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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2013
Each weekday through April 24, the day before the first round of the NFL draft, The Sun will look at where the Ravens stand at each position, the likelihood that they will address that spot early in the draft and some of the prospects that they may consider. Today we'll examine the defensive line: Current defensive linemen under contract : Haloti Ngata, Chris Canty, Marcus Spears, Arthur Jones, Pernell McPhee, Terrence Cody, DeAngelo Tyson, Swanson Miller Chances that the Ravens draft DL in first three rounds : Decent.
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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 Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2013
The Ravens lost two more starters from their Super Bowl roster on Tuesday -- and then cut veteran safety Bernard Pollard on Wednesday -- bringing the total of departed starters to six. The Ravens did, however, sign a versatile defensive lineman who, if he doesn't step into the starting lineup as a five-technique end, could at least play significant snaps in their defensive line rotation. The Ravens signed Chris Canty to a three-year contract worth $8 million, including $2.8 in guaranteed money.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Pernell McPhee has never operated in the spotlight on the Ravens defense, but the fourth-year outside linebacker has carved out an effective place in the rotation by both feeding on those who hog the attention, and at times, taking it away from them. With the Ravens thin on the defensive line and with stars Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil no longer every-down rushers, McPhee has seen time at both outside linebacker positions, defensive end, and nose tackle. He's not being shoehorned into the defense out of necessity, though.
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Mike Preston | August 19, 2013
After the Atlanta Falcons pummeled the Ravens' defensive front last week with 170 rushing yards on 40 carries, coordinator Dean Pees was not pleased. Against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night, he expects the unit to be better. And it will be. The defensive line is a work in progress, but this could be the best group in team history. The front four of the record-setting team that won the Super Bowl in 2001 had more talent, but this group has more of everything else. The current Ravens have their own share of talent, and they possess more speed, size, depth, flexibility and versatility than the championship group.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2013
Almost immediately after he pledged to Maryland last July, Kingsley Opara was listed by several recruiting services as a "soft commitment. " It was a label Opara -- for several months, at least -- found to be accurate. "I knew I was going to have a big-time senior season," Opara said. "Other schools would come and be attractive to me. I kept the door open if a school I really liked came. " The two most attractive schools to Opara were N.C. State and North Carolina. The three-star prospect said he liked the Tar Heels, but not quite as much as the Wolfpack, so he decided against visiting Chapel Hill.
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By Matt Vensel | May 20, 2013
The Ravens have bolstered the talent and depth on their defensive line this offseason with the additions of Chris Canty and Marcus Spears and the selection of big nose tackle Brandon Williams in last month's NFL draft. But with all that shuffling on the defensive line, what role will fourth-year defensive end Arthur Jones have? Among Ravens, only defensive tackle Haloti Ngata played more snaps on the defensive line last season than Jones, who played at least 32 snaps in 14 of the team's final 15 games, including playoffs.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | May 5, 2014
From now until May 8, the first round of the 2014 NFL draft, The Sun will look at where the Ravens stand at each position, the likelihood that they will address that spot early in the draft and some of the prospects that they may consider. The Ravens have eight total picks in the three-day draft: one in each of the first, second, fifth and sixth rounds, and two each in the third and fourth rounds. Today we'll examine the defensive line: Current defensive linemen under contract: Defensive ends - Chris Canty, DeAngelo Tyson, Kapron Lewis-Moore; Defensive tackles - Haloti Ngata, Terrence Cody, Brandon Williams, Cody Larsen.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2013
Standing adjacent to the line of scrimmage, Ravens defensive line coach Clarence Brooks' vantage point gives him a unique perspective to watch a revamped group. Brooks is enjoying himself, frequently cracking a smile after plays to celebrate another encounter won. Since the Ravens launched training camp last week, a deep, versatile defensive line has dominated blockers in what could be a sneak preview of the season. It's early, but depth upfront appears transformed into a hallmark instead of a question mark.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 1, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - Three times last week, Ohio State defensive backs were left looking at the back of Cincinnati wide receiver Chris Moore's jersey as Moore crossed the goal line at the end of a long touchdown catch-and-run. Ohio State (3-1) is great in the front seven. The Buckeyes have experienced players at linebacker, and their defensive line may be as good as any in the country. The pass defense is Ohio State's "Achilles' heel," said Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer during a teleconference Tuesday.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 26, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - Maryland safety Denzel Conyers is ineligible to play this year. Conyers signed with the Terps after attending Butte College, a junior college in California. But the junior apparently did not have a 2.5 GPA at Butte, which is why he is ineligible. Maryland appealed the ruling on the basis that Conyers was a full qualifier when he signed with Florida International in 2012 and took classes this summer at Maryland to get the credits he needed. However, the Terps' appeal was denied.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Wide receiver Deonte Thompson was cut by the Ravens on Wednesday, marking the second time in the past five days he's been released. The Ravens replaced him on the roster by claiming former San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Lawrence Guy off waivers. He was cut by the Chargers on Tuesday. The Ravens need depth on the defensive line with Chris Canty and Timmy Jernigan both dealing with knee injuries. Canty didn't practice Wednesday. Jernigan has a meniscus injury that kept him from playing against the Cleveland Browns and is still hoping to avoid surgery.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 21, 2014
Maryland defensive end Quinton Jefferson will miss the rest of the season because of a right knee injury he suffered during the Terps' loss to West Virginia on Sept. 13. Jefferson, who will undergo surgery Friday, had 47 tackles, 7 1/2 tackles for a loss and three sacks while starting all 13 games for Maryland last season. He had eight tackles and a sack in the first three games this year. This is another blow for a Terps defense that has dealt with injuries to several key players since the season began in late August.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 21, 2014
Maryland coach Randy Edsall stood outside the visiting locker room at the Carrier Dome on Saturday shortly after the Terps beat Syracuse. Edsall was happy about the win, which moved Maryland to 3-1 heading into next week's Big Ten opener at Indiana. But he also understands the difficult position the Terps are in defensively because of the amount of injuries Maryland has endured since the season began in late August. "We're going to have to have a lot more guys step up," Edsall said.
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Mike Preston | September 21, 2014
CLEVELAND -- The Ravens secondary couldn't cover and tackle - and gave up a long pass that will be on every NFL highlight package this week. The linebackers had trouble getting off blocks and holding the edge on running plays. The defensive line wasn't much of a factor, either. And the Ravens still won. On a day when their defense was atrocious, the Ravens won because they played a team that always finds a way to lose. And if they don't find one, the Cleveland Browns will invent one. As the Ravens walked out of FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday evening, they realized they were lucky to win and the best team might have lost.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
The last time that Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco squared off against the Cincinnati Bengals, he trudged off the field with an aching left knee and a frustrated look on his face. Besides absorbing brutal hits from Bengals pass rushers, Flacco was intercepted three times, with his final one returned for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter of a 34-17 road loss in December. The defeat in their season finale prevented the Ravens from reaching the NFL playoffs. Despite winning the game, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton wasn't feeling much better than Flacco after an uneven performance in which he threw four interceptions.
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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
By now there's not a lot of surprise left in revealing the No. 1 team in The Baltimore Sun's preseason high school football Top 10. Defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champion McDonogh, which went 11-0 last season, holds onto the top spot after finishing last season as No. 1. Thursday, The Sun will present the entire Top 15 poll as well as players to watch and a look at the two Baltimore-area teams that made...
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