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Will Bosa really be available for Ravens at No. 6?

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Will Bosa really be available for Ravens at No. 6?

Joey Bosa’s combine performance next week could impact whether the Ravens have a chance to draft him, or not.

Many believe that Bosa, a top defensive end prospect from Ohio St., will be a top-five pick. That would eliminate Bosa for the Ravens, who hold the No. 6 pick and seem unlikely to trade up.

However, not everyone is sold on Bosa going in the top five. In his latest mock draft, ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper has Bosa falling to the Ravens at No. 6.

Some scouts aren’t convinced Bosa will be a dynamic pass rusher in the NFL. Others view Bosa as being more effective in a 4-3 defense, rather than in a 3-4, which the Ravens play.

However, considering the Ravens’ need to improve their pass rush, it’s hard to see them passing on Bosa if he’s available. With versatility and size (6-foot-6, 276 pounds), Bosa has excelled against top college competition. And Bosa has certainly displayed dedication to football. Check out this story from the Sports Illustrated website Campus Rush, detailing how Bosa reacted to a one-game suspension by moving off campus and living a secluded life to avoid more trouble.

If Bosa has a lights-out combine workout, and impresses during interviews, the chance he falls to the Ravens decreases. However, if Bosa doesn’t stand out at the combine, maybe the top of the draft plays out the way Kiper predicts, and Bosa is there for the Ravens.

It’s all part of the pre-draft speculation. But from a Ravens’ perspective, Bosa is one player at the combine to keep an eye on.

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Ravens cut Justin Bethel, lose Pernell McPhee likely for season

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Ravens cut Justin Bethel, lose Pernell McPhee likely for season

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Just a day after a hard-fought win in Seattle, the Ravens have two roster spots to fill on defense.

The Ravens released special teams standout Justin Bethel on Monday, and coach John Harbaugh announced that Pernell McPhee is likely out for the season with a torn tricep.

Bethel was released after the Titans released Brent Urban last week.

The reason for Bethel's release was that Urban was due to give the Ravens a compensatory fourth-round pick. He signed a one-year deal in the offseason with the Titans as he left the Ravens. 

But Urban, who signed with Chicago on Monday, failed to impress in Tennessee and was released before the Week 10 compensatory deadline. Meaning, the Ravens would have lost the fourth-round pick they were scheduled to receive for John Brown's departure were it not for Bethel's release.

Bethel had six special teams tackles this season and was arguably the Ravens' best special teams player that doesn't snap or kick.

"Justin Bethel unfortunately had to be released due to a funky rule that the NFL has with these compensatory picks," Harbaugh said. "A judgement has to be made in terms of for the future as well. That's tough for us. I told him I think he's the best special teams player in the NFL, and he's playing that way."

Additionally, McPhee will likely be out for the season with a torn tricep. McPhee had three sacks and 19 total tackles in seven games for the Ravens this season.

"Pernell McPhee, it looks like he has a torn tricep," Harbaugh said. "If he has a torn tricep which I believe he does, that'll proclude the rest of the season." 

The Ravens have Aaron Adeoye, a rookie outside linebacker, on the practice squad should they wish to promote someone from within. Otherwise, they'll have to look through the free agent market or poach from another practice squad.

The NFL trade deadline is next Tuesday. 

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Watch the moment Lamar Jackson told John Harbaugh to go for it on fourth down

Watch the moment Lamar Jackson told John Harbaugh to go for it on fourth down

With the game tied late in the third quarter and the Ravens facing a fourth-and-2 from the Seattle eight-yard line, Baltimore had a decision to make.

Initially, the Ravens sent out kicker Justin Tucker to attempt a chip-shot field goal. But as quarterback Lamar Jackson trotted off the sidelines, head coach John Harbaugh had a question for him.

"Do you want to go for that?" the head coach asked his second-year quarterback.

Jackson didn't hesitate. He responded enthusiastically, telling Harbaugh, "Hell yeah, Coach. Let's go for it!"

He then turned to his teammates, asking them, "Do you want to go for it? Let's go!"

Baltimore called a timeout and dialed up a brilliant play-call on the decisive down. Lined up in a heavy, three tight end formation, Jackson took a direct snap eight yards, not just getting the first down but also finding the end zone to give the Ravens the lead.

The touchdown would put the Ravens ahead for good, as they left Seattle with an impressive, 30-16 road victory.

 At 5-2, Baltimore is sitting comfortably in first place in the AFC North, as they have a well-timed bye week before playing host to the undefeated Patriots in two weeks.

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