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By MIKE PRESTON | May 9, 2008
During the next three days, a lot of the Ravens' attention will be focused on quarterback Joe Flacco, the team's top draft pick out of Delaware. But the sleeper of the Ravens' draft is a safety of Japanese heritage out of the University of Cincinnati named Haruki Nakamura. Nakamura was a sixth-round pick, and general manager Ozzie Newsome and secondary coach Mark Carrier love the guy. "When I watched him play, he was always moving, always in motion, always getting in the film," Carrier said.
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By Edward Lee | August 22, 2012
When Tom Zbikowski - and to a lesser extent, Haruki Nakamura - left the Ravens, the team wasted little time signing Sean Considine to a free-agent deal. And after offseason workouts and training camp, Considine is listed as starting strong safety Bernard Pollard's backup on the defensive depth chart. “It's kind of what I had in mind, and as far as contributing on special teams and doing things in that area, that was definitely the idea when I came here,” said Considine, an eighth-year vet who has also played with the Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN REPORTER | August 1, 2008
It took only a few training camp practices before a little-known sixth-round draft pick leapfrogged his way into the starting lineup of the Ravens' vaunted defense. But the discovery of safety Haruki Nakamura was not as rapid. Tucked away from the national spotlight - he wasn't among the 330 players invited to the NFL scouting combine - Nakamura fell under the Ravens' microscope. But player personnel assistant Mark Azevedo interviewed Nakamura at the Hula Bowl in January and saw a personable player who carried a Ravens-type work ethic.
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By Matt Vensel | April 28, 2012
With the 130th pick (fourth round) in the 2012 NFL draft, the Ravens selected South Carolina State safety Christian Thompson. He moved to free safety in his senior year there after playing strong safety as a junior. An Auburn transfer, Thompson started all 11 games in his senior season at South Carolina State, recording a career-high 66 tackles, recovered a fumble and intercepted a pair of passes. He also averaged 20.5 yards on four kickoff returns. Thompson garnered All-Mid Eastern Athletic Conference honors after his senior season.
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By MIKE PRESTON | December 6, 2008
Usually, you have to wait three or four years to rate a draft, but not for the Ravens' last class. This has already been a pretty good one.You get the obvious ones like Joe Flacco and Ray Rice. And then you have a couple on the defensive side in safeties Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura, who have already made contributions. Offensive tackle Oniel Cousins has potential, and one of the best might be inside linebacker Tavares Gooden, who is on injured reserve. The sleeper in the group is linebacker Jameel McClain.
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August 21, 2010
4 Touches (3 rushes, 1 reception) by Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice after getting none in first game. 8 Number of passes completed in eight attempts by backup Marc Bulger on drive to start third quarter. 23 Unanswered points by the Ravens after trailing Redskins 3-0 in first quarter. 51 Yards run by Haruki Nakamura with a fake punt in the second quarter. 8:31 Length of 94-yard drive by the Ravens' backups to start the second half.
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By Edward Lee | September 26, 2011
Just when it appeared that the Ravens secondary had regained another option with the return of cornerback Chris Carr from an injured left hamstring, the unit may have lost safety Haruki Nakamura. Nakamura, who has filled in as a fifth defensive back when the defense employs its nickel package, is scheduled to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam after suffering an injury to the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a punt return in the first quarter in Sunday's 37-7 convincing win against the St. Louis Rams.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2011
After watching the Ravens' secondary get torched last week, I couldn't and still can't figure out why this team doesn't play safety Haruki Nakamura. When the Ravens needed a nickel cornerback nearly two weeks ago, Nakamura stepped in and played well despite not taking a repetition at that position in nearly a year. Against the Titans on Sunday, Tennessee took turns on beating the Ravens corners and safeties, and Nakamura still didn't get the playing time he deserved. Meanwhile, strong safety Tom Zbikowski missed several tackles, had trouble getting off blocks, and Pro Bowl free safety Ed Reed also played poorly.
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By Matt Vensel | April 28, 2012
With the 130th pick (fourth round) in the 2012 NFL draft, the Ravens selected South Carolina State safety Christian Thompson. He moved to free safety in his senior year there after playing strong safety as a junior. An Auburn transfer, Thompson started all 11 games in his senior season at South Carolina State, recording a career-high 66 tackles, recovered a fumble and intercepted a pair of passes. He also averaged 20.5 yards on four kickoff returns. Thompson garnered All-Mid Eastern Athletic Conference honors after his senior season.
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By Edward Lee | December 4, 2011
Haruki Nakamura is one of three Ravens players who hail from Ohio. But that doesn't mean that the free safety, who is a Cleveland native, gets any special treatment when he and the rest of the team visit Cleveland Browns Stadium - as they do Sunday. “When I got drafted [in the sixth round in 2008], I was getting all sorts of crap from my friends from Cleveland,” Nakamura said with a smile. “I can't win in Baltimore as far as my family goes. My mom tells me that she'll cheer for me, but she won't cheer for the Ravens because she's a Browns fan. So that's what I deal with when I go home.” Wide receiver Lee Evans, a native of Sandusky, and defensive tackle Brandon McKinney, a native of Dayton, are the other Ravens players who grew up in Ohio.
