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First things first for Cameron

Ravens offensivecoordinator Cam Cameron is the architect of the league's No. 2 offense at themoment, with the Ravens averaging 424.0 yards a game. That is topped only byNew England (438.3).But if you thinkCameron is sitting back in his easy chair and figuring all is well, thinkagain."All ourguys would agree, we have not played our best offensive football yet,"Cameron said in his weekly news conference on Thursday. "We haven't playedas well as we're gonna play, and we think we're an improving offense."And first thingsfirst: Cameron said the Ravens need to do a better job of gaining yardage onfirst down. He pointed outthat against the Browns, the Ravens 13 times faced second-and-10-or-more. Inthe first three games, the Ravens had averaged eight such plays. Coaches like torefer to a 'schedule' in a drive. First-and-10 should, at worst, lead tosecond-and-medium and then third-and-short. Get the yardage, move the chains.

But when anoffense misfires on a first-down pass, or commits a first-down penalty,suddenly it is staring at second-and-long. "If we canstay on schedule, first and second down, so that we're third and manageable,we're going to be in pretty good shape, as most teams would be," Cameronsaid. Cameron said that against Cleveland, though, the Ravens had a half-dozen second-and-10plays, "a second-and-13, a second-and-14, a second-and-19, asecond-and-17, and you really don't score many points or win a lot of gameswhen you're doing that."That could be abig reason that the Ravens, despite having the league's No. 2 offense, rank22nd in third-down conversion at 34.8 percent."If we canjust eliminate the false starts, eliminate the penalties, eliminate those kindsof things, really unforced errors, that's the area we can improve in themost.""You can'tstop yourself first," Cameron added. "Defenses are going to stop youon occasion. You got to make sure you're not stopping yourself first."

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: 20 prospects linked to Baltimore at No. 22

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: 20 prospects linked to Baltimore at No. 22

We've made in to NFL draft week. Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. The 2019 NFL Draft is Thursday night in Nashville, Tn. While the chances of pundits predicting each team's first-round pick accurately is about the same as picking the Powerball numbers, we can't seem to stop ourselves from looking at them. Here's a look at 20 prospects mocked to the Ravens at No. 22, courtesy of the Ravens' website.  


2. One of the many exciting parts of the NFL draft is waiting to hear which organizations trade forward or backwards to acquire a pick. Just last year, the Ravens traded back from their No. 16 pick several times to select Hayden Hurst at No. 25, before trading back into the first-round to pick Lamar Jackson at No. 32. But which trade in Ravens history was the most impactful? ESPN's Jamison Hensley selected the Ravens' trade for running back Jamal Lewis.


"In 1999, the Ravens traded their second-round pick (No. 43) for Atlanta's first-round pick in 2000, which they used to land running back Jamal Lewis," Hensley wrote. "The Falcons selected tight end Reggie Kelly, and the Ravens got what turned into the No. 5 overall pick in the 2000 draft. Baltimore drafted Lewis, who carried the offense during the team's 2000 Super Bowl championship season and recorded the NFL's fifth 2,000-yard season in 2003."


3. As Marlon Humphrey enters his third year in the league, the cornerback will not only be expected to take on a leadership role within the Ravens' new look defense, but top his impressive sophomore season. In 2018, Humphrey contested 35% of targets thrown into his coverage marking the second-best rate in all the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. 


Looking Ahead:

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get long-term deal done with designated franchise tag player

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.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

One more week of the NFL offseason in the books. Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes:

1. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti donated $100,000 to help rebuilding efforts for three historically black churches in the Louisiana area that recently burned down by an alleged arsonists. An effort led by former tight end Benjamin Watson, Bisciotti reached out to him Sunday committing his donation. 

2. The GOAT gene has transferred from Justin Tucker to his son, Easton. The kicker posted a video on his Instagram Thursday of the little guy kicking a (mini) field goal right down the middle, just like his dad. 

Looking Ahead:

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

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.

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