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Penn State safety 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 discussing his preparations with Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson. The 6-foot, 215-pound All-Big Ten Conference honorable-mention selection and three-year starter has run the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds and registered a 35.5-inch vertical leap. The Baltimore native has been projected anywhere from the third round to the fifth round by draft analysts. Amos started 38 consecutive games for the Nittany Lions, playing cornerback and safety and finishing with 141 career tackles, three sacks and seven interceptions.Amos led Calvert Hall to a championship in high school and was a first-team All-Metro selection as he registered 78 tackles, four interceptions and four forced fumbles. Amos played in the Senior Bowl all-star game in Mobile, Ala., and is training at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Here's his first entry:

The Senior Bowl went well. It was a great opportunity. I...

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

Four 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 perhaps eventually cash in with a lucrative long-term contract extension that could 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...

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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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Ravens considering former Bears assistant Andy Bischoff as offensive assistant, sources say

The Ravens are expected to hire former Chicago Bears tight ends coach Andy Bischoff as an offensive assistant, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Bischoff coached the Bears tight ends for the past two seasons and has long-standing ties to new Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman. Bischoff worked under Trestman in Chicago and previously with the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League.

Bischoff spent 14 years as an assistant head coach and offensive line coach at Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, Minn., before being tabbed by Trestman to join him with the Alouettes.

During his time at Cretin-Derham Hall, the high school went 168-22 with one state title and 13 playoff appearances. Bischoff helped develop 18 Division I offensive linemen, including NFL offensive lineman Ryan Harris.

Among the prominent former Cretin-Derham Hall players: former Ravens Pro Bowl center Matt Birk, former Carolina Panthers quarterback Chris Weinke, former Dallas Cowboys...

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