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By Edward Lee | edward.lee@baltsun.com | November 11, 2009
Each Wednesday we'll bring you a Q&A with a Ravens player to help you learn a little more about the team. Today's guest is linebacker Tavares Gooden, who ranks sixth on the team in tackles with 36. Gooden offers answers about his first season as a full-time starter, tragedy in his family when he was 10 years old and his preferred nickname. Question: What's your assessment of your play in your first season as a full-time starter at inside linebacker? Answer: I didn't really know what to expect and how it was going to play out. I was given an opportunity, and I'm just trying to take advantage of every moment.
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July 31, 2010
Jameel McClain can only hope that opposing offenses fail to account for him the way the media did this past offseason. While much of the focus for the starting inside linebacker position was on Tavares Gooden and Dannell Ellerbe, McClain opened Ravens training camp at McDaniel College in Westminster by lining up next to 11-time Pro Bowler Ray Lewis on the first defense. McClain, entering his third season since being signed as an undrafted rookie in 2008, conceded that he was somewhat surprised at his inclusion with the starting unit.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun reporter | July 24, 2008
It took Tavares Gooden five years to find his best position at the University of Miami. It took him only 22 practices this summer to convince the Ravens he has a place in their future. "If he's willing to work, study and really digest this defense ... I think this is a guy who at some point will be a difference-maker on our defense," said Eric DeCosta, the team's director of college scouting. Gooden, 23, was a late bloomer at Miami, but he could turn out to be a third-round steal in the 2008 draft.
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By Jamison Hensley and Baltimore Sun reporter | April 25, 2010
While many wonder why the Ravens failed to add a cornerback in the NFL Draft, the team did address a timely need on defense. The Ravens infused some youth into their front seven. The second-round additions of outside linebacker Sergio Kindle and nose tackle Terrence Cody should help the Ravens' aging groups on the defensive line and at linebacker. Over the past three drafts, the Ravens had 11 picks in the first three rounds and used just two of them on the front seven. Both of those selections (defensive end Paul Kruger and inside linebacker Tavares Gooden)
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter | August 8, 2008
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Yamon Figurs started at wide receiver, but he still made the most impact as a returner. In the second quarter last night during the Ravens' 16-15, preseason-opening victory over the New England Patriots, Figurs showed why he is so dangerous on special teams, returning a punt 52 yards to set up the Ravens' first touchdown and later running back a kickoff 48 yards. "The guys were blocking really well, and they opened up some big holes," Figurs said. "I was just glad I could hit them fast enough to get through.
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By MIKE PRESTON | October 11, 2009
Bengals WR Chris Henry vs. Ravens CB Chris Carr Henry, right, is tall and strong. He has good hands and is tough to match up with in the slot. Henry has decent speed and always comes up with a clutch catch late in the game. Carr had trouble handling the smaller Wes Welker last week, and he'll have problems with a bigger Henry today. Edge: Henry: Bengals DE Antwan Odom vs. Ravens LT Michael Oher If Jared Gaither (neck) doesn't play, Oher will get more challenges, certainly more speed, playing on the left side than the right side.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN REPORTER | July 22, 2008
The Ravens are beginning to sound less optimistic that defensive end-linebacker Terrell Suggs will report on time to training camp in Westminster. On a day when rookie quarterback Joe Flacco signed a five-year, $30 million contract and general manager Ozzie Newsome announced the signing of the six remaining rookie draft picks, the mood changed when Newsome was asked whether Suggs would report with the rest of the veterans tomorrow. "We're only talking about Joe and the draft choices today," Newsome said tersely.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,ken.murray@baltsun.com | September 19, 2009
San Diego's high-powered offense took a double hit Friday when the Chargers said running back LaDainian Tomlinson and center Nick Hardwick will miss Sunday's game against the Ravens with ankle injuries. The Chargers' injury report listed eight players this week after a physical, 24-20 win over the Oakland Raiders on Monday night. Also scratched is backup defensive tackle Travis Johnson with a groin injury. The Ravens said all week that they expected Tomlinson to play. But coach John Harbaugh said the Chargers are well stocked at the position.
