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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | June 11, 1999
Stevon Moore says he knows the twilight of his career is at hand, but don't think the Ravens' 10-year veteran strong safety is planning to fade away quietly.So what if the Ravens say third-year safety Kim Herring could be ready to bump Moore out of the starting lineup? So what if Moore has accepted a cut in pay that will chop his scheduled $1 million salary nearly in half in 1999? So what if Moore is coming off his most troubling season in years, and is trying to complete a comeback from the third serious knee injury of his career?
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
The Morgan State secondary that took the field at Hughes Stadium on Wednesday with the rest of the first defense consisted of junior cornerbacks DeShaun Summers and Delonta Hall, junior free safety Peterson Janvier and senior strong safety Nathan Ayers. Of that foursome, however, only Ayers started a game last season. The lack of starting experience in the defensive backfield might be alarming to some, but coach Lee Hull said it doesn't bother him. “They're a little green, but I'm not too worried about them,” Hull said after Wednesday's practice.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | December 6, 1996
Stevon Moore has become known as much for his durability as the hard hits he delivers to receivers who cross his path. As he approaches his 30th birthday, the Ravens' veteran strong safety has come to appreciate his longevity.Then again, Moore learned early in his NFL days how fleeting a career can be. As a seventh-round draft pick of the New York Jets out of Mississippi in 1989, Moore quickly turned heads with bone-jarring hits. He was on a course to unseat veteran Rich Miano as a starter before he went down in the preseason finale with a serious knee injury.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2014
With the first of their two third-round picks, the Ravens filled one of their biggest needs. The Ravens used the 79th overall pick in the draft to select Florida State Terrence Brooks, a rangy free safety who is also a standout on special teams. Brooks was the second consecutive Florida State player that the Ravens acquired, following the second-round selection of defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan. It also marked the third straight pick the Ravens used to upgrade the middle of their defense.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2014
With the first of their two third-round picks, the Ravens filled one of their biggest needs. The Ravens used the 79th overall pick in the draft to select Florida State Terrence Brooks, a rangy free safety who is also a standout on special teams. Brooks was the second consecutive Florida State player that the Ravens acquired, following the second-round selection of defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan. It also marked the third straight pick the Ravens used to upgrade the middle of their defense.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,SUN STAFF | September 7, 1999
COLLEGE PARK -- Randall Jones said yesterday he is through playing musical chairs with his football career at Maryland."I'm not moving again," Jones said yesterday after his first day of practice at strong safety following his move from quarterback. "I have a lot better chance at going a lot further [in the pros] at safety than at quarterback because of my size [6 feet 2, 212] and speed [state high school hurdles champion]."In a little more than one year, the sophomore from Thomas Johnson High in Frederick has gone from free safety to quarterback to strong safety.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2013
Michael Huff can relate to the immediate expectations with which rookie safety Matt Elam is dealing. He was once a first-round draft pick who had to help replace a perennial Pro Bowl defensive back who had left town. So Huff has taken it upon himself to teach Elam everything he knows about being a full-time professional. “Especially for a first-round pick safety following a legend, I've been there,” said Huff, the former Oakland Raiders defensive back who signed with the Ravens as a free agent this spring.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | March 26, 1997
Robert Blackmon, a free-agent strong safety who played for the Seattle Seahawks last season, is expected to visit the Ravens' complex today, said Ozzie Newsome, the team's vice president of player personnel.Blackmon and Dallas Cowboys free safety Brock Marion were two of the highest-rated safeties in the free-agent market. Blackmon, 29, had a career-high 102 tackles in 16 games last season, third best on the team. He also had three interceptions.The Ravens are in need of a strong safety, but Blackmon would come at a high price.
