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Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
The Ravens survived an emergency situation at left guard when starter Kelechi Osemele was ruled out shortly before kickoff after testing out his bruised, hyperextended right knee during warmups. Osemele looked immobile while trying to do drills in the end zone, noticeably favoring his knee and unable to plant and change direction enough to convince the coaching staff and trainers to play him. So, the Ravens started rookie fifth-round draft pick John Urschel in place of Osemele after initially announcing that backup center Gino Gradkowski would start at left guard.
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Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
The Ravens survived an emergency situation at left guard when starter Kelechi Osemele was ruled out shortly before kickoff after testing out his bruised, hyperextended right knee during warmups. Osemele looked immobile while trying to do drills in the end zone, noticeably favoring his knee and unable to plant and change direction enough to convince the coaching staff and trainers to play him. So, the Ravens started rookie fifth-round draft pick John Urschel in place of Osemele after initially announcing that backup center Gino Gradkowski would start at left guard.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2014
The Ravens picked their first offensive lineman of the draft, selecting Penn State guard John Urschel in the fifth round with the 175th pick. "It feels fantastic," Urschel said. "Believe me, I'm honored and I'm humbled. " Urschel started 24 games at right guard for Penn State over the past two seasons and excelled on and off the field. He was the recipient of the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy, given to the nation's top scholar-athlete. He graduated with a degree in mathematics, finishing with a 4.0 grade-point average during his Penn State career.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
The Ravens' second-string offensive line, featuring a combination of rookies and former starters, will get its most extended playing time Thursday in the final preseason game against New Orleans. Despite some injuries and shuffling within the unit during the preseason, coach John Harbaugh said he's happy with the group's performance so far in the preseason. “I think our depth on our offensive line is at least as good as anybody else's,” Harbaugh said. “If you look around the league, it's hard to have ten starting offensive linemen on your roster.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2014
It is pure folly trying to predict exactly what Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens braintrust will do in the draft, and that remained true while they were mocking the mock drafts for the past three days. They certainly had me fooled, since I was convinced that they would use their early picks to further upgrade Gary Kubiak's offense. Instead, they used their first pick to reel in Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, took Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan in the second round and added Florida State free safety Terrence Brooks with their third overall pick.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
The Ravens' second-string offensive line, featuring a combination of rookies and former starters, will get its most extended playing time Thursday in the final preseason game against New Orleans. Despite some injuries and shuffling within the unit during the preseason, coach John Harbaugh said he's happy with the group's performance so far in the preseason. “I think our depth on our offensive line is at least as good as anybody else's,” Harbaugh said. “If you look around the league, it's hard to have ten starting offensive linemen on your roster.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
After enjoying more of a team mentality in college, first-year pros learn quickly during OTAs and minicamp that life in the NFL is spent mostly with your position groups. The Ravens four first-year offensive lineman - fifth-round pick John Urschel, plus undrafted free agents James Hurst, Brett Van Sloten, and Parker Graham - began their pro development this year as a unit. They know they could see their rookie group trimmed when the roster is dropped from 90 to 53 by the end of training camp, but have used this spring's team activities to learn the pro game together and improve their own game.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
There's plenty that distinguishes Ravens rookie offensive lineman John Urschel from his teammates, including his prodigious academic career and potential in the field of mathematics. But what I couldn't fit into Sunday's story was the fact that, with all of his football and academic responsibilities, Urschel taught two classes at Penn State - and did it well, by all accounts. Urschel said it's not typical for master's students to teach at Penn State - that responsibility typically goes to doctoral students.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
Shout out to the Orioles' grounds crew, which had a strong tarp pull on national television last night. That's a tough job, and they performed it admirably. For more shouts from yesterday, here's the Coffee Companion, where we recap the previous day's sports headlines. - The Orioles won a rain-shortened decision, 3-1 , over the Yankees last night on ESPN. As the team enters the All-Star break, the players know they won't be able to coast on their four-game lead in the AL East.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
The Coffee Companion, where we recap the local sports headlines each weekday morning, is meant to look back, not forward. But how can you look back when the most important day since Rocky Balboa ended the Cold War is upon us? - Today is the day. My beloved von Trapps need a point against the vaunted Germans to advance in the World Cup. As always, check out our World Cup Guide for all the relevant information and some analysis that is sure to be wrong. - Nelson Cruz bailed out Ubaldo Jimenez with an eighth-inning, game-tying grand slam, and the Orioles won after a rain delay, 5-4 , in 12 innings.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
There's plenty that distinguishes Ravens rookie offensive lineman John Urschel from his teammates, including his prodigious academic career and potential in the field of mathematics. But what I couldn't fit into Sunday's story was the fact that, with all of his football and academic responsibilities, Urschel taught two classes at Penn State - and did it well, by all accounts. Urschel said it's not typical for master's students to teach at Penn State - that responsibility typically goes to doctoral students.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
After enjoying more of a team mentality in college, first-year pros learn quickly during OTAs and minicamp that life in the NFL is spent mostly with your position groups. The Ravens four first-year offensive lineman - fifth-round pick John Urschel, plus undrafted free agents James Hurst, Brett Van Sloten, and Parker Graham - began their pro development this year as a unit. They know they could see their rookie group trimmed when the roster is dropped from 90 to 53 by the end of training camp, but have used this spring's team activities to learn the pro game together and improve their own game.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2014
It is pure folly trying to predict exactly what Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens braintrust will do in the draft, and that remained true while they were mocking the mock drafts for the past three days. They certainly had me fooled, since I was convinced that they would use their early picks to further upgrade Gary Kubiak's offense. Instead, they used their first pick to reel in Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, took Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan in the second round and added Florida State free safety Terrence Brooks with their third overall pick.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2014
The Ravens picked their first offensive lineman of the draft, selecting Penn State guard John Urschel in the fifth round with the 175th pick. "It feels fantastic," Urschel said. "Believe me, I'm honored and I'm humbled. " Urschel started 24 games at right guard for Penn State over the past two seasons and excelled on and off the field. He was the recipient of the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy, given to the nation's top scholar-athlete. He graduated with a degree in mathematics, finishing with a 4.0 grade-point average during his Penn State career.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 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 July 24, 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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August 23, 2014
The Ravens secured a 23-17 win over the Washington Redskins to improve to 3-0 in the preseason.  The Baltimore Sun's reporters, columnists and editors weigh in on the team's win.   Jeff Zrebiec, reporter The number of hits Joe Flacco was taking and the lack of push the Ravens were getting in the run game conjured up memories from last season's struggles. However, otherwise, the Ravens played pretty well. The best sight was the reappearance of the pass rush. Solid play from the makeshift secondary was a welcome development as well. As for the offense, Flacco played a gritty and effective game.
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