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Harbaugh will stick to promise of shifting lineups

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Harbaugh will stick to promise of shifting lineups

A week ago, coach John Harbaugh made it clear there'll be adjustments made to the Ravens' lineup, particularly the offensive line, and Monday he confirmed he's sticking to it.

"It’s not like we’re going to switch everything around and make some huge moves. But, we’re always trying to look at the best batting order," Harbaugh said Monday after his team exits its bye week. "We’re always trying to look at the best lineup that we can put on the field at any particular time and getting as many good players involved as we possibly can."

The most changes have taken place on the offensive line, which has allowed 18 sacks of Joe Flacco which is five more than after seven games last season even though he actually passed 10 times more in 2011.

Ramon Harewood was the starting left guard until two weeks ago. He was replaced by veteran Bobbie Williams.

Left tackle Bryant McKinnie, who has had a hip flexor strain, recently said he expected to be in the starting lineup by the second half of the season.

Right tackle Kelechi Osemele is coming off an injured knee and ankle from a 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans.

Backup right guard/tackle Jah Reid has returned from a calf injury and appears finally ready to make his first appearance of the season.

"There are young guys on the offensive line that we want to look at. There are veteran guys that can help us in doing different things. I just think that football is kind of evolving into where you have to try to get as many players involved as you can," Harbaugh said. " So, without giving away too much, I can just tell you that the whole offensive line is not going to re-ordered on Wednesday. We’re not doing that."

The defensive line has had trouble with being pushed around. In the last three games, it has given up more than 200 yards rushing per game on average. Defensive end Pernell McPhee only has one-half sack after six last season.

The Ravens, however, are 2-1 in those games. Tackles Haloti Ngata and Ma'ake Kemoeatu have had knee injuries. Kemoeatu missed the Texans game.

They're expected to be able to play for Sunday's game at the Cleveland Browns.

"The whole defensive line is not going to be restructured either," Harbaugh said. "But there are some things that we think we can do in getting some guys involved and using them as we go and kind of taking advantage of all of our guys.”

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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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Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: A wide receiver, defensive end favorites at 22

Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: A wide receiver, defensive end favorites at 22

This is not a drill. We are one week away from the 2019 NFL Draft.

Will the Ravens get Lamar Jackson help at wide receiver or will they focus on filling their holes on defense?

We will have answers to those questions in no time, but in the time being let's take a look at who experts are predicting they take with the 22nd overall pick.

NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig and NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson

Ferrell had 38 tackles for loss and 21 sacks over the last two seasons. A young threat would fit in quite nicely for the new-looking Ravens defense. 

Bleacher ReportNFL.com's Charles Davis and Sporting News: WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

Brown, who posted 1,318 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns during the 2018 season, reportedly made a visit to the Ravens this week

It's no secret that the Ravens need help at WR with only two guys on their current roster who have caught a pass in the NFL. 

SB NationSports Illustrated and CBS Sports: WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss

After an impressive combine performance and a picture surfacing of him looking insanely jacked at the gym, Metcalf is definitely the most talked about receiver in this year's draft.

Despite missing part of the 2018 season with a neck injury, Metcalf's draft profile describes him having "projectable upside to become a home-run threat as a WR1." Just what the Ravens need.

ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay: C/G Erik McCoy, Texas A&M

The center position is not seen as a sexy pick in the draft, but Bradbury's skillset is enough to get you excited.

He has three years of experience while at Texas A&M and was only called for five penalties in 2,811 snaps over his college career.

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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