After Ravens defensive back Anthony Levine Sr. returned an intercepted conversion-try pass back 97 yards for a game-winning two points in Saturday's preseason victory over Indianapolis, he raised his hand to the sky in the end zone.
First, he flashed two fingers on his right hand. Then he flashed five. It was a tribute to Ravens defensive back Tray Walker, once the team's No. 25, who died in March after a motorcycle crash in Florida.
"R.I.P. to Tray," Levine Sr. said after the game Saturday. "Every time I go out there, I think about Tray. Great guy, man. One of my good friends on the team ever since I met him last year so every time I go out there, I do it.
"I got to thank the man above and I got to do it for Tray. So every time I go out there and make a play, I’m doing it for the man above and Tray and my family."
Levine's return turned an 18-17 Indianapolis lead into a 19-18 eventual Baltimore victory. Watch Levine's tribute below.
Ozzie Newsome is closing out his last NFL Draft as the general manager of the Ravens with a bang.
After trading down twice from the 16th spot to draft TE Hayden Hurst with the 25th overall pick, the Eagles traded their 32nd overall pick to the Ravens where they selected QB Lamar Jackson. In return, the Eagles will receive the Ravens' 2018 2nd-round and 4th-round picks in addition to their 2019 2nd-round pick.
The former Heisman Trophy winner has proven success in the air and on the ground. While at Louisville, Jackson had 9,043 passing yards and 69 touchdowns. He also rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns.
The first-round selection shows the Ravens are planning for the post-Flacco era.
Standing at 6' 2", Jackson's build isn't up to typical NFL QB standards and scouts were concerned with his accuracy. What he does have in his favor is speed. His NFL comparison is to that of Michael Vick.
The pick is in!
With the 25th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Ravens have selected tight end Hayden Hurst.
Hurst, an ex-minor league baseball pitcher, walked on at South Carolina at 21-years old and finished his three-year career with 100 receptions, 1,281 yards and three touchdowns.
Standing at 6' 5", Hurst ran a 4.67 40 yard dash, recorded a 31.5 vertical jump and a 7.19 three cone drill at the combine.
"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. He's sure-handed and could become a young quarterback's safety blanket if he improves elements of his route running. He should see early snaps and has the ability to become a good combination tight end." according to his draft profile.
While Hurst is starting his career at 25-years old, he will provide tight end support that the Ravens have yet to address in free agency. It also doesn't hurt that QB Joe Flacco has a tendency to favor his tight ends.
Welcome to Ravens Nation, Hurst.