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By EDWARD LEE | September 7, 2007
Ravens wide receiver Mark Clayton is dabbling in fantasy football. Joining a group of NFL players that includes St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson, Detroit Lions wide receiver Roy Williams and San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis at CBSSports.com, Clayton, who picked fifth, drafted Joseph Addai, Marvin Harrison, Tom Brady, Cedric Benson, Hines Ward, Cadillac Williams, the Ravens defense and himself in the first eight rounds. What was your strategy heading into the draft? Running backs.
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Mike Preston | September 12, 2013
Despite high praise for being one of the best drafting teams in the NFL, the Ravens still have one significant area to improve: developing wide receivers. They solved the quarterback dilemma in 2008 when they selected Joe Flacco out of Delaware, but the talent at wide receiver hasn't always been there, and has become more glaring in 2013 after the Ravens traded receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers and lost tight end Dennis Pitta to a hip injury. Since the team began play in Baltimore in 1996, only two of the 20 receivers selected in the draft, Jermaine Lewis (1996)
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By EDWARD LEE | January 10, 2007
Wide receiver Mark Clayton leads the Ravens in receiving yards (939), ranks second in receiving touchdowns (five) and is third in receptions (67). He has four 100-yard receiving games this season, including two last month against the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers. His 87-yard touchdown reception against the Chiefs is the longest recorded by a Ravens player this season. Were you upset with how your alma mater, Oklahoma, lost -- a hook-and-lateral play to tie the game in regulation, a fourth-down touchdown pass from a wide receiver in overtime and a Statue of Liberty play for the game-winning two-point conversion -- to Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year's Day?
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2012
Forty-five yards from paydirt, trailing by two points and with time running out, the Ravens seemed doomed. Twenty seconds remained when quarterback Kyle Boller took the snap, eluded a Houston Texans' blitz and fired 10 yards downfield. The rookie caught it, chest-high. Then Mark Clayton reversed course and, hugging the sideline, raced toward the end zone before being bumped out of bounds at the 10. Matt Stover kicked the field goal and the Ravens won, 16-15. That 2005 victory still resonates with Clayton, who had seven receptions - none bigger than the last.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter | July 28, 2008
Asked whether his 2007 season was a disappointing one, Ravens wide receiver Mark Clayton responded bluntly: "Obviously ... you can put that all in caps." What wasn't obvious was the reason for his struggles. Throughout last season, Clayton kept quiet about a personal crisis, trying to cope privately with a divorce while his wife was pregnant with his son, Ayden. Clayton, 26, has never used his ordeal as an excuse, but he does recognize its impact. "Without a doubt, it was the toughest thing I've gone through," Clayton said after the Ravens began their second week of training camp.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | December 1, 2008
Maybe Mark Clayton took all that T.J. Houshmandzadeh free-agent speculation personally. He sure looks like a big-play receiver right now. He also showed what a fine all-around athlete he is with that long touchdown pass to Derrick Mason in the third quarter. ( For more, go to baltimoresun.com/schmuckblog)
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN REPORTER | September 28, 2006
On third downs, Mark Clayton is slowly becoming a primary option for the Ravens. The wide receiver, considered the Ravens' biggest threat to break away after a catch, is developing into another weapon for quarterback Steve McNair when the team needs first-down yardage. Chargers@Ravens Sunday, 1 p.m., Ch. 13, 97.9 FM Line: Chargers by 2 1/2
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December 5, 2005
KEY PLAY Score Texans lead 15-13 Quarter Fourth, 20 seconds remaining Situation Ravens' ball, second-and-10 at Houston's 45-yard line Play Trying to get into field-goal range, the Ravens came out with three receivers, with Mark Clayton (89) lined up inside Derrick Mason (85). Operating out of the shotgun, quarterback Kyle Boller (7) faced eight Texans at the line of scrimmage. Running back Jamal Lewis (31) stepped into the middle to stop a rusher, helping give Boller time to connect with Clayton inside the right hash mark.
