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Run defense tightens

It wasn't long ago that run defense was the primary concern when talking about the Ravens.

A franchise that was built on its stiff run defense -- a "staple," coach John Harbaugh calls it -- had taken a step back without Jarret Johnson (free agency) and Terrell Suggs (Achilles) at outside linebacker.

The Ravens did a solid good job against running back LeSean McCoy, however, in last week's 24-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. McCoy finished with 81 yards on 25 carries for just a 3.2 average. The previous week, McCoy had 110 yards on 20 carries for a 5.5 average against the Cleveland Browns.

That Ravens run defense performance came after BenJarvus Green-Ellis had 91 yards on 18 carries (5.1) and would've had significantly more if the Cincinnati Bengals hadn't abandoned the run because of a 44-13 loss in the opener.

With rookie Courtney Upshaw filling in for the injured Paul Kruger (back) at outside linebacker, the run defense showed progress. Albert McClellan had his best game, too, including a fumble recovery.

"We did a good job of setting the edge on McCoy," defensive coordinator Dean Pees said Thursday. "He got outside on us once, we missed a tackle at the line of scrimmage, and it was his one big run. The rest of the time we made him cut back into traffic, which we wanted to do."

The Patriots' primary runner will be Stevan Ridley, who is averaging 5.0 yards per carry in his second season with 196 yards on 39 carries. He replaced Green-Ellis, who left the Patriots after last season.

Pees, who said he was "not pleased" with his run defense in Week 1, will have his work cut out for him.

"We've got to continue to be balanced on offense, and obviously Stevan runs hard and everyone has a lot of confidence in him," quarterback Tom Brady said.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

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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.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: The return of Pernell McPhee

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: The return of Pernell McPhee

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including the return of Pernell McPhee.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Pernell McPhee is a Baltimore Raven again! The Ravens signed McPhee to a one-year deal according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. McPhee was drafted by the Ravens in 2011 during the fifth round and spent four seasons with the team before landing in Chicago and then last season in Washington. The Ravens hope to capitalize on McPhee's 31 career sacks as they hone-in on producing a "diversified pass rush."

2. The Ravens have also signed offensive lineman R.J. Prince, who was last with Pittsburgh. Prince was waived by the Steelers after not seeing a down during the 2018 season. The Steelers picked up Prince as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina.

3. Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2019 regular season. Peterson reportedly violated the NFL's performance-enhancement drug policy. The Ravens face the Cardinals during Week 2, so this is good news for the guys in purple.

4. The Ravens have reportedly signed former Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ray had an unproductive season with the Broncos last year with one sack and one forced fumble in 11 games played.

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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