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Friday Ravens links: Sam Madison tutoring DBs, red zone improvements

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Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

The Ravens' secondary is getting some expert advice from a former Pro Bowl defensive back.

Former Miami Dolphins cornerback Sam Madison tutored Baltimore's secondary during OTAs, at the request of defensive backs coach Steve Spagnuolo, writes The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson. Madison was a four-time Pro Bowl player with the Dolphins and has since become a broadcaster.

"The Ravens have got a lot of talented defensive backs," Madison told The Sun. "I'm enjoying working with them on a short-term basis. These younger guys make a lot of plays. We've gone over a couple of adjustments and they're very receptive. They pick up things fast and execute them very well on the field.


The Ravens had plenty of red zone woes in 2013, leaving seven opportunities on the field without scores. In addition, 21 of the 45 red zone scores were field goals, making it almost a 50 percent chance that Baltimore wouldn't reach the end zone if it got inside the 20.

Russell Street Report's Brian Bower writes about whether the new targets the Ravens have acquired this offseason can improve this number, and if more touchdowns can occur as a result.

*'s Clifton Brown takes a look at which Ravens' receiving targets could record 50 or more catches in 2014.