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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
At the end of their Super Bowl XLVII-winning season, the Ravens were feeling pretty good about their 2012 draft class. Their first pick, strong-side linebacker Courtney Upshaw , who was taken early in the second round, played in all 16 games and started nine, made 55 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks and forced a fumble in the Super Bowl that led to a second-quarter touchdown drive for the Ravens. Second-rounder Kelechi Osemele started all 16 regular-season games at right tackle and then moved to left guard, where he was dominant at times during the Ravens' Super Bowl run. Third-round selection Bernard Pierce , Ray Rice's primary backup at running back, also picked up his game in the playoffs, averaging 5.2 yards per carry after a regular season in which he gained 532 yards and scored a touchdown.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
When the Ravens waived outside linebacker John Simon and guard-center Ryan Jensen -- both ultimately were re-signed to the practice squad -- I pointed out that in a little more than 16 months, they had cut four of their 10 selections from the 2013 draft. Neither of their seventh-round picks -- wide receiver Aaron Mellette or cornerback Marc Anthony -- ever played a game for the team, nor has sixth-rounder Kapron Lewis-Moore , albeit because of injuries. When you throw in the fact that first-rounder Matt Elam had a disappointing rookie season and Arthur Brown , Brandon Williams , Kyle Juszczyk and Rick Wagner had limited roles last year, it's fair to say that the organization has gotten disappointing early returns from the 2013 draft class.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Coach John Harbaugh said Thursday that he expects to play his starters for about a quarter on Saturday in Dallas, when the Ravens play the Cowboys in the second of four preseason games. “We'll have some play counts for a few guys, including [quarterback] Joe [Flacco] and some of the defensive players, but we'll see how it goes,” Harbaugh said “Basically, [the starters will play] about a quarter.” There will be some exceptions, he said, just as there were last week against San Francisco.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Scott Otto feared he was about to lose one of his most promising players to another sport, so the Nathan Hale High football coach approached sophomore Rick Wagner and offered a compromise. "I said, 'Ricky, I know you're into basketball, but I'd love for you to play football,'" Otto recalled. "Obviously, he was worried about injury, so I said, 'You know what, I'll put you at wide receiver. All you've got to do is catch passes.' At the time, he was probably 6-foot-4, 220 pounds. I said, 'This will actually help you with basketball.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 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 July 24, 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 Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
From now until May 8, the first round of the 2014 NFL draft, The Sun will look at where the Ravensstand at each position, the likelihood that they will address that spot early in the draft and some of the prospects that they may consider. The Ravens have eight total picks in the three-day draft: one in each of the first, second, fifth and sixth rounds, and two each in the third and fourth rounds. Today we'll be examining the offensive line: Current offensive linemen under contract: Tackles - Eugene Monroe, Rick Wagner, Jah Reid, David Mims; Guards - Marshal Yanda, Kelechi Osemele; Centers - Jeremy Zuttah, Gino Gradkowski, A.Q. Shipley, Ryan Jensen, Reggie Stephens.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2013
Over the last couple of weeks, the Ravens have added and retained seven offensive linemen, further complicating what figures to be one of the more competitive -- if not interesting -- position battles in training camp. They drafted Wisconsin tackle Rick Wagner in the fifth round and Ryan Jensen , a tackle from Colorado State University-Pueblo, in the sixth. Immediately after the draft, they agreed to undrafted free agent deals with tackles Jordan Devey (Memphis), Rogers Gaines (Tennessee State)
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By Aaron Wilson | August 13, 2013
Criticized by Ravens coach John Harbaugh in the spring for his poor eating habits after bulking up to 295 pounds, outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw has engineered a major turnaround. Now, Upshaw is firmly out of the coaches' doghouse after dropping  roughly 20 pounds over the summer under the supervision of Eldersburg trainer Troy Jones. The 2012 second-round draft pick from Alabama has continued to drop weight and upgrade his mobility since reporting to training camp and has been splitting time with Pro Bowl outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil with the first-team defense at strongside linebacker.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
The mood and composition of the Ravens' offensive line have undergone major changes after a frustrating season. Pass rushers often invaded the pocket last year, either knocking quarterback Joe Flacco to the ground or harassing him into rushed throws as he threw a franchise-record 22 interceptions. The running game was stonewalled much of the season. The Ravens averaged just 3.1 yards per carry as running back Ray Rice struggled with injuries and rarely had holes to run through.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
