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Oct 25

Shonn Greene Arrested: Latest Details, Comments and More

Tennessee Titans running back Shonn Greene was reportedly arrested on several charges by police in Franklin, Tennessee. 

According to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, Greene was charged with four crimes on Friday night before being released on bond:

Greene was charged with a handicap parking violation, driving on a revoked/suspended license, reckless driving and resisting stop/halt/frisk.

The incident began when Greene parked in a handicap parking space on the square in Franklin, located roughly 20 miles south of Nashville. When a parking enforcement officer approached Greene, police say he got in his car and maneuvered to get around the parking enforcement officer’s vehicle.

The story goes deeper, as Wyatt notes that Greene sped off from the police on two separate occasions. The first was after he nearly struck an officer’s car and again when he was approached after getting stuck in traffic. 

Franklin Police Sergeant Charles Warner is quoted in Wyatt’s piece as saying the “entire situation could have been avoided if he would have left that handicap space for who is was intended for.”

ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky reported on Greene’s status with the team following his arrest:

John Glennon of The Tennessean reported the running back was expected to return to the field in Week 8 after a hamstring injury kept him out the last two weeks:

Greene has been used sparingly in the games he has played this season but with some success, averaging 4.3 yards per carry with one rushing touchdown. Rookie running back Bishop Sankey has moved into a more prominent role with Greene out. 

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Oct 25

Saturday college football preview, Marvun22′s mock draft

In this post, I preview Saturday’s big game, and Marvun gives version 3.0 of his mock draft.

Kentucky Football is a thing. This Saturday, at 3:30 p.m., Kentucky plays the most important game in the program’s not so storied history, hosting No. 1 Mississippi State. Ravens scouts will without a doubt be paying attention to this game, and two prospects will command attention.

On the Kentucky side of things, outside linebacker Alvin “Bud” Dupree will be the feature. Standing at 6-4, 267 pounds, he features the quick first step and closing speed coveted in pass rushers. Where Dupree separates as a prospect is in his polish. I believe him to be a better prospect than Clemson’s Vic Beasley. Dupree flashes violent hands. They come in use when he shows off his inside swim, rushing from the left, faking outside and coming inside.

I’ve even seen him recreate Reggie White’s fame “hump” move, lifting the tackle off his feet. Dupree is still filling out his frame. Ten extra pounds of muscle could possibly be added without him losing any of his explosiveness. He can be overwhelmed against the run, but that is not unlike most young pass rushers and can be worked over, if the promise of improvement is in the near future. Dupree reminds me of an all too familiar player, Baltimore’s very own Terrell Suggs, albeit a younger, hence not quite complete version.

The Ravens could pursue Dupree to immediately replace Pernell Mcphee if the latter prices himself out of Baltimore, and perhaps to eventuality replace either Suggs or Elvis Dummervil.

On the opposite sideline at 6-4, 245 pounds, stands linebacker Benardrick McKinney. One of the most interesting prospects in the upcoming draft, I did not peg McKinney as either “inside” or “outside” linebacker since his development in the NFL could go either way.

McKinney is physical and extremely instinctive, though he can look lost in space. He isn’t a natural when dropping into coverage. He has outside linebacker length and could potentially add to a defense in the pass rush department. A more athletic Lawrence Timmons would be my present comparison though Mckinney is a unique player.

A linebacker corps of Arthur Brown, C.J Mosley and Benardrick McKinney would be devastating. The perfect combination of physicality, athleticism and instincts.