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By EDWARD LEE | August 11, 2008
QUARTERBACK DERBY The defense overwhelmed the quarterbacks and offensive line yesterday morning seemingly at the whim of defensive coordinator Rex Ryan. Troy Smith was sacked four times, rookie Joe Flacco twice and Kyle Boller once - and those are conservative numbers. When the quarterbacks did have time to throw, they either overthrew their receivers or had the passes knocked down by the secondary. The best throw came from Boller, who rolled out right and lofted a pass that rookie wide receiver Marcus Smith hauled in. HIT OF THE DAY Cornerback Corey Ivy delivered a brutal hit on wide receiver Mark Clayton when a pass by Smith went too high, leaving Clayton in a vulnerable position.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,edward.lee@baltsun.com | November 11, 2009
Each Wednesday we'll bring you a Q&A with a Ravens player to help you learn a little more about the team. Today's guest is linebacker Tavares Gooden, who ranks sixth on the team in tackles with 36. Gooden offers answers about his first season as a full-time starter, tragedy in his family when he was 10 years old and his preferred nickname. Question:: What's your assessment of your play in your first season as a full-time starter at inside linebacker? Answer:: I didn't really know what to expect and how it was going to play out. I was given an opportunity, and I'm just trying to take advantage of every moment.
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By Edward Lee | edward.lee@baltsun.com | November 11, 2009
Each Wednesday we'll bring you a Q&A with a Ravens player to help you learn a little more about the team. Today's guest is linebacker Tavares Gooden, who ranks sixth on the team in tackles with 36. Gooden offers answers about his first season as a full-time starter, tragedy in his family when he was 10 years old and his preferred nickname. Question: What's your assessment of your play in your first season as a full-time starter at inside linebacker? Answer: I didn't really know what to expect and how it was going to play out. I was given an opportunity, and I'm just trying to take advantage of every moment.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,ken.murray@baltsun.com | October 28, 2009
When the Ravens lost veteran linebacker Bart Scott to a free-agent raid by their former defensive coordinator last March, they turned his position over to a second-year player with just a handful of snaps on an NFL defense. At least Tavares Gooden was a draft pick (third round, 2008); Scott had been an undrafted surprise in 2002 who eventually earned a Pro Bowl invitation and a big payday. Gooden, 25, has made steady progress, along with the expected growing pains, in his first season as weak-side starter.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,mike.preston@baltsun.com | October 16, 2009
All of a sudden, the absence of inside linebacker Bart Scott looms large over the Ravens' defense. For eight seasons, Scott worked in the shadows of Pro Bowl linebackers Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs. He did the dirty work but didn't get much glory. Yet, when the New York Jets signed Scott to a $48 million contract at the start of the 2009 free-agency period, it showed what former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan really thought about him. And his departure left a big hole in the Ravens' defense.
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By MIKE PRESTON | October 11, 2009
Bengals WR Chris Henry vs. Ravens CB Chris Carr Henry, right, is tall and strong. He has good hands and is tough to match up with in the slot. Henry has decent speed and always comes up with a clutch catch late in the game. Carr had trouble handling the smaller Wes Welker last week, and he'll have problems with a bigger Henry today. Edge: Henry: Bengals DE Antwan Odom vs. Ravens LT Michael Oher If Jared Gaither (neck) doesn't play, Oher will get more challenges, certainly more speed, playing on the left side than the right side.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,ken.murray@baltsun.com | September 19, 2009
San Diego's high-powered offense took a double hit Friday when the Chargers said running back LaDainian Tomlinson and center Nick Hardwick will miss Sunday's game against the Ravens with ankle injuries. The Chargers' injury report listed eight players this week after a physical, 24-20 win over the Oakland Raiders on Monday night. Also scratched is backup defensive tackle Travis Johnson with a groin injury. The Ravens said all week that they expected Tomlinson to play. But coach John Harbaugh said the Chargers are well stocked at the position.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,edward.lee@baltsun.com | September 18, 2009
Darren Sproles has the attention of the Ravens, and it's not just for his role as a running back. The San Diego Charger ranks second in the NFL in kick returns with a 34-yard average and 170 total yards, which includes returns of 66 and 59 yards. Sproles, who compiled 246 all-purpose yards in a 24-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Monday night, ranked eighth with a 26.1-yard average in kick returns last season. "He's so fast and he can change directions so well - just as good, if not better than, anybody in the league," Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo said.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,ken.murray@baltsun.com | August 9, 2009
David Hale, a seldom-used rookie a year ago in Westminster, has made the turn toward becoming a productive offensive lineman for the Ravens this summer. A fourth-round draft pick in 2008, Hale made six cameo appearances - 12 snaps - last season. But if the first two weeks of training camp are any indication, the 6-foot-6, 310-pound Hale will have a much bigger role this year. In Saturday's practice, he worked at left guard (first team) and center (second team) with center Matt Birk enjoying a 30-and-over day off. Hale has also worked at right guard.
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