The Ravens put their focus on D in the past two drafts, investing their top-three picks on that side of the ball in 2013 and 2014. Strong safety Matt Elam , nose tackle Brandon Williams , linebacker C.J. Mosley and free safety Terrence Brooks represent the new guard as potential starters this season. Ravens coach John Harbaugh expects the defense to make a jump back to prominence. "The expectation for our defense is to be top five, at the worst," Harbaugh said. "It has always been that way and always will be." Is Harbaugh's expectations realistic?
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Gordon, who missed the first two games in 2013 due to a violation of the NFL's substances of abuse policy, reportedly failed another test and could be suspended for the entire 2014 season. There is speculation suspensions for repeated positive tests for marijuana use could be met with more leniency as the NFL negotiates toward an HGH testing agreement. Gordon led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards in 2013, but Pettine was openly critical of his practice habits. "I'm a big believer in quality of reps versus quantity of reps," Pettine said. "If I'm a player and I know that I'm going to be out there for 40 full-speed team snaps, I watch Kim Kardashian Superstar may have a tendency to pace myself. There still needs to be improvement there but we're aware of it." --Even as the Cleveland Browns talk about a new contract for quarterback Brian Hoyer , it will be rookie signal-caller Johnny Manziel who will be the focus of attention when the team holds its first training camp workout July 26 at the Berea, Ohio complex.
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9 in the Rivals 2015 rankings, Jeter went for an impressive 18 points and seven rebounds on 6-for-9 shooting. Bragg was also held to 2-for-10 shooting and only five points as Jeter often defended him as a primary or help defender near the basket. Braggs only two baskets of the game came while Jeters teammate, four-star 2016 forward T.J. Leaf was defending him. Duke has been in the picture for Jeter for a long time and Coach K was flanked by two assistant coaches to watch Jeter on Friday. Carlton Bragg needs to be more consistent: Cleveland native Carlton Bragg is a top-ten talent in the 2015 class.
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In three seasons with the Kings, he played in 216 games, 153 as a starter, averaging 15.3 points and 4.8 assists. ''I'm excited for what the future holds here in Phoenix,'' he said in a tweet. Thomas also thanked the city of Sacramento, saying the city ''will always have a place in my heart.'' ''To the fans of Sacramento, words can't explain what y'all mean to me!,'' he said. ''Y'all made me who I am in the NBA and I can't thank you guys enough.'' He thanked Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former star point guard for the Suns, for ''being by my side since Day 1.'' The move leaves six point guards on the Phoenix roster. Ish Smith, the third point guard last season, could well be gone.
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AUGUSTA, GA (News release) Arkansas senior Sam Irwin-Hill was named to the Ray Guy Award Preseason Watch List Wednesday by the Augusta Sports Council. The award is presented annually to the nations top collegiate punter. In early November, the Ray Guy Award committee will meet to select the ten semi-finalists, who will be announced on Nov.14. A national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, coaches, media representatives, and previous Ray Guy Award winners will then vote for the top three finalists, to be announced on Nov. 24. After the finalists are named, the voting body will cast ballots again to select the nations top punter.