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Thompson: 'I just want to be a Raven'

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Thompson: 'I just want to be a Raven'

ST. LOUIS -- After Thursday's preseason game which rookie helps himself the most?

Probably Deonte Thompson, who is trying to carve out a spot on the 53-man roster that likely will be heavy on receivers.

That means Thompson, an undrafted rookie, is on the perimeter of making the cut but showed he can be a threat on special teams consistently.

Thompson had several solid kick returns as he averaged 31 yards on three of them and an 11-yard touchdown catch -- across the middle even though he was well-covered -- in the 31-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams. He led all Ravens receivers with six catches for 68 yards.

"He made some plays ... He did well. He's going to have to be a coverage guy too," said coach John Harbaugh, noting that's if Thompson makes the team. "He's going to have to cover punts as a gunner and kicks as an outside guy as well."

Thompson feels good about his chance to make the cut.

"I going to try not to think about it," he said. "I think I played pretty solid, in all phases, special teams. I tried to put on a show and increase my value for the team."

The Ravens have put more emphasis on having quick-strike weapons. The special teams play, which can be shaky at times, needs all the help it can get. Thompson has come close to breaking a few returns for touchdowns already.

"That's how I want to be known. I want to be known as a game-changer," he said. "A guy that can pop the play every time the ball touches his hands. Thats my goal every game I go to. "

And if he makes it just as a special teams player?

"That's great," Thompson said. "I just want to be a Raven."

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

Kick off your Wednesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Chris Board is making a run for a starting spot at linebacker for the Ravens, according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. Board and Kenny Young will reportedly make a run for the starting spot opposite Patrick Onwuasor, but Board is pulling ahead of the pack Zrebiec says. The spot is up for grabs since the Ravens lost C.J. Mosley in free agency.

2. Also looking to earn a roster spot is wide receiver, Jordan Lasley. After training during the offseason with Lamar Jackson, many expected Lasley to show up to minicamp ahead of the pack, but after making some drops, Zrebiec says Lasley "will need to pick up his game" if he wants to get a spot on the Ravens roster.


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: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens announce 2019 open training camp dates

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens announce 2019 open training camp dates

Kick off your Tuesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. The Ravens have announced 2019 training camp dates that will be open to the public. 2,000 fans will be able to attend the 14 open practices at the Owings Mill Underarmour Performance Center. Additionally, the Ravens will hold their annual open practice at M&T Bank Stadium July 27 with Fireworks Night to follow.

2. Wide receiver Jaleel Scott has had a standout offseason thus far after spending his entire rookie season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. According to Ravens media, Scott has been a big playmaker at OTAs and mandatory minicamp and is looking forward to the start of training camp. “I think I had a great practice to end minicamp, and now I’m going to get ready for the start of training camp,” Scott said to Ravens media. “I want to show people I can be a deep threat, that I can make big plays and do things in the red zone, help us score points. That’s my goal.”


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: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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