Marvun22′s latest mock draft

Round 1: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State. We all would love one more CB to fill out our core. With Jimmy Smith as Baltimore’s No. 1 and Lardarius Webb as the No. 2/nickel back, Waynes could serve well as a No. 3 (although he’ll play outside).
Round 2: Hau’oli Kikaha, DE/LB, Washington. He looks like a good OLB prospect to draft and has great pass rushing skills. He would have at least one year to develop before he’d have to make any major contributions.
Round 3: Justin Hardy, WR, Eastern Carolina. I love the pick here. He runs good routes, gets separation, isn’t afraid to be physical, and has good hands.
Round 4: Rory Anderson, TE, South Carolina. I certainly have doubts about Dennis Pitta right now. Rory Anderson has potential to be a good receiving TE.
Round 4 (compensatory): Karlos Williams, RB, Florida State. While he isn’t doing very good this year, he has good physical tools and could possibly develop into a complementary back. While some think the Ravens need a RB earlier, Kubiak has shown he can make RB’s out of nothing.
Round 5 (compensatory 1): Za’Darius Smith, DE/LB, Kentucky. Could be a complementary OLB.
Round 5 (compensatory 2): Hakim Jones, S, N.C. State. He’s a bigger safety, probably a natural strong safety. He could at the very least provide depth.

Round 6 (via Dallas): Darius Kilgo, DL, Maryland. Just some very solid DL depth.
Round 7 (via Miami): A.J. Tarpley, LB, Stanford. Some more ILB depth.

Oct 25

Ravens matchups to watch for against the Bengals

Here are some matchups to look for during Sunday’s game.

Jimmy Smith vs. Mohamed Sanu

Sanu isn’t as threatening as A.J. Green, but he is the Bengals‘ leading wide receiver with 480 yards and three touchdowns on the year. The wide receiver has drawn comparisons to Anquan Boldin and T.J. Houshmanzadeh and will be the Bengals No. 1 WR.

Lardarius Webb vs. Brandon Tate

Tate is a speedy threat at WR and Lardarius Webb will likely be paired up against him all day.

Ravens pass rush vs. Andy Dalton

The Ravens have turned into one of the best pass rushing units in the NFL. Let’s see if they can keep that going against a Bengals team that held them sackless.

Mohamed Sanu as a passer

Sanu played quarterback in high school and has been used as a QB in some Wildcat packages. The Ravens defense should be on guard against Sanu, who has completed both passes he’s thrown this season.

C.J. Mosley vs. Gio Bernard

Bernard is a good runner as well as a good receiver that can be used on screens, so the task of stopping him falls on C.J. Mosley, who is one of the best defenders in the NFL.

Steve Smith and Torrey Smith vs. the Bengals’ secondary

The last time they played the Bengals the wide receivers were plagued with the drops. This time they’ve found their groove and look ready to burn the Bengals.

Crockett Gillmore, Kyle Juszczyk, and reserve receivers

Owen Daniels is out, but the Bengals have struggled plenty vs. the tight end. Look for Kyle Juszczyk and Crockett Gillmore, both young players that have emerged as reliable targets, to fill in for Daniels, as well as reserve WRs like Marlon Brown, Kamar Aiken and Michael Campanaro.

Justin Forsett vs. Bengals front seven

The Bengals come into this game with the NFL’s 31st ranking run defense. Forsett had 11 rushes for 63 yards and one touchdown last time and the Ravens would be dominant if he had a better game on Sunday.

Oct 25

Saturday Ravens links: Elvis Dumervil having success with sacks, Will Hill could get more playing time

Read what others are writing about the Baltimore Ravens.

Elvis Dumervil tied for second in the NFL in sacks

The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson writes that the Ravens‘ outside linebacker is having a standout season as he’s tied for second in the NFL with seven sacks.

Steve Smith, Jimmy Smith fined $8,268 each

The Baltimore Sun’s Wilson reports that both Steve Smith and Jimmy Smith were fined for different penalties during last week’s Ravens-Falcons game.

Previewing the Ravens-Bengals game

Purple Reign Show’s Ed Bandell takes a closer look at this week’s game between the Ravens and Bengals, and writes about key matchups to pay attention to.

Will Hill could see more playing time against Bengals

CSNBaltimore.com’s Clifton Brown writes that safety Will Hill could see his snaps increase even more this week against the Bengals.

Ravens need to run more to beat the Bengals

BaltimoreRavens.com’s John Eisenberg writes that the Ravens will need to serve a healthy dose of the running game this time around if they want to defeat Cincinnati.

Oct 24

5 NFL Draft Prospects Titans Fans Should Already Be Watching

NFL draft season is still at least 12 weeks away for most teams, but the Tennessee Titans are one of a handful of teams that can probably start thinking about the offseason already. 

