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Ravens defensive backs bring the lumber

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Ravens defensive backs bring the lumber

The big hit taketh away and the big hit giveth.

When the Ravens have been struggling on defense this season, part of the talk has been that their poor tackling was due to the defenders trying to line up big hits. If the big hits didn’t happen, the ball carrier might escape with just a glancing blow or bounce off and keep going.

On Sunday night, there it was again. On Byron Leftwich’s surprising touchdown run on the Steelers’ first possession, safety Bernard Pollard appeared to be — as pointed out by NBC’s Cris Collinsworth — trying to set up to nail the quarterback and ended up whiffing on the tackle.

But on the Steelers’ last-gasp possession, Pollard delivered one of two receiver-jarring blows that preserved the victory for the Ravens.  Jerricho Cotchery appeared to have a reception on a deep sideline pattern that would have set up Pittsburgh near range for a tying field-goal try with 22 seconds left. But Pollard closed quickly and popped the ball loose for an incomplete pass.

On the play before, cornerback Corey Graham  — new to the Ravens this year and turning in a terrific effort on Sunday — hit tight end Heath Miller with another hard, legal shot when Miller had both hands on a pass deep down the middle, sending the ball bouncing away harmlessly to the turf with 27 seconds remaining.

No one will be complaining this week about the Ravens going after the big hit.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

Kick off your Saturday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including an injury update on the Ravens' first-round pick. 

Player/Team Notes: 

1. 2019 first-round pick and WR Marquise Brown will miss OTAs as he continues to recover from Lisfranc surgery. Per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, the team expects Brown to be ready by the start of training camp. 

2. The Ravens confirmed the signings of OLB Pernell McPhee, OLB Shane Ray, and WR Michael Floyd Friday. Baltimore also announced it had waived QB Jalan McClendon and DT Kalil Morris.

3. Free agent LB Jon Bostic worked out for the Ravens Friday, per Zrebiec. Bostic was cut by the Steelers in April. 

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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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: The return of Pernell McPhee

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: The return of Pernell McPhee

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including the return of Pernell McPhee.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Pernell McPhee is a Baltimore Raven again! The Ravens signed McPhee to a one-year deal according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. McPhee was drafted by the Ravens in 2011 during the fifth round and spent four seasons with the team before landing in Chicago and then last season in Washington. The Ravens hope to capitalize on McPhee's 31 career sacks as they hone-in on producing a "diversified pass rush."

2. The Ravens have also signed offensive lineman R.J. Prince, who was last with Pittsburgh. Prince was waived by the Steelers after not seeing a down during the 2018 season. The Steelers picked up Prince as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina.

3. Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2019 regular season. Peterson reportedly violated the NFL's performance-enhancement drug policy. The Ravens face the Cardinals during Week 2, so this is good news for the guys in purple.

4. The Ravens have reportedly signed former Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ray had an unproductive season with the Broncos last year with one sack and one forced fumble in 11 games played.

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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