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Suggs quells great expectations

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Suggs quells great expectations

Now that Terrell Suggs has had an extra week to prepare for his second game of the season, he's cautious to not put too much on his shoulders at once.

He unexpectedly returned from an Achilles injury, after less than one week of practice, and played 44 snaps in the Ravens' 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans.

The Ravens had a bye last week, but what ails the league's 28th-ranked defense goes much deeper than just losing linebacker Ray Lewis or cornerback Lardarius Webb to season-ending injuries. Or getting Suggs back at linebacker.

“One man is not going to change that. It’s definitely a team effort. We all have to do things better, just the whole defense. It’s not one man," Suggs said Wednesday. "It’s not the personnel. It’s really just executing and being accountable and being where you’re supposed to be.

"We all just have to get back to playing Ravens-style football. ... We’re not hitting the panic button, but we know we have to address it and it needs to get fixed ASAP.”

Defensive end Pernell McPhee echoed Suggs' diagnosis of the problem heading into Sunday's game at the Cleveland Browns.

"It's just about us being disciplined, staying on our schemes, staying gapped up, staying on our double-teams, freeing up the (line)backers. That's the main thing," McPhee said. "We got to stay disciplined and play our man and use our eyes better as far as watching our keys."

With a chance to recover from various injuries to tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder), cornerback Jimmy Smith (abs) and tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu (knee), among others, the Ravens will have a better idea of where they stand with a Suggs who is closer to game shape.

"He seems good. We expect him to take on a full share this week, which he pretty did last week," coach John Harbaugh said. "He was pretty close to that last time anyway. ... We'll have to see. Obviously it's only the second game back."

Suggs is willing to do whatever it takes, but isn't putting any snap counts on himself for the Browns.

"If you have to go beyond the call of duty, then so be it. It’s pretty much by any means necessary," he said. "We don’t know how less or much I am going to play, but we’re going to play football, so you don’t know about all of that until game day.”

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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.

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