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Adrian Amos' NFL draft diary: Chapter One

Editor's note: As Penn State safety Adrian Amos gets ready for the NFL draft, the former Calvert Hall standout will be sharing details about his preparations with Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson. The 6-foot, 215-pound All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention selection has been projected anywhere from the third round to the fifth round by draft analysts. Here's his first entry in the series, coming off his participation in last week's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.:

The Senior Bowl went well. It was a great opportunity. I talked to almost every NFL team out there.

They kept us busy. It was really long days preparing us for what it will be like at the next level. Obviously, it's a long tradition. Many NFL players, Hall of Famers, have played in that game. They take great pride in the city of Mobile in the Senior Bowl.

We went to the hospital to visit the patients who are rehabilitating and they were real excited to see us. I've always said since I was younger that I want to give back to...

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Ravens restricted free agent kicker Justin Tucker hoping for long-term deal

Three years ago, Justin Tucker arrived in Baltimore as an undrafted free agent from the University of Texas intent on beating out Pro Bowl kicker Billy Cundiff.

Tucker emerged from that training camp with a spot on the Ravens roster and now is the most accurate kicker in NFL history. He is poised to become a restricted free agent and could eventually cash in with a lucrative long-term contract extension that would make him one of the highest-paid kickers in the game.

Tucker has been one of the NFL's best bargains for years, playing under a three-year, $1.451 million rookie contract that didn't include a signing bonus. That financial situation is about to change, as Tucker has proven he's worthy of a more significant investment after connecting on 97 of 108 career field goals (89.81 percent).

Tucker told The Baltimore Sun from Phoenix, where he's making the rounds at Radio Row in advance of Sunday's Super Bowl, that he's not worried and is upbeat about the next contractual stage of his...

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Clock is ticking for Ravens, Ray Lewis says

In an interview with The Baltimore Sun this week, former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis expressed optimism about the future of his old team, but not before offering this caveat:

“They’re going to have to get it done real soon before things start to break up,” said Lewis, now an ESPN analyst.

Lewis and Ravens fans everywhere are familiar with the significant turnover that occurs on the team’s roster every offseason. The next couple of months figures to bring more of the same as the Ravens could have as many as 14 unrestricted free agents and four restricted free agents. Starting defensive end Chris Canty is pondering retirement, tight end Dennis Pitta’s career is in jeopardy because of hip issues and veterans such as Haloti Ngata, Lardarius Webb and Jacoby Jones could be salary cap casualties.

Several of the team’s top players, a group that includes Ngata, quarterback Joe Flacco, wide receiver Steve Smith, guard Marshal Yanda and linebackers Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil and Daryl Smith...

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Ravens' Will Hill has active warrant for failure to pay child support in New Jersey

Ravens free safety Will Hill is in trouble with the law again.

A warrant for his arrest has been issued by New Jersey authorities due to Hill allegedly failing to pay $16,588.18 in back child support to his baby's mother, according to Hudson County, N.J. law enforcement officials.

The arrest warrant isn't particularly new. According to police, it was issued in March of 2014.

Hill has a history of off-the-field problems, including an arrest when he was playing for the New York Giants in December 2013 in New Jersey for failure to pay child support. This latest child support issue involves the same woman.

Although Hill isn't being actively sought by police, he would be subject to arrest should he have any interaction with authorities.

Although Hill is aware of his child support issues, he wasn't apprised of an active warrant, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The Ravens are aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering information.

Hill served a six-game...

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Ravens finalize coaching staff, promoting five assistants

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh finalized several changes to his coaching staff Wednesday, promoting five members from last season's staff and officially announcing the hiring of former Chicago Bears tight end coach Andy Bischoff.

Bischoff, 44. was hired as an offensive quality control coach, reuniting with new Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman, whom he worked with in Chicago and with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. Bischoff replaces Jay Harbaugh, John's nephew, who earlier this month became the tight ends coach at the University of Michigan under his father, Jim.

Chris Hewitt, an assistant to Steve Spagnuolo last season, was promoted to secondary coach after Spagnuolo left to become the defensive coordinator of the New York Giants. The 40-year old Hewitt, who played three seasons as a defensive back for the New Orleans Saints, has been on Harbaugh's staff since 2012, when he was hired to be an assistant special teams coach.

Richard Angulo, a former...

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Towson cornerback Tye Smith invited to NFL scouting combine

When invitations were sent out to draft prospects for the NFL scouting combine, Towson All-American cornerback Tye Smith was happy to find out he's on the list.

Behind the strength of a good week at the East-West Shrine all-star game and growing buzz among NFL scouts, Smith will join Towson defensive end Ryan Delaire at the combine in February at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. This marks the second consecutive year that Towson may have a player drafted after running back Terrance West was selected in the third round last spring by the Cleveland Browns.

"My reaction is it was kind of surreal to find out that I'm going to the combine," Smith told The Baltimore Sun in a telephone interview. "It's something I've been working for ever since I was younger. I've worked hard for this, and my hard work is starting to be noticed. Terrance being drafted and doing well in the NFL opens some doors."

During the East-West game earlier this month, Smith turned heads with his coverage skills as he...

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