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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,SUN REPORTER | November 9, 2007
His first NFL start was a doozy. Ten years ago, Ravens rookie Jay Graham rushed for 154 yards, slashing through the defense in an effort he'll never forget. "I'd like to have done that for 10 straight games, but ... stuff happens," Graham said. Injured in that game, he was never the same. Graham's three seasons in Baltimore were marred by ankle and knee problems, and he never lived up to the media hype. A third-round draft pick in 1997 out of Tennessee, where he teamed with Peyton Manning, Graham spent five seasons in the pros.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,SUN REPORTER | November 9, 2007
His first NFL start was a doozy. Ten years ago, Ravens rookie Jay Graham rushed for 154 yards, slashing through the defense in an effort he'll never forget. "I'd like to have done that for 10 straight games, but ... stuff happens," Graham said. Injured in that game, he was never the same. Graham's three seasons in Baltimore were marred by ankle and knee problems, and he never lived up to the media hype. A third-round draft pick in 1997 out of Tennessee, where he teamed with Peyton Manning, Graham spent five seasons in the pros.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | August 20, 1999
The injuries are healed and the adaption time is over, meaning the Ravens are expecting running back Jay Graham, who enters his third year in the NFL, to resemble the back who starred at Tennessee."
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | April 15, 2002
Drafting a running back is a need as well as a challenge. The Ravens are looking to select a running back in next weekend's draft as insurance for Jamal Lewis, who has caused some organizational concern with last year's season-ending injury along with a four-game league suspension. But selecting running backs has been one of the few chinks in the Ravens' draft success. When assessing the three backs drafted in the Ravens' six-year history, the team hit big once with Lewis (first round in 2000)
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | November 14, 1998
As the season of Jay Graham's discontent rolls on, the Ravens' second-year running back grabs the brace on his left knee and wonders when his troubles will end.By this point, Graham figured on being the top back on the squad. A year ago, following his breakout game -- a 154-yard rushing effort against Philadelphia -- Graham certainly seemed headed in that direction.Since then, Graham has dealt with a demotion and several injuries, all of which have relegated the promising third-round pick from Tennessee to the lonely land of the inactive player with a shaky future.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | September 4, 1998
For proof that the Ravens have undergone a major transformation in 1998, look no farther than the offensive backfield.Gone is troubled running back Bam Morris and the one-back set, in favor of a two-back system that stresses ball control, clock management and a pound-it-at-the-defense mentality.And here are the twin engines the Ravens are counting on to make the attack go -- running back Errict Rhett and fullback Roosevelt Potts.Combined with second-year tailback Jay Graham, the Ravens say they have the right combination of size, speed and toughness to give defenses headaches.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | July 30, 2000
A day after watching Jamal Lewis suffer an elbow injury, Ravens coach Brian Billick defended his decision to play him as well as the one made by his rookie running back. Billick indicated that he didn't think twice about playing his first-round draft choice in Friday's scrimmage against the Washington Redskins and applauded Lewis' attempt to gain more yards, which resulted in a dislocated left elbow. In his first carry as a pro against another team, Lewis got tripped up at the line of scrimmage and tried to keep his footing by stretching his left arm to the ground, when a Redskins defender rolled over it. Lewis is expected to be out four to six weeks.
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By Mike Preston | September 3, 1999
The Ravens have to cut 12 players by Sunday at 4 p.m. Below is a list of players on some of the players on the bubble:Scott Bentley, K: He has been involved in a kick dual with Matt Stover. The loser goes home.Matt Stover, K: If he has longer kickoffs, the job may be his. His large salary, though, might enter the equation.Corey Chamblin, DB: He had a slow start but has made plays recently. He could go on the developmental squad.Billy Davis, WR: Decent speed, but needs a big game to take a spot away from Floyd Turner.
