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Ravens sign 5 to practice squad

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Ravens sign 5 to practice squad

Five players cutby the Ravens on Friday have rejoined the team, signed to the practice squad onSaturday. The playerssigned are running back Anthony Allen, safety Omar Brown, linebacker JoshBynes, offensive lineman Jack Cornell and offensive lineman Antoine McClain. Aspractice squad players, they will take part in all team activities but are noton the 53-man roster and are not eligible to play in games. Each team canhave eight players on the practice squad, meaning the Ravens still have threeopenings.Allen, aseventh-round draft pick last year, played in five games for the Ravens lastseason, meaning he was still eligible to join the practice squad. He was amongthe final cuts Friday, beaten out for the backup running back job by BernardPierce and Bobby Rainey.Bynes had acouple of stints on the Ravens practice squad last season and played in oneregular-season game, against San Francisco. He has been sidelined in trainingcamp by a back injury.Brown, Cornelland McClain are all undrafted rookies. Brown made headlines in the preseasonwith four turnovers (three fumble recoveries and an interception) as well as anonside kick recovery. CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco named Brown to his"All-Cut" team, saying, "He impressed during the preseason andshould get a look from another team."Any team thatwants to sign Brown -- or any other player -- off the Ravens practice squad mustplace him on the active roster.Cornell, out ofIllinois, reportedly drew interest from other teams but signed with the Ravens,which seemed fine by him. "Signed mycontract to remain on the practice squad for the Baltimore Ravens thismorning," Cornell tweeted Saturday. "Thrilled to still be part ofRavenNation."

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'I started to realize that I’m not broken': Steve Smith opens up about mental health and depression

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'I started to realize that I’m not broken': Steve Smith opens up about mental health and depression

Former Carolina Panthers' star receiver Steve Smith spoke in front of a crowd of over 400 people at the fifth annual Wake up for Wellness breakfast that was sponsored by Mental Health America of Central Carolinas.

The 16-year veteran and current NFL Network analyst touched on the importance of seeking help for bouts with depression and spoke of battles that he has faced with the disease.

“On the outside you’ll see a tough exterior. But on the inside, I’m just broken or I believe even more broken than the average man. ... Because when the stadium goes dark and the cheers stop, you’re still looking for that pat on the back,” Smith said. “Throughout my whole career, I struggled with that.”

Smith discussed that in the beginning, he was so concerned about the stigma regarding mental health, that he opted for the professional to meet him for housecalls, and as time passed he realized the importance of speaking up.

“I started to realize that I’m not broken,” he said. “I’m not being sent back to the manufacturer ... I get up every morning and figure it out.”

Smith's comments on the issue came to light just a day after the NFL and NFLPA announced new legislation that focuses on mental well being.

The newly formed Comprehensive Mental Health and Wellness Committee will develop programs for members of the NFL in addition to collaborating with local and national mental health and suicide prevention organizations. Each team will be mandated to retain a Behavioral Health Team Clinician for assistance that will be required to be available to players at the individual team facilities for at least 8-12 hours per week and must conduct mandatory mental health education sessions for players and coaching staff.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: What to look out for at OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: What to look out for at OTAs

Kick off your Thursday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including what to watch for at OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. As the Ravens try and bolster their pass rush during the offseason, they hope to find much-needed help from outside linebacker, Shane Ray. The Ravens picked up Ray from the Denver Broncos where he had an unproductive last two seasons due to injury, only registering one sack in each of the past two seasons. However, Ray had a phenomenal career at Missouri as a unanimous All-American and SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. The Ravens have given Ray a shot at a career reboot and fans are excited to see what he's got.

2. Thursday is the media's first opportunity to get a look at the 2019-20 Ravens. Ravens writer Ryan Mink writes seven things to look out for at OTAs including, attendance from veterans even though OTAs are mandatory, a look at linebacker development with the signings of namely Pernell McPhee and Shane Ray and a first look at the rookie class to name a few.

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 for news points.

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