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After Smith, who will emerge as Flacco's go-to guys?

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After Smith, who will emerge as Flacco's go-to guys?

Here’s one of the important questions facing the Ravens heading into training camp. Who will emerge as Joe Flacco’s go-to targets after Steve Smith?

Smith led the Ravens in catches (79) and receiving yards (1,065) last season, at age 35. Nobody else on the team caught 50 passes, and the Ravens lost both wide receiver Torrey Smith and tight end Owen Daniels in free agency.

Smith shows no sign of slowing down at age 36, but other targets will need to step up for the Ravens to have a potent passing attack. That’s why the wide receiver competition in camp will be both interesting and important. Who will win the starting job opposite Smith? Will it be first-round pick Breshad Perriman? Marlon Brown? Kamar Aiken? And will any of them establish themselves consistently as third-down and red zone targets?

The same question can be asked at tight end, where Maxx Williams and Crockett Gillmoer will try to build more chemistry with Flacco during camp. Flacco loves throwing to tight ends, but with veteran Dennis Pitta on the PUP list, there is a need for a tight end to emerge in the passing game.

I think Perriman will emerge as the No. 2 receiver, but I also think running back Justin Forsett will catch more passes this year.  New offensive coordinator Marc Trestman loved throwing to running back Matt Forte in Chicago, and I think Forsett will be used in a similar manner.

The Ravens may not have a 1,000-yard receiver if Smith doesn’t reach that mark. However, they should have enough weapons for a consistent passing attack.

 

 

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

Kick off your holiday weekend with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. One of the most obvious needs for the Ravens is help rushing the passer, and they're hoping to find some of that help on the interior in the form of free agent Gerald McCoy. The longtime Buccaneer DL visited Cleveland last week, but left town without agreeing to a contract.

Reportedly interested in playing for a contender, the former top-five pick is scheduled to visit the Ravens on Tuesday.

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson is still struggling to throw the ball, as he noted things aren't right yet when it comes to accuracy. Media members noticed the ball wobbling through the air on many throws, and Jackson told them he thinks his hand is too high on the ball. If he's going to successfully run Greg Roman's new offensive scheme, Jackson will eventually need to be able to hit his receivers in stride with greater regularity.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including how quarterback Lamar Jackson has fared during OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Following a January surgery on his left ankle, safety Tony Jefferson remains sidelined after the first week of OTAs. Originally, Jefferson was expected to return 4-6 weeks after surgery. However, now that it's 5 months later, his return timetable is becoming more and more concerning. 

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson spoke with Ravens media Thursday about his progress not only learning the new offense implemented by Offensive Coordinator, Greg Roman, but learning the names of his new teammates as well. After another day of OTAs, Jackson was his biggest critic despite a solid day of running plays namely passing drills. “I’d say my first day, I sucked,” Jackson said to Ravens media. “Second day, I did better. Today was alright, but it could have been better. I always try to be perfect in practice. It was alright for the first week.”

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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