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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2013
Veteran linebacker Daryl Smith had a blade of grass sticking to his head along with a smile that wouldn't quit following his second practice since joining the Ravens. The Jaguars' all-time leading tackler is thoroughly enjoying his new winning environment after being limited to two wins and playing in just two games during an injury-plagued final season in Jacksonville. Now, Smith is signed to a one-year contract worth up to $2.125 million with the defending Super Bowl champions and has been immediately installed as a starter at inside linebacker.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Eight Ravens didn't practice on Wednesday, including six starters. The only players not expected to play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, though, are offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, defensive end Chris Canty and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan. Monroe is out for at least a month after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery prior to the Ravens' win over the Carolina Panthers, according to a source. Canty had successful wrist surgery and is out for two to three weeks, barring a setback, according to a source.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2013
- Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco admits he's usually slow to remember the names of his new teammates, particularly the ones on defense. But there was something about the team's new veteran middle linebacker that stuck with Flacco almost immediately. "Daryl Smith, he looks really good," said Flacco, answering a question earlier this week about how the Ravens' defense is progressing. "I don't really notice those guys too much, but he's seemed to impress me for some reason. " The reason should be pretty obvious for anyone who watched the Ravens' 44-16 preseason-opening victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- When the Ravens drafted rookie inside linebacker C.J. Mosley out of Alabama, this was the kind of performance they envisioned from the former Butkus Award winner and consensus All-American. Mosley was all over the field in a losing cause against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. He routinely chased down running backs in pursuit and also recorded his first NFL interception in a 20-13 defeat at Lucas Oil Stadium. “I think he played phenomenal,” said outside linebacker Terrell Suggs.
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By Matt Vensel | August 15, 2013
Before tonight's preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons, Daryl Smith won't dance out of the tunnel at M&T Bank Stadium like Ray Lewis used to do. Smith will, however, be the one who gets to replace Lewis at middle linebacker. With the regular season just three weeks away, Smith appears to have that starting spot locked up. Smith started there against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and had a team-high five tackles in the victory. “Yeah, Daryl is that kind of player,” coach John Harbaugh, asked about Smith always being around the ball, said after the 44-16 win last Thursday.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
Several veteran starters aren't at the Ravens' organized team activity today at team headquarters. That includes outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, nose tackle Haloti Ngata, offensive guard Marshal Yanda, middle linebacker Daryl Smith, outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil and defensive end Chris Canty. This marks the second consecutive week that Suggs, Ngata and Canty have missed. Attendance at organized team activities are voluntary under the NFL collective bargaining agreement.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
Ravens starting middle linebacker Daryl Smith and special teams ace Albert McClellan aren't practicing Wednesday. Smith is expected back as soon as Thursday after experiencing general soreness. The Ravens' leading tackler from last season, Smith practiced Monday night without incident. McClellan, a reserve linebacker, was in and out of the practice, with an irritated heel that's still bothering him. Meanwhile, starting cornerback Lardarius Webb remains sidelined with a back issue.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
Whether it was Ray Lewis or Dannell Ellerbe manning the middle or Jameel McClain or Josh Bynes, Ravens inside linebackers did not defend the pass well last season. Only Brendon Ayanbadejo, a special teams regular who played sparingly on defense, had a positive grade in pass coverage, according to Pro Football Focus. So when the Ravens addressed the two inside linebacker positions this offseason, the ability to cover was clearly a priority. They drafted speedy weak-side linebacker Arthur Brown in the second round of the draft and signed Daryl Smith, formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars, to play the middle linebacker position.
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By Matt Vensel | October 1, 2013
In March, amidst their offseason shopping spree, the Miami Dolphins grabbed middle linebacker Dannell Ellerbe off the shelf and shelled out $35 million with $17 million guaranteed for him at the cash register. Three months later, the Ravens pulled veteran middle linebacker Daryl Smith, who was somehow still on the open market, out of the bargain bin and gave him a cheap one-year deal worth up to $2.125 million . With Miami being the next stop on the Ravens reunion tour, as Ellerbe and the Dolphins are hosting the Ravens on Sunday, now seems like a good time to check on how Ellerbe is doing with his new team and to compare and contrast his performance with that of Smith, the new man in the middle for the Ravens.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2014
Daryl Smith just smiled and shrugged off the question. Asked recently about being the replacement last year for iconic Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis, Smith stayed true to his low-key personality. He doesn't focus on such comparisons, instead directing his attention to the coming season. The Ravens are scheduled to hold their first full-team practice of training camp July 24. "I never really did think about it until [Lewis] was brought up in a setting like this," Smith said after the Ravens' final minicamp practice in June.
