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Draft question No. 3: Have Ravens soured on Ray?

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Draft question No. 3: Have Ravens soured on Ray?

Leading up to the draft, I’m examining 10 important questions for the Ravens. Here’s question No. 3.

HAVE THE RAVENS SOURED ON SHANE RAY DUE TO HIS RECENT TROUBLES?

The Ravens need a pass rusher, but they don’t need anymore off-the-field issues. After being cited for possession of marijuana Monday night, Ray has hurt his stock less than 72 hours before the start of Thursday night’s draft. Teams were already concerned about Ray’s lingering toe injury, leading to speculation that Ray might need surgery.

Now it’s more likely the Missouri pass rusher will be available at No. 26 for the Ravens. But if the SEC Defensive Player of the Year is still on the board, will the Ravens bite?

The Ravens like Ray’s skill set, and owner Steve Bisciotti has said the team covets a pass rusher. Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs are both beyond 30 years old, and the Ravens lost Pernell McPhee, who had 7½ sacks last year, to the Bears during free agency.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh raved about Ray earlier this month. 

“This guy has an unbelievable motor,” Harbaugh said. “He’s going to get plenty of NFL sacks just because he keeps coming relentlessly. And then he’s a leverage rusher with subtle speed to work the edges. He can work the edge of an offensive tackle like few other guys. So he’s an interesting guy.” 

However, Ray may have become a little too interesting for the Ravens’ taste. If he’s still on the board at No. 26 on Thursday night, they’ll will be left with an interesting decision.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: What to look out for at OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: What to look out for at OTAs

Kick off your Thursday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including what to watch for at OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. As the Ravens try and bolster their pass rush during the offseason, they hope to find much-needed help from outside linebacker, Shane Ray. The Ravens picked up Ray from the Denver Broncos where he had an unproductive last two seasons due to injury, only registering one sack in each of the past two seasons. However, Ray had a phenomenal career at Missouri as a unanimous All-American and SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. The Ravens have given Ray a shot at a career reboot and fans are excited to see what he's got.

2. Thursday is the media's first opportunity to get a look at the 2019-20 Ravens. Ravens writer Ryan Mink writes seven things to look out for at OTAs including, attendance from veterans even though OTAs are mandatory, a look at linebacker development with the signings of namely Pernell McPhee and Shane Ray and a first look at the rookie class to name a few.

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: Ravens rank higher than expected in preseason rankings

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens rank higher than expected in preseason rankings

Kick off your Wednesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including a high preseason ranking for the Ravens.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. The Ravens ranked higher than expected in Peter King's preseason rankings. King ranked the Ravens at No. 12, surprising for a defense that is working on development during this offseason. However, with the Ravens' signing of All-Pro safety Earl Thomas, maybe he will bring the fire the Ravens need on defense.

2. With day 2 of OTAs in the books, the focus has been on quarterback Lamar Jackson. Ravens writer, Kevin Eck noted that during the offseason, Jackson had been working out with Ravens quarterbacks coach, Joshua Harris along with receivers Jordan Lasley and Jaylen Smith, so it remains to be seen throughout the summer on whether or not he has improved namely his passing game. 

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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