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Honoring memory of those lost on 9-11

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2016 – 10:40 am

With Sunday being the 15th anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks of 9-11, the NFL is paying tribute to those who were lost on that fateful day in New York, at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania on Flight 93 as well as those police, fire and first responders who looked disaster square in the face and did their job. Here’s what you’ll see on each of the Bills players today in the season opener at Baltimore.

In addition to a 9-11 ribbon decal on the back of every player’s helmet, players will also be wearing gloves depicting the American flag.


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Bills elusive weapons hard for Ravens to replicate

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2016 – 10:22 am

If there is one distinct advantage for Buffalo’s offense against the Ravens it’s their top weapons are extremely elusive. Earlier in the week Baltimore defensive coordinator Dean Pees compared Sammy Watkins to perennial Pro Bowl receiver Randy Moss. But Pees isn’t only worried about containing Watkins.

Preparing for Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy in the practice setting has been an issue because they don’t have any players on their practice squad or who they line up on their scout team during the week, who can effectively replicate what Taylor and McCoy can do on the field.

“We used some guys during some other practices and stuff, but Tyrod is one of the best athletes I have ever been around – ever,” said Pees. “Just watching him out here do things, even when he’d be out here catching a punt and doing things, he’s just a phenomenal, phenomenal athlete. I don’t know that you can simulate that. Our guys have tried to do a good job that we’ve put in there. The quarterbacks and running backs and all of those guys that have done that have done a great job with it. We just have to do a good job on defense of doing what we’re supposed to do – having good eyes and doing our technique, following our assignments and being where we’re supposed to be.

“[LeSean] McCoy is the same way. When McCoy runs a sweep, it’s like a punt return. You don’t know where he’s going to end up. I watched a film on him when he was four yards in the backfield on third-and-one, and he ended up gaining three, and nobody blocked anybody on the play. It was amazing.

“Those guys are phenomenal. It’s not just Tyrod. They have Sammy Watkins out there. They have [Charles] Clay, who I can still remember from Miami and is a heck of a tight end that’s got speed. They have a very, very talented crew. We have our hands full with all of them.”

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What makes Ravens’ Devin Hester special

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2016 – 8:50 am

Everyone knows that Baltimore return man Devin Hester holds the NFL mark for most return touchdowns in his career with 20 and the record for punt return touchdowns with 14. There’s no debating that Hester is entering the twilight of his career, but at age 33, he’s still a viable return threat. Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg explained why.

“The thing that makes Devin special in my view is he has the ability to break away. He has elite speed,” said Rosburg. “He has change of direction skills that are also elite. He has hands; he has ball skills that are very good. Then, the other thing that people aren’t really aware of when you watch him in some of these big returns is that he will break tackles. He has a strong lower body, and people bounce off him. That is a pretty good combination, and we are looking forward to having that on our sideline instead of trying to chase him.”

Having just signed this past week, Rosburg has been spending a lot of extra hours with his new return specialist.

“We’ve spent some extra time just watching tape together,” he said. “We’ve watched some of his tape, and we’ve talked through some things. He has learned our system very quickly. The difficulty really is having our players play with him and understanding how he plays the game – every one of these guys – especially in a punt return when the play is a work of art. He is going to find space and go. We have to learn how to play with Devin Hester as our returner. And we will, and that’s why we’ve been working hard in practice to try to get to know one another in that regard.”


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Ravens Dumervil out for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2016 – 4:39 pm

One of Baltimore’s best pass rushers will not be able to play on Sunday.

Elvis Dumervil, who is coming back from offseason foot surgery, told Ravens reporters that he suffered a setback in his recovery. Dumervil has been on the team’s PUP list, but was activated off that list on Aug. 22nd.

“It’s one of those things where your body kind of tells you when it’s ready,” Dumervil told “So we’re all pushing. We wanted it to be Week 1, but unfortunately, it wasn’t.”

Albert McClellan is expected to be Dumervil’s replacement as starter in the lineup, but Za’Darius Smith and rookie Matt Judon are expected to see time in pass rushing situations.

Here’s a look at the rest of Baltimore’s practice report for Wednesday.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Kenneth Dixon RB Knee DNP
Elvis Dumervil LB Foot DNP
Jerraud Powers CB Ankle DNP
Dennis Pitta TE Finger FP
John Urschel OL Shoulder FP
Maxx Williams TE Knee FP
Shareece Wright CB Foot FP

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Rex wary of Ravens special teams prowess

Posted by Chris Brown on September 6, 2016 – 12:29 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan spent 10 years coaching in Baltimore, so he knows the team’s history and their calling cards. Physicality in their play is one of them. The other is creating advantages on special teams to provide their offense and defense with field position advantage throughout games. With their head coach John Harbaugh a former special teams coordinator himself, Ryan knows for Buffalo’s specialists it will be a challenging opening week.