When the Ravens waived outside linebacker John Simon and guard-center Ryan Jensen -- both ultimately were re-signed to the practice squad -- I pointed out that in a little more than 16 months, they had cut four of their 10 selections from the 2013 draft. Neither of their seventh-round picks -- wide receiver Aaron Mellette or cornerback Marc Anthony -- ever played a game for the team, nor has sixth-rounder Kapron Lewis-Moore , albeit because of injuries. When you throw in the fact that first-rounder Matt Elam had a disappointing rookie season and Arthur Brown , Brandon Williams , Kyle Juszczyk and Rick Wagner had limited roles last year, it's fair to say that the organization has gotten disappointing early returns from the 2013 draft class.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Coach John Harbaugh said Thursday that he expects to play his starters for about a quarter on Saturday in Dallas, when the Ravens play the Cowboys in the second of four preseason games. “We'll have some play counts for a few guys, including [quarterback] Joe [Flacco] and some of the defensive players, but we'll see how it goes,” Harbaugh said “Basically, [the starters will play] about a quarter.” There will be some exceptions, he said, just as there were last week against San Francisco.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 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 July 24, 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 Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
At the end of their Super Bowl XLVII-winning season, the Ravens were feeling pretty good about their 2012 draft class. Their first pick, strong-side linebacker Courtney Upshaw , who was taken early in the second round, played in all 16 games and started nine, made 55 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks and forced a fumble in the Super Bowl that led to a second-quarter touchdown drive for the Ravens. Second-rounder Kelechi Osemele started all 16 regular-season games at right tackle and then moved to left guard, where he was dominant at times during the Ravens' Super Bowl run. Third-round selection Bernard Pierce , Ray Rice's primary backup at running back, also picked up his game in the playoffs, averaging 5.2 yards per carry after a regular season in which he gained 532 yards and scored a touchdown.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
The mood and composition of the Ravens' offensive line have undergone major changes after a frustrating season. Pass rushers often invaded the pocket last year, either knocking quarterback Joe Flacco to the ground or harassing him into rushed throws as he threw a franchise-record 22 interceptions. The running game was stonewalled much of the season. The Ravens averaged just 3.1 yards per carry as running back Ray Rice struggled with injuries and rarely had holes to run through.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
From now until May 8, the first round of the 2014 NFL draft, The Sun will look at where the Ravensstand at each position, the likelihood that they will address that spot early in the draft and some of the prospects that they may consider. The Ravens have eight total picks in the three-day draft: one in each of the first, second, fifth and sixth rounds, and two each in the third and fourth rounds. Today we'll be examining the offensive line: Current offensive linemen under contract: Tackles - Eugene Monroe, Rick Wagner, Jah Reid, David Mims; Guards - Marshal Yanda, Kelechi Osemele; Centers - Jeremy Zuttah, Gino Gradkowski, A.Q. Shipley, Ryan Jensen, Reggie Stephens.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
Ravens coach John Harbaugh made it clear that despite a busy two weeks, the Ravens aren't done in free agency. They still have more work to do throughout their roster, including an offensive line that remains under construction. Harbaugh revealed part of the organization's plans for the offensive line on Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings, indicating that recent trade acquisition Jeremy Zuttah will be the starting center and Kelechi Osemele is in line to start at left guard rather than right tackle.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
Ravens coach John Harbaugh made it clear that despite a busy two weeks, the Ravens aren't done in free agency. They still have more work to do throughout their roster, including an offensive line that remains under construction. Harbaugh revealed part of the organization's plans for the offensive line on Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings, indicating that recent trade acquisition Jeremy Zuttah will be the starting center and Kelechi Osemele is in line to start at left guard rather than right tackle.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Scott Otto feared he was about to lose one of his most promising players to another sport, so the Nathan Hale High football coach approached sophomore Rick Wagner and offered a compromise. "I said, 'Ricky, I know you're into basketball, but I'd love for you to play football,'" Otto recalled. "Obviously, he was worried about injury, so I said, 'You know what, I'll put you at wide receiver. All you've got to do is catch passes.' At the time, he was probably 6-foot-4, 220 pounds. I said, 'This will actually help you with basketball.
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By Aaron Wilson | August 13, 2013
Criticized by Ravens coach John Harbaugh in the spring for his poor eating habits after bulking up to 295 pounds, outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw has engineered a major turnaround. Now, Upshaw is firmly out of the coaches' doghouse after dropping  roughly 20 pounds over the summer under the supervision of Eldersburg trainer Troy Jones. The 2012 second-round draft pick from Alabama has continued to drop weight and upgrade his mobility since reporting to training camp and has been splitting time with Pro Bowl outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil with the first-team defense at strongside linebacker.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2013
Over the last couple of weeks, the Ravens have added and retained seven offensive linemen, further complicating what figures to be one of the more competitive -- if not interesting -- position battles in training camp. They drafted Wisconsin tackle Rick Wagner in the fifth round and Ryan Jensen , a tackle from Colorado State University-Pueblo, in the sixth. Immediately after the draft, they agreed to undrafted free agent deals with tackles Jordan Devey (Memphis), Rogers Gaines (Tennessee State)
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