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Tight end runs loose on defense

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Tight end runs loose on defense

Albert McClellan had his best game in his first season as a starter, but he laments what could've been.

Late in the third quarter, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was faced with second-and-7 at the Ravens' 11-yard line.

Vick scrambled and threw a pass to Brent Celek that was broken up by McClellan.

Unfortunately for McClellan, he should've done more.

"I dropped an interception," he said of a ball that hit him in both hands. "I know I missed a few (assignments). I could've done better. He threw it in there so quick, I really didn't even see it."

The Eagles would score on a 23-yard field goal, which appeared to be a small victory for a defense that had forced four turnovers, three coming in their own territory. The Eagles went on to win 24-23, and an interception there would've made the difference.

That McClellan was in perfect coverage on Celek, however, was a rarity Sunday. Coach John Harbaugh wasn't pleased with his defense's overall play in that area. Celek got loose for eight catches and a career-high 157 yards.

The Ravens face the New England Patriots on Sunday. They have tight end Ron Gronkowski, who had an NFL-record 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns on 90 catches last season.

"Definitely, that has to be addressed," Harbaugh said. "It wasn't so much that the tight end, per se, got free. It was more issues with our coverage with the way we handled some of our basic coverages. ...

"We got skewed a little bit. We got skewed by chasing some routes. We got skewed by chasing Michael Vick scrambling at times. It created imbalances in our coverage, and they took advantage of that with their tight end."

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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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