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Revamped offensive line steps up

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Revamped offensive line steps up

After yielding four sacks in each of their past two games, the Ravens shook up their offensive line on Sunday against Dallas, with Bobbie Williams making his first start at left guard and Ramon Harewood, the starter at that spot in the first five games, declared a game-day inactive.

The Ravens figured to have their hands full with a Cowboys pass rush led by linebacker DeMarcus Ware, who had 19 ½ sacks last season and has twice led the league in sacks.  The Ravens, though, kept the Cowboys rush at bay for much of the game, surrendering just one fourth-quarter sack in the Ravens’ 31-29 win. The sack, by Ware, came when he beat Oher inside and Williams had fallen down.

 “They’re a great defense. We were fighting tooth and nail, just trying to keep Joe clean and let him do what he does,” said center Matt Birk, who was playing his 200th NFL game.

“It’s tough to throw completions when you’re on your back,” Birk added. “Even Joe can’t do that.”

Flacco finished 17-for-26 for 234 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked once and hit three times, a notable improvement from the previous two games.

“They’re a good defense and they’ve got guys than can get to the passer,” Flacco said. “I think we did a good job all day of limiting that and getting the ball out of my hands. I think our receivers did a good job of beating the coverage pretty quickly so I didn’t have to hold on to it for too long.”

Harbaugh said the change at guard came mainly because Williams, the 13-year veteran, is finally getting healthy again. Williams, signed this offseason after playing for the Bengals for the past eight seasons, had been slowed while recovering from ankle surgery last winter.

“Basically Bobbie’s getting healthier, he’s starting to really come around, and has been practicing really well,” Harbaugh said after the Ravens’ win on Sunday.

“And Ramon had been playing well. That’s the thing I want to make sure everyone understands. It’s not that we’re down about Ramon. It’s nothing that Ramon did. … But we felt the experience (of Williams) was something that would benefit us.”

Williams, relegated to a role player until this week, said afterward there were no ill effects from his most extensive game action since last December.

”It was great to have him in there,” Birk said. “You never know how a season’s going to go, who’s going to be called upon, what’s going to happen week to week, but Bobbie did what I think everybody expected Bobbie to do, step in there today and play well.”

Added Williams: “It’s a machine. One part goes out, another part goes in, and the machine keeps rolling. And we try not to miss a beat, and that’s how you got to be 'cause it’s a long season.”


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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster is set heading into start of OTAs

Kick off your Monday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including the full 90-man roster heading into the beginning of OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. The Baltimore Ravens have officially announced the full 90-man roster that will be competing for an official team roster spot in OTAs this summer. Ravens OTAs begin Monday.

2. With the return of Pernell McPhee and the addition of Shane Ray, it's clear that the Ravens are searching for the right pass rushers for their defense. The two veterans join draft pick Jaylon Ferguson in the quest to create a dynamic defense.

3. Marquise Brown is expected to miss OTAs due to continued rehab on his foot from Lisfranc surgery. However, Brown is expected to be ready by the start of training camp in August.

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: 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.

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