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Ravens prevail but likely lose Webb for season


Ravens prevail but likely lose Webb for season

Yet again, the Ravens pulled off an improbable victory and extended their regular season home win streak to 14 in a row.

But it came at a heavy price.

In a topsy-turvy game won 31-29 over the Dallas Cowboys, the Ravens (5-1) appear to have lost cornerback Lardarius Webb to a knee ligament tear after he went down in the first quarter. He'll get an MRI on Monday to confirm the results, but teammates are prepared for the worst.

"If we've lost him for the year, it's going to kill us," Ravens safety Ed Reed said.

The Ravens also have injuries to linebacker Ray Lewis (triceps), who was on the sideline during a key stretch of the fourth quarter, and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (knee). Nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu  and Jimmy Smith, who replaced Webb, had unspecified "tweaks," according to coach John Harbaugh.

"We had some injuries, especially on the defensive side," Harbaugh said. "We were in a physical, fistfight from the beginning until the end. They threw a lot of haymakers at us and our guys stepped up at the end and found a way to win the game. Throughout the game we had guys running and playing positions they hadn't played. We had packages that we hadn't had a chance to practice."

The Ravens escaped with a 9-6 road victory at the Kansas City Chiefs a week ago when a go-ahead touchdown was called back late in the fourth quarter on a penalty.

They dodged a second bullet vs. Dallas.

After going head 31-23 with 4:41 left in the game, the Ravens allowed Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to engineer an 18-play drive that ended with a seven-yard touchdown throw to Dez Bryant. The two-point conversion to tie the score failed, but the Cowboys got the ball back with 30 seconds left when Brendon Ayanbadejo failed to recover an onside kick.

Third-string cornerback Chykie Brown was called for a 20-yard pass interference call that put Dallas in range for a 51-yard field goal by Dan Bailey. It sailed wide left.

It was surprising the game was so close when considering everything that went well for Baltimore. It had two touchdown runs from Ray Rice, an NFL-record tying 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Jacoby Jones and didn't commit a turnover.

But an already-suspect defense just got thinner in the secondary. Defensive back Cary Williams, who had an interception of Romo that ended a threat in Ravens territory and led to the go-ahead score for a 17-10 lead at halftime, was heartbroken to see Webb's injury.

"Lardarius is more than just a teammate to me. He's my little brother," said Williams, who had an interception for the third game in a row. "He's a great friend. We talk about anything and everything. My heart goes out to him. I even shed a tear at halftime because I see my brother down there and he's in pain. It hurt me."

The bye week can't come fast enough. The Ravens not only have to heal, they must fix a run defense that allowed a franchise record 227 yards for Dallas. Overall, the Cowboys had 481 yards, 30 first downs, converted 8 of 15 third downs and ran 30 more plays than Baltimore. They had the ball for 40 minutes while the Ravens had it 20.

They travel to play the Houston Texans, who they beat in the playoffs last season, and then get a week off.

"This week is going to be very important. I'm not looking ahead to the bye week but we'll prepare for Houston, go there and try to get a win and get rested," Rice said. "That's going to be the main thing, get rested and healthy right now. This is that halfway point when your body starts to change a little bit."

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Ahead of NFL Draft, Ravens add to wide receiver corps with Willie Snead


Ahead of NFL Draft, Ravens add to wide receiver corps with Willie Snead

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Receiver Willie Snead has bid farewell to the Saints, which means New Orleans apparently won't match the contract the Baltimore Ravens offered the restricted free agent.

Eager to add a target for quarterback Joe Flacco, the Ravens on Friday offered Snead a two-year, $10.4 million contract. The Saints had five days to match the deal. Snead indicated Monday on Twitter that he's headed out of New Orleans.

Snead tweeted: "What I'm going to miss most is the men in the locker room & the coaches."

He added: "Even though I'm sad to go, I'm even more excited for the next chapter in my life. I can't wait to strap it on as a Baltimore Raven."

Hampered by a three-game suspension and a hamstring injury, Snead was limited to eight catches for 92 yards last year.

In 2015, he had 69 receptions for 984 yards. He caught 72 passes for 895 yards in 2016.


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2018 NFL Mock Draft Ravens Roundup 6.0: The final countdown

2018 NFL Mock Draft Ravens Roundup 6.0: The final countdown

After months and months of talk and a lot of predictions, the 2018 NFL Draft is finally here.

On Thursday, Ozzie Newsome and Co. will enter the draft room prepared for battle. A lot of questions await them and most of them can not be answered until the ten minutes leading up to their pick. 

Even with the additions of Michael CrabtreeJohn Brown and Willie Snead, will the Ravens continue to add to their wide receiver corps? 

