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Ravens' Joe Flacco, John Harbaugh address Ray Lewis' criticism

Ravens' Joe Flacco, John Harbaugh address Ray Lewis' criticism

OWINGS MILLS – Joe Flacco on Friday expressed disappointment that Ray Lewis would question Flacco’s passion for the game, but he dismissed the criticism and said he’s dealt with questions about his personality throughout his career.

“It’s a little surprising coming from Ray,” Flacco said after Friday’s light workout, adding that he has dealt with questions about his calm, stoic demeanor since “back before high school.”

“When things are going good, it’s questioned as if it’s a good thing,” Flacco added, “and when things aren’t going as well as you might like them to be, it’s always a question as to whether my personality is that of one that fits what an NFL quarterback should be.”

“It’s not anything I’m not used to,” Flacco said, “but it is a little different coming from Ray.”

On Thursday, Lewis was asked by Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock about Flacco and his inconsistent season.

“Gifted? Absolutely. Passionate about what he do? I've never seen that," Lewis told Fox Sports. "I don't know what that looks like."

“Maybe it’s because his personality just isn’t that personality,” Lewis added. “He’s not a rah-rah guy. He won’t say much. But, in the game of football, there has to be some burning fire behind you.”

Flacco and Lewis played together for five seasons, and Flacco's postseason run in 2012 is the biggest reason that the Ravens and Lewis won the Super Bowl that season,

As Flacco spoke in the Ravens locker room after practice Friday, several players voiced their support for Flacco with comments such as “I got your back Joe!” and “Leader!”

There was some laughter, but it was clear Lewis’ comments struck a nerve.

Addressing Lewis’ remarks after practice on Friday, coach John Harbaugh said, “That’s a passionate guy talking. I think everybody expresses their passion in different ways. “

“Every personality is different,” Harbaugh added. “Every single guy does their thing in a different way. But every single guy here cares deeply. And works very hard. And wants to be great at what they do.”

“As a leader you have to understand no two people are the same. No two people react the same way, express themselves the same way. Everybody does it a little differently.”

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ed Reed warns Lamar Jackson on increased scrutiny that comes with being a black QB

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ed Reed warns Lamar Jackson on increased scrutiny that comes with being a black QB

Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news you need to know this Wednesday morning. 

Player Notes: 

Cornerback Justin Bethel officially became a member of the Ravens Tuesday. A strong addition to the Ravens' special teams corps, the two-year deal might of not happened if it wasn't for safety and ex-Cardinals teammate Tony Jefferson

Former Ravens safety Ed Reed had some words of advice for quarterback Lamar Jackson after he posted an Instagram story last week of himself driving down a freeway at 105 mph. Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Reed noted the increased scrutiny that comes with being a black quarterback. 

The Ravens are investing in their secondary in 2019. With the addition of safety Earl Thomas ($22 million with base salary and signing bonus combined), nickelback Tavon Young ($11 million base salary and signing bonus), cornerback Brandon Carr's option ($6 million), cornerback Jimmy Smith ($9.5 million), safety Tony Jefferson ($8 million) and cornerback Marlon Humphrey ($1.542 million), the Ravens are spending $58 million just on their secondary, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley. That brings us to our next point...

Jimmy Smith came in at No. 4 on For The Win's 20 most overpaid NFL players in 2019. Using their "value above market price” metric based on the player's production and cap hit in a given season and multiplying their Pro Football Focus grade by the number of snaps they played, Smith cost the Ravens -$11.1 million. 

The Ravens have released inside linebacker Bam Bradley and cornerback Jaylen Hill with failed physical designations, according to the NFL transaction sheet and The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. Both missed all of the 2018 season with injuries. 

Looking Ahead: 

March 24-27: Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, Az.

April 15: Voluntary OTA's may begin

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens hoping to re-sign Robert Griffin III, per report

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens hoping to re-sign Robert Griffin III, per report

Here's your Tuesday roundup of the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player's Notes: 

The Ravens are hoping to re-sign backup quarterback Robert Griffin III, Jeff Zrebiec of TheAthletic.com reports. Playing 2018 on a one-year, $1 million deal, Griffin III appeared in three games, completing 2-of-6 passes for 21 yards. Retaining RGIII would make a ton of sense for the Ravens. Lamar Jackson is their only signed QB at the moment.

Thinking about Jackson handing the ball off to running back Mark Ingram in 2019 certainly has fans excited, and for the Ravens' newest acquisition, he's got plans for the dynamic duo to change the game.

Ronnie Stanley is predicting a bright future for his QB. While speaking on NFL Network's Good Morning Football, the tackle had high regards for how Jackson handled himself his rookie season. 

Safety Tony Jefferson got candid about the Ravens' offseason moves while on NFL Total Access. He admitted that it "hurt a little bit" to see veteran teammates like Terrell Suggs and C.J. Mosley exit in free agency, but is excited to have a future Hall of Famer in Earl Thomas on his side. .

In AFC North news, the Bengals cut linebacker Vontaze Burfict after seven seasons. The former Pro Bowler played seven games in 2018, totaling 33 combined tackles and 17 assist. 

Looking Ahead: 

March 24-27: Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, Az.

April 15: Voluntary OTA's may begin

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

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