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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | September 10, 1997
They have blossomed into one of the NFL's most productive and dangerous tandems, and Ravens receivers Michael Jackson and Derrick Alexander have a message for cornerbacks charged with stopping them.Bring it on. Take your best shot. In the end, it won't be good enough."We feel like we can beat any corners. We always feel we're going to have a big day if we go out and execute," Alexander said. "We know it's going to be tough for them to cover both of us.""After the first half of last season, when we were killing some of the so-called better corners in the league, we knew we could beat any of them," Jackson said.
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By Mike Preston Ravens Insider mike.preston | March 12, 2010
N ow, it's time to get excited about the Ravens' passing game. For the first time since Michael Jackson and Derrick Alexander in the mid- to late-1990s, the Ravens have two receivers who are legitimate weapons and can make big plays. You can't double-team both Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason. It was a good move to sign Mason to a two-year, $8 million deal. I'm sure there will be some ego problems along the way with both Mason and Boldin, but a good coaching staff will keep the disputes to a minimum.
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By MIKE PRESTON | November 13, 2008
The Ravens have had a tremendous amount of offense this season compared with the past nine years, but let's not be foolish enough to think this group rates with the Ravens' offenses that were here when the team first moved to Baltimore. The present group doesn't have a veteran quarterback or receivers who can constantly get down field. In the mid-1990s, the offenses were loaded. The Ravens had great receivers in Michael Jackson and Derrick Alexander. The team also had strong-armed Vinny Testaverde.
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By MIKE PRESTON | November 13, 2008
The Ravens have had a tremendous amount of offense this season compared with the past nine years, but let's not be foolish enough to think this group rates with the Ravens' offenses that were here when the team first moved to Baltimore. The present group doesn't have a veteran quarterback or receivers who can constantly get down field. In the mid-1990s, the offenses were loaded. The Ravens had great receivers in Michael Jackson and Derrick Alexander. The team also had strong-armed Vinny Testaverde.
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April 19, 1999
BaseballPirates: Purchased contract of P Todd Ritchie from Triple-A Nashville. Optioned OF Jose Guillen to Nashville. Transferred P Javier Martinez from 15-day to 60-day DL.Red Sox: Recalled P Brian Rose from Triple-A Pawtucket.CollegePepperdine: Named Jan van Breda Kolff men's basketball coach.FootballBrowns: Signed DE Derrick Alexander to three-year contract.49ers: Signed FB Tommy Vardell to three-year contract and P Shayne Edge to two-year contract.Titans: Announced retirement of Mike Holovak, director of regional scouting, effective at end of month.
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By Gary Lambrecht | October 21, 1999
CB Chris McAlister vs. WR Derrick AlexanderChris McAlister already has been schooled by one outstanding receiver. And the Ravens' rookie cornerback will be lining up for another class tonight, when the Kansas City Chiefs come to PSINet Stadium.Say hello to Derrick Alexander, who rolls into Baltimore with some of the better hands, quicker feet and slicker moves of any AFC wide-out. Oh, and extra motivation will not be a problem for Alexander, who put together back-to-back, 1,000-yard seasons in Baltimore before the Ravens let him take the free-agency route to the Chiefs following the 1997 season.
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By Mike Preston Ravens Insider mike.preston | March 12, 2010
N ow, it's time to get excited about the Ravens' passing game. For the first time since Michael Jackson and Derrick Alexander in the mid- to late-1990s, the Ravens have two receivers who are legitimate weapons and can make big plays. You can't double-team both Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason. It was a good move to sign Mason to a two-year, $8 million deal. I'm sure there will be some ego problems along the way with both Mason and Boldin, but a good coaching staff will keep the disputes to a minimum.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | August 29, 1997
Ravens quarterback Vinny Testaverde doesn't hesitate when it comes to bragging about his talented receivers, Derrick Alexander and Michael Jackson.He says they are one of the best tandems in the league."
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December 22, 1997
Running backsBam Morris didn't seem to have much acceleration on runs or after receptions. With only 22 yards on 13 carries, he had very little impact. -- C-QuarterbackEric Zeier's inexperience cost him early when the Bengals were playing head games with him. He was more consistent in the second half, but good teams will bury slow starters in this league. -- CReceiversThe group made some costly drops but played well overall. Michael Jackson had seven receptions for 94 yards despite a shoulder injury.
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By Gary Lambrecht | November 3, 1996
Site: Memorial Stadium.Time: 1 p.m.TV: Ch. 11.Announcers: Don Criqui and Beasley Reece.Radio: WJFK (1300 AM), WLIF (101.9 FM).Line: Ravens by 3 1/2 .Vs. spread: Bengals 3-4; Ravens 3-4.On grass: Ravens 3-2; Bengals 0-2.Last week: Ravens beat Rams in overtime, 37-31; Bengals beat Jaguars, 28-21.Last meeting: Ravens, then the Browns, beat the Bengals, 26-10, last Dec. 17, in the team's last game in Cleveland.Series: Ravens, as the Cleveland Browns, held a 27-24 lead over the Bengals, with the Browns winning the last seven in a row.Who's hot: Ravens: QB Vinny Testaverde had an outstanding October, in which he threw for 1,355 yards and 13 touchdowns over four games.