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March 16, 2012
On Friday morning, safety Haruki Nakamura became the latest Ravens free agent to sign elsewhere, agreeing to terms with the Carolina Panthers. He is the fourth of the team's 12 unrestricted free agents -- and the third member of a Ravens defense that ranked No. 2 overall in 2011 -- to depart. Nakamura, a versatile defensive back whom the Ravens drafted in the sixth round in 2008, was a key contributor on special teams, a backup safety and at times was employed as a nickel cornerback against multiple-wide receiver sets.
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By Mike Preston | March 3, 2012
There could be change for the Ravens this offseason, especially with former defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano becoming head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. With Pagano in Baltimore, there were only two other AFC head coaches who knew the Ravens system and the value of certain players. But both New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and Cincinnati's Marvin Lewis have been joined by Pagano.  There will be a bidding war, or at least threats, on several of the Ravens other unrestricted free agents.
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By Edward Lee | December 29, 2011
Bernard Pollard was a surprise addition to the Ravens' injury report on Thursday, missing practice because of an illness. But despite Pollard's absence, Tom Zbikowski said he doesn't anticipate starting at strong safety in Sunday's regular-season finale at the Cincinnati Bengals. “No, I don't think so,” he said. “I think it's just late in the year with sicknesses and that kind of stuff. I'm not expecting him to miss anything. He'd have his shoulder popped out or bad thumbs, and he'd play.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2011
There was a time Jameel McClain couldn't do this. He'd search for the right words, and they'd never come out. He'd worry about how his thoughts would be perceived and that it would sound like he was making a cry for help. And where he was from, there was nothing unique or dire about his story, or at least that's what he believed at the time. To him, it was normal to have only one active parent. McClain knew plenty of kids in inner-city Philadelphia who didn't have any. It was normal to worry about when your next meal was coming or where you'd lay your head at night.
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By Edward Lee | December 4, 2011
Haruki Nakamura is one of three Ravens players who hail from Ohio. But that doesn't mean that the free safety, who is a Cleveland native, gets any special treatment when he and the rest of the team visit Cleveland Browns Stadium - as they do Sunday. “When I got drafted [in the sixth round in 2008], I was getting all sorts of crap from my friends from Cleveland,” Nakamura said with a smile. “I can't win in Baltimore as far as my family goes. My mom tells me that she'll cheer for me, but she won't cheer for the Ravens because she's a Browns fan. So that's what I deal with when I go home.” Wide receiver Lee Evans, a native of Sandusky, and defensive tackle Brandon McKinney, a native of Dayton, are the other Ravens players who grew up in Ohio.
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By Edward Lee | December 3, 2011
Meeting a divisional foe twice a year has a way of building up a familiarity with a player's strengths or a coach's schemes. That may be the most positive result of the Ravens having faced Cleveland Browns return specialist Joshua Cribbs. Since being signed as an undrafted rookie in 2005, Cribbs has tried to weave his way through the Ravens' coverage units in 12 career meetings, and Cribbs has posted some memorable performances. Cribbs has registered three of Cleveland's highest kick return totals with two of them occurring against the Ravens.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN REPORTER | July 22, 2008
The Ravens are beginning to sound less optimistic that defensive end-linebacker Terrell Suggs will report on time to training camp in Westminster. On a day when rookie quarterback Joe Flacco signed a five-year, $30 million contract and general manager Ozzie Newsome announced the signing of the six remaining rookie draft picks, the mood changed when Newsome was asked whether Suggs would report with the rest of the veterans tomorrow. "We're only talking about Joe and the draft choices today," Newsome said tersely.
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By Edward Lee | August 22, 2012
When Tom Zbikowski - and to a lesser extent, Haruki Nakamura - left the Ravens, the team wasted little time signing Sean Considine to a free-agent deal. And after offseason workouts and training camp, Considine is listed as starting strong safety Bernard Pollard's backup on the defensive depth chart. “It's kind of what I had in mind, and as far as contributing on special teams and doing things in that area, that was definitely the idea when I came here,” said Considine, an eighth-year vet who has also played with the Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2011
After years of watching the Ravens and the Steelers play a series of violent, important, memorable football games, it's not hard to make the case that this AFC North clash is the best rivalry in sports. Even though it hasn't been around for as long some of the most storied rivalries like Bears-Packers, Harvard-Yale or Red Sox-Yankees, it more than makes up for it in passion and in thunder. The NFL, at its most primal level, is clash of modern gladiators, and no game reminds us of that better than Ravens-Steelers.
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By Edward Lee | November 4, 2011
When Patrick Peterson returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter of the Ravens' eventual 30-27 victory over the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, the current group of Ravens became the first squad to surrender kick and punt returns for scores in the same season since the 2002 team. That dubious honor doesn't sit well with special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg. “Giving up two touchdowns is never acceptable,” he said Thursday during his weekly briefing. “It's certainly not acceptable now nor will it be acceptable.
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