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Jaguars fiasco is distant memory

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Jaguars fiasco is distant memory

The sight of theJacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium is likely toconjure up some bad memories for Ravens fans. It was atJacksonville, after all, that the Ravens turned in perhaps their worst effortof the 2011 season. Not only did they suffer a 12-7 loss to a far inferiorteam, but the offense simply melted down on national television. The Ravens went nearly 40 minutes without afirst down, and frustration was evident afterward as Terrell Suggs was criticalof the fact that Ray Rice had just eight carries in the game. But for Ravensplayers and coaches, that game might as well have been played on Saturn. Itwill have no bearing on preseason Week 3 of the 2012 season. The Ravens arelooking only forward.
"I thinkwere looking at it as a good test for us and just another opportunity for usto go out there and work on what weve been working on all training camp and goout there and be successful at it," quarterback Joe Flacco said afterpractice on Monday.For Flacco andthe Ravens offense, that means finding the end zone. The Ravens starters haveaccounted for just one touchdown in the first two preseason games. AgainstDetroit last week, the Ravens had to settle for pair of field goals beforeFlacco left the game, including a 33-yarder by Billy Cundiff after the Ravenshad first-and-goal at the Lions 7-yard line. "I think thebiggest thing I can look at in the last couple games, especially last game, isjust finishing off drives," Flacco said, "getting down in the redzone and putting touchdowns on the board. If you want to score a lot of pointsin this league and you want to run away with a couple games here and there whenyoure given a chance which isnt often youve got to put the ball in theend zone. So, I think thats one thing that Id like to see, is when we getdown there this week, is stick it in there.

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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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'I started to realize that I’m not broken': Steve Smith opens up about mental health and depression

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'I started to realize that I’m not broken': Steve Smith opens up about mental health and depression

Former Carolina Panthers' star receiver Steve Smith spoke in front of a crowd of over 400 people at the fifth annual Wake up for Wellness breakfast that was sponsored by Mental Health America of Central Carolinas.

The 16-year veteran and current NFL Network analyst touched on the importance of seeking help for bouts with depression and spoke of battles that he has faced with the disease.

“On the outside you’ll see a tough exterior. But on the inside, I’m just broken or I believe even more broken than the average man. ... Because when the stadium goes dark and the cheers stop, you’re still looking for that pat on the back,” Smith said. “Throughout my whole career, I struggled with that.”

Smith discussed that in the beginning, he was so concerned about the stigma regarding mental health, that he opted for the professional to meet him for housecalls, and as time passed he realized the importance of speaking up.

“I started to realize that I’m not broken,” he said. “I’m not being sent back to the manufacturer ... I get up every morning and figure it out.”

Smith's comments on the issue came to light just a day after the NFL and NFLPA announced new legislation that focuses on mental well being.

The newly formed Comprehensive Mental Health and Wellness Committee will develop programs for members of the NFL in addition to collaborating with local and national mental health and suicide prevention organizations. Each team will be mandated to retain a Behavioral Health Team Clinician for assistance that will be required to be available to players at the individual team facilities for at least 8-12 hours per week and must conduct mandatory mental health education sessions for players and coaching staff.

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