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Five unanswered questions for Ravens after draft

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Five unanswered questions for Ravens after draft

In the opinion of most, including myself, the Ravens had an excellent draft. However, here are five questions left unanswered for them 

1. Is cornerback depth still an issue?

The Ravens only took one corner, fourth-rounder Tray Walker from Texas Southern. Unless Walker develops quickly, the Ravens could still be in trouble at corner if starters Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb don’t stay healthy.

2. Do the Ravens’ draft moves mean they don’t expect Dennis Pitta to return?

Jumping to that conclusion isn’t difficult. The Ravens drafted two tight ends – Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle, after drafting Crockett Gillmore last season. Everyone wishes Pitta the best, as he tries to recover from his second major hip injury. However, it’s clear the Ravens are not counting on a Pitta comeback, as they await his decision sometime before training camp.

3. Can the Ravens still get enough pressure on opposing quarterbacks?

Fourth-round pick Za’Darius Smith had 10½ sacks over his final two seasons at Kentucky. However, it’s asking a lot for Smith to be as good last season as Pernell McPhee, who had 7½ sacks before leaving in free agency for the Bears. If Smith is not an impact rookie, Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs are going to need help from others to make the pass rush as good as last season’s 

4. How does new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman plan to use the playmakers?

Drafting six offensive players, including Williams and wide receiver Breshad Perriman, gave Trestman reason to smile. Trestman ran an impressive offense when he was the Bears’ head coach. He got prolific production from wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, running back Matt Forte, and tight end Martellus Bennett, despite Jay Cutler’s inconsistency at quarterback. We will get a better idea of what Trestman has planned once training camp and the preseason are underway. However, quarterback Joe Flacco and Trestman certainly have more to work with than they did last week.

5. Did the Ravens gain ground in the AFC North?

The Steelers and Bengals also had strong drafts on paper. Who’s the favorite to win the division after the draft? You could make a solid argument for the Ravens, Steelers or Bengals. Looks like another wild season in the AFC North.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

Kick off your holiday weekend with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. One of the most obvious needs for the Ravens is help rushing the passer, and they're hoping to find some of that help on the interior in the form of free agent Gerald McCoy. The longtime Buccaneer DL visited Cleveland last week, but left town without agreeing to a contract.

Reportedly interested in playing for a contender, the former top-five pick is scheduled to visit the Ravens on Tuesday.

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson is still struggling to throw the ball, as he noted things aren't right yet when it comes to accuracy. Media members noticed the ball wobbling through the air on many throws, and Jackson told them he thinks his hand is too high on the ball. If he's going to successfully run Greg Roman's new offensive scheme, Jackson will eventually need to be able to hit his receivers in stride with greater regularity.

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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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including how quarterback Lamar Jackson has fared during OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Following a January surgery on his left ankle, safety Tony Jefferson remains sidelined after the first week of OTAs. Originally, Jefferson was expected to return 4-6 weeks after surgery. However, now that it's 5 months later, his return timetable is becoming more and more concerning. 

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson spoke with Ravens media Thursday about his progress not only learning the new offense implemented by Offensive Coordinator, Greg Roman, but learning the names of his new teammates as well. After another day of OTAs, Jackson was his biggest critic despite a solid day of running plays namely passing drills. “I’d say my first day, I sucked,” Jackson said to Ravens media. “Second day, I did better. Today was alright, but it could have been better. I always try to be perfect in practice. It was alright for the first week.”

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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