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The Pressure is On: No. 1 Matt Elam


The Pressure is On: No. 1 Matt Elam

In the NFL, pressure is inevitable. Over the past 10 days CSNBaltimore.com has been ranking the top 10 Ravens who are under pressure heading into training camp. We've finally reached No. 1. 

Why the pressure is on: 

When the general manager publicly calls you out, you better believe the pressure is on. And Ozzie Newsome could not have been more direct when he declared at the "State of the Ravens" news conference: "Matt Elam has to be a better football player for us next year. He has to be." The Ravens have seen two years worth of uneven play from their 2013 first-round draft pick, and it's pretty clear they are tired of that, and want and expect more from him.

What Elam needs to do:

For starters, tackle. As a safety with a reputation for hitting, Elam's poor tackling was perhaps his most glaring weakness last year. According to Pro Football Focus, Elam finished with a team-high 16 missed tackles despite playing only about 60 percent of the snaps. In Elam's defense, he has bounced around from free safety to strong safety and even played some nickel back as the Ravens searched for answers in the secondary. Keeping him in one role would help. But he also needs to help himself. He needs to show better instincts and awareness -- failing to touch a runner down as if they are playing college rules is inexcusable.

 "By all accounts, Elam returned this spring motivated and focused. That's a good start. The next test comes when the pads come on and the hitting starts. Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees praised Elam during OTAs, saying Elam had the "best camp he’s had, bar none. Not even close."

Sounds as if Newsome's message got through loud and clear.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson organizes private workout with receivers

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson organizes private workout with receivers

With training camp just nine days away, here is the latest news surrounding the Baltimore Ravens.

1. Quarterback Lamar Jackson organized an off-site work out with Ravens wide receivers Chris Moore and Willie Snead IV over the weekend. The second-year quarterback followed through with his plan of working with his receivers on his own time before training camp begins next week. Backup quarterback Robert Griffin III was present as well.

2. With the addition of six-time Pro Bowler Earl Thomasthe Ravens secondary was ranked the deepest group in the NFL, according to NFL.com's Chris Wesseling. Pairing Thomas with safety Tony Jefferson creates one of the best safety tandems in the league, and Baltimore has a deep group of cornerbacks in Jimmy Smith, Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Carr, and Tavon Young. The Ravens defense allowed just 17.9 points per game a season ago, which was the second-best mark in the NFL.

3. Ravens Training Camp passes are now available. The Ravens have 14 different training camp practices open to the public this season. Claim your tickets and parking pass here or on the Ravens' mobile app.

Looking Ahead:

July 24: Ravens training camp begins. Rookies are set to report a week earlier on Wednesday, July 17. 

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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Ravens rookie Trace McSorely is using the offseason to sharpen his coaching skills

Ravens rookie Trace McSorely is using the offseason to sharpen his coaching skills

Baltimore Ravens rookie Quarterback, Trace McSorley, acted as a guest coach with ProCamps Worldwide and the Quantico Defense Agency to host a mobile football camp for Department of Defense children, grades one through eight. 

The focus of the camp was to give back to the children of service members who may not see their parents for long stretches of time due to deployments and exercises.  

"It's a lot of fun being out here with these kids," McSorley said. "It's really cool to see all of these kids enjoying it and being out here for the love of the game."

The camp was held at Butler Stadium on the Marine Base in Quantico, Virginia.

McSorley, 23, visited multiple stations around the stadium to offer coaching and pointers to young athletes, while also assisting other volunteer coaches in running drills, and ensuring the kids were having fun while being safe.

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"When I was younger there were camps in my area that I went to and I got to meet guys like Ricky Ervins, D.J. Dozier, Shawn Springs," McSorley said.

"For me as a kid, seeing those guys giving back to the community really kind of gave me something to work towards. You're close to it so you start to see yourself at that level, and set goals for yourself."

Colonel William Bentley III, commanding officer of Marine Corps Base Quantico, believed the camp to be a success and hopes it returns to Quantico next year.

“We have a lot of great things going on for the kids.” Bentley III said. 

"Trace McSorley you've been outstanding and we appreciate you coming out and thanks for being here.”

Heading into camp McSorley has been focused on proving himself "every single day," and "absorbing as much information as he can." 

Although he won't be starting game one of the season, he's well aware of how important it is to watch those ahead of him before it's his time to shine.