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Pees to see old friends Sunday

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Pees to see old friends Sunday

Its simply part of life in professional sports. Players and coaches wind up making all kinds of homecoming trips, back to where they worked and lived for some parts of their careers. Or they wind up having their former teams come to them.
Defensive coordinator Dean Pees gets the latter this weekend when the Ravens take on the Patriots Sunday night. He coached with New England for six years, and Pees gets to see his old friends in this game.
Its always an emotional game, Pees said when talking with the media earlier this week. Im not going to lie about that and act like its just another game. Its a big game for me. Theres a lot of friends over there on the other sideline, a lot of old colleagues, a lot of players that I coached.
Pees came to Baltimore after leaving New England following the 2009 season for personal reasons, he said this week Hes been with the Ravens since and moved up to defensive coordinator this season after Chuck Pagano left the job to take over as the Colts head coach.

Pees said he still deals with Patriots coach Bill Belichick at times, and they get along just fine.
My relationship with him is great, Pees said. We still speak on occasion when were playing a team thats a common opponent, and we arent playing each other In certain years, well discuss things. Its a great relationship.
Thats part of life in the NFL. You make friends and contacts at every stop. There are times when those contacts are ones you deal with againlike in Baltimore where Pees is working under coach John Harbaugh. Pees coached him in college in the early 80s.
So on Sunday, Pees will once again see some old friends. Some games just wind up being a bit harder than others.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: What to look out for at OTAs

Kick off your Thursday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including what to watch for at OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. As the Ravens try and bolster their pass rush during the offseason, they hope to find much-needed help from outside linebacker, Shane Ray. The Ravens picked up Ray from the Denver Broncos where he had an unproductive last two seasons due to injury, only registering one sack in each of the past two seasons. However, Ray had a phenomenal career at Missouri as a unanimous All-American and SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. The Ravens have given Ray a shot at a career reboot and fans are excited to see what he's got.

2. Thursday is the media's first opportunity to get a look at the 2019-20 Ravens. Ravens writer Ryan Mink writes seven things to look out for at OTAs including, attendance from veterans even though OTAs are mandatory, a look at linebacker development with the signings of namely Pernell McPhee and Shane Ray and a first look at the rookie class to name a few.

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: Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens rank higher than expected in preseason rankings

Kick off your Wednesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including a high preseason ranking for the Ravens.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. The Ravens ranked higher than expected in Peter King's preseason rankings. King ranked the Ravens at No. 12, surprising for a defense that is working on development during this offseason. However, with the Ravens' signing of All-Pro safety Earl Thomas, maybe he will bring the fire the Ravens need on defense.

2. With day 2 of OTAs in the books, the focus has been on quarterback Lamar Jackson. Ravens writer, Kevin Eck noted that during the offseason, Jackson had been working out with Ravens quarterbacks coach, Joshua Harris along with receivers Jordan Lasley and Jaylen Smith, so it remains to be seen throughout the summer on whether or not he has improved namely his passing game. 

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: Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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