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Jun 22, 2017
Jeremy Maclin could be a great fantasy football sleeper

Jeremy Maclin could be a great fantasy football sleeper

It's been a long time since a member of the Ravens offense has been a reliable fantasy producer, but Jeremy Maclin might be able to buck the trend this year. For years now, fantasy football players have been wise to avoid rostering members of the Ravens offense on their fantasy teams. Hampered by high-profile injuries, (Flacco, Perriman, Pitta, etc.) a coaching staff carousel, and a lack of big names in the passing game, Baltimore has become a fantasy football graveyard of sorts. Over the past three seasons, Justin Forsett was the only Ravens player to post a top-25 fantasy performance,...
Jun 22, 2017
Former Ravens Linebacker Ryan Jones Shot Dead in Apartment

Former Ravens Linebacker Ryan Jones Shot Dead in Apartment

Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ryan Jones was shot and killed inside a Reno apartment on Sunday. Ryan Jones, a former linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants, was killed on Sunday in Reno, Nevada, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. He was one of three men who were shot. He died on the scene. Jones was 26 years old. At about 8:20 PM on Sunday, officers were called to the 200 block of Talus Way. Three men were found shot and one of those men was Jones. Then, Jones passed away at the scene. The other victims were sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries....
Jun 21, 2017
Jeremy Maclin admits playing with a torn groin in 2016

Jeremy Maclin admits playing with a torn groin in 2016

Maclin was roughed up by injuries during his final season in Kansas City A few weeks ago, many were shocked by the June release of former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Especially after he signed a 5-year, $55 million deal with the team just two years prior. Add in the fact he did contribute to the Chiefs first postseason appearance since 2010, in his first year. A season where he put up 1,000 yards receiving and scored 8 touchdowns for a team that went 11-5 and won their first playoff game in 22 years. 2016 was a rough go for the veteran receiver as he missed four games...
Jun 21, 2017
Did the Baltimore Ravens overpay Brandon Williams?

Did the Baltimore Ravens overpay Brandon Williams?

The defense is the focus for the 2017-2018 Baltimore Ravens; Ozzie proved this after spending big money on Brandon Williams, Tony Jefferson and Brandon Carr. The re-signing of Brandon, though, is worrisome. A contract hefty in price, to an incredible player no doubt, but is it towards the wrong position? According to spotrac.com, Brandon is eighth highest paid DT/NT in the league. He’s absolutely worth a good contract, but is he deserving of $52.5 million over five years? The Ravens defensive front plays 3-4, or 4-3 under. Brandon, more often than anything else, plays nose tackle. His...
Jun 21, 2017
Football Outsiders lists six Ravens defenses in the best of the last 30 years

Football Outsiders lists six Ravens defenses in the best of the last 30 years

Is the 2000 defense No. 1? Defense. That has been the Baltimore Ravens identity and reputation over the last seventeen years. It is who they are, and it is something general manager Ozzie Newsome worked hard to build and maintain this offseason. Newsome is trying to turn a good but overrated defense from a year ago into a great one, and the pieces are in place for that to occur in 2017. ESPN Insider, with the help of Football Outsiders DVOA advanced-metric system, ranked the thirty best defenses over the last thirty years. Six Ravens defenses were among the thirty defenses listed, and you...
Jun 20, 2017
Ravens Breakout Candidate: OLB Matt Judon

Ravens Breakout Candidate: OLB Matt Judon

In most years, Baltimore Ravens second year outside linebacker Matt Judon would be receiving a lot of offseason attention. Judon’s encouraging play as a rookie prompted the Ravens to release veteran edge rusher Elvis Dumervil in March. But then, a fortuitous draft allowed the front office to add a pair of high upside pass rushers in Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams, relegating Judon to an afterthought. Judon was a fifth round pick in the 2016 NFL draft out of Division II Grand Valley State. His official stat line as a rookie was 27 tackles, four tackles for a loss, four sacks, ten quarterback...
Jun 20, 2017
ESPN’s NFL Staff grades Ravens off-season a ‘B’

ESPN’s NFL Staff grades Ravens off-season a ‘B’

ESPN’s NFL staff handed out off-season grades for all 32 teams in the NFL. ESPN NFL Writer Jamison Hensley gave the Ravens a ‘B’ for their off-season moves. Below are Hensley’s reasoning for why Baltimore earned a ‘B’. “Improve the secondary and pass rush. The Ravens' playoff hopes were dashed in the final four games last season, when Baltimore allowed 264 yards passing (sixth-most over that span) and managed three total sacks. As a result, the Ravens lost three times, including a last-minute defeat to the rival Pittsburgh Steelers that eliminated Baltimore from the...
Jun 20, 2017
ESPN’s Tedy Bruschi gives the Ravens Odell Beckham Jr. during NFL Live “Durant Draft” segment.

