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By Edward Lee | February 6, 2012
Partly because of the attention opposing defenses paid to attackman Tim Stratton, Matt Hughes paced Towson's offense in 2011, recording team highs in goals (18) and points (24). And with Stratton having graduated, Hughes, a junior attackman, is being tabbed by coach Shawn Nadelen and offensive coordinator Anthony Gilardi as the most likely candidate to assume the reins as the offensive playmaker. “I would say that Matt Hughes right now at the attack has the ability to do that, and he's kind of getting more into that role,” Nadelen said.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2014
Jack Gannon's development as UMBC's primary playmaker shouldn't be too surprising considering his roots as a point guard in basketball. The sophomore midfielder leads the Retrievers (6-5 overall and 2-1 in the America East) in assists with 18 and ranks second in points with 35 and credits his evolution as a player to his days running the varsity basketball team at Sachem High School North in Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y. “When I played basketball growing up, I was a point guard. So I was always looking to feed and that translated into lacrosse,” Gannon said Monday.
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By Edward Lee | October 1, 2011
The Ravens' smallest player continues to loom large as a weapon on offense. Running back Ray Rice ranks fourth in the NFL in total yards from scrimmage with 409. He ranks ninth in rushing (231 yards) and fifth among running backs in receiving (178). Although he is less than two years removed from leading all running backs in catches (78) and receiving yards (702), the 5-foot-8 Rice at times is overlooked by opposing defenses. That's fine with Rice. “I feel like if I go into a game and the team doesn't respect me, then that's on them,” said Rice, who is tied with wide receiver Anquan Boldin for the team lead in receptions (14)
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
For Brooke Griffin , every moment on the lacrosse field is a joy. The Maryland attacker revels in each slick dodge to goal, each pinpoint pass that finds a teammate's stick, each little celebration of a Terps score. For Brooke Griffin , every moment on the lacrosse field is a joy. The Maryland attacker revels in each slick dodge to goal, each pinpoint pass that finds a teammate's stick, each little celebration of a Terps score. She loves all the scrimmages, all the drills and all the wall ball that have helped put her on the Tewaaraton Award watch list as one of the top players in the college women's game.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | November 3, 1996
As players mature their roles sometimes change. Wilde Lake's David Briefel always thought he was a playmaker -- setting up other people to score.The senior, playing his fourth varsity season, and disappointed about losing twice in state championship games, suddenly finds himself as Wilde Lake's chief scorer. He has 14 goals and seven assists and sometimes plays striker instead of his customary central midfield postion."I've always scored, but thinking of myself as a scorer is new," said Briefel, who as a junior scored 10 goals from midfield.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | March 17, 2004
PHILADELPHIA - As Terrell Owens celebrated his signing with the Philadelphia Eagles - minus the Sharpies and pompoms - the Ravens were left contemplating how the Pro Bowl receiver slipped through their grasp. The Ravens' tumultuous two-week saga with Owens ended with a stunning twist yesterday when an unprecedented settlement between the NFL Management Council and the players union sent Owens to Philadelphia for the Eagles' fifth-round pick. The three-team trade resolved Owens' petition to rescind his March 4 trade to the Ravens before a Philadelphia-based arbiter's ruling.
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By Mike Preston | November 8, 1999
1 The Ravens scored early, which took the crowd out of the game and the momentum away from the Browns.2 The Ravens pressured and pounded rookie quarterback Tim Couch, the Browns' only playmaker on offense.3 Ravens quarterback Tony Banks had a second straight solid effort without a turnover.
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By Edward Lee | October 3, 2012
Since succeeding Todd Heap as the Ravens' primary tight end at the beginning of last season, Ed Dickson has been a reliable option for quarterback Joe Flacco and the offense. But in the team's 23-16 win against the Cleveland Browns last Thursday, Dickson did not catch a single ball for the first time since 2011. Flacco did not even target Dickson, which is also a first over that same span. Dickson, the organization's third-round pick in 2009, conceded that being overlooked in the offensive game plan was frustrating.