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By JAMISON HENSLEY and JAMISON HENSLEY,SUN REPORTER | August 8, 2006
There was a play in the two-minute drill yesterday when Mark Clayton made a one-handed catch on a pass thrown behind him. There was another one in the red zone where Clayton located a seam between two defenders and caught a touchdown pass. Ravens Training Camp Through Aug. 19, McDaniel College, Westminster. Today: 8:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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September 21, 2007
Last week, we asked which was the worst prime time performance by the Ravens in the past two seasons. The results: 15-6 playoff loss to Indianapolis on Jan. 13, 2007, 65.8 percent (1,639 votes) 27-20 loss at Cincinnati on Sept. 10, 2007, 20.9 percent (519 votes) 13-3 loss at Denver on Oct. 9, 2006, 9.6 percent (239 votes) 13-7 loss at Cincinnati on Nov. 30, 2006, 3.7 percent (92 votes) Who should the Ravens start at wide receiver? A. Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton B. Mason and Demetrius Williams C. Clayton and Williams D. All three To vote, go to baltimoresun.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2011
The Ravens, one of the NFL's top drafting teams, have struggled in one area: Selecting wide receivers. Of the 16 wide receivers drafted by the Ravens, none have eclipsed 70 catches in a season or 1,000 yards for the team. They have tried to find targets that can stretch the field everywhere from the first round (Travis Taylor and Mark Clayton) to the seventh (Derek Abney and Justin Harper). They've selected big receivers (Clarence Moore at 6 feet 6) and smaller ones (Patrick Johnson at 5 feet 11)
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Kevin Cowherd | November 4, 2010
Ladies and gentlemen, I am not here today to trash Chad Henne. Chad Henne is a perfectly fine young quarterback. He might also be great to his mom, kind to animals and a tireless giver to charity. But there can be no disputing this: He's no Joe Flacco. Not at this stage of his career, anyway. OK, where's Flacco at this stage of his career? Well, he's hardly a finished product. He has a lot to learn. But all he has done since he came into the league is win. Last year, he became just the fourth starting quarterback since the AFL- NFL merger in 1970 to reach the playoffs in his first two years in the league.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2010
Joe Flacco showed he could rebound Sunday, passing for three touchdowns just a week after throwing four interceptions. But the Ravens quarterback progressed in another area as well — delivering a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter. Coming through in pressure situations is often how quarterbacks are ultimately defined. In Sunday's 24-17 win over the Cleveland Browns, Flacco put together his fifth game-winning, fourth-quarter drive of his 40-game career. In comparison, Kyle Boller had six of them in his 53-game career.
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Peter Schmuck | September 10, 2010
News item: The Orioles won back-to-back series against the top two teams in the American League East, another sign that they might be only a couple of big acquisitions away from being a legitimate contender in baseball's toughest division. My take: Meanwhile back at the Law Offices of Peter Angelos, the big boss is starting to wonder if the O's might be good enough just the way they are. News item: Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome made one last big preseason switch this week, signing veteran receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh and trading receiver Mark Clayton to the St. Louis Rams.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2010
The Ravens' relentless mission of building a top-flight passing attack continued Monday, when the team reached a one-year agreement with free-agent wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh and traded former first-round pick Mark Clayton to the St. Louis Rams. In a span of six months, the Ravens gutted one of the thinnest wide receiver groups and built one of the NFL's best for quarterback Joe Flacco. A team that once didn't have a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver now has three who have headlined passing games at some point in their careers.
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By Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2010
If the question is depth at wide receiver, the Ravens will plug in their reserves and crank out the answers this week in St. Louis. Because starters are generally excused from the preseason finale, and because Mark Clayton and Donte' Stallworth are hurt, Thursday night's game against the Rams will be a tale of survival. Of all the wide-outs who might play at the Edward Jones Dome -- and that could be as many as five -- only one figures to make the Ravens' 53-man roster. Will it be Demetrius Williams, the star-crossed, fifth-year veteran who has yet to live up to his big-play potential?
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,Sun reporter | December 26, 2007
Whenever Mark Clayton gets together with Oklahoma alumni such as Cleveland Browns free safety Brodney Pool and Chicago Bears wide receiver Mark Bradley, the Ravens wide receiver is serenaded by chants of "Fatboy." "A lot of my friends from college know how I eat and how the food is fatlike. So they call me `Fatboy,'" said Clayton, who at 5 feet 10 and 195 pounds is not exactly a model of obesity. "But I'm the fattest dude with abs." Steelers@Ravens Sunday, 4:15 p.m., Ch. 13, 1090 AM, 97.9 FM Line: Steelers by 3 1/2
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2010
Oniel Cousins said symptoms stemming from the concussion he sustained two weeks ago are subsiding, but the offensive tackle still isn't sure whether he will be available for the team's preseason finale against the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night. "I don't know," Cousins said after Monday morning's practice. "I've just got to play it out and see how it feels. Like I said, I'm getting better every day. " Cousins was at practice, dressed in his jersey, helmet and shorts. But he was limited to a few individual drills.
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