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Ravens' C.J. Mosley concludes successful rookie year in Pro Bowl

Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley will finish his successful rookie season Sunday night in the Pro Bowl, marking the start of an offseason in which he has vowed to improve.

Mosley excelled as a run-stopper and blitzer, leading the Ravens with 133 tackles and also recording three sacks and two interceptions. He played all but 15 of the Ravens' 1,080 defensive snaps.

"For a rookie, I think did pretty well," Mosley said at the end of the season. "But I'm a rookie, so I've got a lot to work on and I can only go up from here. So, I'm going to take my time off and get my body right for these first few weeks and then just get right back at it so I can be a better player come next April."

About the only area in which Mosley could improve is in pass coverage. Mosley was frequently close to making plays on the ball, but he allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 91 of 108 passes thrown in his direction for 767 yards and four touchdowns with an 84.3 completion percentage and a 100.9...

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USC cornerback Josh Shaw met with Ravens, vows to tell teams the truth about incident

A series of lies cost Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw dearly this past season, damaging his reputation and raising significant questions about his character.

A senior captain for the Trojans, Shaw lied to his coaches in August about the cause of a pair of high-ankle sprains. He concocted an elaborate story about how he had jumped off a terrace to save a drowning nephew in a swimming pool.

Shaw stuck to his story for days and was hailed as a hero, until the truth was discovered. USC athletic department officials learned that Shaw had panicked about potentially being arrested after an argument with his girlfriend and had jumped from a balcony wearing flip-flops.

Shaw was no hero. USC suspended him, and he played in just three games as a senior.

Healthy again, Shaw vowed to be transparent with NFL teams this week at the Senior Bowl all-star game. He's regarded as an intriguing NFL draft prospect: a 6-foot, 198-pound cornerback-safety, albeit one with major baggage.

Shaw has been...

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Navy long snapper Joe Cardona playing in today's Senior Bowl

Navy long snapper Joe Cardona is making his bid for a shot in the NFL by playing in today's Senior Bowl all-star game for the North squad.

He's the third player in school history to play in this game, joining former Navy fullback Eric Kettani in 2008 and Napoleon McCallum in 1986.

A four-year starter, Cardona has excellent velocity on his snaps. They've been clocked as fast as 41 miles per hour.

"This is a great opportunity to come to the Senior Bowl," Cardona said. "I've got big shoes to fill, but this is a huge honor and I plan on making the most of this week."

What's next for Cardona isn't the NFL. At least not right now. He's set to graduate in May with a degree in economics and be commissioned as a Marine as a logistics officer.

Ideally, the 6-foot-3, 236-pound specialist would like to pursue an NFL career.

Cardona can be signed to an NFL contract and be placed on a military reserve list. If that were to happen, Cardona could be eligible for early release from his military...

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Gary Kubiak says he 'had a blast' with Ravens, praises new coordinator Marc Trestman

Energized and admittedly dealing with a slightly hectic situation as he works to assemble his Denver Broncos' coaching staff, Gary Kubiak said he thoroughly enjoyed his lone season as the Ravens' offensive coordinator.

During a telephone interview with The Baltimore Sun from his new office in Denver, Kubiak discussed everything from Joe Flacco to new Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman.

"It was a blast," Kubiak said. "It was as much fun as I've had in my career. We started from scratch. We put in a new system. That was difficult on everybody. We were searching for some help. We had some things going on with the Ray Rice situation early in the season. Our identity was probably in flux. Guys just responded. We played very well upfront. I was really proud of that.

"We ran the ball and protected the quarterback. [Offensive line coach] Juan [Castillo] did a hell of a job with those young guys. The running back situation, what Justin [Forsett] did was incredible when he took over that...

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Norfolk State pass rusher Lynden Trail is an NFL draft sleeper

Although he comes from a relatively small school, Norfolk State outside linebacker Lynden Trail is hardly a secret.

The 6-foot-7, 260-pound transfer from Florida has the kind of large frame and pass-rushing skills that NFL teams covet. He could eventually bulk up into a 280-pound defensive end in a 4-3 scheme or stay at his current weight and play as a standup 3-4 outside linebacker.

Trail is a three-time All-Mid-Eastern Conference selection who’s flashed a lot of mobility and and shown the ability to hold the point of attack at the Senior Bowl, drawing some comparisons to lean Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap.

Trail recorded 91 tackles as a senior with 11 for losses, five sacks and two forced fumbles. He finished his career with 255 tackles, 41 for losses, 19.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.

He’s the first Norfolk State player to be invited to the NFL scouting combine since cornerback Don Carey in 2009. Trail is regarded as a middle-round to...

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Ravens will not raise ticket prices for the 2015 season

The Ravens will not raise ticket prices for the 2015 season, marking the second straight year they've stayed with the same pricing plan for games at M&T Bank Stadium.

Senior vice president for public and community relations Kevin Byrne confirmed Friday that the ticket prices would remain unchanged. He declined to comment on what led to the decision.

The Ravens went 10-6 in 2014 and won a playoff game for the sixth time in the past seven seasons. But the organization also had one of the most tumultuous seasons in franchise history, and its poor handling of former running back Ray Rice's domestic-violence case resulted in owner Steve Bisciotti's writing an apologetic letter to season-ticket holders.

From 2001 to 2009, the cost of Ravens tickets increased every other year. That trend stopped before the 2011 season, when the team did not raise prices, citing a sluggish economy and the uncertainty of an NFL lockout.

Their last increase was before the 2013 season, long before the Ravens beat...

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