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In his training camp questions about every NFL team (Terrell Suggs absence is the Ravens), NFL.coms Michael Lombardi writes this about the Steelers: Once again, six members of the Steelers' defense are over age 30 and on the decline. Can this team play great defense again in 2012, or will their lack of total team speed cause trouble? Last year, the Steelers allowed 32 scoring drives of at least 10 plays, ranking 29th.
And speaking about NFL.com and Suggs, Brian McIntyres piece on the camp battle to replace him comes to the same conclusion most observers (and fans) have reached: Its going to be a combo platter of Pernell McPhee, Paul Kruger and Courtney Upshaw.
You know how Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome likes his Alabama guys. Well, heres a Bama defensive lineman to keep an eye on: Jesse Williams. He wasnt a star last season and who knows whether hell develop into one this year, but he can bench press 600 pounds! Thats 100 more than the best total at the most recent NFL Combine.
Clark Judge of CBSSports.com rates the AFC North as the NFLs strongest division. He mentions the Bengals as challenging the Ravens and Steelers: Cincinnati is starting to squeeze both, with a quarterback Andy Dalton who, as a rookie last season, had to play 10 top 10 ranked defenses yet still finished 9-7.
Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.
1. The Ravens are hopeful Earl Thomas will be a leader for their new defense which Thomas called "very complex." "This defense is very complex compared to what we were doing in Seattle,” Thomas said to Ravens media. “We were just playing Cover-3 all the time. Now, we’re making calls on the fly. That’s the biggest adjustment for me.”
Additionally, Thomas told media members after practice that he's made "fast friends" with quarterback Lamar Jackson. "He's a very funny guy, I don't know if you all know that," Thomas said.
2. Speaking of Lamar Jackson, he reportedly had his best day of practice so far this offseason according to Ravens media. Jackson's throws looked much better and he was quick in the pocket.
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: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.
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Like most athletes, Robert Griffin III was empathetic towards Kevin Durant when he first went down, taking to Twitter on Monday night to voice his concern.
Today, the Ravens' veteran quarterback told ESPN's The Undefeated that he's all too familiar with Durant's decision to play and subsequent injury. RG3 likened it to his own brief playoff stint in 2013. Just four weeks removed from an injury to a knee that required reconstructive surgery in college, RG3 started – only to get hit late in the fourth and watch both his season and career come to a screeching halt.
But that's not how RG3 views it.
"I was looking at it like I'm out for here for my brothers. I'm out here for my team. And that was the only place I wasnted to be."
And Griffin doesn't believe he's alone in that thought process, suggesting it was KD's mindset ahead of Game 5 as well.
"Most of us are built to fight. So whenever we get a situation where we’re a little injured or a little banged-up, our first reaction isn’t to get out of there and rest. Our first reaction is to figure out how we can keep going. That’s what makes a guy like Kevin Durant great."
It remains to be seen whether KD's recovery will be smoother than RG3's. The former Heisman Trophy winner never came close to matching his breakout rookie season, eventually losing his starting job in Washington in 2014.
Durant will miss all of next season, meaning the former Montrose Christian star's next NBA appearance would be as a 32 year-old.