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5 things to know about newest Ravens wide receiver Devin Duvernay

5 things to know about newest Ravens wide receiver Devin Duvernay

The Ravens have a type, and that type is fast.

One year after drafting speedsters Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin, the Ravens went back to the well with Devin Duvernay, a wide receiver from the University of Texas. The Longhorns product is yet another player from an historic program, following linebacker Patrick Queen (LSU) and running back J.K. Dobbins (Ohio State).

Duvernay ran a sub-4.40 40-yard dash, and is a part of one of the strongest wide receiver classes in recent draft history. He projects to spend a lot of time in the slot for Baltimore, who entered the draft needing to address the position.

Here are five things to know about Devin Duvernay.

1. He is very sure-handed

Duvernay had drop problems early in his career, but he turned those around in recent seasons.

Not only does PFF give him the best drop percentage of any major receiver over the last two seasons, but Duvernay also finds himself high on the Texas leaderboards. He finished with the eighth-most receptions in school history, and his 106 catches in 2019 are the second-most for any Longhorns receiver behind only Jordan Shipley.

2. He is a track star

As mentioned above, the Texas wideout ran a blazing 4.39 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine, so his speed was never in question. But if the Ravens needed any more convincing, they need look no further than his high school carer. He ran a sub-10.5 second 100-meter dash and was a 2015 champion.

Baltimore hasn't hidden its affinity for players who can really fly, making a player with Duvernay's track background a perfect match.

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3. He is cousins with Kyler Murray

Duvernay played at Texas with his twin brother, a defensive back for the Longhorns. But his strong athletic genes go beyond that. He's cousins with 2019 No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray, quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals.

The Ravens and Cardinals are in two different conferences, so the two won't play each other too often. But it will still be a fun storyline when it happens.

4. He's a 3-time Academic All-Big 12 first-team

The Ravens have always valued intelligent players. Part of that is their particularly complex schemes and terminology and part of it is just the added value on top of a player's athleticism and physical traits.

Duvernay was named to his conference's all-Academic team in each of the past three seasons, so he fits that bill perfectly.

5. He's durable

Duvernay made 30 starts in his college career, playing in all 52 games for the Longhorns. The Ravens have had some injury issues at the position in recent years, most notably with Marquise Brown's foot last season, so fans should be excited to see them targeting guys who stay on the field. The best ability is availability, after all.

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Lamar Jackson reacts to Madden 21 rating: ‘I wish it was better’

Lamar Jackson reacts to Madden 21 rating: ‘I wish it was better’

Madden 21 released a few ratings of top players in this year’s game, and to no one’s surprise, Lamar Jackson is perhaps the game’s most fun player.

Jackson is the game’s fastest quarterback with a 96 speed rating, paired with a 95 overall throw on the run rating, as well as a 94 rating for throwing under pressure. His throw power is 10th in the game at 92 overall.

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But Jackson did take a little exception to his overall rating, which is a 94 -- good for the third best quarterback in the game behind Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson.

“I wish it was better,” Jackson said Monday evening on SportsCenter. “But hey, it’s better than it was last year. I guess we can roll with it till the season starts.”

Jackson, the cover athlete for this year’s game, started last year’s game at just a 76 overall.

Jackson wishes his rating was a little better this year due to his improvement from his rookie season to his second year in the league.

“I just think I did better than last year,” Jackson said. “I did a lot more than people expected, and our team did.”

As for what Jackson guessed his rating would be before the big reveal?

“At least 96, 97 probably,” Jackson had said.

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Ravens' J.K. Dobbins earns top Madden 21 rating of rookie running backs

Ravens' J.K. Dobbins earns top Madden 21 rating of rookie running backs

Baltimore Ravens rookie J.K Dobbins may have been the fifth running back taken in the 2020 NFL Draft but he’s No. 1 in the eyes of EA Sports' Madden NFL 21. In the newest rankings, Madden has the former Ohio State star as the highest-rated rookie running back in this year's edition. 

Dobbins, who earned a 75 overall rating leads the pack followed by Kansas City Chiefs’ Clyde Edwards-Helaire (74), Detroit Lions’ D’Andre Swift (74), and Indianapolis Colts’ Jonathan Taylor (73). All were selected before Dobbins in April's draft. Over three seasons at OSU, Dobbins rushed for 4,459 yards and 38 touchdowns. His speed, power and versatility as a runner and receiver in the backfield earned him this rating, but we’ll see if he lives up to being “best in class” this upcoming season.

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