ESPN’s Tedy Bruschi gives the Ravens Odell Beckham Jr. during NFL Live “Durant Draft” segment.

Well, OBJ is a free agent after 2018. Everyone likes to talk fantasy. Whether its fantasy sports or just imagining what your team would be like if you had a certain player from another team. It’s fun water-cooler talk in the office and it makes you wonder. It’s another reason why fans love free agency and the NFL Draft; it’s an opportunity to land that one player you want your team to get. In basketball, the Golden State Warriors now infamously landed Kevin Durant last offseason when he became a free agent, after spending nine seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Warriors...
Jun 20, 2017
Hypothetical Baltimore Ravens, “protected player” list

Hypothetical Baltimore Ravens, “protected player” list

Who do you protect from pretend expansion? The NHL is currently overflowing with news as the NHL draft and the expansion draft are about to begin. Buffalo Rumblings, SB Nations’ Buffalo Bills affiliate, gave their, Hypothetical Buffalo Bills “protected players” list. I tried my hand at the Baltimore Ravens roster. First, here are the guidelines from NHL.com “Each team had the option to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters and one goalie. All players with continuing and effective no-movement clauses had to be protected. All first- and second-year...
Jun 20, 2017
Offseason Observation: Confidence among the Ravens is growing

Offseason Observation: Confidence among the Ravens is growing

The Baltimore Ravens franchise has regressed during the previous four seasons. Since winning Super Bowl XLVII in early 2013, the team’s regular season record is 31 wins and 33 losses. After earning playoff victories in each of John Harbaugh’s first five seasons, the Ravens have missed the postseason entirely in three of the last four years. Perhaps most distressing is the bland brand of football the team has played lately. The confidence building wins have been few and far between. Many of the victories and especially the losses have been difficult to enjoy watching, as the once proud...
Jun 19, 2017
2017 Free Agents the Ravens should continue monitoring

2017 Free Agents the Ravens should continue monitoring

The Baltimore Ravens recently wrapped up their off-season mini-camp and now have several weeks before the pads come on. With the NFL at its quietest, just about any signing by any team could likely make the news; but there are a few players still currently on the free agent market warranting serious interest from teams. The Ravens still have some holes to fill at certain positions, so here are a few of those names to keep an eye on as we move forward into the summer. Nick Mangold, Center Fairly obvious one, and if you were to ask me, it’s most likely to happen. Mangold is a tenured...
Jun 19, 2017
Three Ravens who are falling under the radar

Three Ravens who are falling under the radar

With mandatory mini-camp in the books and the regular season still several months away, here are three Ravens who I believe are falling under-the-radar. Brent Urban Many people have written, commented or spoke about how Brent Urban may not make the 53-man roster. That would be a huge mistake for the Ravens. I doubt they will make that mistake. Not only is Urban valuable on special teams but he carved out a small role last season on defense. His snap counts on defense may increase as Lawrence Guy is heading to New England. Urban played his first full season in 2016, after being drafted in...
Jun 18, 2017
The Ravens’ unfinished offense could lead them back to the playoffs

The Ravens’ unfinished offense could lead them back to the playoffs

The re-tooling of the of the offense could make the Baltimore Ravens playoff contenders once more. After a disappointing 8-8 season from the Ravens, many are looking for improvement from the offensive side of the football. The Ravens weren't the most prolific of offenses in 2016, finishing the season at 17th in total offensive yards (5563). They also lost two receivers (Steve Smith Sr. and Kamar Aiken), in addition to tight end Dennis Pitta to a hip injury. Pitta has provided Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco with a safety net since 2010. Now, without that safety net, other tight ends will have...
Jun 17, 2017
Is the Wonderlic test a good predictor of NFL success?

Is the Wonderlic test a good predictor of NFL success?

The assessment has been a staple of the NFL combine and scouting process for many years. But do the scores really mean anything in the scheme of things? For decades, the Wonderlic Personnel Test has been a staple of the NFL Combine. In conjunction with running around a field and performing various physical tests for scouts, the top collegiate prospects are also asked made to take the 12-minute Wonderlic test in order for teams to assess the athletes’ mental proficiency. With 50 questions that test players in the areas of math, logic, and vocabulary, the test is certainly no easy task....
Jun 17, 2017
Examining the state of tanking in the NFL

Examining the state of tanking in the NFL

The Jets recent decision to release wide receiver Eric Decker has shined light on a practice that by some is looked down upon, but one that, if done well, can alter the path of a team for years to come. The New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers are two extremely bad football teams. But neither have done themselves any favors by dumping off their top players through cuts, or letting them walk away in free agency. The 49ers have lost quarterback Colin Kaepernick as well as linebacker Gerald Hodges this offseason, and the Jets no longer have wide receiver Brandon Marshall, Decker or safety...