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Maryland teen gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity from Ravens at NFL Draft

Maryland teen gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity from Ravens at NFL Draft

The first round of the NFL Draft gets underway on Thursday and the Ravens made sure a special fan will not only be there, but be a part of the process.

In 2015, T.J. Onwuanibe was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer and through Make-A-Wish he wanted the opportunity to announce a Ravens draft pick. 

Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced that dream would come true and not only would T.J. get to announce a draft pick, but the Ravens first round draft pick.

T.J. Onwuanibe was joined by the Ravens cheerleaders and mascot at McDonogh for the special reveal.

Here's the full version of the video coach John Harbaugh recorded.

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Carli Lloyd drills 55-yard field goal after Ravens-Eagles joint practice

Carli Lloyd drills 55-yard field goal after Ravens-Eagles joint practice

A world-renowned kicker took the field Tuesday after the Ravens-Eagles joint practice to show Justin Tucker and Jake Elliott a few things about how to land a ball right between the uprights.

USWNT star Carli Lloyd got some reps in while visiting Eagles training camp, and with some pointers from the two kickers, the World Cup champion showed that she could easily take one of the 32 starting kicker spots in the National Football League.

Now we just have to wait and see which franchise takes a chance on the 37-year old superstar.

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New faces, new absences for Ravens second day of joint practices in Philadelphia

New faces, new absences for Ravens second day of joint practices in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — On the final day of joint practices in Philadelphia, some notable names returned to the practice fields. 

Miles Boykin made his presence known early on with a few nice grabs in the red zone. Kenneth Dixon and Gus Edwards rotated in at the running back spot, too, but perhaps the most notable faces were the ones not there. 

Marquise Brown wasn’t available for practice, though it’s unlikely his absence is related to a setback in his recovery from a foot injury Ronnie Stanley was seen in street clothes with his left ankle taped up and Jermaine Eluemanor wasn’t on the field. 

Even with the notable names missing, the Ravens offense still had a strong day. Or at least, a stronger day than Monday.

“Today we had one rookie step up, Ben Powers, we had Boze (Bradley Bozeman) come in and fill in for our left guard,” quarterback Lamar Jackson said.

Boykin, who returned after a two-day absence from practice, shined with a few nice catches in the red zone as a reliable target for Jackson to throw to.

“He made great catches on the sideline,” Jackson said. “Lanky guy, got speed, he’s explosive. He’s going to be a great tool this year.”

While Jackson and the Ravens offense struggled in the red zone the day before, Tuesday was an improvement as Jackson slipped into a better rhythm against the Eagles defense. 

With a 4-3 “Wide Nine” front, Jackson and the rest of the offense saw a new look against one of the league’s better defensive teams. 

“That was the first time I’ve seen a very explosive defensive line, besides ours,” Jackson said. “They got after it a little, our line held it down.”

In 11-on-11 at the end of practice, Jackson finished 5-of-9 with an interception and a dazzling juke along the sidelines. 

Trace McSorley struggled and threw a few interceptions at the end of practice, but the day was still an improvement for the Baltimore offense.

Defensively, the Ravens secondary held up well, sans for a few plays where Cyrus Jones was beat. 

Jones, in contention for the slot cornerback role that Tavon Young leaves behind with his injury, is just one of the cornerbacks available to the Ravens in the slot.

“Almost all of the guys worked in there,” coach John Harbaugh said. “Marlon’s been in there, Jimmy’s even been in there. For us, the way we’re operating right now is that it depends on the call, depends on the matchup, things like that.”

Humphrey was one of the players who shined for the Ravens on both days, leading a still-impressive secondary at the cornerback slot. 

But with Young out, for potentially the season, the secondary will still have some questions to be answered moving forward. 

The Ravens will get an extended look Thursday night in Philadelphia, as they wrap up their week in Pennsylvania with their third preseason game of the season.

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