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By KEN MURRAY | December 8, 2008
PRIME-TIME BREAKTHROUGH: Powered by their playmaking defense, the Ravens broke a seven-game prime-time losing streak with a 24-10 victory over the Redskins in front of an announced 71,438 at M&T Bank Stadium, the largest crowd in Baltimore franchise history, and a national TV audience. GAME-WINNING DRIVE: Held out of the end zone since its first possession, the Ravens' offense responded with an 83-yard touchdown drive after Washington got within 17-10 in the fourth quarter. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron called 11 straight runs - 10 by Le'Ron McClain - before Joe Flacco threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Mason.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun reporter | August 14, 2008
The only place Ed Reed appears outspoken is on the field, where instinct, preparation and ability merge to create one of the most feared defensive players in the NFL. Reed is one of the few Ravens stars without a radio or television show. His locker is next to the door at the team facility in Owings Mills, assuring a quick escape from the media invasion. And he performs his many charitable works out of the limelight. But put him in the field of play and you've got an athlete whose passion for the game is unquenchable.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
Jacoby Jones was in the middle of his free agent visit with the New York Giants Wednesday when he had an epiphany. “Honestly, when I was up in New York, I was walking around and I think I came to my senses really,” Jones said Thursday after signing a four-year contract with the Ravens that could be worth as much as $14 million. “It wasn't about money. It was the fact that this is probably the one place that would let me be myself, the city, the state, the organization, the coaches.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2014
The Ravens are optimistic they will find the type of wide receiver they are looking for this offseason. And after listening to Mike Mayock's conference call on Tuesday, you can see why they are so confident. The respected NFL Network analyst feels this is “the best wide receiver draft” that he has “seen in years.” The top wide receiver in Mayock's eyes is Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, but he predicts that Watkins will be “long gone” before the Ravens are on the clock with the 17th overall pick in May's draft.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - Maryland's football team introduced a 17-member recruiting class Wednesday that - while not highly ranked - left the coaches giddy. Their excitement was based largely on the signing day addition of top target Damian Prince and four other players to an offensive line in need of an upgrade as the Terps head to the Big Ten next season. Offensive line appeared to be Maryland's top position of need, and the Terps managed to bolster it with a player ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 2 offensive tackle recruit.
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Mike Preston | November 7, 2013
It was inevitable. As soon as the Ravens endured a losing streak without Ray Lewis, there was going to be a barrage of questions about leadership. But after eight games, the most pressing issue for the Ravens is where are the playmakers? Questions about the offensive line, secondary, quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Ray Rice are legitimate, but the Ravens (3-5) have lost four games by 14 total points. Questions are also pouring in about the team's lack of enthusiasm, focus and intensity, but these wouldn't be areas of concern if the Ravens had some playmakers.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2013
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.  -  Maryland's top two wide receivers, Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, suffered lower leg fractures in Saturday's 34-10 loss to Wake Forest and are both likely out for the season. Long broke his tibia and fibula in his right leg. Diggs broke the fibula in his right leg. “Yeah, I would think that they would be out for the year,” Maryland coach Randy Edsall said. Long was set to have surgery Saturday night, Edsall added, while Diggs likely will have his operation later this week.
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By Matt Vensel | October 9, 2013
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb was having a quiet day as a receiver Sunday, but Cobb found another way to spark the Packers in the third quarter of their 22-9 victory over the Detroit Lions. On the first play of one drive, the Packers sent three wide receivers and two tight ends out onto the field. But instead of spreading all five players across the line of scrimmage as receivers, they caught the Lions off guard by lining up Cobb in the backfield next to quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who was in the shotgun.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
Jacoby Jones was in the middle of his free agent visit with the New York Giants Wednesday when he had an epiphany. “Honestly, when I was up in New York, I was walking around and I think I came to my senses really,” Jones said Thursday after signing a four-year contract with the Ravens that could be worth as much as $14 million. “It wasn't about money. It was the fact that this is probably the one place that would let me be myself, the city, the state, the organization, the coaches.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | September 8, 2005
To feel the full effect of the Ravens' offensive makeover, it's best to look at it from Kyle Boller's perspective from last year to this one. The wide receiver to his right has gone from a former quarterback out of Grambling (Randy Hymes) to a 90-plus-catch Pro Bowl performer (Derrick Mason). His teammate in the slot has gone from a possession receiver (Kevin Johnson) to a potential playmaker (Mark Clayton). His tight end has gone from a former probation officer (Darnell Dinkins) to an elite target (Todd Heap)
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By Jonas Shaffer, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2013
Jabrill Peppers is the best cornerback in New Jersey, if not all of America, which means he's also the best test of talent for wide receivers in New Jersey. Dwight Morrow (N.J.) wide receiver Juwann Winfree has played against Peppers, Maroon Raiders coach Barry Harris said Saturday. They went head-to-head in 7-on-7 competition earlier this year. Winfree had a few catches, Harris said. That might have been the most Peppers allowed all of 2013. A four-star prospect who committed to Maryland on Friday, Winfree is not considered the blue-chip talent Peppers is. That is probably fine with Winfree, who would rather be compared with another former five-star, anyway.
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April 26, 2013
Thoughts from our Ravens reporters and editors on the Ravens using the No. 32 pick on safety Matt Elam from the University of Florida: Mike Preston, Ravens columnist: Elam seems to be a good fit for the Ravens because their safety positions have been interchangeable in the past, and he can play either free or strong safety. Elam can crowd near the line of scrimmage to stop the run and be physical at the line of scrimmage like Bernard Pollard. Despite his size, he is a strong tackler and very few ballcarriers get out of his grasp.
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