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Ravens finish plays and drives --and Jags

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Ravens finish plays and drives --and Jags

Finishing drives and plays better was something the Ravens talked about after last weeks loss to the Lions. And it was something they did much better Thursday night a big reason the Ravens turned this game into a rout.
The Ravens still got two field goals, but they also scored six touchdowns in a 48-17 laugher against Jacksonville in the third pre-season game for both teams. There wasnt much frustration for the offense on this night as they finished with 571 total yards and drove the ball up and down the field throughout the contest.
I think we did a good job overall, said quarterback Joe Flacco. There was still one drive early where I wish we would have put the ball in. I think we had a couple of opportunities where we just didnt get it done and ended up settling for a field goal. But, other than that, I think we did a good job.
The Ravens drove inside the Jacksonville 20-yard line five times and came away with four touchdowns plus a field goal. Those touchdowns were short scoring passes of eight and five yards from Flacco to Vonta Leach and Anquan Boldin along with Tyrod Taylors 8-yard TD pass to LaQuan Williams.
But they enabled the offense to finish drives, something that good teams need to do on a regular basis when getting the ball deep into opposing territory.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh also talked about how happy he was that his team finished things in general, like plays. Its a big reason the Ravens gained so much yardage and made so many things happen.
The thing we did was we finished things, Harbaugh said. OK, we finished things this game. Thats one thing weve been striving for. Its kind of been something important to us in practice, when youre fighting to accomplish that every single day. We finished catches. We finished runs. We finished blocks. We finished drives, for the most part.
Finishing the plays and drives helped the Ravens finish off the Jaguars without much trouble and turn in their best performance of the pre-season.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

Kick off your holiday weekend with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. One of the most obvious needs for the Ravens is help rushing the passer, and they're hoping to find some of that help on the interior in the form of free agent Gerald McCoy. The longtime Buccaneer DL visited Cleveland last week, but left town without agreeing to a contract.

Reportedly interested in playing for a contender, the former top-five pick is scheduled to visit the Ravens on Tuesday.

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson is still struggling to throw the ball, as he noted things aren't right yet when it comes to accuracy. Media members noticed the ball wobbling through the air on many throws, and Jackson told them he thinks his hand is too high on the ball. If he's going to successfully run Greg Roman's new offensive scheme, Jackson will eventually need to be able to hit his receivers in stride with greater regularity.

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: 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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