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Ravens secondary hopes to build on Pittsburgh performance

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Ravens secondary hopes to build on Pittsburgh performance

Now the goal for the Ravens’ secondary is consistency, after gaining some redemption in Pittsburgh.

Burned for big plays against the Raiders and Bengals, the Ravens’ secondary bounced back against the Steelers, containing Antonio Brown (five catches, 42 yards), one of the NFL’s most dangerous receivers. With Michael Vick at quarterback, the Steelers’ game plan was more conservative than it would have been had Ben Roethlisberger been healthy. But the Ravens made Vick’s job difficult with tight coverage, sure tackling, and improved communication that eliminated coverage mistakes.

Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb both had excellent games at corner. Safety Will Hill delivered some big hits from his safety position. And the Ravens got a lift from a new source – nickel corner Will Davis, acquired in a trade with the Dolphins last month. Davis saw playing time in key situations and responded, meaning he will likely be given an opportunity for more playing time.

Webb, the most veteran member of the secondary, was proud of the way the entire defense bounced back.

“We kept coming together on the sideline, saying, ‘It can’t be on the defense,’’ Webb said. “The last few weeks we’ve been giving up some stuff, not getting off the field on third down, too many drives. Every man held himself accountable. Every time we went to the sideline, `Hey, it’s not going to be on us.’ That’s how it turned out. We just needed this W, I don’t care who it was. It was bigger than a Pittsburgh-Ravens game for us.”

We will see if Thursday’s performance is something the secondary builds on. But for a few days, fewer people are asking, “What’s wrong with the Ravens’ secondary?”

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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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