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By BRENT JONES and BRENT JONES,SUN REPORTER | November 30, 2005
Will Demps' emotions - according to those friendly with the Ravens safety - went from stunned on Sunday to depressed on Monday to relieved yesterday. Extraordinarily relieved. After a number of examinations, opinions and prognostications the past two days, it appears Demps' knee injury may not be as serious as it originally looked. Demps likely has a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, an injury that could take six months to heal. Had it been completely torn, Demps may have missed all of next season.
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By BRENT JONES and BRENT JONES,SUN REPORTER | December 3, 2005
Ed Reed practiced for the third straight day, increasing the likelihood the Ravens will have their playmaking safety tomorrow against the Houston Texans for the first time since mid-October. Reed suffered a high ankle sprain Oct. 16 and has missed the past six games. Although he returned to practice last week, the Ravens decided a couple of hours before kickoff not to play Reed against the Cincinnati Bengals. With an increased workload in practice this week, Reed has made it through with little problem.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | October 9, 2002
Draft day can turn depressing for NFL prospects with inflated opinions of themselves. Because he had experience being unappreciated, however, Will Demps did not get down in the dumps when all seven rounds passed without mention of his name in April. Demps is the rookie free agent who's identifiable by the bulky padding around his right arm - in the locker room he answers to "Robocop" or "The Michelin Man" - and the impact he made in his first two pro games. The Ravens started 0-2 when he was out with a dislocated elbow.
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By BRENT JONES and BRENT JONES,SUN REPORTER | November 30, 2005
Will Demps' emotions - according to those friendly with the Ravens safety - went from stunned on Sunday to depressed on Monday to relieved yesterday. Extraordinarily relieved. After a number of examinations, opinions and prognostications the past two days, it appears Demps' knee injury may not be as serious as it originally looked. Demps likely has a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, an injury that could take six months to heal. Had it been completely torn, Demps may have missed all of next season.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | August 31, 2002
As expected, the Ravens will be without safety Will Demps for at least the first two regular-season games after the undrafted rookie dislocated his elbow in Thursday's loss to the New York Giants. Demps hopes to return for the Monday night home game against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 30. Anthony Mitchell, who was the starter heading into training camp, will likely replace Demps. "It's just part of playing football, one of those freak accidents," said Demps, whose arm got caught in a pile on a tackle in the second quarter.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | September 14, 2002
Anthony Mitchell has kept an even keel through a few up and down weeks. The third-year pro out of Tuskegee came into camp as the starter at strong safety, but rookie free agent Will Demps won the position. When Demps went out with an elbow injury, Mitchell got his first NFL start Sunday at Carolina. His unit allowed just one touchdown, but he was the player victimized on a 20-yard touchdown pass to Panthers tight end Wesley Walls. "I graded myself D, D-minus, because I was the one who should have made the play on the touchdown," Mitchell said.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | August 19, 2002
With every passing day, it is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore Will Demps. His coaches can swear to that, as they promoted the once long-shot third-string safety to co-starter. Demps, who has an interception in each of the two preseason games, is now part of a three-man rotation with Anthony Mitchell and Ed Reed. Yesterday's full-contact practice was the first time Demps - alongside Reed - received extended playing time with the defensive starters. It was the crowning moment of an impressive camp by Demps, one in which he recorded the game-winning interception in the preseason opener against Detroit.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | August 4, 2005
As he walked off the practice field earlier this week, Ravens safety Will Demps looked as though he couldn't be in a better mood. Then Doug Plank's name came up and Demps, already delighted over a solid day's work, went a step further, essentially producing a wink and a smile. It was Plank's success with the disruptive Chicago Bears' defense of the early-to-mid 1980s that paved the way for a transformation of sorts for Demps. As the Ravens and defensive coordinator Rex Ryan continue to work on their 46 defense - a scheme named in honor of Plank's number and made infamous by those Bears teams - Demps is showing through the first week of practice that he may indeed be able to replicate the havoc caused by Plank, the first to play in Demps' new role.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | December 11, 2002
The Ravens' Will Demps watched nearly every defensive snap of Sunday's 37-25 loss to the New Orleans Saints from the sideline, yet left the game with his hopes intact. Demps did have his moments of disappointment, because the undrafted rookie out of San Diego State had started the previous 10 games and was being benched in favor of third-year veteran Anthony Mitchell. But all in all, Demps, whom the Ravens still believe to be their free safety of the future, is taking his current state in stride.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | September 19, 2003
SAN DIEGO - Ravens safety Will Demps had so many television cameras and tape recorders surrounding him yesterday afternoon, he must have felt like Ray Lewis. "I do somewhat, but I'm not like at Ray Lewis' stature," Demps said. In Southern California, he might as well be. Demps made his return to the state he grew up in and the school where he played as he and the Ravens practiced at San Diego State in preparation for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers. It was the first time Demps returned to the practice field where he went from walk-on to a two-time, first-team All-Mountain West selection for the Aztecs before signing as an undrafted free agent with the Ravens last year.
