 16 of them in 13 games. Yet the Ravens have only given up 40 plays of 20-plus yards, which is 12th-best in the league. So when the Ravens have had pass defense breakdowns, they have been big ones.
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By Bill Ordine and Bill Ordine,Sun reporter | February 26, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS -- Maryland cornerback Josh Wilson, who works out tomorrow at the NFL scouting combine, is proof that, sometimes, there is a law of compensation at work. For an NFL draft hopeful, he is considered a bit short and a tad light. At 5 feet 9 and 189 pounds, he is undersized, especially among some of the wide receivers he'll be asked to cover. For instance, the top-rated wide receiver working out at the RCA Dome over the weekend was Calvin Johnson of Georgia Tech, 6 feet 5, 239 pounds.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2013
The Ravens had matchups like this in mind when they poked and prodded Jimmy Smith in the months leading up to the 2011 NFL draft. At 6 feet 2, Smith had the height to jostle for jump balls with a leaper like A.J. Green. Having pumped out 24 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press at the NFL scouting combine, he had the strength to avoid getting bullied by Brandon Marshall. And with 32 1/4-inch-long arms, he had the length to jam a speedster like Mike Wallace. Seeing that Smith had ideal physical traits - and that the NFL's best wide receivers seemed to be getting bigger, stronger and faster every year - the Ravens felt he was too special to pass up. "How many corners are 6-foot-2, [have]
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson certainly doesn't need any extra motivation. But a day after Ravens' rookie Matt Elam called him “old,” the 28-year-old couldn't help but have a little bit of fun at the rookie safety's expense. “It's all good,” Johnson said in a conference call with Ravens' reporters. “I'll show him what that old-man strength is all about, though.” In a conference call with Ravens' reporters, Johnson seemed more amused than annoyed by Elam's comments, which included the safety saying that the Ravens needed to get physical with the Pro Bowl receiver because “he's pretty old, so I don't know how physical he'll be,” according to the Associated Press.
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