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Matt Birk

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  • Upshaw returns to practice

    Upshaw returns to practice
    Rookie linebacker Courtney Upshaw returned to practice after missing the past seven workouts because of a right shoulder sprain. Upshaw, the team's first of two second-round picks in April, was one of several Ravens to return to the practice field today....
  • Ravens' starters to play sparingly in preseason opener

    Ravens' starters to play sparingly in preseason opener
    Joe Flacco will have an abbreviated window to orchestrate the Ravens' offense Thursday night at the Georgia Dome. That's because coach John Harbaugh has no plans to deviate from his traditional blueprint for the opening preseason game. The starters...
  • Young centers expected to see more playing time

    Young centers expected to see more playing time
    When the Ravens open the preseason Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons, barring a sudden setback, fans can rest assured that they will see Joe Flacco under center. The identity of that center, however, is not as clear. Rookie Gino Gradkowski and...
  • Aug. 8: Game Time

    Small school experience helps Ravens rookie Asa Jackson realize big opportunity Asa Jackson had come a long way — much further than his cross-country flight — when he first made the short, but winding drive down 1 Winning Drive in Owings...
  • Preseason games will be golden opportunity for Ravens rookies

    Preseason games will be golden opportunity for Ravens rookies
    For the better part of two weeks under the hot Maryland sun, Kelechi Osemelehas physically dominated outside pass rushers, running back Bobby Rainey and wide receivers Tommy Streeter and Deonte Thompson have displayed big-play potential and Justin...
  • O-line improves, still has work to do

    There was a bit of caution in Marshal Yanda's optimism. Eight days after a mediocre showing in the preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons, the Ravens offensive line fared much better in the team's 27-12 loss to the Detroit Lions at M&T Bank Stadium...
  • Offensive line improves but group isn't without its share of miscues

    Offensive line improves but group isn't without its share of miscues
    There was a bit of caution in Marshal Yanda's optimism. Eight days after a mediocre showing in the preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons, the Ravens offensive line fared much better in the team's 27-12 loss to the Detroit Lions at M&T Bank Stadium...
  • Mike Preston: Ravens offense showed some positive signs Friday night

    Mike Preston: Ravens offense showed some positive signs Friday night
    The Ravens lost to the Detroit Lions on Friday night, but I was fairly encouraged by the offensive performance. The Ravens need to learn how to finish drives and avoid costly penalties, but the offensive line performed reasonably well against a strong...
  • Having an evolving offensive line picture is a double-edged sword

    Having an evolving offensive line picture is a double-edged sword
    After two preseason games and almost three weeks worth of practices, it seems that the Ravens still don’t have their starting offensive line solidified. The line in Monday’s practice was significantly different than the line in Friday’...
  • Joe Flacco, Ravens confident in Gino Gradkowski

    Joe Flacco, Ravens confident in Gino Gradkowski
    Besides trading wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers, the Ravens' other big adjustment on offense is the retirement of six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk. Birk provided a sturdy, skilled presence anchoring the offensive line. He played...
  • The Ravens are sitting pretty after spring workouts

    The Ravens are sitting pretty after spring workouts
    After last week’s three-day mandatory minicamp, Ravens players and coaches have gone their separate ways. I’m sure the coaches have carved out some downtime for themselves -- their idea of downtime is watching tape next to a swimming pool...
  • Ravens' salary cap update: $6.049 million available

    Ravens' salary cap update: $6.049 million available
    Now that the Ravens have concluded the majority of their offseason business and minicamps, they are $6.049 million under the NFL salary cap limit of $123 million. The Ravens gained $3 million in salary cap space when they terminated Pro Bowl fullback...