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By Edward Lee | September 26, 2011
One of the few criticisms the Ravens have encountered after their 37-7 thumping of the St. Louis Rams on Sunday was the decision to have quarterback Joe Flacco run the offense in the last 3 minutes, 10 seconds of the game. Keeping Flacco in a game that had already been decided might put the franchise quarterback at risk to a season-ending injury, but coach John Harbaugh said during his weekly briefing Monday that allowing Flacco to play with reserves like offensive linemen Bryan Mattison and Jah Reid, wide receivers LaQuan Williams and Tandon Doss and running back Anthony Allen could provide benefits in the long run. “We did replace as many guys as we could,” Harbaugh began.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2012
Days after the Ravens added eight players in the NFL draft, director of player personnel Eric DeCosta said there are items left on their wish list - assuming the player and the price are right. "We're very excited about last weekend and the draft we just had," DeCosta said. "Our work is not yet done. … There are still moves left to be made. This team is not yet ready for September. " DeCosta was the featured guest Wednesday night at The Baltimore Sun Newsmaker Forum series at the Jewish Community Center in Owings Mills.
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By Edward Lee | December 29, 2012
If the Ravens wish to leave Cincinnati with their 11th win of the season and a hope of leapfrogging the New England Patriots for the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs, they need to find a way to neutralize Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins. In just his third year in the NFL, the 6-foot, 300-pound defensive tackle leads all interior linemen in sacks with 13, which ranks fifth in the league behind the likes of Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (20½ sacks), San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith (19½)
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By JAMISON HENSLEY | October 8, 2007
Survival game The Ravens' offense managed only three field goals but it left satisfied. After losing two offensive linemen (left tackle Adam Terry and center Mike Flynn) on one series in the first half, the Ravens had to gut it out with three rookie blockers. Plus, with Todd Heap and Daniel Wilcox sidelined, the Ravens played with one healthy tight end (Quinn Sypniewski). Back and kicking After uncharacteristically missing two field-goal attempts a week ago, Matt Stover carried the Ravens offensively with three field goals yesterday, converting from 26, 32 and 49 yards.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Staff Writer | August 27, 1993
Talk to Wilde Lake's Donovan Burns and Jay Green about football and they will shatter some notions about offensive linemen.The duo, described by Wildecats coach Doug DuVall as the "best pair of offensive tackles I've ever had," appear destined to lead Wilde Lake to its fourth straight state football championship and fifth overall.Burns and Green scoff at fans who think offensive linemen are just big dumb jocks slugging it out for two halves with other big dumb jocks.They see their positions as highly skilled and requiring great intelligence.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2013
The NFL has released some intimate audio and video from the sidelines of Super Bowl XLVII, and one of the most interesting exchanges was filmed on the Ravens sideline before the final play of Baltimore's 34-31 win. As Sam Koch prepared to boot a free kick to San Francisco 49ers return Ted Ginn Jr., quarterback Joe Flacco told his teammates to run onto the field and tackle Ginn if it looked like he was going to score. This, of course, is illegal and could have resulted in an automatic touchdown, but Flacco wasn't sure about the rule.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2012
Record-breaking wide receiver Deon Long and offensive lineman Silvano Altamirano have signed letters of intent to play football at Maryland, coach Randy Edsall announced today. Long, a D.C. native and Dunbar High graduate, was the National Junior College Athletic Association's top-ranked receiver in catches (100), yards (1,625) and touchdowns (25). A first-team All-American, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound sophomore led Iowa Western Community College to the NJCAA national championship. “I am very excited about Deon joining the Terrapin family,” Edsall said in a news release.
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By Matt Vensel | April 28, 2012
Ravens end a run on offensive linemen The Ravens, who have said all offseason that they would like to improve their offensive line, watched as a run on offensive linemen unfolded between their two picks in the second round. Two picks after the Ravens drafted Upshaw at pick No. 37, the Cleveland Browns selected California offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz. Three picks later, the Carolina Panthers took Midwestern State guard Amini Silatolu. In the next two picks, the Buffalo Bills drafted Georgia guard/tackle Cordy Glenn and the Miami Dolphins drafted Stanford tackle Jonathan Martin.
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By Matt Vensel | March 21, 2013
The Ed Reed era is officially over in Baltimore, though the safety will always be considered one of the greatest Ravens players of all-time -- and arguably the most entertaining, as my colleague Childs Walker wrote today. In this excellent piece on Reed , Childs explained why he can't help but feel a little sadness now that Reed has joined the Houston Texans, because, in his words, Reed didn't want to just be “ordinary great.” Reed did it his way, especially when he had the ball in his hands -- a common occurrence -- making him fun for us to cover.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | April 17, 1997
The knock on Darrell Russell is that he tends to relax occasionally, exhibiting a glaring lack of effort.The rest of the time he is on the field, though, Russell is usually knocking one or more offensive linemen backward in his quest to inflict damage on a ball carrier or a quarterback. At 6 foot 5, 315 pounds, with enough agility to dunk a basketball and enough strength to bench-press 415 pounds, Russell often has his way.Since Russell, Southern Cal's peerless defensive tackle, figures to be the first player picked when the New York Jets open the NFL draft on Saturday, it seems the league's talent evaluators are convinced enough of his performance and potential to look past lazy moments.
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