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Smith Sr. gives time to kids, but gives no clue about his future

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Smith Sr. gives time to kids, but gives no clue about his future

OWINGS MILLS – Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith gets around on a stand-up scooter these days, but still knows how to be a difference maker.

Smith was one of many players shopping with Baltimore area youngsters Monday, helping the Ravens with their 11th annual Holiday Helpers event. Ravens helped kids at the Target of Owings Mills, acting as their personal helpers as they went on a shopping spree for their families.

Smith refused to discuss his future, and whether he planned to retire or return to the Ravens next season. Due to surgery on his torn Achilles, Smith’s injured leg was elevated as he moved around the store on a personalized scooter. Smith said it had been difficult needing help with everyday tasks.

“It’s been a real challenge because of the helplessness that I’ve felt, and I say the burden I’ve put on my wife,” Smith said. “We have an 18-month old, and a 36-year-old that needs help with things. For the first two weeks, just getting clothes off and doing all that stuff was difficult, because I had a cast. I had a bag over my leg to take a shower. The first seven days I didn’t even leave the house.

“It’s been tough. If this event was three weeks ago, I wouldn’t be as smiling. I was down and depressed, feeling a certain way.”

However, Smith was talking trash as he shopped. He has an ongoing battle with Ravens running back Justin Forsett about which player is taller. Smith told the kids shopping with Forsett, “Let me know if you need help getting something that’s high up on the shelves. He (Forsett) can’t reach it.”

While Smith was having fun, he also asked kids to think about others in their family as they shopped.

“We’re not only giving them an opportunity to shop, we’re also telling them, “Hey, you got any other family members that you think you can help out, that need something?”’ Smith said. “We got one kid, he was like, ‘Oh, I want to get a watch for my grandmother.’ Those are the important things, for him to get this opportunity, but to also be selfless. What else can I do for someone else?”

Smith was asked what one thing he wanted for Christmas.

“A healthy Achilles,” Smith said.

An early Christmas present for Ravens’ fans would be for Smith to announce that he plans to return next season. But if that announcement is coming, it will have to wait.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

One more week of the NFL offseason in the books. Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes:

1. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti donated $100,000 to help rebuilding efforts for three historically black churches in the Louisiana area that recently burned down by an alleged arsonists. An effort led by former tight end Benjamin Watson, Bisciotti reached out to him Sunday committing his donation. 

2. The GOAT gene has transferred from Justin Tucker to his son, Easton. The kicker posted a video on his Instagram Thursday of the little guy kicking a (mini) field goal right down the middle, just like his dad. 

Looking Ahead:

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

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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Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: A wide receiver, defensive end favorites at 22

Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: A wide receiver, defensive end favorites at 22

This is not a drill. We are one week away from the 2019 NFL Draft.

Will the Ravens get Lamar Jackson help at wide receiver or will they focus on filling their holes on defense?

We will have answers to those questions in no time, but in the time being let's take a look at who experts are predicting they take with the 22nd overall pick.

NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig and NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson

Ferrell had 38 tackles for loss and 21 sacks over the last two seasons. A young threat would fit in quite nicely for the new-looking Ravens defense. 

Bleacher ReportNFL.com's Charles Davis and Sporting News: WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

Brown, who posted 1,318 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns during the 2018 season, reportedly made a visit to the Ravens this week

It's no secret that the Ravens need help at WR with only two guys on their current roster who have caught a pass in the NFL. 

SB NationSports Illustrated and CBS Sports: WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss

After an impressive combine performance and a picture surfacing of him looking insanely jacked at the gym, Metcalf is definitely the most talked about receiver in this year's draft.

Despite missing part of the 2018 season with a neck injury, Metcalf's draft profile describes him having "projectable upside to become a home-run threat as a WR1." Just what the Ravens need.

ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay: C/G Erik McCoy, Texas A&M

The center position is not seen as a sexy pick in the draft, but Bradbury's skillset is enough to get you excited.

He has three years of experience while at Texas A&M and was only called for five penalties in 2,811 snaps over his college career.

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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