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Baltimore Beatdown 4 hours ago
Ravens players react to Zach Orr news

Ravens players react to Zach Orr news

Orr’s former teammates will welcome him back with open arms! This morning, former Ravens linebacker Zachary Orr announced he was coming out of retirement after walking away from the game in January. Fan reaction is at an all-time high, as Orr was a 2nd Team All-Pro in 2016. Fans aren't the only ones excited for Orr’s return to the gridiron. Yoo @ZO35 ... need me to pick u up or what ? — Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) June 28, 2017 Glad you returning to football bra couldn't stay down to long @ZO35— Tavon Young (@Tyoung_NL) June 28, 2017 Wad up @ZO35 !!! ...
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Former Ravens ILB Zachary Orr plans to return to the NFL with neck condition

Former Ravens ILB Zachary Orr plans to return to the NFL with neck condition

At first, Orr might seem to be an appealing player for the Packers, but his play last year suggests he isn’t a great fit even if he is cleared to play. Zachary Orr was an inside linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens for the past three NFL seasons, and he was one of the better players at his position in 2016, his first year as a starter. However, Orr made waves in January as he announced his retirement from football. Orr’s retirement was due to a congenital spinal condition that was discovered after he had some mild injuries late last season. According to a press release from the Ravens,...
Baltimore Beatdown 7 hours ago
Former Ravens linebacker Zachary Orr coming out of retirement

Former Ravens linebacker Zachary Orr coming out of retirement

The All-Pro linebacker may return this season January 20, 2017: Zachary Orr suddenly retires after discovering a congenital neck issue. Today, June 28, Zach Orr announces his return, via Good Morning Football. Here is LB Zach Orr (@ZO35) on the news that he'll explore a return to the NFL #GMFB pic.twitter.com/MVpPRt6nYu— GMFB (@gmfb) June 28, 2017 The news is real, and Zachary Orr will return to the football field. Dan Graziano of ESPN tweets ‘Orr will visit the Lions on Thursday’. Free-agent LB Zach Orr will visit the Lions on Thursday. Eight teams have reached out so far...
Baltimore Beatdown 9 hours ago
Ravens schedule preview: The North Remembers

Ravens schedule preview: The North Remembers

Do the Bengals still have the Ravens’ number? Each day, for the next 13 days, we’ll take a look at the Ravens 2017 schedule. First on the list are the Ravens’ division rivals in Cincinnati, who they play in Weeks 1 and 17. A huge thank you to Dave Mangels and our friends at Bleeding Green Nation for the concept! Bengals Key Additions: OL Andre Smith, LB Kevin Minter, CB Bene Benwikere Key Losses: OG Kevin Zeitler, LB Karlos Dansby, OT Andrew Whitworth, DT Domata Peko, HB Rex Burkhead, DE Margus Hunt. Drafted: WR John Ross, RB Joe Dixon, DE Jordan Willis, LB Carl Lawson, WR Josh...
Baltimore Beatdown 10 hours ago
Three under the radar 2017 matchups for the Ravens

Three under the radar 2017 matchups for the Ravens

Now that NFL mini camps are officially wrapped and we have a few weeks to go until training camp begins, we as fans have some time on our collective hands to begin assessing what the upcoming season could look like. One way to do so is to pore over the schedule, and while many a Ravens fan has the games against Pittsburgh and Cincinnatti already circled, here are a few lesser hyped matchups to get ready for this fall and winter: Ravens at Raiders, October 8th Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports This is a matchup that will serve as one of the first truly big tests for Baltimore...
Baltimore Beatdown 11 hours ago
Have the Ravens ever developed a productive receiver?

Have the Ravens ever developed a productive receiver?

By spending a first round selection on Breshad Perriman a few years ago, the plan was obviously to develop the somewhat raw prospect into a prolific receiver. But have the Ravens ever succeeded at doing such a thing before? Generally speaking, it’s very hard to win in the NFL if you can’t produce talent on your own. Rather than throw money at free agents, the best teams all draft and develop their own stars. If you look at offseason spending over the past few years, you’ll see that the teams shelling out the most money in free agency are typically cellar dwellers. Consequently, the...
Baltimore Beatdown 12 hours ago
Trey Wingo says Joe Flacco’s contract “gutted” the Ravens

Trey Wingo says Joe Flacco’s contract “gutted” the Ravens

Time to take a look at the real reason those players left. It's that time of year again. The weather is hot, baseball is approaching the All-Star break, training camp is just around the corner, and quarterbacks are about to get paid. Three NFL quarterbacks entered this period looking for a new contract extension from their teams, and Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was the first to get his earned payday as Oakland gave him a 5-year, $125 million extension with $40 million fully guaranteed, $70 million in total guarantees, and a $12.5 million signing bonus. With Carr's deal out of the...
Baltimore Beatdown Jun 27, 2017
Who should be the starting center for the Baltimore Ravens

