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Ravens still home for Osemele, who eyes big year

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Ravens still home for Osemele, who eyes big year

Kelechi Osemele bought his mother a new home this offseason.

“She’s loving it man,” Osemele said. “My nieces are already fighting over rooms right now.”

Whether Osemele will have a new NFL home after next season remains to be seen. Both Ravens starting guards, Osemele and Marshal Yanda, are entering the final year of their contract. It will be difficult for the Ravens to re-sign both, meaning this could be Osemele’s final year in Baltimore.

That gives Osemele added motivation, but he is already driven. Always has been.

“Coach (Juan) Castillo (offensive line coach) has been helping me every day, working on my craft,” said Osemele. “I came in here in the league as a raw player, and right now I’m feeling like I’m becoming more of a technician. So, I’m feeling really good about that. I’ll let my agent handle the contract, and I kind of just focus on my part.”

Osemele and Yanda are part of a starting offensive line that returns intact, which also includes left tackle Eugene Monroe, center Jeremy Zuttah, and right tackle Rick Wagner. Osemele liked what he saw from the line during minicamps, even with Zuttah (hip) not at full strength, and Wagner still recovering from a foot injury.

“I’m definitely liking it, the stability,” Osemele said. “It does feel good to have everybody kind of in the same place and nobody going off to different teams.”

But will Osemele be going elsewhere after next season? For now, Osemele has at least two goals in mind for 2015 – helping the Ravens win another Super Bowl, and being named to his first Pro Bowl.

“I’m just focused on being the best player I can be,” Osemele said. “I’m kind of just letting the cards fall where they may after the season.”

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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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