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Receivers handle press coverage

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Receivers handle press coverage

With Dallas cornerback Morris Claiborne in bump-and-run coverage, Ravens receiver Torrey Smith released down the sideline and hauled in one of just two catches.

It was for a 19-yard touchdown late in the second quarter that gave the Ravens a 17-10 lead they'd never lose in Sunday's 31-29 win against the Dallas Cowboys.

Just as important, Smith believes it ends questions about the receiving corp not being able to handle physical play by opposing corners.

Last week in a 9-6 win at the Kansas City Chiefs, Smith and company were bothered by the Cover 1 scheme that puts cornerbacks up at the line of scrimmage to get receivers off their routes with one safety playing over top. In Week 2, the Ravens went cold in the second half of a 24-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Coach John Harbaugh insisted they had to do a better job to get open against press coverage, something the Cowboys use a lot.

If Smith or Jacoby Jones in particular can get clean releases, they said all week they'd get the opportunities to make big plays. Jones made his on special teams when he returned a kick 108 yards to tie an NFL record in the third quarter. Smith did it receiving. But the speedy duo combined for just four catches.

Anquan Boldin had his second solid game in a row by leading all Ravens, getting five catches for 98 yards against press coverage.

"There's nothing special about press man. I'm so glad we were able to move the ball so y'all can stop asking about press man," Smith said. "But we were able to finish and make enough plays."

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

One more week of the NFL offseason in the books. Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes:

1. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti donated $100,000 to help rebuilding efforts for three historically black churches in the Louisiana area that recently burned down by an alleged arsonists. An effort led by former tight end Benjamin Watson, Bisciotti reached out to him Sunday committing his donation. 

2. The GOAT gene has transferred from Justin Tucker to his son, Easton. The kicker posted a video on his Instagram Thursday of the little guy kicking a (mini) field goal right down the middle, just like his dad. 

Looking Ahead:

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

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.

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Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: A wide receiver, defensive end favorites at 22

Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: A wide receiver, defensive end favorites at 22

This is not a drill. We are one week away from the 2019 NFL Draft.

Will the Ravens get Lamar Jackson help at wide receiver or will they focus on filling their holes on defense?

We will have answers to those questions in no time, but in the time being let's take a look at who experts are predicting they take with the 22nd overall pick.

NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig and NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson

Ferrell had 38 tackles for loss and 21 sacks over the last two seasons. A young threat would fit in quite nicely for the new-looking Ravens defense. 

Bleacher ReportNFL.com's Charles Davis and Sporting News: WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

Brown, who posted 1,318 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns during the 2018 season, reportedly made a visit to the Ravens this week

It's no secret that the Ravens need help at WR with only two guys on their current roster who have caught a pass in the NFL. 

SB NationSports Illustrated and CBS Sports: WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss

After an impressive combine performance and a picture surfacing of him looking insanely jacked at the gym, Metcalf is definitely the most talked about receiver in this year's draft.

Despite missing part of the 2018 season with a neck injury, Metcalf's draft profile describes him having "projectable upside to become a home-run threat as a WR1." Just what the Ravens need.

ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay: C/G Erik McCoy, Texas A&M

The center position is not seen as a sexy pick in the draft, but Bradbury's skillset is enough to get you excited.

He has three years of experience while at Texas A&M and was only called for five penalties in 2,811 snaps over his college career.

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.

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