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Ravens sign ... a math whiz?

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Ravens sign ... a math whiz?

The Ravens announced their most unusual free agent signing of the offseason Monday a math whiz from Yale.

The team hired Sandy Weil as Director of Football Analytics, a new front-office job in which Weil will put advanced principles to work examining everything from the odds of going for it on fourth down to the traits needed for a prospect to succeed.

Were always looking for confirmation on things we think we know and insights that could provide an edge for us in personnel and coaching. This is where Sandy will help us, Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said in a statement.

Is this Moneyball come to Baltimore? Well, yes, according to Weil in an interview with the teams website.

"Theres no longer complete skepticism around the approach, Weil said of the idea of using mathematics in sports. "The Oakland As took that hit. Billy Beane and the people he worked with kind of took that hit and made it OK to hire guys who know how to work with numbers. That stigma is gone.

This is Weils first job in the NFL. His sports-related background is in pro basketball. Weil worked as a statistical consultant and data structure designer for the NBA and consulted with the San Antonio Spurs.

He comes to the Ravens from a non-sports job with Ascend Analytics in Boulder, Colo., where he was a senior energy analyst and product manager. Before that, he also worked for the investment bank Bear Stearns on its derivatives trading desk.

The Ravens will put him to work on a wide variety of aspects of pro football, seeing if they can uncover some secrets.

"Its not just doing the analysis and spitting out some number, Weil said. "Its knowing the limitations of the analysis and presenting them in a way that people making decisions can make use of that information. They can incorporate into the way that theyre doing things, and thats really where my job is to fit in.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

Kick off your Saturday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including an injury update on the Ravens' first-round pick. 

Player/Team Notes: 

1. 2019 first-round pick and WR Marquise Brown will miss OTAs as he continues to recover from Lisfranc surgery. Per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, the team expects Brown to be ready by the start of training camp. 

2. The Ravens confirmed the signings of OLB Pernell McPhee, OLB Shane Ray, and WR Michael Floyd Friday. Baltimore also announced it had waived QB Jalan McClendon and DT Kalil Morris.

3. Free agent LB Jon Bostic worked out for the Ravens Friday, per Zrebiec. Bostic was cut by the Steelers in April. 

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: The return of Pernell McPhee

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: The return of Pernell McPhee

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including the return of Pernell McPhee.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Pernell McPhee is a Baltimore Raven again! The Ravens signed McPhee to a one-year deal according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. McPhee was drafted by the Ravens in 2011 during the fifth round and spent four seasons with the team before landing in Chicago and then last season in Washington. The Ravens hope to capitalize on McPhee's 31 career sacks as they hone-in on producing a "diversified pass rush."

2. The Ravens have also signed offensive lineman R.J. Prince, who was last with Pittsburgh. Prince was waived by the Steelers after not seeing a down during the 2018 season. The Steelers picked up Prince as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina.

3. Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2019 regular season. Peterson reportedly violated the NFL's performance-enhancement drug policy. The Ravens face the Cardinals during Week 2, so this is good news for the guys in purple.

4. The Ravens have reportedly signed former Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ray had an unproductive season with the Broncos last year with one sack and one forced fumble in 11 games played.

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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