Who should be the starting center for the Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens are in the midst of a position battle at the center position. Who will be the victor? Jeremy Zuttah manned the center position for the Baltimore Ravens in 2016. After having a rough season, Zuttah was traded by the Ravens to the 49ers. In an article from Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun, Zrebiec mentioned the team’s desire to get bigger at center for the future. How aggressive and strong are the players that are fighting for the starting role, is one of the most important things to decide. Currently, Baltimore has three centers entrenched in a battle for the...
Baltimore Beatdown Jun 27, 2017
The Baltimore Ravens have the league’s 10th easiest schedule.

The Baltimore Ravens have the league’s 10th easiest schedule.

This should provide instant relief Over the last decade, the Ravens have played in a division which routinely produces two or three playoff teams each season. All of that changed in 2016, when the Pittsburgh Steelers were the only team in the AFC North finishing above .500. Because of the level of competition in the North, the Ravens schedule has been tough the last few years, but relief may be on the way. Warren Sharp wrote a piece for Rotoworld, ranking the strength of schedule for all 32 NFL teams and you can read more about his methodology here. 10. The Ravens’ offense is not nearly...
Baltimore Beatdown Jun 27, 2017
NFL.com’s 2014 draft do-over, who do the Ravens select?

NFL.com’s 2014 draft do-over, who do the Ravens select?

In hindsight, who do the Ravens take three years later? The 2014 NFL Draft was a big one for the Baltimore Ravens; coming off their first non-playoff season since 2007 and were only a year removed from drafting Matt Elam and Arthur Brown. General Manager Ozzie Newsome had to hit his first-round pick out of the park to rebound from the Elam selection, and sure enough, he took a middle linebacker from his old college stomping grounds. A player who has now become one of the best linebackers in football, a leader for the Ravens defense: C.J. Mosley. In his first three seasons, Mosley stood out,...
Baltimore Beatdown Jun 27, 2017
PFF: Ronnie Stanley graded as most efficient rookie OT pass blocker

PFF: Ronnie Stanley graded as most efficient rookie OT pass blocker

Ronnie Stanley has been a shining star for the Baltimore Ravens in his young career so far. Ronnie Stanley, the 23-year old 2016 first round pick, has been graded as the most efficient pass blocker among rookie offensive tackles by Pro Football Focus. This grade is compounded by the fact that the Ravens also had the ninth-ranked offensive line in the league as well. When selecting Stanley from Notre Dame, some fans complained and noted that Laremy Tunsil was still on the board. However, Baltimore’s choice in an offensive lineman in the 2016 NFL Draft has proven to be an intelligent one as...
Baltimore Beatdown Jun 27, 2017
How Joe Flacco’s contract set the QB market

How Joe Flacco’s contract set the QB market

When will the quarterback market come back down to Earth? Last week, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr signed a five-year contract extension worth $125 million, with $70 million fully guaranteed. The Carr contract resembles that of Andrew Luck, who signed an extension with the Colts in 2016 worth $140 million. Luck received $87 million guaranteed. All of these quarterbacks owe a huge thank you to Ravens quarterback, Joe Flacco. Before Flacco signed a massive six-year $120 million contract extension in 2013, Drew Brees was the quarterback who carried the NFLs largest contract at the position....
Baltimore Beatdown Jun 26, 2017
Baltimore Beatdown Monday Mailbag: What is Danny Woodhead’s role?

Baltimore Beatdown Monday Mailbag: What is Danny Woodhead’s role?

Answering your best Twitter questions! One more Sunday closer to football! Let’s take a look at your questions from the weekend! Question: How do you think we will use Danny Woodhead? I'm thinking he basically lines up in 2 back sets as a "FB" and take all of juice's catches— Kristofer A. Nichols (@KristoferA_) June 25, 2017 Answer: I believe the Ravens will use him just as you mentioned, but I’m not entirely sure he’ll actually line up at fullback. He would have to be an actual threat to run block for that to be effective, and he’s not. I expect that he’ll step into the...
Baltimore Beatdown Jun 26, 2017
Northern Territory: Can the Browns improved line elevate their QB play?

Northern Territory: Can the Browns improved line elevate their QB play?

