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By Jamison Hensley | October 8, 2001
Nickel package Thumbs up:Ravens running back Terry Allen. Criticized for his slow start this season -- he entered play yesterday with a three-game total of 163 yards -- Allen ran with authority to gain 108 yards on 22 carries. He is the first Raven to rush for 100 yards in a regular-season game since Dec. 17, 2000. Thumbs down:Ravens special teams. The group gave Tennessee hope late in the third quarter, when the Titans blocked a punt for a touchdown and then recovered the ensuing onside kick.
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By BRENT JONES and BRENT JONES,SUN REPORTER | October 24, 2005
CHICAGO -- Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis aggravated a thigh injury in the fourth quarter of the team's 10-6 loss to the Chicago Bears yesterday and did not return to the game. Lewis will have a magnetic resonance imaging test today to determine the extent of the damage. "He was iffy during the week," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "He felt good during [the game]. I don't know the extent of it until I visit with the trainers and the doctors." Lewis hurt the thigh a week ago against the Cleveland Browns, although he didn't miss any time during that game.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | April 18, 2004
In 1998, the lure of speed prompted the Ravens to draft Patrick Johnson in the second round when Hines Ward was still on the board. Two years later, big-game performances persuaded them to use a top 10 pick on Travis Taylor when Laveranues Coles and Darrell Jackson lasted into the third round. These attempts to land an impact receiver represent the major disappointments on what has become a revered drafting resume. For a franchise that has prided itself on selecting a future Pro Bowl performer at nearly every position, the Ravens have dropped the ball when it comes to finding a wide-out with the right speed, instincts and toughness.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | August 7, 2005
If yesterday's scrimmage against the Washington Redskins served as a gauge, the Ravens could be full of surprises this season. In the midst of the Ravens' dominating effort (no score was officially kept), the M&T Bank Stadium crowd of 35,517 could only watch in disbelief as Deion Sanders recorded a couple of sacks and Patrick Johnson caught a pass for the team's only touchdown. For Johnson, it was a change of perspective. For Sanders, it was a change of position. Playing in the slot instead of on the outside, Sanders exploited several open lanes to the quarterback, captaining a high-pressured defense that sacked Redskins starter Patrick Ramsey four times on 12 passing plays.
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By Jamison Hensley | August 15, 2000
Thumbs up: Receiver Jermaine Lewis continues to star in training camp, catching a 35-yard pass over Duane Starks for a touchdown during a two-minute drill. Lewis, though, has yet to carry that over to the games, getting shut out so far this preseason. Thumbs down: After colliding with guard Richard Mercier on a screen, defensive tackle Sam Adams used a two-hand shove to knock Mercier to the ground after the play. Coach Brian Billick immediately stuck a finger in Adams' face, saying, "I don't want to ever see you do that again."
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | August 7, 2005
If yesterday's scrimmage against the Washington Redskins served as a gauge, the Ravens could be full of surprises this season. In the midst of the Ravens' dominating effort (no score was officially kept), the M&T Bank Stadium crowd of 35,517 could only watch in disbelief as Deion Sanders recorded a couple of sacks and Patrick Johnson caught a pass for the team's only touchdown. For Johnson, it was a change of perspective. For Sanders, it was a change of position. Playing in the slot instead of on the outside, Sanders exploited several open lanes to the quarterback, captaining a high-pressured defense that sacked Redskins starter Patrick Ramsey four times on 12 passing plays.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | October 31, 2000
The Ravens' passing game is stuck in the intermediate zone this season. Big plays are passe. Touchdowns are forbidden. Wins are slipping away. The answer, coach Brian Billick suggested yesterday, is to let it rip. "We've probably gotten a little too conservative," Billick said in a postmortem of Sunday's 9-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. "My nature is to put the ball down the field. "We're playing good defense. We're running the ball well. Up to the last two games, we haven't been turning it over.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | October 17, 2002
Despite an off year statistically for the Jacksonville Jaguars' Jimmy Smith and the departure of his former partner Keenan McCardell, the Ravens still identify Smith as one of the top receiving threats in the league. "He's still very special," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. Smith may indeed continue to be special, but his numbers heading into Sunday's game against the Ravens are anything but. After holding out all of training camp before renegotiating a contract that will now pay him $12 million over the next two seasons, Smith has 22 catches (24th in the AFC)
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By BRENT JONES and BRENT JONES,SUN REPORTER | October 24, 2005
CHICAGO -- Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis aggravated a thigh injury in the fourth quarter of the team's 10-6 loss to the Chicago Bears yesterday and did not return to the game. Lewis will have a magnetic resonance imaging test today to determine the extent of the damage. "He was iffy during the week," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "He felt good during [the game]. I don't know the extent of it until I visit with the trainers and the doctors." Lewis hurt the thigh a week ago against the Cleveland Browns, although he didn't miss any time during that game.