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By BRENT JONES and BRENT JONES,SUN REPORTER | November 29, 2005
Heading into this season, the Ravens were expected to showcase an innovative base defense that would turn the NFL upside down. With little choice because of injuries, that may soon be the case. While the 46 defense - which drew much preseason hype - has become little more than a rarely used package this year, the Ravens may have to go with an even more creative approach to offset the losses of safeties Will Demps and Ed Reed. Demps tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Sunday's 42-29 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
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By BRENT JONES and BRENT JONES,SUN REPORTER | November 28, 2005
CINCINNATI -- At one point in the third quarter, the Ravens tried to stop Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer with a secondary manned in part by Chad Williams, B.J. Ward and Zach Norton. If their teammates' words are to be taken at face value, those names might as well have been Ed Reed, Will Demps and Chris McAlister. "We just have to man up and do what we've been taught," cornerback Dale Carter said. "We're in the NFL. There is no excuse. We can't even say there was a problem.
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By BILL ORDINE and BILL ORDINE,SUN REPORTER | November 7, 2005
The officials admitted that at a crucial point in the Ravens' 21-9 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals yesterday, they blew it. Both the whistle and the call. Early in the third quarter, with the Ravens trailing 14-6 at M&T Bank Stadium, Ravens linebacker Adalius Thomas knocked the ball loose from Bengals tight end Matt Schobel after a 12-yard completion along the left sideline. Safety Will Demps immediately scooped up the ball at the Ravens' 42-yard line and zig-zagged his way into the Bengals' end zone for an apparent touchdown.
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By BRENT JONES and BRENT JONES,COMPILED BY SUN REPORTER | September 19, 2005
NASHVILLE, TENN. -- Though the Ravens' defense settled down to hold the Titans to 62 total yards in the second half, safety Will Demps was left repeating an often-stated tune that generally comes in the aftermath of a loss. "We've just got to play all four quarters," Demps said. "We've just got to make the corrections, move on and get better as a whole team." Defensive players usually reserve talking about playing four quarters after a second-half collapse, but the Ravens' problems defensively were nearly all reserved for the first half.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | August 4, 2005
As he walked off the practice field earlier this week, Ravens safety Will Demps looked as though he couldn't be in a better mood. Then Doug Plank's name came up and Demps, already delighted over a solid day's work, went a step further, essentially producing a wink and a smile. It was Plank's success with the disruptive Chicago Bears' defense of the early-to-mid 1980s that paved the way for a transformation of sorts for Demps. As the Ravens and defensive coordinator Rex Ryan continue to work on their 46 defense - a scheme named in honor of Plank's number and made infamous by those Bears teams - Demps is showing through the first week of practice that he may indeed be able to replicate the havoc caused by Plank, the first to play in Demps' new role.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | October 30, 2004
Earlier this week, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was asked about the Ravens' defense, and his analysis began in the most unexpected place. Rather than rattle off platitudes on Pro Bowl players Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, or discuss the pass-rushing prowess of Terrell Suggs, McNabb said the first person he plans to identify when he comes to the line of scrimmage is safety Will Demps. Demps understands why. "You have to know where the safeties are at in general," Demps said.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | August 27, 2002
After a conversation with his wife, Kandice, Ravens safety Anthony Mitchell realized the source of his downward spiral from starter, to tri-starter to backup. "She said, `You got too comfortable.' Coming from where I come from, you're used to always working for yours," said Mitchell, who agreed with his wife's assessment. "I got put in a position where I didn't think I had to work hard to go out there and get the job done. And that wasn't the case." Mitchell made the Ravens' practice squad as an undrafted rookie out of Tuskegee (Ala.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | August 5, 2004
The newfound security of a starting spot has yet to remove the uncertainty for the Ravens' Will Demps. The former undrafted free agent has grown accustomed to the Ravens looking elsewhere at free safety in training camp, only to fall back to him in the regular season. This year, however, Demps finds himself beginning a training camp as a starter for the first time in his three-year career. His focus has had to shift from fighting for a job to fighting complacency. "I don't think I'm in a comfort zone at all," Demps said.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | September 15, 2004
Ravens defensive coaches will stress a litany of things to be wary of heading into Sunday's home opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers and their trio of dangerous receivers. Unity, though, will not have to be one of them. There were opportunities for defensive players to point fingers at teammates for communication breakdowns that led to a couple of back-breaking plays in the Ravens' 20-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns, but mouths were kept shut. Instead, safeties Ed Reed and Will Demps took on the brunt of criticism from observers who watched Reed jump a slant route on a 46-yard touchdown reception by Quincy Morgan and saw Demps desperately in pursuit after a 51-yard reception by Andre' Davis.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | September 13, 2004
CLEVELAND - Ravens safety Ed Reed refuses to dwell on the past - even if the past happened about an hour ago. Reed developed a convenient case of amnesia when trying to explain how the Ravens could give up completions of 46 and 51 yards to quarterback Jeff Garcia and a Cleveland Browns offense that otherwise accomplished little. "I've got a bad memory," Reed said. "None of us are perfect. The Lord was the only perfect one to walk this earth. We're going to make mistakes, and they capitalized on the mistakes."
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