“Their special teams are a major factor,” said Ryan. “They probably have the best kicker in the league, a great punter and they just added (Devin) Hester. So you go into games and this is an area that is usually a big advantage for Baltimore and we’ve got to limit that. So we know going in special teams is a big emphasis this week. And then obviously a challenge on both sides of the ball on offense and defense.”

Buffalo signed return specialist Brandon Tate on Tuesday. A day earlier the Ravens signed the league’s all-time return specialist Devin Hester. It’ll be interesting to see if the Bills decide to make other special teams moves with Baltimore being their opponent Sunday.

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Points not expected early

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2013 – 11:15 am

Three games hardly represents a trend, but as the Bills and Ravens enter today’s game neither offense has gotten off to any point-producing starts in any of their games this season. That’s why both clubs are at or near the bottom in first quarter scoring.

The Ravens have just a single touchdown this season when it comes to scoring in the first quarter over their first three outings. They have yet to score on an opening possession this season.

The Bills meanwhile are the only NFL club that has yet to score any points in the opening quarter of any of their first three games. Jacksonville has a defensive score, a safety, for their only first quarter points this season.

Both the Buffalo and Baltimore offenses have been slow starters to this point. We’ll see if that changes today.

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Ravens will challenge Bills vertically

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2013 – 10:15 am

The Ravens on their own merit like to stretch the field with deep passing routes knowing they have a quarterback with a cannon for an arm in Joe Flacco. After seeing Buffalo get victimized a few times in the past two weeks on deep balls, the Bills are expecting them to throw downfield every bit as much as they usually do if not more today.

“I think what we’ll be challenged with again is this team more than any of the teams we’ve played before consistently challenges you vertically down the field,” Bills head coach Doug Marrone told “They run quite a bit of vertical routes and they always have someone coming underneath. The one thing they’re doing is they’re hitting some of that
underneath stuff and running after the catch for first downs. So they have some speed, but the quarterback is an elite quarterback. He’s going to find those guys.”

Baltimore ranks 12th in the league in completions of 20 yards or more with 11 in their first three games.

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A 3rd down figure for Bills-Ravens

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2013 – 8:02 am

As we covered on this weekend, third and long has been a problem not only for Buffalo’s offense, but surprisingly for their defense as well as they’re giving up conversions on third-and-long 52 percent of the time. On Sunday they face a Baltimore team, that while struggling a bit in offensive production has found a way to convert on third down.

No offense in the NFL has more third down conversions than Baltimore. The Ravens have racked up a total of 24 through three games.

On the flip side of that, only one other defense has surrendered more third down conversions than the Bills. Cleveland has given up 24 third down conversions, which is just one more than Buffalo (23).

The Bills will need to go hard in the opposite direction of those numbers to post a win against the defending Super Bowl champions today.

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Ravens vs. rookie QBs

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2013 – 12:51 pm

The Baltimore Ravens not surprisingly have had pretty good success against rookie signal callers. Here’s a look at their numbers.

According to, the Ravens since 2008 are 5-2 against rookie QBs. In those seven games they’ve allowed rookie QBs to throw just two touchdown passes against nine interceptions. The collective passer rating of those rookie QBs that faced the Ravens? 58.8.


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Ravens RB Rice, 7 others questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2013 – 3:00 pm

The Ravens official injury report has been released and RB Ray Rice is listed as questionable. So is DT Chris Canty, who is trying to return from a thigh injury. Here’s the rest of the Baltimore players, who are not a sure thing for Sunday’s game with the Bills.

Veteran WR Brandon Stokely was added to the injury report Friday with a groin injury.

Player Pos Injury Participation   Friday Friday Status
Jacoby Jones WR Knee OUT OUT
Marlon Brown WR Neck FP Probable
Terrence Cody DT Knee DNP Doubtful
Shaun Draughn RB Ankle LP Questionable
Ryan Jensen C Foot DNP Doubtful
Pernell McPhee LB/DE Knee LP Questionable
Arthur Brown LB Chest LP Questionable
Chris Canty DE Thigh LP Questionable
Ray Rice RB Hip LP Questionable
Deonte   Thompson WR Foot LP Questionable
Brandon   Williams DT Toe LP Questionable
Brandon   Stokeley WR Groin LP Questionable


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Ravens Rice a likely game time decision

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2013 – 2:42 pm

Baltimore RB Ray Rice (hip) practiced again on Friday, but has been limited all week. Here’s what Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said following Ravens practice on Rice’s availability Sunday.

