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Rookie DT Davis eager to silence critics

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Rookie DT Davis eager to silence critics

Carl Davis could only watch as name after name was called before his in the draft. When the Ravens finally picked the Iowa defensive tackle at No. 90 overall, Davis was equal parts relieved, ecstatic, angry and motivated. Now he is out to prove that the Ravens made the right call and to answer critics who have questioned his effort.

After Davis excelled during an outstanding Senior Bowl week, some draft experts thought Davis had vaulted into the late first round. But then Davis not only lasted through the first round, but also through the second round and almost to the end of the third round.

"His Iowa tape didn't match up to his Senior Bowl tape," draft analyst Mike Mayock said after Davis was selected, echoing others who saw inconsistent effort from Davis at times.

"I definitely worked my tail off," Davis said as he met the media on Friday during the Ravens rookie minicamp. "Whatever they feel is how they feel, and it’s my job to prove otherwise. I can’t worry about the past or whatever happened at Iowa. That’s done. I have a new opportunity. I’m here to wear a Ravens uniform and try to show them that I can do everything they want me to do.”

At 6-5 and 320 pounds, Davis figures to be part of the equation as the Ravens seek to replace Pro Bowl defensive lineman Haloti Ngata. Davis could spell either Brandon Williams or Timmy Jernigan, and he said that in the minicamp he saw action at both defensive interior spots.

And it surely won't bother the Ravens to have a highly motivated rookie who feels he has something to prove.

"It’s basically my job to make every other team regret not taking me earlier," Davis said after the draft, "and just make myself the best player so I can get in there and dominate and show everybody what I’ve got."

 

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Five storylines to watch heading into Ravens training camp

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Five storylines to watch heading into Ravens training camp

Ravens training camp is only days away and things are heating up in Baltimore. Sophomore Lamar Jackson has been given the keys to the offense while head coach John Harbaugh confronts a roster filled with new faces.

Some have the Ravens penciled in the playoffs, while others see them as a six-win team. With so much up in the air, so here are the most important storylines set to unfold heading into training camp. 

What to expect from Lamar Jackson

By far the biggest storyline of training camp, everyone is wondering how Lamar Jackson will fare this season. Set out to prove he's not a one-trick-pony, Jackson's been working to improve his accuracy and pocket awareness while learning new coordinator Greg Roman's offensive scheme. Jackson is undoubtedly the biggest factor for the Ravens' success this season. 

Looking different defensively

Terrell Suggs. Eric Weddle. C.J. Mosley. All three of them Pro-Bowlers a year ago, all three left in the offseason. One of the top defenses in the NFL last season, coordinator Don Martindale has a lot on his plate. With the addition of All-Pro Earl Thomas, however, they've got a chance to return to form. 

Rookie wide receivers to have a major impact

After undergoing Lisfranc surgery in February, wide receiver Marquise "Hollywood" Brown is on the non-football injury list to start training camp. Brown's speed and playmaking ability command respect from the defense even when hampered and Miles Boykin, the third-round pick out of Notre Dame, is also expected to contribute off the bat for a team desperate for depth at receiver. 

Replacing Suggs and Smith

After letting go of Suggs and Za'Darius Smith last offseason, the Ravens have to replace 15.5 sacks if they want to remain a top defense in the NFL. Linebackers Tim Williams, Tyus Bowser and Matt Judon will all have to step up, while the secondary, headlined by Jimmy Smith and Marlon Humphrey, will have the opportunity to contribute with coverage sacks. 

Feeling right at tight end

Perhaps their deepest position, the Ravens are going to look to their tight ends frequently this season. Hopefully, Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst (health provided) can continue to develop chemistry with fellow sophomore Lamar Jackson. Throw Nick Boyle into the equation, and the Ravens have one of the top tight end units in the NFL. 

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Wawa chooses the Ravens as new partners, much to the chagrin of Philly fans

Wawa chooses the Ravens as new partners, much to the chagrin of Philly fans

The world's best convenience store/gas station/sandwich shop has partnered with the Baltimore Ravens. 

Yes, Wawa is now the “official hoagie” of the Ravens. 

It's the partnership that Ravens' fans didn't even know they needed. If there is a lottery, the Ravens just won.

As Wawa celebrates its 50th year in Maryland, there will be several promotions that fans will be able to partake in. Opportunities to win tickets to games, co-branded merchandise, and unique experiences are just a handful of benefits Ravens fans can now take advantage of. You'll also see a lot more of Wawa at M&T Bank Stadium.

Choosing Wawa over Royal Farms (and that other store Sheetz) is clearly a top-tier partnership between two of the biggest brands in the Baltimore Metro area. And there is no doubt that there could not be a more perfect partnership between an NFL franchise and a convenience shop. 

"Wawa is thrilled to partner with the Ravens to make deeper connections with some of the best fans in football and reach communities all over the city of Baltimore and beyond,” Adam Schall, the senior director of store operations for Maryland said in a press release.

Our friends over in Philadelphia are not enthused:

But it is simple: the better store went with the better team. 

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