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Ravens not ruling out adding Colin Kaepernick to roster

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Ravens not ruling out adding Colin Kaepernick to roster

OWINGS MILL, Md. —The offseason has come and gone and polarizing former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is still in search of a job.

Several teams have been in the mix of possible places he could land, one of them being the Baltimore Ravens.

With the Thursday news of Joe Flacco missing some training camp time due to a back injury, now could be the perfect time for Kaepernick to get hired.

After the first day of Ravens' training camp, John Harbaugh touched on the matter.

"He and I have been talking throughout the summer, a number of times," Harbaugh said.

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"We've had some great conversations on the phone. I mean, it's really been a pleasure to talk to him to get to know him. You know, I like history and politics and stuff too. We've had some debates and it's been fun, he's a great guy. And he's a guy right now that's being talked about. We'll just see what happens with that. I think it will all be speculation right now. But, I think he's a really good football player and as I said at the owners meetings, I do think he'll be playing in the National Football League this year."

Kaepernick has a unique skillset, but would bring in a heavy dose of media attention and scrutiny.

But Kaepernick is somewhat familiar with the Ravens, having had to study, plan, prepare and then play the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.

When asked to elaborate on the matter, Harbaugh made it clear that Kaepernick is an option depending on necessity.

"I wouldn't rule it out at all. He's a really good football player," the Ravens head coach stated. "I believe he's a really good person. It all depends on a lot of things. Depends on Colin first of all, what he wants to do, what's his passion, what's his priority, what he wants to do, what kind of shape he's in. If he's ready to go and then our needs, so we'll just kinda see where it goes. I don't think that's different for us than any other team."

Whether it's Kaepernick or not, the Ravens are in search of another QB.

"We're definitely going to get another arm in here. He's not an arm obviously, he's an accomplished football player. We always like having good football players."

Ravens training camp is just a day old but things are already moving ahead at a regular-season pace. 

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Current and former Ravens react to George Floyd’s murder in Minnesota

Current and former Ravens react to George Floyd’s murder in Minnesota

Prominent current and former Ravens players spoke out Wednesday after videos and pictures spread on social media of a Minneapolis police officer with his knee on the neck of a black man, identified as George Floyd, on Monday. 

Floyd, who said he couldn’t breathe while the officer’s knee was on his neck, was killed. The four officers involved, including Derek Chauvin, the officer whose knee suffocated Floyd, were fired.

Riots in Minnesota broke out, as a nationwide cry for justice occurred.

“It’s something that obviously it’s pretty easy to see what’s happening,” Ronnie Stanley said Wednesday on a conference call with local media. “Hopefully justice prevails in this case. It’s really sad to see. I really feel bad for him, his family and his loved ones. I’m keeping them in my prayers.”

Safety Earl Thomas posted a picture to Instagram with the caption, ‘Being black in America is exhausting.’ 

Former wide receiver Torrey Smith tweeted multiple times in the past 24 hours about the incident. 

Current Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence posted that he was, “done being quiet and done being angry.”

Other sports figures posted as well, including LeBron James, who posted a photo of Chauvin and Colin Kaepernick side-by-side.

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Ravens, Torrey Smith surprise seven local students with $20K scholarships

Ravens, Torrey Smith surprise seven local students with $20K scholarships

Former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith recently delivered $20K college scholarships to seven local high school seniors, on behalf of the Ravens.

In a video posted to the Ravens' Twitter account Wednesday, the students were made to think their video conference with Smith was the final interview for the scholarship. They had no idea Smith was there to present them with the news that they had already won. 

"I'm the next level boss," Smith said. "In order to get to the scholarship, you have to go through me."

Recipients were decided based on academic achievements, extracurricular participation, and community service. Here's the list of students that exemplified these skills and were pleasantly surprised Wednesday afternoon.

  • Seantia Bryant, Green Street Academy
  • Gabriella Chalker, Hereford High School
  • Kayla Gauger, Green Street Academy
  • Jada Paschall, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute High School
  • Liz Gomez-Pena, Green Street Academy
  • Jarra Omar, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute High School
  • Donaysia Torbit – Baltimore Polytechnic Institute High School

 

Smith, 31, spent four years with the Ravens, most notably helping them capture a Super Bowl in the 2012 season. Baltimore drafted the Virgina native in the second round of the 2011 draft out of the University of Maryland. He retired in 2019.

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