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Are Ravens players in supplemental draft?


Are Ravens players in supplemental draft?

There wont be any strutting across the stage of Radio City Music Hall, but the NFL Draft continues on Thursday with the supplemental draft.

That's when players not involved in the regular April draft and there are usually good reasons they werent involved are available to be bid on by any team.
Teams make bids electronically, in a draft order. The team with the winning bid forfeits the corresponding pick in the NFL Draft next April.

Terrelle Pryor, after the whole ink-gate controversy at Ohio State, was a 2011 supplemental draft pick by the Raiders. Supplemental drafts rarely produce top-of-the-depth-chart talent, though quarterback Bernie Kosar and wide receiver Chris Carter were among the exceptions.

This years supplemental draft features eight players, and wide receiver Josh Gordon, who was Robert Griffin IIIs teammate at Baylor, is considered the cream of the crop. Gordon was suspended from Baylors team in 2011 after failing a marijuana test, then transferred to Utah last August, where he had to sit out a season. But instead of joining the Utes this fall for what would be his senior season, he opted to enter the supplemental draft.

The 6-foot-4 Gordon held a Pro Day on Tuesday for 21 teams the Ravens apparently were not among them -- and RGIII is lobbying hard for Gordon to end up with the Redskins. NFL.coms Daniel Jeremiah projects Gordon going to Cleveland with a third-round pick.

Will the Ravens be players in this supplemental draft?

The Ravens have made a supplemental draft pick just once, taking offensive tackle Jared Gaither with a fifth-round pick in 2007.

Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times reported that the Ravens have at least kicked the tires on linebacker Larry Lumpkin. The 6-foot, 240-pounder began his career at Alabama A&M, then transferred to Carson-Newman but was declared academically ineligible for this coming season.

Wilson explains that Lumpkin has demonstrated flashes of potential but also has been dogged by disciplinary issues, including being late for meetings and missing practices.

In addition to Gordon and Lumpkin, the other players in the supplemental draft include
cornerback Qualon Ewing-Burton (Boise State), running back Adam Harris (Syracuse), tackle Adrian Haughton (Iowa State), defensive end Montez Robinson (Georgia), wide receiver Houston Tuminello (McMurrayLouisiana Tech) and running back Ed Wesley (TCU).

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Ravens cancel Saturday's open practice at M&T Bank Stadium

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Ravens cancel Saturday's open practice at M&T Bank Stadium

The Baltimore Ravens cancelled Saturday night's free open practice at M&T Bank Stadium due to a forecast that calls for heavy rain and inclement weather.

There is no official word from the team on whether this practice will be resheduled, but it seems like Sunday may be an option, even though there's rain in the forecast then too.

Ravens fans who were looking to see first-round draft pick and potential future starting quarterback Lamar Jackson will have to wait for another day. His presence at training camp, an inevitable competition with the incumbent, Joe Flacco, and potential two-quarterback packages involving both of them are set to be some of the biggest storylines of Ravens camp this summer.

As a Heisman Trophy winner, Jackson was one of the most dynamic players in college football during his time at Louisville. If he can replicate that kind of performance in the NFL, he will be at plenty more training camp sessions for Ravens fans to watch.


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After breakout 2017 season, Ravens running back Alex Collins isn't getting too comfortable

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After breakout 2017 season, Ravens running back Alex Collins isn't getting too comfortable

This time last year, running back Alex Collins wasn't a part of the Baltimore Ravens.

After being released by the Seattle Seahawks at the end of the 2017 preseason, the Ravens placed the 23-year-old on their practice squad, and by Week 2, Collins was already making plays.

As the season progressed, Collins found himself as the Ravens' top running back. He finished 2017 as the team's leading rusher with 973 yards while Javorius "Buck" Allen followed behind him with 591 yards.

If the 2018 NFL season began today, Collins would likely be the Ravens' starter, which is quite ironic considering the fate of his 2017 preseason.

"I always go back to where I started and where I am now, and I use that as my motivation," Collins said after Thursday's training camp practice.

"No matter the day, no matter how tired I am, I think to myself, at this time last year, I didn’t know my position, where I was, where I’d end up. So just having that security behind it is definitely my motivation to keep it this way and keep pushing forward and keep trying to get better instead of being complacent.”

Over the course of 15 games, Collins proved he had the strength and speed to make an impact on the team after Danny Woodhead suffered a hamstring injury on the first drive of the Ravens' Week 1 game and Kenneth Dixon sat out the entire season with a torn meniscus. 

While job security is something we all strive for, Collins isn't getting too comfortable with the hierarchy. 

“I don’t want to say necessarily ‘comfortable,’ because when I use that word, it makes me feel like I’m too relaxed and lackadaisical," Collins said.

"I’m more focused. I don’t want to get comfortable. I don’t want the team or our group to get comfortable, because we just want to get better every day. So, in the position I am, it’s a great feeling, but I’m always pushing myself to be better.”

While Collins has set personal goals for himself – like a 1,000-yard season – he is equally as focused on making the Ravens backfield one of the best groups in the National Football League. 

“I expect that," Collins said on being the Ravens' starter.

"I would hope that all the other running backs expect [to be the starter] as well, and that’s what kind of drives our group – when we all know that we have that capability to be the No. 1 guy, and we’re out competing and push each other and try to be the best. No matter who’s out there during the game, you’ll see a productive play out of that person. So, I have that mindset. I want to be the guy. I have that fire in me, and I hope [that is] as well as the other running backs, as I encouraged them as well.”

Collins noted that he's coming into training camp a bit heavier. He added five pounds to his 200-pound frame "just to see how that feels," but is still maintaining the stamina and strength he's always had. 

Collins – who was one of several veterans released from practice early as the team begins to adjust their way into the extended preseason – finished his media availability with a friendly warning to fantasy football owners: "Draft me now before it’s too late, guys."