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Ravens get props beyond the Beltway

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Ravens get props beyond the Beltway

When the national media opine on the Ravens, it may not necessarily be anything you havent already read or heard or thought of yourself, but its still a fresh perspective from someone who isnt focused on the team all the time.

With that in mind, heres some of what ESPNs John Clayton wrote about the Ravens after his visit to Owings Mills (which reminds us: ESPN.com needs to change that Baltimore dateline on his article):

One of the reasons Ozzie Newsome is one of the game's best general managers is his ability to solve problems. For years, it seemed the Ravens lacked speed at receiver. He found faster receivers. Two years ago, the Ravens were precariously thin at cornerback. Now they are deep.

This is clearly Joe Flaccos best training camp in terms of focus and execution. In camp, Flacco has taken even more of a leadership role on offense. He continues to suggest to coaches he wants the offense to be more aggressive in the latter stages of games.

The best young prospect at cornerback is Jimmy Smith, last year's first-round pick. Smith is a long, angular cornerback with shutdown potential. As a rookie, he was thrown into the fire after the lockout and played decently despite not having an off-season of coaching. Now, he knows the schemes and should have a great season.

This year's draft may have produced a starting right tackle, Kelechi Osemele, and a future starting center or guard, Gino Gradkowski. Because the Ravens are competing for a Super Bowl, though, they would like to go with experience.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster is set heading into start of OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster is set heading into start of OTAs

Kick off your Monday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including the full 90-man roster heading into the beginning of OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. The Baltimore Ravens have officially announced the full 90-man roster that will be competing for an official team roster spot in OTAs this summer. Ravens OTAs begin Monday.

2. With the return of Pernell McPhee and the addition of Shane Ray, it's clear that the Ravens are searching for the right pass rushers for their defense. The two veterans join draft pick Jaylon Ferguson in the quest to create a dynamic defense.

3. Marquise Brown is expected to miss OTAs due to continued rehab on his foot from Lisfranc surgery. However, Brown is expected to be ready by the start of training camp in August.

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: 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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