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Ravens erupt as brawl breaks out at training camp

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Ravens erupt as brawl breaks out at training camp

Even a quarterback wearing No. 7 and a black and gold jersey hasn't gotten this kind of treatment from the Ravens.

After what has been a relatively calm training camp, tempers flared Wednesday as a brawl broke out for about 20 seconds. During second-team drills, rookie center Gino Gradkowski was pinned to the ground and pounded by defensive lineman Arthur Jones.

Then most of the 90 players in camp swarmed onto the field as a second skirmish broke out down field as offensive lineman Jah Reid was ganged up on by several players from the secondary, including safety Bernard Pollard who appeared to be getting in the most significant blows.

"What are you going to do about? Get in there and start tossing bodies around? ... They got back in there and ran the next play pretty quick. It was a spirited fight," coach John Harbaugh said.

Ravens running back Ray Rice made light of the situation during the ruckus. He wasn't on the field during blowup but opined: "Training camp has officially begun. It's been a peaceful camp."

Receiver Jacoby Jones, in his first season with the team, lamented: "That (expletive) got me tired."

Cornerback Lardarius Webb joked that the secondary won its scrap with Reid. "Looking at that fight, Jah got beat up," he said with a chuckle.

When order was restored, the theme music from "Rocky" blared over the sound system.

Pollard was pleased with the outcome. Immediately after practice ended he tweeted: "Today was the best day by far this camp!!!" And then he added: "We have something special Baltimore."

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: 20 prospects linked to Baltimore at No. 22

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: 20 prospects linked to Baltimore at No. 22

We've made in to NFL draft week. Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. The 2019 NFL Draft is Thursday night in Nashville, Tn. While the chances of pundits predicting each team's first-round pick accurately is about the same as picking the Powerball numbers, we can't seem to stop ourselves from looking at them. Here's a look at 20 prospects mocked to the Ravens at No. 22, courtesy of the Ravens' website.  


2. One of the many exciting parts of the NFL draft is waiting to hear which organizations trade forward or backwards to acquire a pick. Just last year, the Ravens traded back from their No. 16 pick several times to select Hayden Hurst at No. 25, before trading back into the first-round to pick Lamar Jackson at No. 32. But which trade in Ravens history was the most impactful? ESPN's Jamison Hensley selected the Ravens' trade for running back Jamal Lewis.


"In 1999, the Ravens traded their second-round pick (No. 43) for Atlanta's first-round pick in 2000, which they used to land running back Jamal Lewis," Hensley wrote. "The Falcons selected tight end Reggie Kelly, and the Ravens got what turned into the No. 5 overall pick in the 2000 draft. Baltimore drafted Lewis, who carried the offense during the team's 2000 Super Bowl championship season and recorded the NFL's fifth 2,000-yard season in 2003."


3. As Marlon Humphrey enters his third year in the league, the cornerback will not only be expected to take on a leadership role within the Ravens' new look defense, but top his impressive sophomore season. In 2018, Humphrey contested 35% of targets thrown into his coverage marking the second-best rate in all the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. 


Looking Ahead:

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get long-term deal done with designated franchise tag player

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.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

One more week of the NFL offseason in the books. Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes:

1. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti donated $100,000 to help rebuilding efforts for three historically black churches in the Louisiana area that recently burned down by an alleged arsonists. An effort led by former tight end Benjamin Watson, Bisciotti reached out to him Sunday committing his donation. 

2. The GOAT gene has transferred from Justin Tucker to his son, Easton. The kicker posted a video on his Instagram Thursday of the little guy kicking a (mini) field goal right down the middle, just like his dad. 

Looking Ahead:

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

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.

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