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  • Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens and 49ers

    Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens and 49ers
    Ravens 28, Patriots 13 Strategy: The Ravens' winning equation in the AFC championship was provided by fast-paced no-huddle, shotgun concepts and enough runs to keep the Patriots honest. Play-action was effective, particularly in the second half when Joe...
  • A.Q. Shipley adds to Ravens' competition at center

    A.Q. Shipley adds to Ravens' competition at center
    The Ravens on Thursday morning added another young body to the competition to replace retired center Matt Birk, trading a conditional 2014 draft pick to the Indianapolis Colts for 26-year-old center A.Q. Shipley. Shipley will compete with second-year...
  • Ravens acquire center A.Q. Shipley in trade with Colts, says he's 'fired up'

    Ravens acquire center A.Q. Shipley in trade with Colts, says he's 'fired up'
    Looking to add some competition for Gino Gradkowski and more versatility along the offensive line, the Ravens agreed to send a conditional 2014 draft pick today to the Indianapolis Colts for center A.Q. Shipley, both teams announced. The trade will...
  • As offensive line struggles, what does the future hold for Michael Oher?

    As offensive line struggles, what does the future hold for Michael Oher?
    Jonathan Ogden stood in the hallway at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, his Afro nearly scraping the ceiling. The towering former offensive tackle fiddled with a tiny new phone in his massive hands, nonchalantly describing one of the...
  • Film study: Ravens vs. Bengals

    Film study: Ravens vs. Bengals
    Ravens 33, Giants 14Ravens 33, Giants 14 Strategy: Offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell finally put his creative stamp on the offense, orchestrating season highs with 533 yards of total offense and 224 rushing yards. That included an option pitchout...
  • Four Ravens predictions sure to go wrong: Week 3

    Four Ravens predictions sure to go wrong: Week 3
    In this game-day staple, blogger Matt Vensel makes four sometimes-courageous predictions for the game. All he asks is that you don’t hold it against him whenever those predictions end up being embarrassingly wrong. The Ravens get a chance for...
  • Ravens have a backup long snapper -- even if they're not saying who that is

    Prior to his release in 2011, running back Willis McGahee had another role with the Ravens. He backed up Morgan Cox as the team’s long snapper. Since then, however, the identity of the latest backup has been shrouded in mystery. Coach John Harbaugh...
  • As fullbacks become increasingly rare, Ravens' Vonta Leach stays relevant

    As fullbacks become increasingly rare, Ravens' Vonta Leach stays relevant
    When a noticeably slimmed-down Ray Lewis showed up at Ravens training camp in late July weighing less than he has since his rookie year in 1996, the linebacker had a simple explanation. Throughout his Hall of Fame career, Lewis had watched the power...
  • Ravens roughly $7.2 million under NFL salary cap

    Ravens roughly $7.2 million under NFL salary cap
    The Super Bowl champion Ravens aren't totally hamstrung by a relatively tight salary-cap situation. But there are some notable constraints on their spending. Under the rule of 51 that governs the offseason accounting for the salary cap, the Ravens are...
  • Thousands gather at harbor to send Ravens off to Super Bowl

    Thousands gather at harbor to send Ravens off to Super Bowl
    Ray Lewis took the microphone and said one word three times: "Baltimore." Staring out at thousands of people crowding the Harborplace Amphitheater, most of them holding cell phones or cameras aloft to capture the moment, the second player ever drafted by...
  • Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens' loss and Colts' win in Week 17

    Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens' loss and Colts' win in Week 17
    Bengals 23, Ravens 17 Strategy: Believing that upgraded health in the postseason trumps building momentum, the Ravens rested injured players and key starters. And it worked as there were no serious injuries. The offense was run differently to...
  • Gradkowski ready to compete to become Ravens' new center

    Gradkowski ready to compete to become Ravens' new center
    Ravens center Gino Gradkowski grabbed his phone as soon as he heard that Matt Birk was retiring last Friday, saluting the six-time Pro Bowl center in a text message. It wasn't long before Gradkowski heard back from his mentor, who ended his career to...