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By Edward Lee | edward.lee@baltsun.com | November 4, 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 running back Willis McGahee, who averaged 77 rushing and receiving yards in the first three games and rushed for five touchdowns but has since touched the ball less often. McGahee discussed his role in the offense, the hits that running backs take and his affinity for cars. Question : The Ravens are 3-1 when you get at least seven touches in a game but 1-2 when you get six or fewer.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2013
Now that the NFL season is here, I'm putting a twist on my weekly Blogger on Blogger series. Each week, I will enlist a blogger who regularly writes about the Ravens' opponent to help me break down the game. This week, I exchanged emails with Chris Pokorny, who blogs about the Browns for Dawgs By Nature . MV: The Browns are now on their third starting quarterback after benching Brandon Weeden, who was benched in favor of Brian Hoyer before he got hurt, for Jason Campbell.
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By Matt Vensel | August 26, 2011
Willis McGahee involuntarily took a seven-figure pay cut when the Ravens released him shortly after the NFL lockout ended. The running back signed a three-year deal with the Broncos reportedly worth $7.5 million, including $3 million guaranteed, and it sounds as if he is hammering out a niche with Kyle Orton and the offense. At Thursday's practice, though, an errant throw from Orton sailed out of the back of the end zone and hit a car in the players' parking lot. It was McGahee's Porsche and the damage done was a shattered windshield.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2013
RAVENS PASSING GAME: Joe Flacco has gone two games without an interception after having been picked off six times the previous two games. However, he's still struggling to get the Ravens' offense off to a fast start, and into the end zone. The Ravens have one first-quarter touchdown this season, and only 52.2 percent of their red-zone trips have resulted in touchdowns. The Ravens went heavy with the no-huddle and three-receiver sets against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Flacco got into a good rhythm.
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By Matt Vensel | February 21, 2011
My Baltimore Sun colleague Mike Preston put his football hat back on Monday and reported that the Ravens will likely release veteran running back Willis McGahee. According to Preston's source, the Ravens' brain trust decided during their recent evaluation meetings that they wouldn't bring back McGahee -- and his $6 million salary -- for the 2011 season. It is hard not to see this one coming, though the potential release has little to do with his performance the past couple of seasons.
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By Matt Vensel | May 6, 2011
Want to take a break from the workday to watch Willis McGahee dance for a little while? I thought so. The Ravens running back appeared on FOXSports.com's web series "Cubed" to teach one of the hosts, Bernie, how to bust a few dance moves , including my favorite, "The Carlton. " Enjoy: Cubed: McGahee 'Double Dream Feet'
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By Matt Vensel | February 18, 2011
Still looking for plans for tonight? I've got you covered. Hurry up and book your flight to Los Angeles so you can party it up with Ravens running back Willis McGahee, other pro athletes and a slew of models at Dwight Howard's All-Star weekend party. With the 2011 NBA All-Star Game taking place in Los Angeles this weekend, athletes and celebrities will mix it up at lavish Hollywood parties that most of us aren't hip or wealthy enough to attend (I'm guessing I couldn't get past the velvet rope in flip flops)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2011
Two of the Ravens' four worst rushing performances this season have occurred against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But a pair of Ravens insist that they can run against the Steelers in Saturday's AFC Divisional playoff game at Heinz Field. Both Ray Rice and Willis McGahee asked for patience, arguing that the rushing attack can be effective against a defense that surrendered an average of just 62.8 yards per game — best in the NFL. "The one thing about the run game, you have to be patient," Rice said Wednesday.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,edward.lee@baltsun.com | November 4, 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 running back Willis McGahee, who averaged 77 rushing and receiving yards in the first three games and rushed for five touchdowns but has since touched the ball less often. McGahee discussed his role in the offense, the hits that running backs take and his affinity for cars. Question: :: The Ravens are 3-1 when you get at least seven touches in a game but 1-2 when you get six or fewer.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,edward.lee@baltsun.com | October 12, 2009
Willis McGahee hardly broke a sweat primarily because he wasn't asked to do so. The running back who leads the NFL in touchdowns with seven was used sparingly in the Ravens' shocking 17-14 loss Sunday to the visiting Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium. McGahee carried the football just once for a loss of 2 yards and caught one pass for 4 yards. Asked whether he was surprised about his lack of activity, McGahee replied diplomatically: "I'm content with what's going on. I've got nothing to complain about."
