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Will defense need to carry more weight?

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Will defense need to carry more weight?

With training camp opening this week, one of the big questions for the Ravens will be how much weight the defense is going to carry this season.
Or, actually, how much weight will it have to carry.
The defense carried much of the load for the team at various times in 2011. But will the offense fare better this season and take some of the pressure off the defense? Or will they have to?
The defense is going to face its own questions because it will be missing linebacker Terrell Suggs for most of the season possibly all of it and theyve got some holes to fill. In addition, theyre asking guys like Paul Kruger to shift positions and hoping for rookie Courtney Upshaw to play a major role right away.
Many whove followed the Ravens have looked at the defense as the teams anchor ever since the 2000 season when Ray Lewis and his friends led Baltimore to a Super Bowl victory. But that was the kind of performance that happens once in a generation, and while the defense has remained strong ever since then, its probably unreal to expect them to do it again.
The defense turned in one of its best performances in a while last year, and a good chunk of that had to do with the strong effort of Suggs, who eventually earned Defensive Player of the Year honors last season.
But the Achilles tendon surgery will keep him out for a long stretch. The defense also lost Jarret Johnson and Cory Redding, leaving them with three big holes to fill.
If the offense can carry more weight this season, especially early on, it will take pressure off the defense. That would let them get all of the different people settled into their positions early on. And all of that will help the whole team.

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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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