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Defense looking for improvement after bye

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Defense looking for improvement after bye

The defense is looking to do better things when they come back after the break this Sunday in Cleveland. It seems clear that everyone realizes that certain players are gone for awhile, and it's time to move on.

There's no question that the unit which once was the team's strong point now has slipped a lot. The combination of injuries -- to players like Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb plus Terrell Suggs -- and needing younger players to step up has really caused the Ravens trouble in the first seven weeks. 

"We have the guys to step up, and we have the guys to fill [the voids]," said linebacker Paul Kruger when talknig with the media last week. "We all need to come together as a collective group and change some of the things that we are doing to come along here."

Kruger said one of the reasons they need to connect as a group is to fill in the holes left by the injury to Lewis, something that's not a surprise. 

"Ray's the leader of our team," Kruger said. "He's been a guy who's created a lot around here. It's the kind of team that we are, and I think Ray's a huge part of that. Of course, we are missing him, and of course, it's a detriment to our team."

The return of Suggs is going to help. He had a strong performance in the loss to Houston before the break, possibly the best player on defense that day. Suggs' return will help not only the pass rush but the team's pass coverage, and the question really is how much it will all come together. 

If Suggs can come close to the form he showed as NFL Defensive Player of the Year last season, it would take pressure off the defense in other ways. But only time will tell. Still, the return of Suggs can help make up for the big losses they've suffered so far. 

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram ranked No. 2 in NFL for 'best rushing tandems'

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram ranked No. 2 in NFL for 'best rushing tandems'

Kick off your Thursday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram were ranked No. 2 in Pro Football Focus' 'best rushing tandems ahead of the 2019 NFL season.' Ravens fans are excited to see Jackson and Ingram work together on the field this season.

2. The Ravens are looking for help at left guard and with 2017 fifth-round pick Jermaine Eluemunor not getting many reps in, Coach Harbaugh put Eluemunor in the left guard spot. Although Harbaugh said Eluemunor will need to get in better shape, he acknowledged Eluemunor's work at left guard.


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 and Rotoworld for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

Kick off your Wednesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Chris Board is making a run for a starting spot at linebacker for the Ravens, according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. Board and Kenny Young will reportedly make a run for the starting spot opposite Patrick Onwuasor, but Board is pulling ahead of the pack Zrebiec says. The spot is up for grabs since the Ravens lost C.J. Mosley in free agency.

2. Also looking to earn a roster spot is wide receiver, Jordan Lasley. After training during the offseason with Lamar Jackson, many expected Lasley to show up to minicamp ahead of the pack, but after making some drops, Zrebiec says Lasley "will need to pick up his game" if he wants to get a spot on the Ravens roster.


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 and Rotoworld for news points.

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