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Ravens cautious of Chiefs despite record

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Ravens cautious of Chiefs despite record

The Kansas City Chiefs are a team in disarray, and depending on the point of view they're either ripe for picking or desperately dangerous.

The Ravens travel to play a 1-3 team at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.

The Chiefs are coming off a 37-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers and have committed 15 turnovers for the season. Quarterback Matt Cassel is responsible for 10.

The Ravens have forced eight turnovers.

But a wounded team can't be taken lightly, especially because of star talents such as running back Jamaal Charles and receiver Dwayne Bowe.

Charles leads the NFL with 415 yards and two touchdowns and is averaging 5.8 yards per carry. Bowe had 25 catches for 342 yards and three touchdowns.

"Bowe is maturing as a wide receiver," Ravens safety Lardarius Webb said. "He is running his routes. He is being physical in the run blocking. ... We have to contain him. No. 25 (Charles) is back now. He is coming off a little injury, but he is back. If he gets a step in front of anyone, he's gone..

"I'm not going to say he reminds me of (Eagles RB LeSean) McCoy, but their running styles are similar, the way they cut back. We have to know where these guys are at."

Ravens coach John Harbaugh is in awe of the Chiefs' firepower. In their only victory, they came back to win at the New Orleans Saints in overtime.

"You're talking about weapons," he said. "They have them all."

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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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