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By Matt Vensel | September 18, 2013
Each week, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will fire a few questions at a random Ravens rookie. This week it was fourth-round pick John Simon, an outside linebacker and special teams player from Ohio State . MV: You made your NFL debut against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. You only played on special teams. But how do you think it went? JS: Yes, sir. It went well. It was exciting to be out there for the first time. Special teams went pretty well that day. We had some nice punt returns and things of those sorts.
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By Matt Zenitz and Aaron Wilson and Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 3, 2014
On Saturday, Ravens players Torrey Smith and John Simon will both be in Indianapolis, as the Ravens get ready for Sunday's game against the Colts. But while Smith and Simon take care of their own Ravens-related responsibilities, both will also be tracking what happens between Maryland and Ohio State on Saturday in College Park. Smith starred at Maryland before being drafted in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft by the Ravens and still follows the team closely. “I don't know about the score, but I think we can beat them,” Smith said.
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By Matt Zenitz and Aaron Wilson and Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 3, 2014
On Saturday, Ravens players Torrey Smith and John Simon will both be in Indianapolis, as the Ravens get ready for Sunday's game against the Colts. But while Smith and Simon take care of their own Ravens-related responsibilities, both will also be tracking what happens between Maryland and Ohio State on Saturday in College Park. Smith starred at Maryland before being drafted in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft by the Ravens and still follows the team closely. “I don't know about the score, but I think we can beat them,” Smith said.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
Setting the scene: The Ravens and San Francisco 49ers took the field in helmets and shorts at 10:30 a.m. and practiced for about two and a half hours under sunny skies at the Under Armour Performance Center. Finally, a weakness: Not that we're looking for things that rookie inside linebacker C.J. Mosley doesn't do well, but given the glowing reports he's gotten, it's worth noting when he struggles - even if it's something the entire league struggles with. Early in seven-on-seven drills, Mosley was beaten in coverage for a touchdown by San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
The stories started circulating long before John Simon first set foot on Ohio State's campus and became such a program favorite that his head coach talked about naming his next child after him. By the time he got to elementary school, Simon was already performing a daily regimen of pull-ups and sit-ups. He lifted 225 pounds 31 times as a 16-year-old. Before he graduated from high school, he had benched 450 pounds and squatted 700. "People really didn't believe us," said P.J. Fecko, the head football coach at Cardinal Mooney in Youngstown, Ohio.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2013
The Ravens used both of their sixth-round picks to add depth to positions that they had already addressed in the draft. With the 200 th overall pick, they selected Notre Dame defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the Fighting Irish's loss to Alabama in the BCS championship game. Three picks later, they grabbed Ryan Jensen, an offensive guard out of Colorado State-Pueblo. Earlier in the day, the Ravens took Ohio State defensive end/outside linebacker John Simon (fourth round)
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,SUN STAFF | September 6, 2004
ASHBURN, Va. - Veteran defensive end Regan Upshaw, who started eight games last year, and Sultan McCullough, who led the team in rushing in the preseason, were among 22 players released by the Washington Redskins yesterday. Also cut was cornerback Rashad Bauman, who had provided depth in the secondary the past two years and played on special teams. He was beaten out by second-year player Ade Jimoh as the Redskins decided to keep just four cornerbacks on the active roster. Last year, Jimoh was victimized on two long touchdown passes and was publicly criticized by then-coach Steve Spurrier.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
The Ravens' top decision makers are always preaching about the importance of roster competition. They want it at every position, not just for starting roles but for special teams units and back-end roster spots. Heading into training camp, which officially begins with the first full-squad practice on Thursday, the Ravens' front office has assembled a 90-man roster that will need to be whittled down to 53 in the coming weeks. The roster has a mixture of youth and experience and is particularly deep at wide receiver where 12 guys are competing for five or six spots.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2013
The Ravens continued their trend of beefing up their defense with their first selection of the fourth round and then they finally drafted an offensive player one pick later. With the 129 th overall pick, the Ravens drafted John Simon, a defensive end from Ohio State. They then used the 130 th pick, a compensatory one, on Harvard fullback Kyle Juszczyk. Simon was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year last season with 44 tackles, including 14 ½ for losses, and a career-high nine sacks.
