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Rainey, Thompson stand out

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Rainey, Thompson stand out

The Ravens have a long history of finding undrafted rookie gems -- Priest Holmes, Bart Scott and Jameel McClain among others. Two more of them running back Bobby Rainey and wide receiver Deonte Thompson -- were keys to the Ravens 31-17 win over Atlanta in the preseason opener.

Rainey, a 5-foot-8, 212-pound running back from Western Kentucky, continues to make himself impossible to ignore.

Rainey finished the game with a team-high 12 carries for 36 yards and also had three receptions for 28 yards, including a nifty 18-yard, catch-and-run touchdown.

Rainey, a Georgia native playing in front of family and friends at the Georgia Dome, also served as the primary punt returner. Jacoby Jones is expected to be the No. 1 returner, but Rainey had six returns last night for an 8.3-yard average in his first extended audition for that job.

Rainey is in the fight for the job to back up Ray Rice, and he looked stronger last night than second-year back Anthony Allen. Allen, who was also enjoying a homecoming of sorts after playing at Georgia Tech, carried five times for 9 yards, and also dropped a pass and missed a key block on a blitz.

Thompson, meanwhile, proved that his speed can be a dangerous weapon. The 6-foot, 203-pound speedster from Florida, had three receptions for 53 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown.

On that same scoring drive, Thompson twice got behind the Falcons defense, with one play leading to a 48-yard pass interference penalty on Falcons defensive back Robert McClain.

Thompson still needs polish, but his speed can make things happen.

There are still three preseason games left, and jobs still need to be won. But Rainey and Thompson, two guys who never heard their names called in the NFL Draft, certainly helped their cause last night.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens announce 2019 open training camp dates

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens announce 2019 open training camp dates

Kick off your Tuesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. The Ravens have announced 2019 training camp dates that will be open to the public. 2,000 fans will be able to attend the 14 open practices at the Owings Mill Underarmour Performance Center. Additionally, the Ravens will hold their annual open practice at M&T Bank Stadium July 27 with Fireworks Night to follow.

2. Wide receiver Jaleel Scott has had a standout offseason thus far after spending his entire rookie season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. According to Ravens media, Scott has been a big playmaker at OTAs and mandatory minicamp and is looking forward to the start of training camp. “I think I had a great practice to end minicamp, and now I’m going to get ready for the start of training camp,” Scott said to Ravens media. “I want to show people I can be a deep threat, that I can make big plays and do things in the red zone, help us score points. That’s my goal.”


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 and Rotoworld for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Michael Pierce responds to last week's dismissal from practice

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Michael Pierce responds to last week's dismissal from practice

Kick off your Monday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Last week, defensive tackle Michael Pierce was dismissed from practice after showing up in "less than ideal shape" according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. Pierce joined WSNP-FM 105.5 Friday where he responded to being dismissed from practice. “Throughout the offseason, I tend to lift more than run,” Pierce said. “Being a nose guard, I want to be strong or what not. I, honestly, just mismanaged my running a little bit.”

2. On the other hand, tight end Mark Andrews looks "bigger, faster and stronger" Zrebiec said. Andrews had a standout year last season as a rookie with three touchdowns and 34 catches for 552 yards. Zrebiec said Andrews has not slowed down and will be an even bigger asset to the Ravens offense this season.


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 and Rotoworld for news points.

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