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WR Smith ranks No. 54 on top 100 players list


WR Smith ranks No. 54 on top 100 players list

After just one season with the Ravens, Steve Smith has left a strong impression with his peers.

NFL Network continues to unveil its list of Top 100 Players of 2015, and Smith ranks No. 54 in the voting among players, after not making the list in 2014. That’s a measure of the respect players still have for Smith at age 36.

Joining the Ravens after 13 seasons with the Panthers. Smith had 79 catches last year for 1,065 yards and six touchdowns. Derrick Mason is the only receiver in franchise history with more catches in a single season. Mason had 103 catches in 2007, 86 catches in 2005, and 80 catches in 2008.

Smith is the highest-ranking Raven on the list so far, ahead of quarterback Joe Flacco (97th), linebacker C. J. Mosley (94th), linebacker Terrell Suggs (84th), guard Marshal Yanda (79th), and running back Justin Forsett (65th).

Meanwhile, consider the other wide receivers on the top 100 list that Smith finished ahead of – Randall Cobb of the Packers (100th), Emmanuel Sanders of the Broncos (95th), Julian Edelman of the Patriots (91st), Golden Tate of the Lions (85th), Mike Evans of the Buccaneers (75th), Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals (68th), Jeremy Maclin of the Chiefs (61st), and Brandon Marshall of the Jets (57th).

While some other veterans have elected to skip voluntary OTA’s, Smith was on the field Wednesday, working and preparing for his 15th NFL season. The Ravens signed Smith to a three-year, $11 million contract after the Panthers released him in 2014. That’s another deal general manager Ozzie Newsome is glad he made.

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Wawa chooses the Ravens as new partners, much to the chagrin of Philly fans

Wawa chooses the Ravens as new partners, much to the chagrin of Philly fans

The world's best convenience store/gas station/sandwich shop has partnered with the Baltimore Ravens. 

Yes, Wawa is now the “official hoagie” of the Ravens. 

It's the partnership that Ravens' fans didn't even know they needed. If there is a lottery, the Ravens just won.

As Wawa celebrates its 50th year in Maryland, there will be several promotions that fans will be able to partake in. Opportunities to win tickets to games, co-branded merchandise, and unique experiences are just a handful of benefits Ravens fans can now take advantage of. You'll also see a lot more of Wawa at M&T Bank Stadium.

Choosing Wawa over Royal Farms (and that other store Sheetz) is clearly a top-tier partnership between two of the biggest brands in the Baltimore Metro area. And there is no doubt that there could not be a more perfect partnership between an NFL franchise and a convenience shop. 

"Wawa is thrilled to partner with the Ravens to make deeper connections with some of the best fans in football and reach communities all over the city of Baltimore and beyond,” Adam Schall, the senior director of store operations for Maryland said in a press release.

Our friends over in Philadelphia are not enthused:

But it is simple: the better store went with the better team. 


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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens place Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson on reserve/NFI list

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens place Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson on reserve/NFI list

With training camp just six days away, here is the latest news surrounding the Baltimore Ravens.

1. Ian Rapoport reported that the Ravens have placed Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson and two others on the reserve/NFI list. He later added that Brown is still recovering from Lisfranc surgery but is "progressing well" and Ferguson is dealing with a "minor hamstring" injury.

2. The entire Baltimore Ravens class is officially under contract after the signing of wide receiver Miles Boykin. Boykin was a third-round pick out of Notre Dame.

3. Michael Vick joined The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan Friday morning and when asked which young quarterbacks in the NFL most emulate his style, he answered: "Lamar Jackson" along with Kyler Murray and Cam Newton.

Looking Ahead:

July 24: Ravens training camp begins. Rookies are set to report a week earlier on Wednesday, July 17. 

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.