A look at the happenings with the Ravens’ division rivals Northern Territory is a new series at Baltimore Beatdown that is similar to the Ravens Nest, a collection of links to stories across the NFL internet landscape. Northern Territory will focus exclusively on news and stories surrounding the Ravens’ rivals in the AFC North. Cincy Jungle - Cincinnati Bengals Bengals positional comparison from 2016 to 2017: offensive guard The Bengals set out to make some major changes to the offensive line this offseason, following such a poor performance in 2016. But, the changes that took place...
Baltimore Beatdown Jun 26, 2017
Ravens Nest: The Ravens are still looking for answers in free agency

Ravens Nest: The Ravens are still looking for answers in free agency

Baltimore Ravens news and links for 6/26/17 An interesting slate of Baltimore Ravens news... Ravens mailbag: Could they still sign Anquan Boldin? What O-linemen are available? - The Baltimore Sun Given the state of offensive line play in the league, it’s surprising that Mangold remains a free agent. However, it's probably telling as well. He acknowledged earlier in the offseason that he was still recovering from an ankle injury. His asking price is said to be extremely high with the 33-year-old reportedly wanting to be paid like a top-10 center. That would mean a deal worth around $6...
Baltimore Beatdown Jun 24, 2017
NFL.com lists Ravens as one of the most pass-happy teams of 2016

NFL.com lists Ravens as one of the most pass-happy teams of 2016

NFL.com’s Conor Orr analyzed the most run-happy and pass-happy teams of last season. He looked at first-and-10, second-and-10 and third-and-one; and listed the most pass-happy, run-happy and balanced teams during those plays. It should not surprise many of you that Baltimore was listed twice as pass-happy; first-and-10 and second-and-10. They were not listed as anything for third-and-one. First-and-10, the Ravens passed the ball 54.9% of the time, which was the third highest, as per NFL.com. Second-and-10, Baltimore passed it 70% of the time, which was tied for third with the Colts, as...
Baltimore Beatdown Jun 24, 2017
ICYMI: Tony Jefferson offers to sign fan’s jerseys

ICYMI: Tony Jefferson offers to sign fan’s jerseys

A jersey and an autograph? NFL jerseys aren't cheap, ranging from $100-$150. On Monday, June 19, Ravens safety and recent free agent acquisition Tony Jefferson offered fans an exciting opportunity via Twitter if they buy his jersey. Buy that jersey fam send it to me ( with paid return receipt ) I'll sign it send it back. Easy.. Jerseys not cheap lol— Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) June 20, 2017 That’s right, Tony Jefferson has offered to sign your jerseys if you send them to him! It’s awesome that NFL players recognize that jerseys aren't cheap and that fans love the return...
Baltimore Beatdown Jun 23, 2017
Ravens Breakout Candidate: CB Maurice Canady

Ravens Breakout Candidate: CB Maurice Canady

Promising Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tavon Young went down with an ACL tear in offseason workouts earlier this month, a significant loss. The club’s front office has bolstered their depth at corner beautifully this offseason through the acquisitions of Brandon Carr and Marlon Humphrey, but both are presently viewed as outside cornerbacks. Enter Maurice Canady, a second-year player who is currently the favorite to start at the crucial slot cornerback position, per Garrett Downing. Canady was a sixth round pick by the Ravens in the 2016 draft class after starting three seasons for...
Baltimore Beatdown Jun 23, 2017
Football Outsiders ranks the 2000 Ravens as the 26th best team in the last 30 years

Football Outsiders ranks the 2000 Ravens as the 26th best team in the last 30 years

Too low or just right? ESPN Insider, with the help of Football Outsiders DVOA advanced metrics system, has decided to rank the best offense, defense, special teams, and overall teams in the last thirty years every day this week. They ranked the best thirty defenses over the last three decades a few days ago, and six Baltimore Ravens defenses were among them. Which is a clear testament to what the team has accomplished in its 21-year history on that side of the ball. On Thursday, it was time for the people at Football Outsiders to list the best teams over the last thirty years according to...
Baltimore Beatdown Jun 22, 2017
NFL.com’s Elliott Harrison lists John Harbaugh as sixth best coach in 2017 head coach power rankings

NFL.com’s Elliott Harrison lists John Harbaugh as sixth best coach in 2017 head coach power rankings

NFL.com’s Elliott Harrison released his head coach power rankings and Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was listed at number six. Below are Harrison’s thoughts on John Harbaugh. “The Ravens' late-season stumbles in 2016 shouldn't obscure what has been one of the most successful runs among NFL head coaches. Baltimore bounced back from the organization-wide frustration stemming from the 2015 campaign, when the team went 5-11 (with nearly every loss coming via a one-score margin), to finish 8-8. That is Harbaugh's only losing season to date, as the Ravens have made six playoff appearances,...

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