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Harbaugh leaves door open for Smith Sr., but thinks retirement plans are set

Harbaugh leaves door open for Smith Sr., but thinks retirement plans are set

OWINGS MILLS – Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he would welcome wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. back for another season, but Smith had already indicated that he planned to retire.

“That is what he has told me,” Harbaugh said of Smith’s retirement plans. “I think he has pretty much told everybody that.

"If he wants to come back, he is welcome, absolutely. You like every good football player you can get, but I don't want to speak for Steve. He has had an unbelievably awesome career."

The subject of Smith’s status came up following Sunday’s 27-17 loss to the Cowboys, when Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace said he would try to talk Smith out of retiring. Smith surpassed 1,000 catches for his career Sunday, during an outstanding performance with eight catches for 99 yards and a touchdown.

Asked if he would try to talk Smith out of retirement, Wallace said, “I’m going to try to, but I doubt if it’s going to work. Steve has his own mind…Steve’s crazy. Everybody knows it. I just know when he’s set on something, he’s set on it. I definitely will try. But right now, I’m just enjoying every day I get to spend with him.

“He’s a legendary player,” Wallace said. “I was just telling him after the game, ‘You can play a couple of more years if you want to.’ I think he’s done probably after this year. Sixteen years is a long time. If anybody can keep playing, it’s him. It’s just an honor to be on a team with him, every day to see the way he works, the way he carries himself. I love that guy to death. Wish I would’ve had more time with him. But when you have greatness around you, you just take whatever you can get, absorb whatever you can get from him. One thousand catches don’t come easy.’”

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Sports Illustrated predicts Ravens defense will regress this season

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Sports Illustrated predicts Ravens defense will regress this season

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

1. The Ravens are expected to have one of the best defenses in the NFL this season, but not the No. 1 ranked. Sports Illustrated's Andy Benoit says he predicts the Ravens defense will actually regress due to the loss of C.J. Mosely and Terrell Suggs in free agency. However, not as much as one would expect, he says.

2. Speaking of defense, Ravens outside linebacker Matthew Judon is entering his contract year. The Athletics' Jeff Zrebiec writes that this upcoming season should be a breakout year for Judon who could make a big impact on defense. 

3. Ravens Training Camp passes are now available. The Ravens have 14 different training camp practices open to the public this season. Claim your tickets and parking pass here or on the Ravens' mobile app.

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.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson organizes private workout with receivers

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson organizes private workout with receivers

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

1. Quarterback Lamar Jackson organized an off-site work out with Ravens wide receivers Chris Moore and Willie Snead IV over the weekend. The second-year quarterback followed through with his plan of working with his receivers on his own time before training camp begins next week. Backup quarterback Robert Griffin III was present as well.

2. With the addition of six-time Pro Bowler Earl Thomasthe Ravens secondary was ranked the deepest group in the NFL, according to NFL.com's Chris Wesseling. Pairing Thomas with safety Tony Jefferson creates one of the best safety tandems in the league, and Baltimore has a deep group of cornerbacks in Jimmy Smith, Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Carr, and Tavon Young. The Ravens defense allowed just 17.9 points per game a season ago, which was the second-best mark in the NFL.

3. Ravens Training Camp passes are now available. The Ravens have 14 different training camp practices open to the public this season. Claim your tickets and parking pass here or on the Ravens' mobile app.

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: Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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