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Omar Brown does it again

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Omar Brown does it again

Omar Brown did it again.
In fact, you could kind of say he did it again and again.
Brown picked off one pass and recovered two fumbles in last weeks win over the Falcons. He came through again in Fridays 27-12 loss to the Lions at M&T Bank Stadium, recovering a fumble that stopped Detroit from scoring and snatching up an onsides kick the Ravens tried late.
Brown now has three recovered fumbles plus the onsides kick. He grabbed that ball with 2:10 left in the game and the Lions holding a 20-12 lead. That gave the Ravens a chance to tie the game, but they couldnt.
He recovered a fumble at the Baltimore 1-yard line that kept the Lions out of the end zone in the second half.

Still, bringing up the mention of the free-agent rookie defensive back and what hes been doing made coach John Harbaugh smile at his post-game news conference.
I think Omar got it right. The guy is always around the ball, right? Harbaugh said with a laugh. Its nice for these young guys to get an opportunity to see these guys, to see what they can do over the course of a long game like that.
As for Browns situation and chances of making the team, recovering three fumbles plus making a pick and grabbing an onsides kick has to help make someone notice. If a head coach smiles at a press conference after a 15-point loss yes, it was just pre-season thats still something.
Brown just seems to be one of those players who truly has a nose for the ball. Ed Reed is one. Its something that cant be taught. It just happens, and it seems to take place on a consistent basis.
Will Brown have a chance to make the team? If he does, performances like these certainly helped. Harbaugh was careful in what he said about Brown, but its interesting to read between the lines a bit.
Its been a long camp, he said. Its been a long off-season for them as far as OTAs and all that. The cream does start to rise to the top a little bit and shakes itself out. We have a lot of guys doing a good job of that. Pre-season is a little bit more of an individual type of an opportunity to evaluate that.

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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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