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City grad Adrian Coxson runs 4.28, 4.33 at Stony Brook Pro Day

Stony Brook wide receiver Adrian Coxson was hoping for a fast 40-yard dash during his campus Pro Day workout Wednesday in New York.

Everything went according to plan for the former City standout, as he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.28 and 4.33 seconds. Coxson, 6 feet and 209 pounds, also bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times and had a 34-inch vertical leap.

"It was a great day, it happened," Coxson told The Baltimore Sun in a telephone interview from New York. "I expected it. I had to go through. Hopefully, it gives me a better chance to get drafted late. It should definitely open some eyes."

The workout was attended by the Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills.

Coxson has been training with retired Ravens wide receiver Qadry Ismail for the past few months at The Arena Club in Bel Air. Ismail was at the workout Wednesday.

"Q is great at what he does," Coxson said. "He's worked very hard and done a great job with me."

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Ravens trade backup center Gino Gradkowski to Broncos

The Ravens have traded backup center Gino Gradkowski to the Denver Broncos.

The Ravens sent Gradkowski and a 2016 fifth-round NFL draft pick to the Broncos in exchange for the Broncos' 2016 fourth-round draft pick, according to a league source.

Gradkowski was slated to be a backup for the Ravens, but could start for the Broncos.

The trade is contingent on Gradkowski, who has had knee issues, passing a physical.

The trade reunites Gradkowski with former Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak and quarterbacks coach Rick Dennison, the Broncos' new head coach and offensive coordinator, respectively.

A 2012 fourth-round draft pick, Gradkowski played sparingly behind starter Jeremy Zuttah after starting every game during the 2013 season.

Trading Gradkowski saves the Ravens roughly $1 million against the salary cap.

Gradkowski hit an escalator clause heading into the final year of his rookie contract. He is now due a $1.542 million salary, up from $660,000, and is expensive for a backup....

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After rough two seasons, Matt Schaub still confident he can contribute

New Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub is just two years removed from leading the Houston Texans to a 12-4 record and an AFC South division title, and being named to the AFC Pro Bowl team after throwing for more than 4,000 yards and 22 touchdown passes.

In the time since, Schaub has been benched twice, traded by the Texans to the Oakland Raiders, released by the Raiders and threw 16 interceptions compared to just 10 touchdown passes. Now, the soon-to-be 34-year-old finds himself preparing for a season in which he knows he will be a backup to Joe Flacco, who hasn’t missed a game in his seven-year NFL career.

“Whether it’s in the context of a game, a season, you’re going to have an ebb and flow, you’re going to have peaks, you’re going to have some valleys. You’re going to have some really good times and you’re going to have some tough times. But how you handle those is what’s going to carry you through,” Schaub said Wednesday in a conference call with area reporters.

He spoke a day after he...

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A look at the all-time best Ravens backup quarterbacks

Matt Schaub becomes not only Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco's most expensive backup since Marc Bulger, but also his most accomplished.

Schaub, 33, signed a one-year deal worth up to $3 million with incentives on Tuesday, and brings 24,311 passing yards, 130 touchdowns, two Pro Bowl selections and 11 years of NFL experience to Baltimore.

That's just 24,112 yards and, well, 130 touchdowns and two Pro Bowls more than Tyrod Taylor, 25, left the Ravens with after spending four years as Flacco's backup.

The smart money is not on Schaub to add to his career totals with the Ravens; Flacco's never missed an NFL start. Still, he provides a theoretical level of security in the No. 2 quarterback role that the Ravens have not had in some time.

If Schaub needed to step in and win one game for a banged-up Flacco, could he do it? Ravens fans should probably hope they don't have to find out. But, without yet throwing a pass, Schaub immediatey joins a list of the team's all-time best backup quarterbacks....

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Ravens take in Pro Day workout of Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones

When Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones, one of the most athletic draft prospects, worked out Tuesday, the Ravens were in attendance.

Ravens senior personnel assistant George Kokinis, a Connecticut native, took in the Huskies' campus Pro Day.

And Jones lived up to his reputation, running the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds.

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer ran the workout. Jones met with the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots before the workout.

The 6-foot-1, 199-pound cornerback had previously turned in a staggering 44.5-inch vertical leap at the NFL scouting combine in February during which he also had a 12-3 broad jump. That would have been a world record in the standing broad jump.

Jones' senior season was ended prematurely when he injured his left shoulder and had surgery, preventing him from playing in the Senior Bowl.

A converted safety, Jones had 24 tackles and two interceptions, returning one 70 yards for a touchdown prior to his injury last season. He finished his...

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Ravens sign Matt Schaub as backup quarterback

The Ravens finalized a one-year contract with veteran quarterback Matt Schaub as their new backup Tuesday after talks progressed quickly during his visit to team headquarters.

The deal is worth up to $3 million with a $1 million base salary, a $1 million signing bonus and another $1 million in playtime incentives, according to league sources.

Schaub will back up starter Joe Flacco, one of the most durable quarterbacks in the NFL. Flacco has never missed a start in his seven-year NFL career, a streak of 112 consecutive starts.

The Ravens were Schaub's only free-agent visit.

Schaub, 33, also drew strong interest from the Atlanta Falcons, the team that drafted him. The Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Titans expressed initial interest, but not to the level the Ravens did.

Schaub is the most experienced and expensive backup that the Ravens have had on the roster since former St. Louis Rams Pro Bowl quarterback Marc Bulger backed up Flacco under a one-year, $3.8 million contract. Bulger wound...

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