“We stand by the fact that we’re hoping [Rice will] get there,” said Harbaugh. “He’s got a better chance than he had last week. He has practiced, to an extent, throughout the course of the week, and we’ll know on Sunday. We’ve got our fingers crossed.” tweeted the following from Rice after Friday’s practice.

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Who is playing Ravens role of EJ in practice?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2013 – 8:13 am

The Baltimore Ravens in preparation for EJ Manuel, have a pretty good body double in terms of athleticism to use on their scout team in practice this week.

Backup QB Tyrod Taylor is serving as EJ Manuel on Baltimore’s scout team offense. Wary of Manuel’s ability to run the read option, defensive coordinator Dean Pees is pleased with the looks Taylor is giving his defense.

“You definitely have to devote some time to it. You can’t ignore it. We’ve got a good quarterback here that gives us a good look at it, so that helps, with Tyrod [Taylor],” said Pees. “When you’re looking at their whole offense and everything that they do, especially their running game being fourth in the league and all that, you’ve got to spend some time looking at it.”

Even Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell recognizes the value of Taylor’s athleticism giving Baltimore’s defense a quality simulation.

“It’s a great value to have someone like that on your team,” said Caldwell. “I know Dean [Pees] has probably spoken to that a little better than myself. It’s very hard to emulate guys with that kind of athleticism if you don’t have a guy that can do it. Tyrod [Taylor] is exceptional and does a tremendous job. He gives our defense a picture and certainly does prepare them for a guy like we’re facing this week, who is also extremely mobile, a very capable passer and smart. It’s a great luxury.”

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RB Rice limited again Thursday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 26, 2013 – 4:35 pm

The Baltimore Ravens believe they’ll have RB Ray Rice back in the lineup Sunday against the Bills after he missed last week’s game with a hip flexor injury. On Thursday however, he was just a limited participant. There were a few other key players that were limited for the Ravens too.

Practicing on a limited basis along with Rice, were DT Chris Canty (thigh), LB Arthur Brown (chest), WR Deonte Thompson (foot), DT Brandon Williams (toe).

According to the team’s official twitter account, WR Marlon Brown (neck) returned to practice and was a full participant.

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Ravens injuries at WR could be helpful

Posted by Chris Brown on September 26, 2013 – 9:55 am

Already without WR Jacoby Jones (knee) this week, the Ravens also have another receiver upon whom they’ve relied the first three weeks of the season dealing with an injury.

Marlon Brown, who has lined up opposite Torrey Smith, missed practice Wednesday with a neck injury. The origin of the injury is unknown since he played the whole game for Baltimore last week. If Brown can’t play it would leave the Ravens without two of their top three receivers.

In addition reserve WR Deonte Thompson was limited in practice Wednesday with a foot injury.

Absences at receiver for Baltimore would be a welcome sight for the Bills, who could be without each of their top three corners on their depth chart if Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) can’t play. Stephon Gilmore and Ron Brooks are not expected to play Sunday.

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CB Rogers puts last Sunday behind him

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2013 – 5:53 pm

He got beat for a pair of long touchdowns last week including the game winner in the team’s Week 3 loss to the Jets. He also had a big pass breakup to save a touchdown on an attempted flea flicker by New York. For Justin Rogers Sunday night and Monday weren’t much fun, but on Wednesday Rogers had effectively put his last outing behind him.

“Yeah I think I’ve been able to do for the most part,” said Rogers following Wednesday’s practice. “It was unfortunate and I was kind of hard on myself. The thing about this game is you’ve got to move on and I think my teammates and especially coaches they’ve really been pushing me to move on. By them telling me to move on and short term memory and getting out there today and being able to practice I kind of put it behind me.”

Rogers, who said the corrections for his game deal mainly with technique (getting in position, getting head around, not peeking too much at QB), knows his play last week will put a bulls-eye on his chest, but the cornerback sees that as an opportunity, not a problem.

“It’s definitely an opportunity to make plays,” he said. “This game is about making plays when you look at it. The more opportunities you get, the more times you get thrown at, the more opportunities to make a play so you’ve got to accept the challenge.”

Head coach Doug Marrone, who still had Rogers lined up at one of the starting cornerback spots in practice Wednesday, is adamant that the defense has faith in his abilities.

“Justin Rogers is not the first player to have a poor game,” said Marrone. “The one thing about it is he’s on this team and he’s out there practicing and like I said after the game, the one thing I appreciate is competing. It would be different if he fell down or wasn’t near the play or couldn’t do it, but he’s right there to make that play. We know it’s very close and we just keep pushing him to be able to do that.