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March 26, 1991
Ronnie Lott, left unprotected by the San Francisco 49ers despite being an All-Pro last season, has signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Raiders as a Plan B free agent.Lott said yesterday at a news conference that the contract is not guaranteed and that he'll move from free safety to strong safety with the Raiders.Drafted as a cornerback by the 49ers with the eighth overall selection in 1981, Lott switched to free safety in 1985."I've always been committed to winning," Lott said.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | September 14, 2000
It took four years and 40 games for Kim Herring to collect the first interception of his NFL career. When the breakthrough finally arrived Sunday, the Ravens' strong safety nearly hit the jackpot. "I thought I should have had one or two more [interceptions] in that game," Herring said. "I was mad at myself on the one Jimmy Smith caught because I thought I had it." That would be the carom shot in the fourth quarter that Smith caught and turned into a jaw-dropping 40-yard touchdown play.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2014
The pending arrival of new Ravens safety Darian Stewart comes with a scouting report. Stewart has built a reputation as a tough guy with a lot of pop and as a tackler who excels in run support. However, Stewart isn't known for making a ton of plays in pass coverage despite his above-average speed. "Good safety, good player," said retired former St. Louis Rams defensive tackle D'Marco Farr, an analyst for the organization's broadcasting team. "Good, smart, instinctive guy, underrated hitter.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2013
Michael Huff can relate to the immediate expectations with which rookie safety Matt Elam is dealing. He was once a first-round draft pick who had to help replace a perennial Pro Bowl defensive back who had left town. So Huff has taken it upon himself to teach Elam everything he knows about being a full-time professional. “Especially for a first-round pick safety following a legend, I've been there,” said Huff, the former Oakland Raiders defensive back who signed with the Ravens as a free agent this spring.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2013
As the Ravens built their draft class in April, they did so with the knowledge that several rookies probably would need to contribute immediately. When the team opens training camp at team headquarters this week - and when it begins the defense of its Super Bowl championship against the Denver Broncos in the regular-season opener Sept. 5 - it likely will follow that plug-and-play mentality. The Ravens never have started four rookies to begin the season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, but that could change this year.
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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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Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2013
Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard lived up to his intimidating reputation as one of the hardest hitters in the NFL, knocking New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley out of Sunday's AFC championship game with a devastating fourth-quarter tackle. During the Ravens' 28-13 AFC victory at Gillette Stadium, Ridley was down on the ground for several scary minutes before finally walking off the field under his own power. "Bernard, man, he's a hitter," Ravens free safety Ed Reed said.
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By Edward Lee | November 29, 2012
As if the Ravens offense didn't have enough to worry about in Sunday's showdown against the NFL's top-ranked defense, the Pittsburgh Steelers might just welcome back a seven-time Pro Bowler to the fold. Strong safety Troy Polamalu fully participated in Wednesday's practice, his first since straining his right calf during a 16-14 win against the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 7. It would appear that the league's Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 is moving forward towards returning for Sunday's contest at M&T Bank Stadium.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | March 23, 2001
The Ravens lost the first starter from their vaunted defense, but they weren't left with a void to fill. Free-agent safety Kim Herring signed a five-year contract with the St. Louis Rams yesterday, creating little surprise at the Ravens' Owings Mills practice complex. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. With Herring gone, the Ravens have made Corey Harris the leading candidate to replace him at strong safety. Harris had two impressive starts during the playoffs last season when Herring bruised his ankle.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | August 3, 2000
For Corey Harris, there are no idle moments on the practice field this summer. If the Ravens' nine-year veteran isn't running plays as the backup strong safety, he's running plays as a quasi-linebacker. If he isn't lined up in the slot covering a fourth wide receiver, he's going downfield on punt coverage, or returning kickoffs. "My fear with Corey is that we run him into the ground," said defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis, "because he's always doing everything." Harris wants to turn his versatility into something more than a novelty act this season, though.
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By Edward Lee | November 27, 2012
Bernard Pollard paced the Ravens in tackles with eight, but the strong safety also drew some attention for an almost-costly penalty that he drew in the fourth quarter of the team's 16-13 overtime win against the San Diego Chargers Sunday. Quarterback Philip Rivers overthrew wide receiver Danario Alexander by several yards on first down-and-10 from the Ravens' 47-yard line. But Pollard threw himself at Alexander, who appeared to be a step or two out of bounds, and an official flagged Pollard for unnecessary roughness for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless player.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2012
The Ravens have been fined $20,000 by the NFL for violating the league's procedures for reporting injury information, a punishment stemming from failing to list free safety Ed Reed on the injury report, according to an NFL spokesman. The NFL made a formal inquiry, reviewing practice and game video before determining that Reed should have been listed on the injury report due to the torn labrum in his shoulder and because he fully participated. Reed first publicly revealed the injury Oct. 17 prior to the Ravens' 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans and initially said on a 105.7 The Fan radio program that it was affecting his play, reversing his stance a day later in the locker room and saying the injury wasn't bothering him. Regardless, the NFL emphasized the Ravens had erred by omitting Reed from the injury report.
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