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By Gary Lambrecht | October 21, 1999
CB Chris McAlister vs. WR Derrick AlexanderChris McAlister already has been schooled by one outstanding receiver. And the Ravens' rookie cornerback will be lining up for another class tonight, when the Kansas City Chiefs come to PSINet Stadium.Say hello to Derrick Alexander, who rolls into Baltimore with some of the better hands, quicker feet and slicker moves of any AFC wide-out. Oh, and extra motivation will not be a problem for Alexander, who put together back-to-back, 1,000-yard seasons in Baltimore before the Ravens let him take the free-agency route to the Chiefs following the 1997 season.
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April 19, 1999
BaseballPirates: Purchased contract of P Todd Ritchie from Triple-A Nashville. Optioned OF Jose Guillen to Nashville. Transferred P Javier Martinez from 15-day to 60-day DL.Red Sox: Recalled P Brian Rose from Triple-A Pawtucket.CollegePepperdine: Named Jan van Breda Kolff men's basketball coach.FootballBrowns: Signed DE Derrick Alexander to three-year contract.49ers: Signed FB Tommy Vardell to three-year contract and P Shayne Edge to two-year contract.Titans: Announced retirement of Mike Holovak, director of regional scouting, effective at end of month.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | December 13, 1998
Baltimore fans who have dreamed about watching a Super Bowl contender finally get their wish today, when the Minnesota Vikings come to town.Sporting the league's premier offense, the 12-1 Vikings combine the league's most rejuvenated player in quarterback Randall Cunningham with the league's most celebrated rookie in wide receiver Randy Moss. Throw in receiver Cris Carter and left guard Randall McDaniel, each a future Hall of Famer, and left tackle Todd Steussie, a probable Pro Bowl player, and you have fireworks on tap.How good are the Vikings?
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | December 12, 1998
When Ravens owner Art Modell predicted that Baltimore would see an elite team in 1998, he wasn't lying.An elite team will appear tomorrow at the House With No Name, wearing purple and white, no less.It's a team that began the season with a lame-duck coach. A team that starts a 35-year-old quarterback. A team that revolves around a 6-foot-4 wide receiver.But it's not the Ravens.The Minnesota Vikings (12-1) are the first team since the 1970 merger to score 45 or more points in consecutive games.
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December 22, 1997
Running backsBam Morris didn't seem to have much acceleration on runs or after receptions. With only 22 yards on 13 carries, he had very little impact. -- C-QuarterbackEric Zeier's inexperience cost him early when the Bengals were playing head games with him. He was more consistent in the second half, but good teams will bury slow starters in this league. -- CReceiversThe group made some costly drops but played well overall. Michael Jackson had seven receptions for 94 yards despite a shoulder injury.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | December 11, 1997
Jermaine Lewis has made the most big plays of any Ravens receiver. He leads the NFL in punt-return average. And last week, he became only the fourth player in NFL history to return two punts for touchdowns in the same quarter.Now, if only the Ravens could keep him on the field.Lewis, a punt returner, kick returner and inside receiver, is the team's most dangerous weapon, but he has started only seven of its 14 games this season because of an assortment of leg injuries.Clearly, the Ravens need to keep their 5-foot-7, 172-pound game-breaker healthy, even if it requires the additions of two players next season to help ease his burden.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | December 11, 1997
Jermaine Lewis has made the most big plays of any Ravens receiver. He leads the NFL in punt-return average. And last week, he became only the fourth player in NFL history to return two punts for touchdowns in the same quarter.Now, if only the Ravens could keep him on the field.Lewis, a punt returner, kick returner and inside receiver, is the team's most dangerous weapon, but he has started only seven of its 14 games this season because of an assortment of leg injuries.Clearly, the Ravens need to keep their 5-foot-7, 172-pound game-breaker healthy, even if it requires the additions of two players next season to help ease his burden.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | December 12, 1998
When Ravens owner Art Modell predicted that Baltimore would see an elite team in 1998, he wasn't lying.An elite team will appear tomorrow at the House With No Name, wearing purple and white, no less.It's a team that began the season with a lame-duck coach. A team that starts a 35-year-old quarterback. A team that revolves around a 6-foot-4 wide receiver.But it's not the Ravens.The Minnesota Vikings (12-1) are the first team since the 1970 merger to score 45 or more points in consecutive games.
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By Mike Preston and Sun reporter | December 8, 1997
The Ravens have their first quarterback controversy. It's Eric Zeier against Vinny Testaverde. Or is that Vinny Testaverde against Eric Zeier? A decision on the quarterback of the future, or at least of next week, will be made in the next 72 hours, but for at least one night Zeier and return specialist Jermaine Lewis will celebrate the significant roles they played in the Ravens' 31-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks before 54,395 at Memorial Stadium...
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By John Eisenberg | November 23, 1997
Last week, the Ravens faced the Eagles' Bobby Hoying, a second-year quarterback who completed 26 of 38 passes in his first pro start.This week, they're facing the Cardinals' Jake Plummer, a rookie who has already thrown for almost 1,000 yards.Next week, it's the Jaguars' Mark Brunell, one of the NFL's best quarterbacks -- at age 27.Suddenly, the Ravens are surrounded by promising, young quarterbacks, as numerous teams make the tough, important and inevitable transition to the next generation.
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