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Ravens assistant GM Eric DeCosta not among 6 Colts GM finalists

Ravens assistant GM Eric DeCosta not among 6 Colts GM finalists

It appears the latest offseason flirtation with Eric DeCosta is over, if it ever got started.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Colts would request permission to interview DeCosta for their vacant general manager job. It has practically become an annual offseason ritual for some team to court the Ravens assistant GM and heir apparent to Ozzie Newsome.

But the Colts have announced a list of six candidates for the GM job, and DeCosta is not among them.

It's unclear whether the Colts ever did ask for permission, or whether DeCosta declined, but it appears DeCosta will remain with the Ravens, the organization he has been with since 1996. DeCosta worked his way up the Ravens organization, with positions as a scout, college scouting director and director of player personnel. He was named assistant general manager in 2012.

DeCosta has been linked to GM openings in the offseason for several years but has turned down numerous interview opportunities.

DeCosta and other key Ravens front office personnel are at the Senior Bowl this week. He has not commented on the Colts GM search.

Last year, when asked about turning down chances at other GM jobs and staying with the Ravens under Newsome – who has given no indication he is close to retiring – DeCosta said, "Every day I come in and work with my friends, and I think it’s a relationship business. In the end, personal ambitions aside, all you have is really your reputation and your friends and your enjoyment in life. And I love Baltimore, the community. My wife is from Baltimore, I’ve been here 20 years, my kids go to school here, so it’s great."

The Colts interview list includes their own interim GM, Jimmy Raye, along with Chris Ballard, director of football operations with the Chiefs; Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer, co-directors of pro personnel with the Seahawks; Vikings assistant GM George Paton and Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf.

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Ravens' Sam Koch teaches celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay how to punt

Ravens' Sam Koch teaches celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay how to punt

Sam Koch teaching celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay how to punt at M&T Bank Stadium isn't exactly the football highlight you'd expect to find in late February. 

But hey, here we are. 

Ramsay is pretty good at punting based on this clip, though we don't know exactly how many attempts and cuss-word filled rants went on before it. 

His connection to the Ravens? Glad you asked. Ramsay opened a restaurant in Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in 2017. He met a few players and toured the stadium back then, so he's returned to get more action on the field. 

Maybe now Ramsay can teach some Ravens players to make his perfect burger. 

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Lamar Jackson's college teammate recounts the time he tackled the elusive QB

Lamar Jackson's college teammate recounts the time he tackled the elusive QB

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is hard enough to bring down during live action, but that task is impossible during practices when he's donning an alternate, no-contact jersey in practice. 

But during a live scrimmage when he was at Louisville, linebacker Jonathan Greenland claims he did what many NFL defenders struggled to do in 2019: Tackle the ever-elusive Jackson. 

"I actually tackled him one time. I think that was our freshman year when he was live for like one time," Greenland said at a podium appearance during the NFL combine. "He probably ain't gonna tell you that. But I always got the video and all that."

Greenland and Jackson were both members of Lousiville's 2015 recruiting class.

Greenland may have tackled him once, but on another play, Jackson showed he was on a different level than most others on the field. 

"He took it for like 60-70 yards," Greenland said. "I'm running down the field, but I'm not catching him, No. 1. But, two, it's just like 'this kid gonna be special.'"

The two former Cardinals played together from 2015 to the 2017 season, which was Jackson's Heisman Trophy year before the quarterback entered the draft. 

Meanwhile, Greenland returned to Louisville in 2018 but suffered a season-ending wrist injury on the first series of the season. He transferred to Florida for his final season of college. During his only season as a Gator, Greenland racked up 52 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. 

That production alone is enough for teams to covet the pass rusher in the draft. But if you're an NFL team that Jackson terrorized in 2019, a proven ability to tackle the Ravens star quarterback is an added reason to select Greenland.

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