Player Profiles: Sam Koch

wpid-sam_koch_and_john_harbaugh.jpgWhen it comes to franchise players, people rarely think of punters.  Sam Koch is that rare punter who is a franchise player or at least a guy who has been with the same franchise for a very long time.

Koch was drafted in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens and has been the Ravens starting punter ever since.  Since joining the Ravens Koch has never missed a game, starting every regular season and post season game.

Koch has been one of the best punters in the NFL since coming into the league, averaging over 40 yards per punt.  Punting stats are hard to really use because there are so many different situations in which distance is not always the best thing.

 

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Player Profiles: Jacoby Jones

92px-Jacoby_Jones_at_the_Baltimore_Ravens_Super_Bowl_XLVII_victory_celebrationFootball player, dancer…oh it must be Jacoby Jones! Jones is a fan favorite Baltimore Ravens player for his big plays both in kick returns and as a receiver.   Jones showed up big times during the Ravens Super Bowl run in 2012 where he became a Baltimore Hero.  Jones was also an All-Pro in 2012.

Jones was originally drafted by the Houston Texans in the third round of the 2007 draft.  In 2012 Jones was released by the Texans after his release the Ravens signed Jones to a two-year deal.  The Ravens gave Jones a new long term deal after he became a free agent in 2014.  Jones has fit in great with the Ravens.
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Player Profiles: Lardarius Webb

90px-Ladarius_WebbWhen looking at the Baltimore Ravens and thinking about players with overall talent and skills one player is usually always in the conversation, that’s Lardarius Webb.  Webb is a Ravens cornerback and punt returner making big plays on both defense and special teams. Webb has been not just one of the best cornerbacks on the Ravens but one of the best corners in the NFL when healthy.
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Player Profiles: Jimmy Smith

88px-Jimmy_smith_2011_stadium_practiceUsually I do profiles on star players or players that have been with the Baltimore Ravens for a very long time. For my profile on Jimmy Smith I am changing it up a bit because he is a young up and coming player that is becoming one of the best cornerback’s in the NFL.

The Ravens drafted Smith in the first round of the 2011 draft out of Colorado, Smith was the 27th overall pick of that draft. Smith dropped in the draft because of some failed drug test and concerns about maturity. Since becoming a Raven Smith has never had any trouble with the law or the NFL and has been a model citizen.

Smith stays in the Baltimore area during the off season and spends a lot of time at the team facility.
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Player Profiles: Dennis Pitta

450px-Dennis_Pitta_2011_stadium_practiceThe Baltimore Ravens have had two great tight ends in their history and both have something in common.  Both Dennis Pitta and Todd Heap are Mormon… I know off topic but there is your Ravens fun fact.  Now on to the profile.

Pitta was drafted by the Ravens in 2010 The season that I was lucky enough to cover for WBAL and 98 Rock.  Pitta was a fourth-round draft pick and the 114th overall pick in the 2010 draft.  Feel free to listen to this old recording of me interviewing Pitta at the bottom of the page.
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Player Profiles: Justin Tucker

400px-Justin_Tucker_(cropped)For the first time on Maryland Sports Blog we have a player profile on a kicker.  Lets face it if I was blogging back when Matt Stover was playing for the Baltimore Ravens I would have done one of him.  Since Stover and the Ravens parted ways the Ravens went through a few kickers until landing on Justin Tucker.  Tucker holds the Ravens single season points record with 140.

Tucker is an All-Pro kicker from the University of Texas, Tucker went undrafted in the 2012 draft.  When the Ravens brought Tucker in as an undrafted rookie free agent they still had Billy Cundiff on the team.  Tucker beat Cundiff out and the Ravens have not looked back.
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