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Ravens' Smith a sleeper? Wake up

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Ravens' Smith a sleeper? Wake up

Better make that a big onesie for the young Ngata and other notes:

Dont know much about fantasy football, but when Ravens receiver Torrey Smith is referred to as a sleeper as he is here then you have to think somebody snoozed through last season. After the way Smith came on in his rookie season playing with an injury, it was later found it would be a big surprise if he doesnt break out in 2012.

You think Haloti Ngata is expecting his new baby to be a big boy? The defensive tackle and his wife have named son No. 2 Haloti Maximus.

Good timing for offensive tackle Ramon Harewood to get back on the practice field on Tuesday. Hed been out since the start of camp with an ankle problem, but with the possible imminent return of Bryant McKinnie, Harewoods window of opportunity may soon close.

To simulate crowd noise at the end of practice, the Ravens have pumped in loud music. Coach John Harbaugh was asked about some of the hip-hop selections that featured Rick Ross and Lil Wayne and said good-humoredly (via baltimoreravens.com): That one has been scratched from the list. Did you notice? We haven't heard that one since. And I like some rap music. There are a few of them I like, but that's not one of them. Keep it clean."

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson has his best practice yet

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson has his best practice yet

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. The Ravens are hopeful Earl Thomas will be a leader for their new defense which Thomas called "very complex." "This defense is very complex compared to what we were doing in Seattle,” Thomas said to Ravens media. “We were just playing Cover-3 all the time. Now, we’re making calls on the fly. That’s the biggest adjustment for me.”

Additionally, Thomas told media members after practice that he's made "fast friends" with quarterback Lamar Jackson. "He's a very funny guy, I don't know if you all know that," Thomas said.

2. Speaking of Lamar Jackson, he reportedly had his best day of practice so far this offseason according to Ravens media. Jackson's throws looked much better and he was quick in the pocket.


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 and Rotoworld for news points.

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RG3 likens KD's desire to play hurt to his own injury in 2012

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RG3 likens KD's desire to play hurt to his own injury in 2012

Like most athletes, Robert Griffin III was empathetic towards Kevin Durant when he first went down, taking to Twitter on Monday night to voice his concern. 

Today, the Ravens' veteran quarterback told ESPN's The Undefeated that he's all too familiar with Durant's decision to play and subsequent injury. RG3 likened it to his own brief playoff stint in 2013. Just four weeks removed from an injury to a knee that required reconstructive surgery in college, RG3 started – only to get hit late in the fourth and watch both his season and career come to a screeching halt. 

But that's not how RG3 views it. 

"I was looking at it like I'm out for here for my brothers. I'm out here for my team. And that was the only place I wasnted to be." 

And Griffin doesn't believe he's alone in that thought process, suggesting it was KD's mindset ahead of Game 5 as well.

"Most of us are built to fight. So whenever we get a situation where we’re a little injured or a little banged-up, our first reaction isn’t to get out of there and rest. Our first reaction is to figure out how we can keep going. That’s what makes a guy like Kevin Durant great." 

It remains to be seen whether KD's recovery will be smoother than RG3's. The former Heisman Trophy winner never came close to matching his breakout rookie season, eventually losing his starting job in Washington in 2014.

Durant will miss all of next season, meaning the former Montrose Christian star's next NBA appearance would be as a 32 year-old.