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Offseason Grades- Who has improved themself the most in the Off Season?

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Certainly Not Rolondo McClain.

I wish we could get more inside reports on what guys are doing to better themselves this off season. I would like to see who is not just collecting a paycheck, and who takes his job/skills/fitness seriously.

If I had to pick, I would say Eugene Monroe.

If you guys find any articles on other players off season regimen, please post them in here.

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Based off earlier reports it appears as though Kelechi Osemele has put in serious work to recover from his back injury and to be a dominant LG.

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http://www.baltimoreravens.com/news/article-1/Tyrod-Taylor-Trains-With-Colin-Kaepernick/b6d872db-c54a-47f2-8b94-6cd32824ff9d

Not a big time player, but I think Tyrod Taylor has been working hard this offseaon. He was training with Colin Kaepernick and Jimmy Smith was there for one of the workouts too. 

 

http://hiw.me/JeffGarciaJGFA/status/454348895980490752

Also here's a link of Tyrod working out with Jeff Garcia. Seems to me like he knows that he isn't going to get by on just his natural talent anymore. I would like him to stay here he's a great guy and hard worker.

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Elam's been working hard at footlocker. ;)

I saw a video of Webb training and he looked really good.

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http://www.baltimoreravens.com/news/article-1/Tyrod-Taylor-Trains-With-Colin-Kaepernick/b6d872db-c54a-47f2-8b94-6cd32824ff9d

Not a big time player, but I think Tyrod Taylor has been working hard this offseaon. He was training with Colin Kaepernick and Jimmy Smith was there for one of the workouts too. 

 

http://hiw.me/JeffGarciaJGFA/status/454348895980490752

Also here's a link of Tyrod working out with Jeff Garcia. Seems to me like he knows that he isn't going to get by on just his natural talent anymore. I would like him to stay here he's a great guy and hard worker.

 

For a backup QB, the man sure keeps himself in shape and working.

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Ray Rice has been working really hard, apparently. He's trimmed some of the extra muscle bulk. For obvious reasons there isn't much coverage apart from that short Instagram video recently shown on our site.

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We won't know until the first pre-season game.

 

Well OTAs are coming up which could give a clue, but yeah.

 

I think this thread is premature. No way to tell yet. All these workout videos you guys see? That's normal. That's just what football players do this time of year, and I'm sorry to say that's no indication of improvement. 

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We haven't seen any performance as of yet, but I read that Furstenburg was at the Castle early every day this off season.  The team loves to see that work ethic, but we'll see how the draft shakes out.  With Dickson gone he could end up the 3rd TE with mainly blocking duties.  

 

Pitta was supposed to have been working on his blocking.

 

Tyrod Taylor was working out with Pro Bowler Jeff Garcia this off season who would be a good mentor for his style of play.

 

Brandon Williams was reportedly getting in better over all shape this off season in expectation of sealing the starting position after Art Jones left for Indy.  He looked pretty jacked in his Instagram pic.

 

And not that it matters much now but Gino Gradkowski was supposedly working hard this off season with some coach/mentor to improve his read, reaction, strength and footwork.  But at this point I think it may just be good enough for a b/u role behind Zuttah.

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Ray Rice, no question. He has a lot to prove and $ depending on it. He was fat and out shape coming into last season.

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We haven't seen any performance as of yet, but I read that Furstenburg was at the Castle early every day this off season.  The team loves to see that work ethic, but we'll see how the draft shakes out.  With Dickson gone he could end up the 3rd TE with mainly blocking duties.  

 

Pitta was supposed to have been working on his blocking.

 

Tyrod Taylor was working out with Pro Bowler Jeff Garcia this off season who would be a good mentor for his style of play.

 

Brandon Williams was reportedly getting in better over all shape this off season in expectation of sealing the starting position after Art Jones left for Indy.  He looked pretty jacked in his Instagram pic.

 

And not that it matters much now but Gino Gradkowski was supposedly working hard this off season with some coach/mentor to improve his read, reaction, strength and footwork.  But at this point I think it may just be good enough for a b/u role behind Zuttah.

I think Gradkowski is underrated in some ways. I wouldn't be surprised if we used him. I think he could be a decent LG, at least better than Shipley was last year. Considering that I saw Gino better as a pass protector than a run blocker, I think he's actually suited for LG. Sandwiched between Monroe and Zuttah, I think Gino could be an effective player. That is if we moved KO to RT or something.

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What are we supposed to be basing this on? Pictures and short video clips??

There's not really much to discuss...

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Gerrard Sheppard has been working with Boldin. That should be good. Hope he makes the team.

 

I know one player who is catching a lot of crap for not having a better off season AKA NOT setting up a practice facility for him and his receiving corps even though the coaches urged him too...

 

Seriously, they talk about it everyday on the radio. But what can you really do when you don't have a play book?

