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Ravens post-draft two-deep: Offense

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Ravens post-draft two-deep: Offense

The draft is in the books, so the Ravens now have a much clearer picture of what their 2015 roster will look like than they did two weeks ago.

To be sure, Ozzie Newsome and Co. never stop watching the waiver wire, and the roster still figures to have plenty of additions and subtractions. In fact, a slew of undrafted rookies will be in Owings Mills this weekend for a rookie minicamp as they try to beat the long odds and make the team.

"We’re not done putting this team together right now," Newsome said after the draft. "It’s still two or three months – maybe four months – before we have to play Denver. We as a personnel staff, we’re still going to be mining for players to make our roster to make us better.”

But if the season were to begin tomorrow, here's a projected two-deep with all the draft picks in the fold.

First, the offense:

QB: Joe Flacco, Matt Schaub

RB: Justin Forsett, Lorenzo Taliaferro

WR1: Steve Smith Sr., Kamar Aiken

WR2: Marlon Brown, Michael Campanaro

WR3: Breshad Perriman, Jeremy Butler

TE: Maxx Williams, Crockett Gillmore

LT: Eugene Monroe, James Hurst

LG: Kelechi Osemele, Robert Myers

C: Jeremy Zuttah, Ryan Jensen

RG: Marshal Yanda, John Urschel

RT: Rick Wagner, Jah Reid

COMMENTS:

QUARTERBACK: Schaub gives the Ravens a more proven commodity at backup quarterback than Taylor, and as someone who played in Gary Kubiak's system, he should be ready to step right in if Joe Flacco were to go down with an injury. Which, of course, has happened exactly never in Flacco's NFL career.

RUNNING BACK: Forsett returns as the obvious starter, and given that the Ravens waited until the fourth round to draft another running back, Forsett figures to be the workhorse. Taliaferro will serve as Forsett's No. 1 understudy, with rookie Javorius "Buck" Allen at No. 3. For the sake of this two-deep, we'll start three wide receivers, but Kyle Juszczyk is the starting fullback when called upon.

WIDE RECEIVER: Rookies don't often jump right into the mix as starters with the Ravens, but Perriman brings the size and speed that the Ravens need after losing Torrey Smith to free agency. The Ravens just have to hope his drops are behind him. Drops pretty much doomed Jacoby Jones as a receiver last season. Marlon Brown came on strong late last season and figures to have a larger role.  Michael Campanaro has the chance to make a big impact as a slot receiver if he can stay healthy. Butler was parked on injured reserve last year but could be a sleeper. And keep in mind the Ravens could always discover an undrafted rookie receiver, as they did with Brown two years ago.

TIGHT END:  No Dennis Pitta? The Ravens would love it if Pitta can return from his second major hip injury, but they are clearly preparing for life without him. The tight end is a key receiving component in Marc Trestman's offense, and Williams will have the chance to start right away. He is the better receiver than Gillmore, who returns to his role as a blocker and occasional receiver.

OFFENSIVE LINE: To be clear, there's no way the Ravens keep all 10 of these linemen. John Urschel can double as either a guard or a center and is probably the top backup in both spots. Assuming Rick Wagner is fully recovered from his foot injury that sidelined him late last season, the Ravens return all five starters.  If Wagner isn't ready by Week 1, don't be surprised to see the Ravens return to the look they showed in the playoffs last season, with Yanda sliding out to right tackle and Urschel starting at guard. Rookie guard Robert Myers will learn the Ravens system under Yanda and Osemele, two of the best in the game at the position.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: DeCosta looking at 2019 NFL Draft as opportunity to address remaining needs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: DeCosta looking at 2019 NFL Draft as opportunity to address remaining needs

Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news as general managers and head coaches gather in Phoenix, Az for the NFL Annual League Meeting. 

Player Notes: 

- General manager Eric DeCosta likes the way the Ravens' secondary is looking with Jimmy Smith, and said it would be "foolish" to turn a strength on the team into a weakness by potentially parting ways with the cornerback.

“It’s a very fluid process," DeCosta said via the Ravens' website. "We’re in good shape right now salary-cap wise. Jimmy’s a good player. We’ve got a really, really good secondary and it’s a passing league. I think that’s important.”

Smith carries a $15.85 million salary cap hit in 2019.

- The Ravens are looking at the 2019 NFL Draft as an opportunity to address their needs at wide receiver and pass rusher, according to comments made by DeCosta Monday. Free agency brought the departures of Michael Crabtree, John Brown, C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs and Za'Darius Smith leaving huge holes to fill in both areas. 

- The door hasn't been shut on re-signing free agent defensive end Brent Urban. In 2018, Urban appeared in all 16 regular season games for the Ravens posting 27 combined tackles and two passes defensed. 

- QB Robert Griffin III is being sued by his former agent Ben Dogra for unpaid marketing and endorsement fees, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports. Dogra claims RGIII owes him over $650,000 as part of an agreement for 15% share of marketing and endorsement deals negotiated while he was Griffin's agent. The QB fired Dogra back in 2018. 

- One of the many potential rule changes being discussed this week at the Annual League Meeting is expanding replays during a game. The potential rule change has come front and center after the NFC Championship game between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams, and it's something head coach John Harbaugh is in favor of. 

“If we can put somebody up there in the box that’s got a better angle that can help officiate the game from up there, let’s do that," Harbaugh said back in January. "Because at the end of the game, it’s about the credibility of the sport.”

Click here to see a few of the potential changes being discussed. 

Looking Ahead: 

March 24-27: Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, Az.

April 15: Voluntary OTA's may begin

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

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Get to know Earl Thomas and Mark Ingram

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Get to know Earl Thomas and Mark Ingram

We are here to help you get your workweek started with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player Notes: 

Running back Mark Ingram is bringing two Pro Bowls, 1,321 rushing yards and 50 rushing touchdowns to the Ravens, but there's a lot about him you may not know. Did you know that his father, Mark Ingram Sr., was drafted at No. 28 overall just like his son? Probably not. Here's five things to know about Ingram via the Ravens' website. 

Safety Earl Thomas isn't just talented on the field, but off the field as well. Thomas can play piano, drums, saxophone and the organ. During his freshman year of high school, Thomas would change out of his football uniform at halftime into his band uniform to perform and then back again. Here's five things to know about Thomas via the Ravens' website

Former Ravens wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is retiring from the game. The 30-year-old made the announcement at his wife's baby shower over the weekend. Selected 19th overall by the Eagles in the 2009 NFL Draft, Maclin played for the Eagles, Chiefs and the Ravens.

Outside linebacker Tim Williams is ready to be a defensive leader for the Ravens in 2019. With the departures of Eric Weddle, Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley and Za'Darius Smith in free agency, Williams is ready to be "that man" for the NFL's No.1 defense. 

Williams has yet to play a full season for the Ravens after being drafted in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. In 2018, the linebacker saw action in only sevens games due to hamstring and ankle injuries. 

In AFC news, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from the league Sunday via Instagram. The 29-year-old finishes his career with 521 receptions for 7,861 yards, 79 touchdowns and three Super Bowl championship. 

Looking Ahead: 

March 24-27: Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, Az.

April 15: Voluntary OTA's may begin

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

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