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August 13, 2012: Comcast SportsNet Names J. Michael Falgoust Ravens Insider

August 13, 2012: Comcast SportsNet Names J. Michael Falgoust Ravens Insider

VETERAN SPORTS REPORTERTO PROVIDE RAVENS COVERAGE ACROSS NETWORK PLATFORMS, INCLUDING CSNBALTIMORE.COMBethesda, Md. (Aug. 13, 2012) Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic has named veteran sports reporter andeditor J. Michael Falgoust as Ravens Insider. In this position, the former USAToday beat writer will lead coverage of the Baltimore Ravens for the networksdigital media platforms and contribute to its news and game-day programs.Falgoust, who has more than 20 years of experience coveringsports for newspapers and magazines, will provide daily Ravens news, analysisand features to CSNbaltimore.com, including the RavensTalk blog, and across thenetworks mobile and social media platforms. He will also make regularappearances on Geico SportsNet Central,the networks daily news program, and contribute to Ravens Kickoff and RavensPostgame Live.Over the past two decades covering sports, J. Michael hasgained an incredible amount of knowledge and distinguished himself as anexcellent beat reporter, said Comcast SportsNet Vice President of DigitalMedia Mark Lapidus. His addition enables our network to continue to deliverthe most comprehensive Ravens coverage across multiple platforms. Falgoust joins the network after 12 years as a sports writerand editor with USA Today, most recently serving as the newspapers NBA beatreporter for four years. Prior to that, he spent nearly six years with theOrlando Sentinel, where he served in a variety of positions, includingassistant sports editor from 1998 to 2000. He was also a regular contributor toRing Magazine from 1995 to 2004, covering the sport of boxing. A graduate of North Carolina CentralUniversity, Falgoust began his careeras a sports reporter for the Lenoir News-Topic in North Carolina.Falgoust is the latest addition to Comcast SportsNetsrapidly growing digital media department, which operates two regional sportswebsites, CSNwashington.com and CSNbaltimore.com, and a portfolio of mobile andsocial media platforms. These outlets feature exclusive written, video andinteractive content from several prominent sportswriters, including RedskinsInsider Tarik El-Bashir, Redskins BloggerRich Tandler, Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley and Nationals Insider MarkZuckerman, as well as a stable of digital media reporters and producers.

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Joe Flacco receives high praise from teammates after first training camp practice

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Joe Flacco receives high praise from teammates after first training camp practice

Ravens football is back and so is Joe Cool.

The team’s first training camp practice took place Thursday afternoon, and Joe Flacco’s teammates – from offensive to defensive players – mentioned how laser focused the 10-year veteran is.

"Joe always has a lot of personality,” running back Alex Collins said via SB Nation’s Baltimore Beatdown.

“He is a good guy. He’s a real funny guy, but definitely coming into this year, he has a lot of fire behind him. And it does a lot motivating us especially early when we first reported back. Just seeing him work hard and just seeing him get better every day. He’s definitely got a lot of fire behind him this year.”

Flacco is entering the final year of his contract with a lot on the line following a disappointing start to the 2017 season. But a huge factor that is different for the 33-year old coming into this preseason opposed to last is his health.

“Most definitely,” Collins said on whether he can tell if Flacco is healthier this year. “He’s a lot faster as well, by the way, guys.”

And when it comes to the “Is Joe Flacco elite” debate, linebacker C.J. Mosley knows the consensus within the Under Armour Performance Center.

“I think every year [Joe Flacco] comes in with his mindset that he wants to be great,” Mosley said.

“Mainly because everybody outside of this building does not think he is elite and inside the building, everybody does think that way. Since Joe has been here, you know he is one of those players that never gets rattled. You never see his emotions too high, too low. He’s been our quarterback that kinda stays in the middle to make sure everything goes smooth. That’s kinda how he has been this offseason too. He’s come in looking strong, body looking good.”

Flacco’s health is up to speed as well as his mentality. Flacco organized private workouts with his wide receivers and tight ends at a local park across from the Ravens’ facility last week. This is the first time he has done so since 2011. When asked if he initiated the session, Michael Crabtree gave all the credit to his new quarterback.

“No, that’s all Flac [Flacco], man,” Crabtree said. “That’s the leader. We’re just the wideouts. [We] do whatever he says. If we’ve got something we bring to the table, then we make it work.”

 

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10 Questions in 10 days: Is Shawn Lauvao the concern, or is the issue bigger on the O-Line?

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10 Questions in 10 days: Is Shawn Lauvao the concern, or is the issue bigger on the O-Line?

With Redskins Training Camp set to begin July 26th, JP Finlay takes a look at 10 of the most pressing questions for the Burgundy and Gold before the team heads to Richmond. 

No. 10: Major questions at linebacker on Redskins depth chart 

No. 9: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

No. 8: More investments on D-Line, but who goes where?

No. 7: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

No. 6: Is Shawn Lauvao the concern, or is the issue bigger on the O-Line?

Right or wrong, fans blamed Shawn Lauvao for much of the Redskins struggles on the offensive line last season. Pro Football Focus backs up the fans, as Lauvao landed a -19.1 grade, among the worst in the NFL at the guard spot. 

It's worth pointing out that Lauvao was playing hurt during much of his nine starts before getting shut down for the season just before Thanksgiving. In fact, injuries have probably been the biggest issue for Lauvao in his four seasons with the Redskins. 

In four seasons in Washington, Lauvao has never played a full 16-game slate. Last year he played just nine games, and in 2015 he only played three games. 

That points to what may be the bigger issue for the Redskins: offensive line depth. Last season was wild with the amount of injuries Washington sustained up front. It seems almost impossible for the team to have that many injuries again.

Still, the Redskins lost Arie Kouandjio for the year in the offseason. Kouandjio played better last year than Lauvao, and having both men in Richmond would have provided real competition. 

And that might be the biggest question: Neither Lauvao or Kouandjio represent a difference maker at left guard, yet the team did little to address the position. 

All offseason, the Washington brass walked a fine line between confidence and arrogance. The organization believes strongly in the players they already have, and outside of signing Paul Richardson and re-signing Zach Brown, the team had a quiet offseason. The Redskins struggled to run the ball the last few years, and still, the team did not look to upgrade at LG. 

It's important to note that the Redskins have two All-Pro caliber offensive linemen in Trent Williams and Brandon Scherff. Morgan Moses is a plus at the right tackle spot too. The team likes Chase Roullier at center too, and they tried to add depth in drafting Geron Christian in the third round and bringing back swing tackle backup Ty Nsekhe as a restricted free agent. 

Left guard will be a question, and it's hard not to think that it will be the weakest position on the O-line. Should that submarine the group? It shouldn't. What if Lauvao gets hurt?  Then things get quite tricky.

For the Redskins, however, the expectation might be that the line needs to perform as a unit, and with talent like Williams and Scherff, that should cover up any weaknesses.

Time, and health, will tell if that plan works. 

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