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Defense won't worry about Big Ben

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Defense won't worry about Big Ben

The Ravens' defense won't have to worry about Ben Roethlisberger this weekend. Instead, they'll have to deal with Byron Leftwich.

Leftwich was an NFL starter who lost his job and never has made it all the way back to a starting role. He's from Washington originally and has a tremendous arm but doesn't move around as well as Big Ben-- and that's something which will help the Baltimore defense.

One thing that Roethlisberger does which helps the Pittsburgh offense is the way he moves around and can keep plays alive. It's not even scrambling. He just knows how to move around in the pocket, around the pocket and the line of scrimmage and make plays. That's his signature and something the quarterback will always be remembered for.

Leftwich has a big arm and can throw the ball long, hard and far. The question is how much time -- if any -- he'll need to adjust to running the team again since it's been awhile since he's started. In fact, Leftwich has started just five games since the 2006 season. He began his career as a starter with Jacksonville in 2003-5, but Leftwich has been a a back-up since.

During the past three seasons, including 2012, Leftwich has thrown only 21 passes in games. He's a good quarterback to have as a back-up because he's big and experience and knows the NFL.

But he also could be the kind of quarterback which might  help the Ravens' pass rush. There's some similarities to Carson Palmer, the Oakland starter from last weekend, as Leftwich will not run much. He'll go back in the pocket and stay there, which could help guys like Terrell Suggs have some fun.

Coach John Harbaugh's defense will try to put extra pressure on Leftwich, since he's been on the sideline for so long. How he adjusts to being on the field is going to be one of the biggest parts of Sunday night's game.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens announce 2019 open training camp dates

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens announce 2019 open training camp dates

Kick off your Tuesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. The Ravens have announced 2019 training camp dates that will be open to the public. 2,000 fans will be able to attend the 14 open practices at the Owings Mill Underarmour Performance Center. Additionally, the Ravens will hold their annual open practice at M&T Bank Stadium July 27 with Fireworks Night to follow.

2. Wide receiver Jaleel Scott has had a standout offseason thus far after spending his entire rookie season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. According to Ravens media, Scott has been a big playmaker at OTAs and mandatory minicamp and is looking forward to the start of training camp. “I think I had a great practice to end minicamp, and now I’m going to get ready for the start of training camp,” Scott said to Ravens media. “I want to show people I can be a deep threat, that I can make big plays and do things in the red zone, help us score points. That’s my goal.”


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: Michael Pierce responds to last week's dismissal from practice

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Michael Pierce responds to last week's dismissal from practice

Kick off your Monday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Last week, defensive tackle Michael Pierce was dismissed from practice after showing up in "less than ideal shape" according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. Pierce joined WSNP-FM 105.5 Friday where he responded to being dismissed from practice. “Throughout the offseason, I tend to lift more than run,” Pierce said. “Being a nose guard, I want to be strong or what not. I, honestly, just mismanaged my running a little bit.”

2. On the other hand, tight end Mark Andrews looks "bigger, faster and stronger" Zrebiec said. Andrews had a standout year last season as a rookie with three touchdowns and 34 catches for 552 yards. Zrebiec said Andrews has not slowed down and will be an even bigger asset to the Ravens offense this season.


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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