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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 Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Welcome to the Tuesday Ravens 10-Pack, where I'll go medium depth on ten Ravens topics that came from the previous week's game. Sure, Monday is the main analysis day, but if I can get an extra day to make this marginally better than it would be a day earlier, why not? Read ahead for notes on the Ravens' slow starts on defense, most of the Smiths, and where the production is coming from through four weeks. 1. For the fourth straight game, the Ravens defense allowed a sustained drive to open the other team's offensive account.
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By Jon Meoli and Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
Ravens rookie linebacker C.J. Mosley lines up on every snap beside who he calls an “old-school” linebacker, Daryl Smith. On the opposite sideline Sunday, he'll cross paths with Panthers star Luke Kuechly, the 2013 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year and the new standard for the athletic, three-down linebacker Mosley hopes to become. “[He's] one of the guys that can move around, make plays in the coverage and move sideline to sideline,” Mosley said. “Watching him at Boston College when I was at Alabama, then after he came out … [he made]
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2014
RAVENS PASSING GAME: In the victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Joe Flacco played safe and efficient football. Expect more of the same as the Ravens want him to avoid the slow starts that plagued him on the road last year. Steve Smith and the two tight ends have been extremely productive, but the Ravens need to get Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown more involved. Smith will probably draw Joe Haden, the Browns' top corner. Steve Smith has been targeted 25 times in two games.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson looks back at the Ravens' game each week and looks ahead to their next opponent. GAME PLAN: Instead of airing it out and employing a no-huddle offense the way they did frequently in ineffective fashion during a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Ravens scrapped the hurry-up approach and adopted a balanced, gritty approach. There were just a dozen shotgun snaps out of 65 offensive plays, zero no-huddle plays. They ran the football downhill, gaining 157 rushing yards on 36 runs to wear out a visibly tired Pittsburgh Steelers defense.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Every Monday, I'll unpack the stats behind the previous day's Ravens game. If the day after the game is anything like yesterday was, I think we'll opt for Tuesday. And if the team plays on Thursday, it will likely be Friday. But I swear that most weeks, it will be Monday. All stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus. Rookie wall The Ravens used their first three picks on defensive players expected to help the overall speed on that side of the ball, but only first-round pick C.J. Mosley saw much of the field.
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By Jon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said one of the biggest competitions of training camp is at wide receiver. "In all my years in the league, I don't know that I've ever seen as competitive a situation as we have at receiver right now," Kubiak said. "I would have no chance telling [coach] John [Harbaugh] which five or six I would want right now. " The top of the depth chart includes Steve Smith , Torrey Smith (Maryland) and Jacoby Jones , with Marlon Brown the likely fourth receiver.
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The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters and editors give their thoughts on the Ravens' win over the Houston Texans. Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: After a lackluster victory last week, the Ravens showed everybody something today. Their defense was every bit as good as some of their dominant defenses of the past, fitting with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed in the house. Tandon Doss made a huge play on special teams to keep the momentum in the home team's favor. And as inept as the offense looked early, they eventually wore the Texans down when it mattered most.
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Mike Preston | September 4, 2014
There have been times when the age of prominent Ravens veterans has gotten overlooked because of the infusion of young players. But the older guys are aware. Occasionally the veterans huddle on the field, or in the locker room to chat. "We laugh and joke and talk about it," said Ravens inside linebacker Daryl Smith, "but we all do some form of whatever it is for us to be ready to play. We try to express that to the young guys and see how fast they learn it. You'll learn it one way or another.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2014
The Ravens' practice Wednesday was scrapped in favor of a walkthrough and trip to the movies to see Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman in "Lucy. " After the walkthrough, which ended around 12:45 p.m., the team was given 15 minutes to shower and load onto buses for the AMC Owings Mills 17 theater. "We had two really good practices the last two days, and it's been a camp where these guys really have pushed it," coach John Harbaugh said. "Yesterday was a very long practice, so today we focused on the mental part of it. Assignments, alignments, communications and techniques of what we're trying to accomplish.
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