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By Matt Vensel | April 27, 2013
The 2013 NFL draft is over, and looking back at what the Ravens have accomplished this weekend, it is fairly obvious that they wanted to focus on defense after slowly rebuilding the offense over the past few offseasons. As I wrote in this space earlier this weekend, I like the selection of Florida strong safety Matt Elam and Kansas State inside linebacker Arthur Brown . Both are capable of starting as rookies. I still don't know much about big Southern Missouri State nose tackle Brandon Williams , but he figures to have a meaningful role this year, too. On Saturday, the third and final day of the draft, the Ravens used three of their seven draft picks on defense, making it six of 10 picks overall, including their first four.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
The Ravens' top decision makers are always preaching about the importance of roster competition. They want it at every position, not just for starting roles but for special teams units and back-end roster spots. Heading into training camp, which officially begins with the first full-squad practice on Thursday, the Ravens' front office has assembled a 90-man roster that will need to be whittled down to 53 in the coming weeks. The roster has a mixture of youth and experience and is particularly deep at wide receiver where 12 guys are competing for five or six spots.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
During his rookie season last year, one of the toughest adjustments for Ravens outside linebacker John Simon was learning the nuances of pass coverage. At Ohio State, the gritty former Big Ten Conference Player of the Year lined up at defensive end, defensive tackle and linebacker while operating primarily as a pass rusher and run-stopper. Simon rarely was asked to drop back in pass coverage in college. So, playing in reverse has become a major point of emphasis for Simon following a quiet rookie year in which the fourth-round draft pick played on special teams.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2014
MOBILE, Ala. - The Ravens' belief in the value of the Senior Bowl as a tool to compare draft prospects from all levels of college football was evident last April. The team scouted half of its 10-player rookie draft class at the all-star game - from small-school standouts like third-round defensive tackle Brandon Williams (Missouri Southern State), fourth-round fullback Kyle Juszczyk (Harvard) and seventh-round wide receiver Aaron Mellette (Elon) to two players from the Big Ten Conference in fourth-round outside linebacker John Simon (Ohio State)
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2013
Although several players were sidelined with lingering injuries Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, the Ravens are generally upbeat about their medical outlook. No major injuries occurred during the Ravens' 26-23 win at Sun Life Stadium. That includes starting left offensive guard Kelechi Osemele , who was forced out of the game due to back spasms and replaced by backup center A.Q. Shipley . "K.O's back is feeling better," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday. "We'll just have to see throughout the course of the week how he responds.
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By Matt Vensel | September 18, 2013
Each week, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will fire a few questions at a random Ravens rookie. This week it was fourth-round pick John Simon, an outside linebacker and special teams player from Ohio State . MV: You made your NFL debut against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. You only played on special teams. But how do you think it went? JS: Yes, sir. It went well. It was exciting to be out there for the first time. Special teams went pretty well that day. We had some nice punt returns and things of those sorts.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
The stories started circulating long before John Simon first set foot on Ohio State's campus and became such a program favorite that his head coach talked about naming his next child after him. By the time he got to elementary school, Simon was already performing a daily regimen of pull-ups and sit-ups. He lifted 225 pounds 31 times as a 16-year-old. Before he graduated from high school, he had benched 450 pounds and squatted 700. "People really didn't believe us," said P.J. Fecko, the head football coach at Cardinal Mooney in Youngstown, Ohio.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2013
Although several players were sidelined with lingering injuries Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, the Ravens are generally upbeat about their medical outlook. No major injuries occurred during the Ravens' 26-23 win at Sun Life Stadium. That includes starting left offensive guard Kelechi Osemele , who was forced out of the game due to back spasms and replaced by backup center A.Q. Shipley . "K.O's back is feeling better," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday. "We'll just have to see throughout the course of the week how he responds.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
Setting the scene: The Ravens and San Francisco 49ers took the field in helmets and shorts at 10:30 a.m. and practiced for about two and a half hours under sunny skies at the Under Armour Performance Center. Finally, a weakness: Not that we're looking for things that rookie inside linebacker C.J. Mosley doesn't do well, but given the glowing reports he's gotten, it's worth noting when he struggles - even if it's something the entire league struggles with. Early in seven-on-seven drills, Mosley was beaten in coverage for a touchdown by San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis.
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By Matt Vensel | April 30, 2013
On Saturday evening, Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked about fourth-round draft pick John Simon, who was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2012. Harbaugh raved about Simon's attitude and work ethic. “I think Urban Meyer has a thing on YouTube -- have you seen it? -- where he talks about John Simon,” Harbaugh said, referencing Meyer's news conference after his Ohio State team narrowly defeated California, 35-28, this past September. “It's worth pulling up and taking a look at it. It probably says it all.” That afternoon, Simon, who was a defensive end for the Buckeyes but will play outside linebacker for the Ravens, was barely able to play because of a shoulder injury.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2013
When the three-day NFL draft was finally nearing its end and the Ravens had made the last of their 10 selections, general manager Ozzie Newsome headed downstairs and ticked off all the things that the front office had just accomplished. They had strengthened the defense up the middle in a big way with the drafting of safety Matt Elam (first round), inside linebacker Arthur Brown (second), and nose tackle Brandon Williams (third). They added depth and versatility to the offensive line with Saturday's selections of Wisconsin tackle Ricky Wagner, the fifth-round pick who could move to guard, and Colorado State-Pueblo tackle Ryan Jensen who will come in as a center.
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