I was perusing the Raven's weekly release guide to tonight's game and came across a bunch of interesting tidbits, including a brief Q&A with LaRon Landry's brother, Dawan (a 6'0, 210 pound strong safety for Baltimore, four years out of Georgia Tech):
Your younger brother, LaRon, is a starting safety for Washington. Did you compete much while growing up?
"At everything. We played all sports - football, basketball, baseball. We grew up with a lot of older cousins, so we were always playing with them around the house. Whatever sport was in season, that's what we were playing. LaRon was smaller than us, so he was always the last one to get picked. I think that worked out the best for him. That's why he's so competitive now."
Do you think LaRon looked up to you?
"I would say so. He saw that I have a hard work ethic. Growing up, he didn't really have much of a work ethic. But, when I went to college, he saw how I got bigger and things like that. So, that transferred over to the way he looked at the game, and he started taking his game to another level."
When you were rehabbing from your spine/neck injury last year, what was going through your mind to motivate you?
"I was really feeling my game at the time I got hurt. I think I was playing the best football I had ever played. The injury made me sit back and realize that maybe it wasn't really my time yet. I just stayed focused and kept working hard."
I edited out the questions about what it means to be a Raven. Yawn. The one thing I found odd is that that the player Dawan MOST wanted to play with when asked is Ray Lewis. Being a strong safety, wouldn't he want to team up with his brother who is a free safety?
Note: The Washington Post posted a very in-look article on the Landry brothers dating back to their youth.
Some other notables from the guide include the Ravens' key additions/releases and all the connections between the players of the 2 teams. There are some good ones including the return of the name, Mark Carrier:
C Matt Birk (Min.) - Free Agent
CB/RS Chris Carr (Ten.) - Free Agent
CB Domonique Foxworth (Atl.) - Free Agent
TE L.J. Smith (Phi.) - Free Agent
Key Losses (w/ Starting Experience)
QB Kyle Boller (STL) - Free Agent
C Jason Brown (STL) - Free Agent
DT Marques Douglas (NYJ) - Free Agent
S Jim Leonhard (NYJ) - Free Agent
CB Chris McAlister - Unsigned Free Agent
K Matt Stover - Unsigned Free Agent
LB Bart Scott (NYJ) - Free Agent
T Willie Anderson (13 NFL Seasons / 4 Pro Bowls)
Anyone else find it comical that Kyle Boller is listed as a "Key loss?" Those are some serious losses as well, when compared to the additions. The Ravens draft went as such:
Rd. Pick Name Pos. Ht Wt College
1 23 Michael Oher T 6-4 310 Mississippi
2 57 Paul Kruger LB/DE 6-4 260 Utah
3 88 Lardarius Webb DB 5-10 175 Nicholls State
5 137 Jason Phillips ILB 6-1 244 TCU
5 149 Davon Drew TE 6-4 255 East Carolina
The interesting battle to watch will be Oher versus Orakpo. A lot of Redskins Nation fans wanted the Redskins to draft Oher, who, no doubt is very much needed on the Skins O-line. I expect Orakpo to win this battle given everything I have seen in camp so far.
- Ravens secondary coach Mark Carrier played CB in 2000 with the Redskins, marking the final season of his 11-year career.
- Ravens swept the NFC East last year, including a win at Dallas' last game at Irvin Stadium.
- Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron (QBs/WR, 1986-93) coached Redskins QB Todd Collins (1990-94) while at the University of Michigan. Additionally, Cameron served 3 seasons (1994-96) as the Redskins' QBs coach.
- Redskins RB Marcus Mason spent the first 8 weeks of the2008 regular season on the Ravens' practice squad.
- From 2006-07, Ravens QB Joe Flacco and Redskins TE Robbie Agnone developed a solid tandem in 2 seasons together at Delaware. The duo combined to produce 55 receptions for 725 yards and 9 TDs.
- Ravens LB Jason Phillips and Redskins LB Robert Henson started in all 12 games at TCU last season.
- Ravens G Ben Grubbs spent 2003-04 protecting Redskins QB Jason Campbell at Auburn
There are 8 players representing the "U" in tonights game...name em.