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Brown: Ravens can't abandon throwing deep ball

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Brown: Ravens can't abandon throwing deep ball

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Ravens shouldn’t concede they don’t have a deep passing game anymore, just because they don’t have a healthy Breshad Perriman, their fastest wide receiver.

Deep passes need to be part of their game plan. Not just Sunday against the Raiders, but from this point forward.

Joe Flacco attempted just one pass longer than 20 yards during a Week 1 loss in Denver. That’s like taking a Ferrari on the freeway and doing 55.

Flacco has one of the best arms in football. Let him use it. Challenge cornerbacks. Stretch the defense. Flacco said as much after Wednesday’s practice in California, and he was right.

“We need to take our shots,” Flacco said. “If nothing else, and least let teams know we’re going to do that and have the confidence in ourselves in doing that.

“It’s tough to maintain 15-play drives consistently and score points, so we’re going to have that as part of our game.”

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It’s time for a more aggressive game plan from new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman. The Ravens are still looking for their first offensive touchdown of the season. They are ranked 32nd offensively in the league through Week 1, dead last.

Not an impressive Ravens debut for Trestman. But the responsibility to crank up the offense doesn’t just fall on the play calling. It’s on the offensive line to protect Flacco better. It’s on the Ravens’ pass-catchers to win more battles when the ball is in the air. And it’s on Flacco to throw the ball more accurately.

Perriman didn’t practice Wednesday, and it’s still unclear when he’s coming back from his knee injury. The Ravens can’t afford to wait on Perriman to get to the deep passing chapters in their playbook.

Flacco must take occasional shots downfield to Steve Smith, Marlon Brown, and Kamar Aiken this Sunday. None of them are as fast as Perriman. But even if they don’t get separation, give them a chance to win jump balls. Perhaps draw a pass interference penalty. And stretching the Raiders’ defense should create more room for receivers to work underneath routes.

“I don’t think we’re going to have that guy right now that’s going to run by guys five times a game, but we definitely have guys that can run crossing routes and be hit 30 yards downfield and can run double moves downfield, things like that. That’s what we’re going to have to do.”

If the Ravens play as poorly offensively in Week 2 as they did in Week 1, they are capable of losing Sunday at Oakland. That would make the Ravens 0-2 for first time under John Harbaugh. And that would make this opening road trip West a colossal failure, especially when you consider that linebacker Terrell Suggs (Achilles injury) has already been lost for the season.

The Ravens have already gone West. On Sunday, it’s time for their offense to go deep a little more often.

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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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