“This sport you have to be so mentally tough, especially at corner. The two positions when you’re out on islands, people talk about corner and left tackle. You’ve got to be able to forget and come back the next play because if you can’t you’re not going to really last in this league and I think that’s something we all know. He’s got to shake it off. He went out there today and competed his butt off and that’s what we expected from him.”

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Ravens Harbaugh on Bills DB situation

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2013 – 5:18 pm

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is all too aware of Buffalo’s injury situation at cornerback and safety. But as is usually the case the Baltimore sideline boss was complimentary of the Bills secondary.

“They’ve got a lot of depth there,” said Harbaugh. “They’ve done a nice job of building depth in there. They have a lot of DBs on the roster, and they’ve played a lot of those guys. So, that’s impressive. We’ve been down that road ourselves, so we
understand the injury part of it. We had no healthy scratches out of the seven guys last week, so we’ve been battling injuries as well. I think every team faces that.”

As Bills head coach Doug Marrone said last week, no team feels sorry for any other because they’re usually dealing with injuries of their own. Baltimore was without RB Ray Rice, WR Jacoby Jones and DT Chris Canty last week among others.


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Ravens RB Rice limited in practice

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2013 – 4:38 pm

Here’s a look at the Ravens injury report following Wednesday’s practice participation. Baltimore RB Ray Rice, who missed last week’s game with a hip flexor injury was a limited participant in practice.

Player Pos Injury Participation   Wednesday
Jacoby Jones WR Knee OUT
Marlon Brown WR Neck DNP
Terrence Cody DT Knee DNP
Shaun Draughn RB Ankle DNP
Ryan Jensen C Foot DNP
Pernell McPhee LB/DE Knee DNP
Arthur Brown LB Chest LP
Chris Canty DE Thigh LP
Ray Rice RB Hip LP
Deonte   Thompson WR Foot LP
Brandon   Williams DT Toe LP

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Ravens WR Jones ruled out for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2013 – 4:15 pm

The Baltimore Ravens have announced that they will be without one of their receivers Sunday against the Bills.

The team said WR Jacoby Jones is out for Sunday’s game.

Jones injury is a knee, which he hurt in the opener. He was also allegedly struck in the head with a bottle in an off the field incident last week.

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Spiller full go at practice Wed.

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2013 – 3:03 pm

In the wake off all the injuries the Bills have sustained over the past two weeks, the team had good news regarding the health of C.J. Spiller.

Spiller, who left Sunday’s game with a quadriceps injury, said on Monday he expected to be good to go for this weekend’s game against the Ravens. He proved that on Wednesday when he participated fully in practice.

“The biggest thing I wasn’t hesitant and that was really going to be my biggest mental hurdle. Was I going to be hesitant on my cut? And I wasn’t. I was able to push off it. There’s still some soreness in there, it’s not completely where I want it to be. But by Sunday I think it’ll be completely gone. It was one of those things where yesterday it felt a certain way and today I woke up and it felt great. So we’re going to see how it reacts tomorrow when I wake up and if it’s good to go I’ll practice again.”

The fact that Spiller was a full participant was a very encouraging sign for his availability Sunday. If he practices again on Thursday there should be nothing standing in the way of the Bills back playing against the Ravens.

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Flacco all for starting rookie QBs right away

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2013 – 2:39 pm

Ravens QB Joe Flacco was a first-round pick just like EJ Manuel, and just like Manuel he started right away. Looking back on it now Flacco is in favor of getting out on the field instead of sitting and watching for a year, provided the signal caller has the right mental make up.

“If you feel like you have a guy who’s mentally tough then it’s always better to start right away,” he said. “I mean, there’s no better place then in games to really grow and get that experience and become better. You can’t really reproduce that in any way even if you’re practicing really well it’s tough to get that same kind of game-like situation. So I always say if you feel like you have a guy that’s mentally tough enough and can handle losing some games or not always playing to like how they always should, then that way is the best way to go.”

Flacco feels as though his career benefited from being thrown into the lineup as a rookie.

“There’s no doubt about it. Not only does it help you learn and get better, it just gives you a lot more confidence to get in there Day 1 and just go after it,” he said. “When you sit on the bench for a year or two then you kind of just start to lose that confidence and all that stuff that you had and developed over the last couple of years when you were in college. I think when you’re thrown into the fire right away you just feel like they had confidence in you and that gives you the ability to keep that confidence you had. The longer you sit on the bench and the longer you don’t play I think the more you just start to doubt yourself.”

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