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Interesting position battles at Ravens OTAs

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Interesting position battles at Ravens OTAs

The Ravens will have their second open practice of OTA’s on Wednesday afternoon, giving the media another chance to evaluate how the team is shaping up. Here’s an early look at some of the key competitions to watch:
 

Running back

Buck Allen vs. Lorenzo Taliaferro

They’re vying to be the No. 2 back behind Justin Forsett. Allen was a reliable receiver at USC, which could give him an edge. But Taliaferro has a year of experience in the Ravens’ offense. Should be an interesting competition.

Wide receiver

Marlon Brown vs. Breshad Perriman

Other than Steve Smith, which wide receiver will become Joe Flacco’s most trusted target? Kamar Aiken and Michael Campanaro are among others vying for that role. But Campanaro is currently sidelined with a quadriceps injury and his ability to stay healthy remains an issue. Brown led the Ravens in touchdowns as a rookie in 2013, while Perriman was the Ravens’ first-round pick. Brown and Perriman have a chance to establish a comfort level this spring and summer, working with Flacco in new coordinator Marc Trestman’s system.

Strong safety

Matt Elam vs. Will Hill

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Free agent pickup Kendrick Lewis is expected to start at free safety, leaving Elam and Hill to vie for the starting spot at strong safety. Elam, a first-round pick in 2013, wants to prove he isn’t a bust. Hill wants to prove the Ravens can depend on him, after his past off-field issues and suspensions. The Ravens hope the competition brings out the best in both, and makes their secondary stronger.
 
Tight end

Crockett Gillmore vs. Maxx Williams
 
Gillmore is the better blocker, with Williams being the more polished receiver. Both will have a role, especially because the Ravens will use some two tight-end sets. Williams could have the biggest impact of any Ravens rookie if he’s a fast learner. Flacco loves throwing to tight ends and last year’s most productive tight end, Owen Daniels, left for the Broncos in free agency. The Ravens also drafted tight end Nick Boyle in the fifth round, and Dennis Pitta is trying to return from his second major hip injury. But at the moment, Williams and Gillmore have the inside track to see the most reps at tight end.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Get to know Earl Thomas and Mark Ingram

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Get to know Earl Thomas and Mark Ingram

We are here to help you get your workweek started with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player Notes: 

Running back Mark Ingram is bringing two Pro Bowls, 1,321 rushing yards and 50 rushing touchdowns to the Ravens, but there's a lot about him you may not know. Did you know that his father, Mark Ingram Sr., was drafted at No. 28 overall just like his son? Probably not. Here's five things to know about Ingram via the Ravens' website. 

Safety Earl Thomas isn't just talented on the field, but off the field as well. Thomas can play piano, drums, saxophone and the organ. During his freshman year of high school, Thomas would change out of his football uniform at halftime into his band uniform to perform and then back again. Here's five things to know about Thomas via the Ravens' website

Former Ravens wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is retiring from the game. The 30-year-old made the announcement at his wife's baby shower over the weekend. Selected 19th overall by the Eagles in the 2009 NFL Draft, Maclin played for the Eagles, Chiefs and the Ravens.

Outside linebacker Tim Williams is ready to be a defensive leader for the Ravens in 2019. With the departures of Eric Weddle, Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley and Za'Darius Smith in free agency, Williams is ready to be "that man" for the NFL's No.1 defense. 

Williams has yet to play a full season for the Ravens after being drafted in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. In 2018, the linebacker saw action in only sevens games due to hamstring and ankle injuries. 

In AFC news, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from the league Sunday via Instagram. The 29-year-old finishes his career with 521 receptions for 7,861 yards, 79 touchdowns and three Super Bowl championship. 

Looking Ahead: 

March 24-27: Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, Az.

April 15: Voluntary OTA's may begin

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

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Congratulations pour in for Robert Griffin III after re-signing with Ravens

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Congratulations pour in for Robert Griffin III after re-signing with Ravens

You've made it to Friday and the Baltimore Ravens secured their backup quarterback. What more could we ask for?

Here's the latest news surrounding the Ravens.

Player Notes: 

The Ravens and QB Robert Griffin III agreed in principle to a two-year deal Thursday. A solid option behind Lamar Jackson, players around the league are happy to see the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year remain in the NFL.

The Ravens' newest member of their special teams unit, Justin Bethel, doesn't just have skills on the field but off the field as well. Bethel and his brothers have their own jazz band called House of Bethel, where the Raven plays the drums. In the music video for their single called, "The New Boss," Bethel has nearly a minute long drum solo

ESPN's Mel Kiper re-graded the Ravens' 2018 draft class, bringing them from a B-plus to an A-minus. One of the more stronger classes in recent history, the additions of Jackson, Mark Andrews, Hayden Hurst and Orlando Brown Jr. served the Ravens well in 2018. 

Is Action Jackson a hockey guy? The Ravens QB was spotted Thursday night at an Arizona Coyotes game. 

Looking Ahead: 

March 24-27: Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, Az.

April 15: Voluntary OTA's may begin

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

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