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No real surprises in Ravens' final moves

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No real surprises in Ravens' final moves

The Ravens did pretty much what most expected when they made their final cuts on Friday. A few small surprises, maybe one bigger one, but nothing that would gain a lot of attention.
Three of the bigger questions in the final part of the summer had to do with the quarterbacks, kickers and defensive backs, specifically Omar Brown, who showed a real nose for the ball during the exhibition games.
The Ravens and coach John Harbaugh clearly have liked Tyrod Taylor since he's joined the team as the back-up quarterback. They went with two last year and, despite bringing in former Indy back-up Curtis Painter, the Ravens will stick with two once more and go with Taylor in that spot. That's a bit of a gamble, especially if starter Joe Flacco gets hurt, but sometimes you have to make decisions like that.
Some wondered if Painter might have an inside track on the No. 2 spot because quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell used to be his coach when both were with the Colts. But that wasn't the case at all.
The kicking situation's been well-documented this week. It was easy to see that rookie Justin Tucker gained momentum on veteran Billy Cundiff as time went on. That probably was the biggest surprise of camp-- the fact that the coaches made that move.
Many seemed to be rooting for Brown, who kept finding a way to make plays in a game, getting four turnovers. But it just didn't pan out as the team let him go Friday. That's got to be considered something of a mild surprise.
The question now is what happens now. Harbaugh even said when talking to the media Friday that "you know in this league it is very fluid." It will be interesting to see if they make any last-second moves before the season opener like the Redskins did when then cut kicker Graham Gano after he appeared to win the job.
It's also going to be interesting to see who winds up on the practice squad. Will any of the cuts end up there-- or with other teams? Everything's not done just yet.

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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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