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At this point that's impossible to say. Most guys haven't been doing anything, they take time off and then slowly get back into it. Ngata has been posting videos of him hitting the gym. Doesn't mean he's gonna be a different player next year but maybe a little more motivated. I noticed in the last few years that a lot of times he sort of just does a QB spy type thing. He runs into a lineman at the LOS, then just stands there and reads the QB while swatting away the hands of the lineman. Not sure what that is. Lack of effort or him doing his job, but I don't see any other lineman do this, no matter what team they play for. Watt, Wilkerson, Richardson, Atkins, Harrison, whatever. They don't just stand there after the snap and read the QB and basically do nothing for the entire play.

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I think Gradkowski is underrated in some ways. I wouldn't be surprised if we used him. I think he could be a decent LG, at least better than Shipley was last year. Considering that I saw Gino better as a pass protector than a run blocker, I think he's actually suited for LG. Sandwiched between Monroe and Zuttah, I think Gino could be an effective player. That is if we moved KO to RT or something.

It's possible if K.O.'s back is a better and Wagner/FA/rookie isn't cutting it.  I don't think we've seen his best football yet, but I do think he has a limited ceiling.  Him starting will depend on a few "ifs".

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It's possible if K.O.'s back is a better and Wagner/FA/rookie isn't cutting it.  I don't think we've seen his best football yet, but I do think he has a limited ceiling.  Him starting will depend on a few "ifs".

Yeah. I still think Gradkowski could be a decent LG at worst. That's not a bad thing, especially when you consider who he will have around him. I think his biggest issue was the calls and his strength. He just wasn't strong enough to beat those large NTs and kept getting pushed back, which is surprising considering how he handled Atkins the year before. Still, there's hope for him.

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Yeah. I still think Gradkowski could be a decent LG at worst. That's not a bad thing, especially when you consider who he will have around him. I think his biggest issue was the calls and his strength. He just wasn't strong enough to beat those large NTs and kept getting pushed back, which is surprising considering how he handled Atkins the year before. Still, there's hope for him.

Well, Birk has faith in him so that's a good endorsement.  He's also versatile enough to fit in at guard and center which the Ravens (and Kubiak) like.  He'll get his shot.

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At this point that's impossible to say. Most guys haven't been doing anything, they take time off and then slowly get back into it. Ngata has been posting videos of him hitting the gym. Doesn't mean he's gonna be a different player next year but maybe a little more motivated. I noticed in the last few years that a lot of times he sort of just does a QB spy type thing. He runs into a lineman at the LOS, then just stands there and reads the QB while swatting away the hands of the lineman. Not sure what that is. Lack of effort or him doing his job, but I don't see any other lineman do this, no matter what team they play for. Watt, Wilkerson, Richardson, Atkins, Harrison, whatever. They don't just stand there after the snap and read the QB and basically do nothing for the entire play.

This brings up a good point to me. A lot of us, myself included, get on Ngata for what we consider a lack of production, yet none of us actually know what he's asked to do each game. Not just him, but a lot of players. Each vameplan is different and we don't know if the lersons just not playing well or maybe a dip in the stats is by design for what they're doing to get other guys more opportunities.

Anyway, KO I think will be back in leak form. I think we might see a real nasty o line.

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Some good news on Rice:

 

With his legal troubles creating an uncertain future, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been committed to what he can control: lose weight and get back to full strength after a hip injury derailed him last season. Rice is attending the start of the Ravens' offseason conditioning program and is impressing the team's staff. "He looks great," strength and conditioning coach Bob Rogucki told reporters Tuesday.

 

For more: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10823446/ray-rice-baltimore-ravens-impressing-offseason-conditioning

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That's nice to hear. Unfortunately it won't help us too much if he gets suspended for the entire season.

Well, thankfully there is zero chance that happens.

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Well, thankfully there is zero chance that happens.

I know that it's unlikely. There is a legitimate possibility that he could get suspended for up to 4 games. Hopefully it doesn't happen though.

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Well, Birk has faith in him so that's a good endorsement. He's also versatile enough to fit in at guard and center which the Ravens (and Kubiak) like. He'll get his shot.

Birk is just a great dude all around.

If he was asked about the C again, he'll compliment whoever takes the helm.

For better or worse Gino will get more than fair shake for the job. He was 35th last year(nfl worst plus behind 3 bench warmers). Rank 32nd "improvement" ain't going to cut it. He has to blow it out of the park or cut him loose asap.

I don't want garbage stinking up a roster spot like reid has.

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KO update:

 

 

Ravens offensive lineman Osemele progressing ‘very well’ in recovery from back surgery

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Now, he is taking part in the Ravens’ voluntary offseason workouts, which began Monday.

“He’s coming along very well,” Baltimore strength and conditioning coach Bob Rogucki said. “He’s on track. He’s doing a great job.”

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http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/blogs/sports/ravens/ravens-offensive-lineman-osemele-progressing-very-well-in-recovery-from/article_5e359be6-ca44-11e3-87f7-0019bb2963f4.html

 

Hope he plays with a huge chip on his shoulder. We've seen the upside in his rookie year, and last year the downside. If he plays well our entire running game should be solid at the very least.

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