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Defense looking for answers after opener

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Defense looking for answers after opener

There were several things in the exhibition opener that probably caused some concern for coach John Harbaugh and his staff. The troubles of the Ravens starting defense was likely near the top of the list.
Theres always problems in the first exhibition game. Thats normal, but when the Falcon offense moved up and down the field as easily as they did in just over a quarter Thursday night in Atlanta, concern is understandable.
They did a great job against our defensive scheme, Harbaugh said when talking the media after the game. Matt Ryan took his offense right down the field against us a couple of times, which was disappointing.
Ryan especially had little trouble moving the ball through the air. His receivers, especially Julio Jones and Roddy White, not only found room to run but made some good catches against a secondary that gave the Ravens a strong effort in 2011.
Jones finished with six catches for 109 yards and one touchdown while White added three more receptions for 46 yards. Ryan ended up completing nine of 13 for 146 yards plus a touchdown and an interception.
They definitely have some playmakers on their team, Harbaugh said. As a unit, we have lots to look at and lots to improve upon.
In addition, one reason the secondary had some trouble was that the guys up front werent able to put a whole lot of pressure on Ryan. Now, before everyone panics, please realize that the Ravens are not going to show all of their defensive cards in the first exhibition game one month before the season begins.
But they are going to have to get more pressure than they did. Ryan found plenty of time to throw the ball. They did go with a bunch of quick passes, but the Ravens need to improve there. It will be interesting to see what happens in the second game.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: OTAs Day 1

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: OTAs Day 1

Kick off your Tuesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including a recap of the first day of OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Yesterday, (Monday) was the first day of the Ravens' OTAs. OTAs continue today (Tuesday) as the Ravens work on developing a new offense. Check out some of the highlights here. 

2. The Baltimore Ravens have officially announced the full 90-man roster that will be competing for an official team roster spot in OTAs this summer. 

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: Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster is set heading into start of OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster is set heading into start of OTAs

Kick off your Monday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including the full 90-man roster heading into the beginning of OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. The Baltimore Ravens have officially announced the full 90-man roster that will be competing for an official team roster spot in OTAs this summer. Ravens OTAs begin Monday.

2. With the return of Pernell McPhee and the addition of Shane Ray, it's clear that the Ravens are searching for the right pass rushers for their defense. The two veterans join draft pick Jaylon Ferguson in the quest to create a dynamic defense.

3. Marquise Brown is expected to miss OTAs due to continued rehab on his foot from Lisfranc surgery. However, Brown is expected to be ready by the start of training camp in August.

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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