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Ravens look for improvement versus Lions


Ravens look for improvement versus Lions

The location of the Ravens second pre-season game couldnt be better for the team.
Playing at home always helps a football team, and the Ravens will likely do better this Friday against the Lions than they did in the pre-season opener with Atlanta -- something they need.
The first game often is filled with mistakes, and even through the Ravens did win over the Falcons, they started poorly and struggled throughout the first two quarters on both offense and defense.
But, like any other NFL team, the key in the next game is to do better. The Ravens are going to be looking for the starters to improve and everyone to find more success, but coach John Harbaugh knows that.
There is good and bad, but this is the first pre-season game, and we will improve, Harbaugh said after the Atlanta win. You just take every play and every series for what it is.
Ed Reed may have said it best when talking about how much the defense had trouble at firstits early and everything will come.
We needed to start faster, but thats how it is in training camp, Reed said after the game. You still have to get your legs under you. Yeah, we need to jump start things a bit faster, but it will come.
For those fans panicking, remember that there are three more pre-season games left and the season-opener doesnt come for almost a month. The Ravens have got time.
And thats why turning in a good effort against the Lions would be helpful. If the team can do things better and build upon that, this is what pre-seasons for and its certainly going to help to do it on their home field.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson has his best practice yet

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson has his best practice yet

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. The Ravens are hopeful Earl Thomas will be a leader for their new defense which Thomas called "very complex." "This defense is very complex compared to what we were doing in Seattle,” Thomas said to Ravens media. “We were just playing Cover-3 all the time. Now, we’re making calls on the fly. That’s the biggest adjustment for me.”

Additionally, Thomas told media members after practice that he's made "fast friends" with quarterback Lamar Jackson. "He's a very funny guy, I don't know if you all know that," Thomas said.

2. Speaking of Lamar Jackson, he reportedly had his best day of practice so far this offseason according to Ravens media. Jackson's throws looked much better and he was quick in the pocket.

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: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.


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RG3 likens KD's desire to play hurt to his own injury in 2012

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RG3 likens KD's desire to play hurt to his own injury in 2012

Like most athletes, Robert Griffin III was empathetic towards Kevin Durant when he first went down, taking to Twitter on Monday night to voice his concern. 

Today, the Ravens' veteran quarterback told ESPN's The Undefeated that he's all too familiar with Durant's decision to play and subsequent injury. RG3 likened it to his own brief playoff stint in 2013. Just four weeks removed from an injury to a knee that required reconstructive surgery in college, RG3 started – only to get hit late in the fourth and watch both his season and career come to a screeching halt. 

But that's not how RG3 views it. 

"I was looking at it like I'm out for here for my brothers. I'm out here for my team. And that was the only place I wasnted to be." 

And Griffin doesn't believe he's alone in that thought process, suggesting it was KD's mindset ahead of Game 5 as well.

"Most of us are built to fight. So whenever we get a situation where we’re a little injured or a little banged-up, our first reaction isn’t to get out of there and rest. Our first reaction is to figure out how we can keep going. That’s what makes a guy like Kevin Durant great." 

It remains to be seen whether KD's recovery will be smoother than RG3's. The former Heisman Trophy winner never came close to matching his breakout rookie season, eventually losing his starting job in Washington in 2014.

Durant will miss all of next season, meaning the former Montrose Christian star's next NBA appearance would be as a 32 year-old.