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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 Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | July 14, 2014
Maryland outside linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil has been named to the watch list for the Butkus Award, given annually to the top linebacker in college football. Cudjoe-Virgil, a Baltimore native who went to Towson High, had 18 tackles, 3.5 sacks and an interception in six games last year before suffering a season-ending pectoral injury. He will depended on heavily to help Maryland replace outside linebacker Marcus Whitfield, who had 52 tackles, 15.5 tackles for a loss and nine sacks last year.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
The last time that C.J. Mosley made the transition to a higher level of football, he had no trouble adjusting. Mosley quickly emerged as a starter as a true freshman at Alabama and showed himself to be a playmaker, running back an interception for a touchdown against the Florida Gators. He was named a freshman All-American. Now, the Ravens' first-round pick in the draft is getting acclimated to the NFL and making his bid for an immediate starting job at weak-side inside linebacker.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2014
Daryl Smith just smiled and shrugged off the question. Asked recently about being the replacement last year for iconic Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis, Smith stayed true to his low-key personality. He doesn't focus on such comparisons, instead directing his attention to the coming season. The Ravens are scheduled to hold their first full-team practice of training camp July 24. "I never really did think about it until [Lewis] was brought up in a setting like this," Smith said after the Ravens' final minicamp practice in June.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
Rolando McClain was property of the Ravens for less than 15 months, a period in which he never participated in a single practice for the organization, yet he managed to make plenty of headlines. Here is a look at McClain's tumultuous stay in Baltimore: April 12, 2013 : The Ravens signed McClain, the former first-round draft pick who had been cut a week earlier by the Oakland Raiders amid a series of off-the-field issues, to a one-year, $700,000 contract that included $400,000 in playing-time incentives.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
As it turns out, the  Ravens  didn't make out as well as what was originally thought in the deal that sent inactive middle linebacker Rolando McClain to the  Dallas Cowboys . It was widely reported after the deal that the Ravens would send McClain, who was on the reserved/retired list, plus a 2015 seventh-round pick to the Cowboys for a 2015 sixth-round pick. However, that's the best-case scenario. The Cowboys announced the terms of the deal today and that 2015 draft pick exchange will only take place if McClain plays 50 percent of the defensive snaps for Dallas during the 2014 season.
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By Jonathan Munshaw and The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
Westminster resident and standout McDonogh linebacker Wyatt Cook has committed to Purdue, Cook announced on Twitter on Tuesday. Cook, a rising senior, also had offers from Maryland and Virginia, but he said the offer was rescinded by Maryland before his recruiting visit to Purdue because the Terps already had two commitments at linebacker: Gus Little and Brett Zanotto. However, even if the Maryland offer were still on the table, Cook said he would have chosen the Boilermakers over his hometown school.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson | July 1, 2014
Middle linebacker Rolando McClain has decided that he wants to play football again but it won't be with the Ravens. After watching McClain retire twice in a year's span without playing a game for the team, the Ravens traded the rights to the mercurial linebacker, plus a 2015 seventh-round pick, to the Dallas Cowboys for a 2015 sixth-rounder. The Cowboys, who were looking for linebacker help after standout Sean Lee suffered a season-ending knee injury in an offseason workout, activated McClain from the reserve-retired list, and placed Lee on injured reserve.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
Terrell Suggs' second-half struggles in 2013 apparently didn't alter the opinion around the league that the longtime Ravens defender remains one of the top pass rushers in the NFL. Suggs was recognized last night as the 26th-ranked player on the NFL Network's Top 100 list. The voting is done by players around the league.   The Ravens' all-time leader in sacks, sack yardage and forced fumbles, Suggs, 31, has become a mainstay on the top 100 list. He finished 56th    last year despite playing in only eight games after he suffered a partially-torn Achilles' tendon in the offseason.
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