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Reed takes defense under his wing

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Reed takes defense under his wing

At times, Ed Reed seems disgruntled because he hasn't gotten a new contract from the Ravens.

He's sometimes gimpy because of recurring hamstring issues.

But Reed, 34, hasn't behaved like he doesn't want to be here.

"Ed is playing great on the field, but hes better, right now, at his preparation, getting us prepared. He is teaching us some things that weve never learned before about film watching, studying the other team," cornerback Lardarius Webb said. "He is Hall of Fame at that right now. Thats what he is showing us - how to prepare for these guys. We just have our ears open and are trying to learn from the greatness."

Going into Sunday's game at the Kansas City Chiefs, Reed could add to it. Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel is prone to turnovers as he has accounted for 10 of his team's NFL-high 15.

Coach John Harbaugh agrees with Webb's assessment. Reed, named 2004 Defensive Player of the Year, has two interceptions, taking one back 34 yards for a touchdown in the season opener vs. the Cincinnati Bengals. Reed set the record for total return yardage, besting Rod Woodson's 1,483. Reed has 59 career interceptions.

"Hes playing as well as Ive seen him play since 08, and he's played really well all those years. He's playing as well or better than Ive seen him in the last couple of years," Harbaugh said. "I just think the world of how he's playing and how hes leading. He's been leading us in the meeting room, locker room, training room."

Reed complained twice last week about not getting a new contract from the Ravens. The highest-paid at his position already at 7.2 million, Reed already is looking to retirement.

"I'm not sure right now. I know I want to coach somewhere around my son," Reed said. "He's growing up and I don't want to lose the time that I've lost with my family."

As long as he's around, Reed insists on sharing his wisdom and not walk out the door with it.

"I haven't changed at all. I just work closely with my doctor to really work on the recovery part of it. I'm working on things that I know guys are going to need when I'm gone out of football," Reed said. "A lot of guys don't know bout the recovery part of it, the anti-aging part of it. We beat down our bodies so much. For me to be 34, I'm bouncing back great right now."

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Left guard competition heating up

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Left guard competition heating up

Kick off your Monday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. The Ravens are still looking for a left guard and the competition is "wide open" according to Ravens media. Last week, Coach Harbaugh tried out 2017 fifth-round pick Jermaine Eluemunor in the spot, acknowledging his hard work there.

2. Linebacker Kenny Young is expected to be a big playmaker this season. Now that C.J. Mosley is gone, Young is expected to fill that void. “I’m not going to make expectations for myself so soon, but what I expect to do right from the get-go is compete hard and make plays,” Young said to Ravens media. “My expectation is to make plays. That’s it. Make plays.”

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. ET 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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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: 'Jack-of-all-trades' QB Trace McSorely excited for new role

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: 'Jack-of-all-trades' QB Trace McSorely excited for new role

The weekend is here and before you make plans, catch up on the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. QB Trace McSorely is excited for his "Jack-of-all-trades" role this upcoming season with the Ravens. Expect him to be returning punts like New Orleans' backup QB Taysom Hill. The sixth-round draft pick is the third-string QB on the depth chart and will likely have work to do for a roster spot.

2. Wednesday Pro Football Focus ranked Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram No. 2 among the best rushing tandems ahead of the 2019 NFL season.' Last year Jackson had 130 rushing attempts and with a bruiser like Ingram by his side that number may go down but keep the production up.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. ET 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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