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Flacco: A man in command

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Flacco: A man in command

Maybe its thehurry-up offense. Maybe its new quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell. Maybe itsthe motivation of a contract year. Heck, maybe its being a new father. Whatever thereason, Ravens quarterback JoeFlacco has been in a groove this preseason, throwing balls with conviction and with confidenceand taking command of this offense as perhaps never before.You just go bywhat you see in practice every day, Harbaugh said lastweek. (Flacco) has stepped it up. He is playing better. Every day in practiceshows it. He is doing everything a little bit better than he has. Everysingle day he continues to improve, so how that shakes out this year, thatswhat well find out.
Flacco pickedapart Jacksonville in a little more than two quarters on Thursday night,completing 27 of 36 for 266 yards and two touchdowns in the Ravens 48-17 win.He threw one interception, on a Hail Mary heave on the final play of the firsthalf.He looked sharp.He did a great job, coach John Harbaugh said after the game. He was accuratewith his throws. Guys made catches for him, timing was good, realdecisive. I think even with the offense, running the offense, determiningthe run pass those kinds of things, he did a really nice job all the wayaround.Yes, its early,and the games dont count yet. And once the Ravens lose a game, talk-showswitchboards are sure to light up with criticism of the fifth-year quarterback.But for now, he looks every part of the confident field general who wants hisfingerprints all over this offense.
Much has beenmade of Ray Rice's new contract, and how much the running back means to theRavens offense. All very true. But Flacco still makes the offense go, and thispreseason, he has done it better than ever.

Everything about his play -- laser-like throws on out routes, a confident gait on the field, checks and reads at the line of scrimmage, suggests a comfort level that bodes well for this offense.
"He isplaying real confident right now," tight end Dennis Pitta said afterpractice on Saturday. "He is making all the right throws. He is being atrue leader for our offense, and were running a lot of good plays for him wherehe can get the ball out quickly and make decisive reads. He is doing a greatjob with it."

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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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