Will they trade down and scoop up a tight end or will they address the offensive line and snag Mike McGlinchey? 

All of our questions will be answered in no time, but for now, sit back and enjoy the wild ride that is the first-round of the NFL Draft. 

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— Mike McGlinchey (OL)

With the exit of Ryan Jensen, the Ravens are now in need of an offensive lineman. 

At the combine, McGlinchey put up 24 reps on the bench press, had a 28.5 inch vertical and a 105 inch broad jump. 

"The offense lacks playmakers which is why wide receivers Calvin Ridley and D.J. Moore work," Standing says. "Right tackle also in play. McGlinchey seems to have moved ahead of the other tackle prospects."

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— Calvin Ridley (WR)

Ridley is one of the few wideouts in this draft projected to go in the first-round. While his combine performance didn't help his stock, running a 4.43 40-yard dash, recording a 31-inch vertical, a 110-inch broad jump and a 6.88-second 3-cone drill, many are still predicting he lands with the Ravens or somewhere in the first-round. 

"Ridley underwhelmed at the combine, but his college tape shows a player who’s nearly uncoverable," Kiper says. "I’m going to trust the tape in this case and still make him my top-ranked wideout (Maryland’s D.J. Moore is not far behind). Baltimore could also target an offensive tackle at pick No. 16."

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— Hayden Hurst (TE) 

The Ravens haven't addressed their need at tight end in free agency and the reason could be because they're holding out for the draft. 

QB Joe Flacco has a tendency to favor Ravens tight ends and Hayden Hurst out of South Carolina is being considered by many the top TE in this draft. 

The ex-minor league baseball pitcher, who walked on at South Carolina at 21-years old, is being compared to Dallas Clark. "His fearless play demeanor combined with size, strength and athleticism make him a well-rounded prospect with the versatility to line up all over the field," according to his draft profile

Jeremiah, who once was a scout for the Ravens, predicts they will be looking to draft back for Hurst.

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— Lamar Jackson (QB) 

It was reported last week that Jackson would be making a visit to the Ravens' facility during the final week of pre-draft visits, and with Joe Flacco nearing the end of his contract, now could be the time to find his successor. Jackson provides support on the ground and in the air, but scouts are concerned about his accuarcy. 

"With Joe Flacco viewed as a potential salary cap casualty in 2019, the Ravens can secure their future QB by grabbing Jackson if he is available at No. 16," Brooks says. "Remember, Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and assistant head coach Greg Roman have experience nurturing athletic quarterbacks into dynamic playmakers (see Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb, Colin Kaepernick), so the Ravens could be the perfect fit for the 2016 Heisman winner."

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— Mike Gesicki (TE) 

Gesicki is another tight end option for the Ravens. Standing tall at 6' 5", Gesicki ran a 4.54 40-yard dash and recorded a 41.5 vertical jump at the combine. He also ended his time at Penn State as their tight end leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. 

His draft profile describes him as a "pass-catcher who can get open and has the ball skills to win against linebackers and safeties." Scouts are also comparing him to the likes of Jimmy Graham. 

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— Christian Kirk (WR)

Kirk provides another wide receiver option if Ridley is gone at 16, even though his draft profile has him projected in Rounds 2-3. 

The 5-10, 201-pound junior finished with 71 receptions, 919 yards and 10 touchdowns at Texas A&M.

At the combine, Kirk ran a 4.47 40-yard dash, recorded a 35.5 vertical jump and a 7.09 second 3-cone drill. 

His bottom line states, "Kirk is a well-built, mentally tough slot target whose game is built around pace more than explosiveness. His lack of speed and length make him less likely to impact games down the field, but his footwork, route tempo and hands should give him an opportunity to find catches underneath. Kirk's ability to help in the return game is a plus, but the difference between average and good as a receiver could depend on finding the right fit."

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— D.J. Moore (WR)

As the draft has slowly approached, Maryland's D.J. Moore has risen in the rankings. 

Many pundits are ranking him narrowly behind Alabama's Calvin Ridley as the top WR in the draft. 

The 6'0"  junior ran a 4.42 40-yard dash, a 6.95 3-cone drill and recorded a 39.5 vertical jump. 

"Moore is bigger than former Terrapin wideout Stefon Diggs, but their playing style and athletic ability while at Maryland are similar," states his draft profile.

"Moore doesn't have the height and length teams look for outside and may become a full-time option from the slot. He clearly has the short-area quickness and talent after the catch to handle those duties, but his route-running needs to become more focused and fast to unlock his potential. Teams are high on Moore's potential and believe he has the talent and traits to become a good WR2 in the league."

Moore is being compared to the likes of Pierre Garçon.