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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | September 5, 1998
The regular-season opener is at hand, the spotlight is shining brightly on him, and right cornerback DeRon Jenkins is well aware of the crucial test that lies ahead.His response? Bring it on.Jenkins may lack NFL experience, but the third-year pro from Tennessee does not come up short on confidence.He has yet to prove his worth as a second-round draft choice, a guy for whom the Ravens gave up three picks to grab in 1996. He acknowledges that, as an unproven player at one of the game's most difficult positions -- especially lining up opposite a proven veteran like Rod Woodson -- he repeatedly will attract the attention of quarterbacks this year, beginning with Pittsburgh's Kordell Stewart.
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By Matt Vensel | March 18, 2013
The NFL will soon reveal which teams will be awarded compensatory picks for free agents lost last offseason. The Ravens are expected to receive three or four compensatory picks -- likely four -- which would bring their number of picks for next month's NFL draft to 12. That's a lot of ammo for general manager Ozzie Newsome should the Ravens choose to move up, down and all around or acquire more picks for next year's NFL draft. Since the Ravens arrived in Baltimore in 1996, they have gone into the draft with nine or more selections in five different years.
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By Danielle Rumore and Danielle Rumore,SUN STAFF | July 24, 1997
They are all second-year players with distinct, not to mention confident, personalities, vying for the same starting job.Donny Brady, DeRon Jenkins and Dorian Brew, in that order, are the Ravens' top three right cornerbacks, fighting for the position that was an Achilles' heel for the team last season.At this point, Brady is the starter. Jenkins -- last season's flashy high draft choice -- and Brew -- the Ravens' improbable find -- know the position is Brady's to lose."As far as the defense, the right cornerback and safety positions will be the two that are most looked at right now," Jenkins said.
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By Matt Vensel | February 25, 2011
Last week's Five for Friday post focused on the best draft picks in Ravens history. I enjoyed reading your comments about my list, so please keep them coming. This week's topic, a spin-off of last week's post, is sure to get you guys talking, too. The Ravens personnel staff is at the NFL's annual meat market in Indianapolis this week, prodding prospects to see which ones will pan out in the pros. Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome has hit plenty of home runs in his tenure, but he has also had his fair share of whiffs during the draft.
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By Gary Lambrecht | November 21, 1999
CB DeRon Jenkins vs. WR Carl PickensHe is fresh off one of the most uplifting performances of his four-year career, in which he kept the Jacksonville Jaguars' Jimmy Smith out of the end zone and did not allow the Pro Bowl receiver to abuse him as he had in years past.Next up for Ravens cornerback DeRon Jenkins is the Cincinnati Bengals' Carl Pickens, who has had his good days against Jenkins and pretty much everyone else around the NFL.It was only 14 months ago that Pickens, using his familiar arsenal, which blends quickness, leaping ability, push-off moves and some trash talk to boot, burned Jenkins for two scores in a Ravens victory.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | August 31, 1996
The secondary should be one of the Ravens' most entertaining groups.First, free safety Eric Turner and strong safety Stevon Moore are two of the NFL's hardest hitters. They are the inspirational leaders of the defense. And their performance as run stoppers and especially in pass coverage -- where the Ravens will employ more man-to-man in defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis' scheme -- will go a long way toward dictating the season's outcome.Turner is recovered from a back injury that forced him to miss the last half of the 1995 season.
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September 21, 1998
Running backsErrict Rhett didn't play and Jay Graham had little room to run. Graham's pass-catching needs work. Roosevelt Potts was billed an excellent running fullback, but he hasn't shown that yet.C-QuarterbacksIt's hard to grade Jim Harbaugh because coach Ted Marchibroda never gave him much of a chance to get the ball downfield. Backup Eric Zeier seemed confused and lost some poise in the third quarter once the Ravens fell behind.C-ReceiversThe Ravens are wasting the talents of these guys.
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By Mike Preston | November 21, 1999
Ravens run offense vs. Bengals run defense RAVENS - Edge The Ravens love to run and the Bengals can't stop them. Running backs Errict Rhett and Priest Holmes should get plenty of yardage against the Bengals, who are allowing 115.1 yards a game. The Bengals have allowed more than 100 yards rushing in four of their past five games. Ravens pass offense vs. Bengals pass defense EVEN - EDGE Both teams are loaded with players virtually no other team wanted. Bengals starting right cornerback Artrell Hawkins is questionable with a sprained left shoulder and could be replaced by either Rico Clark or Roosevelt Blackmon, two cornerbacks picked up off the waiver wire.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | December 7, 2000
Ravens quarterback Trent Dilfer isn't shivering about the prospect of playing in chilly conditions Sunday. But here is the cold truth: While playing his first six NFL seasons with Tampa Bay, Dilfer never won a game in which the temperature at kickoff was less than 40 degrees, losing all four times. With temperatures possibly dipping to that mark for the first time since he's been a Raven, he downplayed any increase in degree of difficulty. To Dilfer, that's part of his warm-blooded past.
