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Will Jimmy Smith's ankle injury be crushing blow for Ravens' defense?

Will Jimmy Smith's ankle injury be crushing blow for Ravens' defense?

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Will losing cornerback Jimmy Smith to an ankle injury be a crushing blow for the Ravens’ defense?

Monday night’s 30-23 loss to the Patriots will only raise concern about how the Ravens will fare defensively if Smith, their best corner, does not recover quickly. Smith left Monday’s game in the second quarter, and coach John Harbaugh would not speculate on how long Smith would be out.

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However, it was clear Smith was in severe pain when he left the game, and the Ravens made some painful defensive mistakes during Tom Brady’s 406-yard, three-touchdown passing performance. Ravens cornerback Jerraud Powers also left the game in the fourth quarter with a concussion, and the Ravens made a huge defensive gaffe that helped seal their doom. Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan was left wide open in the secondary for a 79-yard touchdown, giving the Patriots a 10-point cushion from which the Ravens never recovered.

Ravens safety Eric Weddle took the blame for Hogan’s touchdown, but will there be more big plays surrendered by the Ravens if Smith isn’t part of the mix?

“Obviously when Jimmy goes down it hurts us,” Weddle said. “But Shareece (Wright) came in and played outstanding I thought.”

If Smith is not ready to face the Eagles on Sunday, more pressure will fall on Wright and rookie cornerback Tavon Young to play well, whether or not Powers is healthy for Sunday.

There is never a good time for the Ravens to lose Smith.  During December, with the Ravens (7-6) fighting to make the playoffs is a particularly bad time.

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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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