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Rookie RBs effective, similar

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Rookie RBs effective, similar

The Ravens have a good problem. They have two running backs who appear worthy of being No. 2 in Bernard Pierce and Bobby Rainey.

Pierce, who the team traded up to select in the third round of this year's draft, is the favorite to win the job while the undrafted Rainey likely will fall into the No. 3 spot after Thursday's preseason finale at the St. Louis Rams.

Rainey, standing 5-8 and 212 pounds -- the exact measurables of Ray Rice -- has proven to be an excellent receiver out of the backfield as he has challenged Rainey, who was limited by hamstring issues early in the preseason. Rainey also has surprised in other areas.

"He's a really smart football player. Usually, the toughest thing for a young running back is pass protection and I would say that might be the best thing he is doing," offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said this week. "He's not a little guy. He's stout. He's not the tallest guy but he's really stepped in and did a great job in pass protection."

In the first two preseason games, second-year running back Anthony Allen failed miserably in pass protection and quarterback Joe Flacco was sacked as a result. Rainey and the other rookies, Pierce and Damien Berry, have dominated the workload. Berry is built in the same mold, two inches taller than Rainey and weighing 223 pounds. Pierce is 6-0 and 218 pounds.

The Ravens aren't worried about having a backfield that resembles one another in stature and skills.

"A good player is a good player," Cameron said when asked about Rainey. "Great players, good players, come in all shapes and sizes. I don't know what the measurable is for a running back anymore. How do you measure a guy's heart? How do you measure a guy's mind? You measure Ray's mind, you measure his heart. You don't even think about what his height is. And this kid may be the same way."

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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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