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By Ken Rosenthal | March 24, 1997
There is incompetence, there is gross incompetence and there is Ravens incompetence.Only the Ravens could call a news conference to announce that a major free agent had flunked his physical.Only the Ravens could restructure a contract with a salary-cap figure that is $1 million off.Only the Ravens could lose two high-quality offensive linemen and a Pro Bowl safety and still believe they're going to improve on a 4-12 record.Feel free to scream.It's all in an off-season's work for Art Modell and Co.The Ravens move too slowly on the free agents they want, overpay the free agents they get and consider it a coup when a potential signee doesn't require surgery.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | August 2, 2001
When Duane Starks glided into the end zone after intercepting a pass during the Ravens' Super Bowl victory, the cornerback out of Miami was feeling an all-time professional high -- one he hopes to ride into Pro Bowl territory this year. "I think that play shows the talent I have," said Starks, who stepped in front of a pass thrown by New York Giants quarterback Kerry Collins and raced 49 yards for the touchdown, putting the Ravens up 17-0 in the third quarter. "It's also a confidence booster because it lets you know that you're doing the right thing to make plays.
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By Ken Murray and Sun reporter | December 11, 2000
This is why Shannon Sharpe came to Baltimore after 10 years in Denver. It's why Rob Burnett came back for his 11th NFL season.It's why Brian Billick came from Minnesota a year ago. Playoff football became a reality for the Ravens yesterday when they rumbled past the San Diego Chargers, 24-3, in the cold and rain of a December homestretch at PSINet Stadium. Their fifth straight victory secured the first postseason berth of their Baltimore tenure, and made a lot of career decisions look inspired in hindsight.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | December 7, 2000
Ravens quarterback Trent Dilfer isn't shivering about the prospect of playing in chilly conditions Sunday. But here is the cold truth: While playing his first six NFL seasons with Tampa Bay, Dilfer never won a game in which the temperature at kickoff was less than 40 degrees, losing all four times. With temperatures possibly dipping to that mark for the first time since he's been a Raven, he downplayed any increase in degree of difficulty. To Dilfer, that's part of his warm-blooded past.
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By Mike Preston | November 28, 1999
Ravens run offense vs. Jaguars run defense - JAGUARS EDGE Ravens guards Jeff Blackshear and Edwin Mulitalo have to control middle linebacker Lonnie Marts, and Kevin Hardy has to be slowed on the back side. The Ravens will find room behind left tackle Jonathan Ogden. Ravens pass offense vs. Jaguars pass defense - JAGUARS EDGE The Jaguars are ranked No. 2 against the pass in the league, but that's because they get so much pressure on the quarterback -- they have 41 sacks.
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By Gary Lambrecht | November 21, 1999
CB DeRon Jenkins vs. WR Carl PickensHe is fresh off one of the most uplifting performances of his four-year career, in which he kept the Jacksonville Jaguars' Jimmy Smith out of the end zone and did not allow the Pro Bowl receiver to abuse him as he had in years past.Next up for Ravens cornerback DeRon Jenkins is the Cincinnati Bengals' Carl Pickens, who has had his good days against Jenkins and pretty much everyone else around the NFL.It was only 14 months ago that Pickens, using his familiar arsenal, which blends quickness, leaping ability, push-off moves and some trash talk to boot, burned Jenkins for two scores in a Ravens victory.
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By Mike Preston and Sun reporter | September 13, 1999
The new era of Ravens football looked painfully similar to the old one. Quarterback Scott Mitchell was as ineffective as Jim Harbaugh. The offensive line was inept, but yesterday there was no Wally Williams or Orlando Brown to blame. An inexperienced secondary was burned for 316 yards passing by a quarterback named Kurt Warner, who had completed only four passes in the league before yesterday's game, his first as a starter.One might say these were the same old Ravens after yesterday's embarrassing 27-10 loss to the St. Louis Rams before 62,100 at the Trans World Dome, but that might be an insult to the 1998 team.
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By Matt Vensel | February 25, 2011
Last week's Five for Friday post focused on the best draft picks in Ravens history. I enjoyed reading your comments about my list, so please keep them coming. This week's topic, a spin-off of last week's post, is sure to get you guys talking, too. The Ravens personnel staff is at the NFL's annual meat market in Indianapolis this week, prodding prospects to see which ones will pan out in the pros. Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome has hit plenty of home runs in his tenure, but he has also had his fair share of whiffs during the draft.
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By Mike Preston | September 13, 1999
QuarterbackF -- Scott Mitchell looked uncomfortable with his positioning in the pocket and his timing was off most of the day. The interception he threw in the second quarter was inexcusable, and so was some of the fumbling when he was getting sacked. This was one of the worst performances at the position in Ravens history.Running backsC -- Starter Priest Holmes had 52 rushing yards on 12 carries but was indecisive, which caused a delay in his acceleration. Fullback Chuck Evans did a nice job on his run blocking, but his pass blocking could have been a little better.
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