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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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Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp

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Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp

Football is back in session for the Ravens.

Their rookies are set to report to the Ravens' training facility in Owings Mills, Md Wednesday. Veterans report next Wednesday, the 18th.

The team is reporting to training camp a bit earlier than most NFL teams. Due to Ray Lewis being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Aug. 4 in Canton, Oh, the Ravens will face the Chicago Bears in the annual Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 2. Teams participating are eligible to begin training camp earlier.

This rookie class is already generating national attention. While the Ravens stand by Joe Flacco as their QB1, first-round pick Lamar Jackson could cause a shakeup at some point during the season. And when it comes to much-needed offensive help, tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews could begin to provide relief. 

Third-round pick Orlando Brown Jr. begins his journey with the Ravens in a more sentimental fashion. His father, Orlando "Zeus" Brown, also played tackle for the Ravens from 1996-98 and then again from 2003-05. Brown passed away in 2011. 

Stay with NBC Sports Washington throughout the next several weeks as we keep a close eye on the Ravens' preseason. 

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Early 2018 NFL playoff odds have Ravens in similar situation

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Early 2018 NFL playoff odds have Ravens in similar situation

There's only six months until the NFL playoffs and we've got no time to waste.

OK, maybe we're getting a little ahead of ourselves but online betting site, Oddshark, released their early 2018 NFL playoff odds and the Ravens are in a similar situation as previous years.

The Ravens are sitting at +135 — tied for 13th with the San Francisco 49ers — for the best odds to play January football. This would place them in the seventh seed among AFC teams and just outside contention.

The Patriots (-1500), Steelers (-550), Chargers (-145), Jaguars (-140), Texans (-135), and Chiefs (+120) are seeded above them respectively. 

During the 2017 season, the Ravens were constantly in the hunt for the fifth or sixth seed in the AFC playoff picture. Several weeks ahead of training camp, Vegas is predicting that to be the case in 2018.

Playoff odds in July mean nothing, but considering their offseason changes, the Ravens' 2018 season should bring positive change.

They added weapons for Joe Flacco in free agents Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead and John Brown, and drafted tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews.

Then there was the late first-round draft pick of QB Lamar Jackson. Flacco remains the starter for now, but it will be interesting to see if that changes midway through the season or if they get them both on the field at the same time.

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