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No three-and-out for Ravens' McAdoo

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No three-and-out for Ravens' McAdoo

You couldnt blame Michael McAdoo if he were feeling bitter about football and decided to just chuck it.

Two years ago, the NCAA ruled him ineligible, so he didnt play his last season at North Carolina. Last year, he got hurt and wasnt able to get on the field with the Ravens. This year, he had just started to show something to the Ravens in the off-season when an injury to his Achilles tendon wiped out another year.

I finally had a chance to get out there on the field to prove myself, McAdoo, a 6-foot-7 linebacker, told baltimoreravens.com this week in his first interview since the injury. I thought it was going well, getting the hang of the plays, getting in the system, and getting some extra eyes and extra looks. Then for me to go down, it just hurt.

But McAdoo, still just 22, will try to work his way back and actually play football after what will end up being three lost seasons.

I realize that and all I can do is keep fighting, he said. I cant give up just because I have an injury. I cant feel sorry for myself, because nobody else is going to feel sorry for me.

Coach John Harbaugh said the club will give him another shot.

"Hes not a guy well give up on, Harbaugh said. "Hes just going to be a project for us. Hes going to get another year in the weight room and in the meetings and try to see if he can be a player next year.

And he certainly doesnt possess a McAdont attitude.

I cant stop, and I cant give up now, he said. Other people are suffering way tougher things than what Im suffering.

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Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp

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Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp

Football is back in session for the Ravens.

Their rookies are set to report to the Ravens' training facility in Owings Mills, Md Wednesday. Veterans report next Wednesday, the 18th.

The team is reporting to training camp a bit earlier than most NFL teams. Due to Ray Lewis being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Aug. 4 in Canton, Oh, the Ravens will face the Chicago Bears in the annual Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 2. Teams participating are eligible to begin training camp earlier.

This rookie class is already generating national attention. While the Ravens stand by Joe Flacco as their QB1, first-round pick Lamar Jackson could cause a shakeup at some point during the season. And when it comes to much-needed offensive help, tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews could begin to provide relief. 

Third-round pick Orlando Brown Jr. begins his journey with the Ravens in a more sentimental fashion. His father, Orlando "Zeus" Brown, also played tackle for the Ravens from 1996-98 and then again from 2003-05. Brown passed away in 2011. 

Stay with NBC Sports Washington throughout the next several weeks as we keep a close eye on the Ravens' preseason. 

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Early 2018 NFL playoff odds have Ravens in similar situation

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Early 2018 NFL playoff odds have Ravens in similar situation

There's only six months until the NFL playoffs and we've got no time to waste.

OK, maybe we're getting a little ahead of ourselves but online betting site, Oddshark, released their early 2018 NFL playoff odds and the Ravens are in a similar situation as previous years.

The Ravens are sitting at +135 — tied for 13th with the San Francisco 49ers — for the best odds to play January football. This would place them in the seventh seed among AFC teams and just outside contention.

The Patriots (-1500), Steelers (-550), Chargers (-145), Jaguars (-140), Texans (-135), and Chiefs (+120) are seeded above them respectively. 

During the 2017 season, the Ravens were constantly in the hunt for the fifth or sixth seed in the AFC playoff picture. Several weeks ahead of training camp, Vegas is predicting that to be the case in 2018.

Playoff odds in July mean nothing, but considering their offseason changes, the Ravens' 2018 season should bring positive change.

They added weapons for Joe Flacco in free agents Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead and John Brown, and drafted tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews.

Then there was the late first-round draft pick of QB Lamar Jackson. Flacco remains the starter for now, but it will be interesting to see if that changes midway through the season or if they get them both on the field at the same time.

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