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Quick Takes: Ravens practice in front of 22K at M&T


Quick Takes: Ravens practice in front of 22K at M&T

BALTIMORE – My quick takeaways from the Ravens’ practice Monday night at M&T Bank Stadium, before an announced crowd of 22,111:

-  Rookie WR Darren Waller had a strong night. 

The Ravens drafted Waller in the sixth round because they liked his size (6-foot-6) and potential. He is showing both. Waller made several nice catches, and showed agility coming out of breaks. The last couple of roster spots at wide receiver will be extremely tough decisions for the coaching staff.

- Rookie tight end Maxx Williams also did well. 

He dropped what should have been a touchdown catch, but Williams got open and make several other grabs. The Ravens would love to see Williams make more plays, and look ready to make an immediate impact Week 1 in Denver.


- Backup quarterback Matt Schaub did not have his best night.

Schaub threw into coverage on several occasions, and he has not shown the arm strength during camp to get away with throwing into coverage. As durable as Joe Flacco has been as a starting quarterback, Schaub’s performance may not matter. But an significant injury to Flacco still looks like it would be extremely difficult for the Ravens to overcome.

- Justin Tucker booted a 64-yard field goal.

Tucker’s range might be even longer than last season. He looks ready once again to make clutch kicks whenever called upon.

- Injuries

Elvis Dumervil (Achilles tendonitis) and Breshad Perriman (knee) missed their fourth consecutive practice. Wide receiver Marlon Brown (back) missed practice, as did cornerbacks Chris Greenwood, Rashaan Melvin, and Tray Walker.

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Whirlwind week: Demone Harris makes Ravens practice squad, loses and then finds engagement ring, gets engaged

Whirlwind week: Demone Harris makes Ravens practice squad, loses and then finds engagement ring, gets engaged

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — In the span of a few days, Demone Harris bought an engagement ring, was released by the Buccaneers, traveled to Baltimore — where he lost the engagement ring, earned a spot on the Ravens practice squad and subsequently found the ring and got engaged.

Harris announced on Twitter today that he signed with the Ravens practice squad. The outside linebacker is in his second year in the NFL and originally was an undrafted free agent from Buffalo.

But that’s not the entire story of his signing.

Harris was released by the Buccaneers after returning from London on Oct. 15. He also had plans to propose to his girlfriend that week and had already purchased an engagement ring.

After a workout last Thursday morning in Baltimore, he was unable to find the engagement ring he planned to propose to his girlfriend with that weekend. 

Just a short while after the Ravens texted Harris to let him know he’d made the practice squad, he also received word that his engagement ring was found in the hotel he stayed at. 

The Ravens shipped the ring to him overnight and he proposed to his girlfriend on Friday in Buffalo like he’d planned to do all along. 

He ended his story on Twitter that he wanted to find the person who located the ring and “do something nice.”

For not having practiced with the Ravens yet, Harris has already created quite a stir.


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Ravens cut Justin Bethel, lose Pernell McPhee likely for season

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Ravens cut Justin Bethel, lose Pernell McPhee likely for season

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Just a day after a hard-fought win in Seattle, the Ravens have two roster spots to fill on defense.

The Ravens released special teams standout Justin Bethel on Monday, and coach John Harbaugh announced that Pernell McPhee is likely out for the season with a torn tricep.

Bethel was released after the Titans released Brent Urban last week.

The reason for Bethel's release was that Urban was due to give the Ravens a compensatory fourth-round pick. He signed a one-year deal in the offseason with the Titans as he left the Ravens. 

But Urban, who signed with Chicago on Monday, failed to impress in Tennessee and was released before the Week 10 compensatory deadline. Meaning, the Ravens would have lost the fourth-round pick they were scheduled to receive for John Brown's departure were it not for Bethel's release.

Bethel had six special teams tackles this season and was arguably the Ravens' best special teams player that doesn't snap or kick.

"Justin Bethel unfortunately had to be released due to a funky rule that the NFL has with these compensatory picks," Harbaugh said. "A judgement has to be made in terms of for the future as well. That's tough for us. I told him I think he's the best special teams player in the NFL, and he's playing that way."

Additionally, McPhee will likely be out for the season with a torn tricep. McPhee had three sacks and 19 total tackles in seven games for the Ravens this season.

"Pernell McPhee, it looks like he has a torn tricep," Harbaugh said. "If he has a torn tricep which I believe he does, that'll proclude the rest of the season." 

The Ravens have Aaron Adeoye, a rookie outside linebacker, on the practice squad should they wish to promote someone from within. Otherwise, they'll have to look through the free agent market or poach from another practice squad.

The NFL trade deadline is next Tuesday.