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By Mike Preston and Kendra Powell and Mike Preston and Kendra Powell,SUN STAFF | August 3, 1999
Fans concerned about quarterback Scott Mitchell can relax a little. His life as a Raven is going just fine, thank you.Mitchell has looked generally sharp in training camp, especially considering he is working with a new head coach and system. He has lost weight and has clearly outplayed backup Tony Banks, whom some consider the team's quarterback of the future.When Mitchell has performed poorly, coach Brian Billick attributed some of it to playing with certain players who have yet to learn the offense.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | April 25, 2005
At his introductory news conference yesterday, receiver Mark Clayton spoke about generating big plays with his ability to run after a catch. But there was a time when the Ravens' first-round pick refused to run. In June 2003, Clayton and an Oklahoma teammate were returning to school from a trip to Texas when they witnessed a fatal car crash they wouldn't soon forget. A car crossed the median on an Oklahoma interstate and struck a van head-on, an accident Clayton had to swerve to avoid.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | April 18, 2004
In 1998, the lure of speed prompted the Ravens to draft Patrick Johnson in the second round when Hines Ward was still on the board. Two years later, big-game performances persuaded them to use a top 10 pick on Travis Taylor when Laveranues Coles and Darrell Jackson lasted into the third round. These attempts to land an impact receiver represent the major disappointments on what has become a revered drafting resume. For a franchise that has prided itself on selecting a future Pro Bowl performer at nearly every position, the Ravens have dropped the ball when it comes to finding a wide-out with the right speed, instincts and toughness.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | October 17, 2002
Despite an off year statistically for the Jacksonville Jaguars' Jimmy Smith and the departure of his former partner Keenan McCardell, the Ravens still identify Smith as one of the top receiving threats in the league. "He's still very special," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. Smith may indeed continue to be special, but his numbers heading into Sunday's game against the Ravens are anything but. After holding out all of training camp before renegotiating a contract that will now pay him $12 million over the next two seasons, Smith has 22 catches (24th in the AFC)
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By Jamison Hensley | October 8, 2001
Nickel package Thumbs up:Ravens running back Terry Allen. Criticized for his slow start this season -- he entered play yesterday with a three-game total of 163 yards -- Allen ran with authority to gain 108 yards on 22 carries. He is the first Raven to rush for 100 yards in a regular-season game since Dec. 17, 2000. Thumbs down:Ravens special teams. The group gave Tennessee hope late in the third quarter, when the Titans blocked a punt for a touchdown and then recovered the ensuing onside kick.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | October 31, 2000
The Ravens' passing game is stuck in the intermediate zone this season. Big plays are passe. Touchdowns are forbidden. Wins are slipping away. The answer, coach Brian Billick suggested yesterday, is to let it rip. "We've probably gotten a little too conservative," Billick said in a postmortem of Sunday's 9-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. "My nature is to put the ball down the field. "We're playing good defense. We're running the ball well. Up to the last two games, we haven't been turning it over.
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By Jamison Hensley | August 15, 2000
Thumbs up: Receiver Jermaine Lewis continues to star in training camp, catching a 35-yard pass over Duane Starks for a touchdown during a two-minute drill. Lewis, though, has yet to carry that over to the games, getting shut out so far this preseason. Thumbs down: After colliding with guard Richard Mercier on a screen, defensive tackle Sam Adams used a two-hand shove to knock Mercier to the ground after the play. Coach Brian Billick immediately stuck a finger in Adams' face, saying, "I don't want to ever see you do that again."
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | April 25, 2005
At his introductory news conference yesterday, receiver Mark Clayton spoke about generating big plays with his ability to run after a catch. But there was a time when the Ravens' first-round pick refused to run. In June 2003, Clayton and an Oklahoma teammate were returning to school from a trip to Texas when they witnessed a fatal car crash they wouldn't soon forget. A car crossed the median on an Oklahoma interstate and struck a van head-on, an accident Clayton had to swerve to avoid.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | December 19, 1999
When the Ravens meet the New Orleans Saints today at PSINet Stadium, it will be the first time the club has played in December with a chance of finishing the season with a winning record.The Ravens (6-7) are excited, but realistic. A loss to the lowly Saints (2-11) will just about end hope of a playoff appearance."It's good to be in this position, but my concentration is on the Saints," said veteran defensive end Rob Burnett. "We've got a long way to go. I'm not going to get caught up in any scenarios.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | December 19, 1999
When the Ravens meet the New Orleans Saints today at PSINet Stadium, it will be the first time the club has played in December with a chance of finishing the season with a winning record.The Ravens (6-7) are excited, but realistic. A loss to the lowly Saints (2-11) will just about end hope of a playoff appearance."It's good to be in this position, but my concentration is on the Saints," said veteran defensive end Rob Burnett. "We've got a long way to go. I'm not going to get caught up in any scenarios.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | December 14, 1999
As the Ravens prepare for their final three games of the season with a chance to finish with a winning record and an outside shot at making the playoffs, they are faced with problems in the secondary and injuries to several players at the skill positions.During the second half of the season, opponents have attacked the Ravens' secondary, most notably the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cincinnati Bengals. The Ravens defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, 31-24, but 37-year-old Mike Tomczak completed 22 of 41 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns.
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