The following list highlights five prospects who could be first-round targets of the Titans depending on where they end up making their first selection on April 30.

For the sake of this list, we’ll assume Zach Mettenberger remains the Titans starting quarterback into the 2015 season. The new regime selected him in the 2014 draft for a reason, and it’s reasonable to assume he’ll get an extended look if he proves competent during his tryout this year.

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Oct 24

5 NFL Draft Prospects Titans Fans Should Already Be Watching

NFL draft season is still at least 12 weeks away for most teams, but the Tennessee Titans are one of a handful of teams that can probably start thinking about the offseason already. 

The following list highlights five prospects who could be first-round targets of the Titans depending on where they end up making their first selection on April 30.

For the sake of this list, we’ll assume Zach Mettenberger remains the Titans starting quarterback into the 2015 season. The new regime selected him in the 2014 draft for a reason, and it’s reasonable to assume he’ll get an extended look if he proves competent during his tryout this year.

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Oct 24

Coach Whisenhunt’s Friday Practice Report

TITANS HEAD COACH KEN WHISENHUNT (on Zach Mettenberger’s personality and how the team responds to him) I guess we’ll see. I don’t know. I’ve never noticed anything different with Zach (Mettenberger…

Oct 24

Ravens-Bengals injury report: A.J. Green is doubtful; Chris Canty, Owen Daniels will not play Sunday

Kelechi Osemele and Eugene Monroe are probable.

The Cincinnati Bengals will more than likely not have their top playmaker on offense this Sunday.

Receiver A.J. Green has been listed as doubtful due to the toe injury he’s played the year with. If he’s unable to play, this will be Green’s third missed game in a row. It’s also huge for a Ravens secondary that allowed him to go for six receptions, 131 yards and a touchdown in Week 1.

The Ravens will be without defensive end Chris Canty and tight end Owen Daniels. However, left tackle Eugene Monroe and left guard Kelechi Osemele are listed as probable.

Here’s the full injury report:

RAVENS

OUT: DE Chris Canty (wrist), TE Owen Daniels (knee)

PROBABLE: LT Eugene Monroe (knee), LG Kelechi Osemele (knee), LB Daryl Smith (not injury related), WR Steve Smith (not injury related)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: Canty, Daniels

FULL PARTICIPATION: Monroe, Osemele, Daryl Smith, Steve Smith

BENGALS

OUT: LB Rey Maualuga (hamstring)

DOUBTFUL: A.J. Green (toe)

QUESTIONABLE: DT Brandon Thompson (knee)

PROBABLE: RB Gio Bernard (ribs), TE Kevin Brock (neck), LB Vontaze Burfict (neck), DE Robert Geathers (toe), DE Wallace Gilberry (eye), CB Leon Hall (back), LB Emmanuel Lamur (shoulder), OT Marshall Newhouse (back), OL Mike Pollak (knee), OT Andre Smith (shoulder)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: Green

LIMITED PARTICIPATION: Thompson

FULL PARTICIPATION: Bernard, Brock, Burfict, Geathers, Gilberry, Hall, Lamur, Newhouse, Pollak, Smith


Oct 24

Rookie Tackle Excited for Challenge of Houston’s Watt, Clowney

Rookie OT Taylor Lewan is looking forward to the challenge of facing Houston’s formidable pass rushers J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney.

Oct 24

Owen Daniels has arthroscopic knee surgery, won’t play against Bengals

Daniels has been ruled out for Sunday’s game.

Though it looks like the Ravens will get two of their starting offensive linemen back this week, they will be without tight end Owen Daniels when they face the Bengals.

Coach John Harbaugh made the announcement early Friday afternoon, stating Daniels underwent an arthroscopic knee procedure. Daniels injured his knee against the Falcons, though it wasn’t serious. As of Thursday, offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak told reporters that Daniels would be fine.

That could’ve been the case then, though now the Ravens will be down another tight end. Dennis Pitta is already out for the season after dislocating his hip for the second consecutive year.

Rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore will step in and be the team’s top tight end this Sunday.


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