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By Danielle Rumore | August 13, 1997
Highlight of the day: The defense put on a show in team drills during the afternoon practice, especially with their blitz packages on quarterbacks Vinny Testaverde and Eric Zeier.Lowlight: The Ravens are less than three weeks away from their season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars without their top draft pick, Peter Boulware. His holdout stretched into its 31st day.Injuries: The following players did not practice yesterday: Defensive tackle Leland Taylor (ankle), running back Jay Graham (knee)
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | October 26, 1995
The current $800,000 restoration of the Druid Hill Park conservatory is modest compared with a grandiose notion nine years ago when city officials planned a $6.4 million complex called the William Donald Schaefer Conservatory.Back then, city parks chief Chris Delaporte wanted to pay homage to his boss, Mayor William Donald Schaefer, with a 70-foot-high, H-shaped conservatory to surround the 19th-century Palm House at the southern end of Druid Hill Park. The complex was to have included new gardens, greenhouses for storage and $50,000 worth of artwork.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | August 25, 2000
Self-preservation will be the keynote of the Ravens' last preseason game of 2000. Asked for a checklist of objectives for tonight's affair against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium, coach Brian Billick was succinct. "Stay healthy, evaluate the four or five key guys, come out of it with a certain amount of efficiency," he said. "You'll probably see a whole lot more running because we want the clock to run: Let's get out of this thing alive." A dress rehearsal, indeed. The Ravens' first-team offense needs only to put together one legitimate drive against the 0-3 Giants before calling it a preseason.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | August 17, 2000
Act III of the Ravens' four-part, preseason saga unfolds tomorrow night in Charlotte, N.C., against the Carolina Panthers. The real drama, though, is what comes next. The first mandatory cutdown date of the season hits Tuesday, when each team must reduce its roster to 65. For some 15 would-be Ravens, Carolina will be the final curtain. While coach Brian Billick won't make the 53-man, regular-season roster final until last cuts Aug. 27, he'll go a long way toward shaping the team this week.
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By Jamison Hensley | August 15, 2000
Thumbs up: Receiver Jermaine Lewis continues to star in training camp, catching a 35-yard pass over Duane Starks for a touchdown during a two-minute drill. Lewis, though, has yet to carry that over to the games, getting shut out so far this preseason. Thumbs down: After colliding with guard Richard Mercier on a screen, defensive tackle Sam Adams used a two-hand shove to knock Mercier to the ground after the play. Coach Brian Billick immediately stuck a finger in Adams' face, saying, "I don't want to ever see you do that again."
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | July 30, 2000
A day after watching Jamal Lewis suffer an elbow injury, Ravens coach Brian Billick defended his decision to play him as well as the one made by his rookie running back. Billick indicated that he didn't think twice about playing his first-round draft choice in Friday's scrimmage against the Washington Redskins and applauded Lewis' attempt to gain more yards, which resulted in a dislocated left elbow. In his first carry as a pro against another team, Lewis got tripped up at the line of scrimmage and tried to keep his footing by stretching his left arm to the ground, when a Redskins defender rolled over it. Lewis is expected to be out four to six weeks.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | June 13, 2000
Will running back Jay Graham enter his fourth season with the Ravens, or is it fourth down? A third-round draft pick in 1997, Graham has watched his playing time dwindle each year and didn't take one handoff last season. Once again, he'll have to break into a crowded Ravens backfield before thinking about breaking tackles at PSINet Stadium. The team used the fifth pick in the draft to select running back Jamal Lewis out of Graham's alma mater, Tennessee, and have figured Priest Holmes prominently into the mix as well.
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November 7, 1999
Where are Graham, Johnson?To Ravens coach Brian Billick:I am a frustrated season-ticket holder. I understand all the statements to the effect that the Ravens just don't have enough offensive weapons. However, as for the weapons you do have:Why won't you use running back Jay Graham (a second-round draft choice) in some situations? He has outstanding speed and explosion. It would seem that a coach of your imagination would find a way to get something out of your other backs. This is not a put-down of Errict Rhett, who is having a decent year, but what's wrong with a fresh back in certain situations?
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