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2013
Chiefs 23, Browns 17 Strategy: While their offense has undergone changes since the Ravens hosted them in Week 2, the Browns continue to have one of the NFL's better defenses. They have a stout 3-4 base defense, and while they do a good job of getting after the quarterback with their four-man rushes, they like to mix in creative blitzes to generate pressure. Their pass rush, along with their mixed coverages, helps mask weak spots in the secondary. Their personnel at the skill positions have changed, but they have not made major tweaks to their offense.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2012
If there's anything running back Knowshon Moreno has learned from playing football, it's the value of patience. He redshirted his freshman year at Georgia despite being among the top 10 prep running backs in the country. He shared carries with Willis McGahee in 2011 until suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in mid-November that forced the Denver Broncos to shelve him for the remainder of the season. And he was deactivated for eight straight games this year after losing a fumble in a Week 2 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
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Kevin Acee, San Diego Union-Tribune | December 15, 2011
Vaughn Martin had only been in Southern California a few months, but he somehow knew his geography, and he had a good grasp on what had transpired. Assessing a play against the Baltimore Ravens in September 2009, wherein he was blown back like a leaf as Willis McGahee ran unfettered for a touchdown, Martin said a few days after it happened: “I was in Orange County by the time it was done.” It was funny then, and it's funny now. The play also provides Martin, normally reluctant to talk about his personal growth as a player, an undeniable measuring stick.
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By Matt Vensel | October 6, 2011
Ravens running back Ray Rice has 297 rushing yards and 242 receiving yards through Week 4, meaning he is just barely off the pace of finishing with 1,000 yards both on the ground and through the air. Only Marshall Faulk and Roger Craig have ever accomplished that feat, something Rice says he hopes to accomplish one day. "I would love to do it,” he said in an interview with Yahoo. “In my career, that would be a great thing to do. " Rice topped 1,000 rushing yards in each of the past two seasons, and with Willis McGahee no longer around to cut into his carries, injury is the only thing that will keep the slippery back from the milestone in 2011.
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By Matt Vensel | August 26, 2011
Willis McGahee involuntarily took a seven-figure pay cut when the Ravens released him shortly after the NFL lockout ended. The running back signed a three-year deal with the Broncos reportedly worth $7.5 million, including $3 million guaranteed, and it sounds as if he is hammering out a niche with Kyle Orton and the offense. At Thursday's practice, though, an errant throw from Orton sailed out of the back of the end zone and hit a car in the players' parking lot. It was McGahee's Porsche and the damage done was a shattered windshield.
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July 27, 2011
The Ravens made it to the playoffs with great players like Todd Heap, Derrick Mason, Willis McGahee andKelly Gregg. Now it seems the Ravens will release some of its most productive players because of salaries. What do the owners think makes us fans keep coming back if not to see players of similar caliber and the great plays they have made over the years? Barry Apple, Woodlawn
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN REPORTER | May 22, 2007
After Willis McGahee's first practices with the Ravens last week, team officials couldn't say they gained any insight into whether their new running back is primed for a career year or if he is going to add any punch to the passing attack. But the Ravens did learn something about McGahee - he is a man of his word. Often criticized for missing voluntary workouts with the Buffalo Bills, McGahee lived up to his promise that he would attend the Ravens' minicamps and expects it to pay dividends.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2012
If there's anything running back Knowshon Moreno has learned from playing football, it's the value of patience. He redshirted his freshman year at Georgia despite being among the top 10 prep running backs in the country. He shared carries with Willis McGahee in 2011 until suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in mid-November that forced the Denver Broncos to shelve him for the remainder of the season. And he was deactivated for eight straight games this year after losing a fumble in a Week 2 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2011
The city of Baltimore received a sobering reminder about the business side of professional football Monday when veterans Derrick Mason, Todd Heap, Willis McGahee and Kelly Gregg were informed by the Ravens that the team has decided to release them from their contracts. The official announcement that NFL owners and the NFL players association had come to an agreement to end the lockout had barely sunk in when Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome issued a statement that outlined the team's plans to move quickly to create room to maneuver financially.
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By Matt Vensel | July 15, 2011
Le'Ron McClain was invited to the Pro Bowl in 2008 and 2009 as a fullback, but the yards and touchdowns he piled up when he wasn't blocking for Ray Rice or Willis McGahee played a big role in getting him to two straight Pro Bowls. Last season was up and down for McClain, though, and it could be his last with the Ravens. "Every time I go to Baltimore, I think about it," McClain, who is expected to be an unrestricted free agent when the lockout ends, told Jamison Hensley this week . "I think it might be the last few days I'm here.
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