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Ravens news, notes and opinions on Jimmy Smith, running backs and Joe Flacco

During their media availability at the mandatory minicamp this month, both Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil cited cornerback Jimmy Smith’s healthy return as one of the primary reasons to be optimistic about the defense despite Haloti Ngata and Pernell McPhee’s departures.

We’re still about 3 ½ weeks away from training camp, but if I had to name an X-factor for the 2015 Ravens, a player whose performance...

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Ex-Ravens offensive lineman Damion Cook dies at 36

Former NFL offensive lineman Damion Cook, who initially was signed by the Ravens as an undrafted free agent and played parts of three seasons with the team, died Friday night at the age of 36.

He was also the head coach of Atholton High School's football team.

Cook's alma mater, Bethune-Cookman, confirmed the news last night. Cook suffered a massive heart attack, according to multiple reports.

Cook...

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Extra repetitions for rookies has paid off for Ravens

As most of the Ravens’ players and coaches trudged toward the locker room last Thursday afternoon following the final workout of mandatory minicamp, a group of young offensive linemen remained on the far field.

For about 15 more minutes, the offensive linemen were put through more drills with Juan Castillo providing hands-on coaching the entire time.

This won’t be a random occurrence this summer either....

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Steelers will honor Jerome Bettis on night of Ravens game

It seems like every time the Ravens visit Heinz Field to play their biggest rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers are honoring one of their greats.

That will be the case again during the 2015 regular season.

The Steelers announced today that they'll honor running back Jerome Bettis at the Thursday, Oct. 1 primetime matchup against the Ravens. Bettis, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame...

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Will trends continue with composition of Ravens roster?

The Ravens’ first full-team training camp practice is still over a month away, giving us plenty of time to dissect and discuss the team’s roster, the top position competitions and the players who figure to be on the bubble.

The majority of those conversations will be had closer to training camp. However, now is not too early to look at the composition of the Ravens’ regular-season opening rosters...

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Bengals sign former Ravens quarterback Keith Wenning

Former Ravens quarterback Keith Wenning is back in the AFC North division.

Cut by the Ravens in May, the 2014 sixth-round draft pick was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday.

Wenning spent his entire rookie season on the Ravens practice squad after being drafted out of Ball State with the 194th overall selection.

Wenning, who visited the Ravens, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings prior...

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