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Baltimore Ravens release first depth chart with a surprising move at QB

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Baltimore Ravens release first depth chart with a surprising move at QB

With just one week until the Baltimore Ravens kick off the NFL preseason against the Chicago Bears, the team released its first official depth chart on Thursday night.

And while it's no surprise that Joe Flacco is slated as the team's starting quarterback, first-round pick Lamar Jackson is slotted at No. 3, behind veteran and free-agent signee Robert Griffin III. 

The Ravens traded up in the 2018 NFL Draft to select Jackson with the hope that he'll eventually become the next franchise quarterback.

Head coach John Harbaugh has already said that the Louisville product will be taking regular-season snaps under center and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said that Jackson is "way ahead of the curve."

It seems that this is just a temporary move to allow Jackson some more time to develop or give him an extra motivational boost. Griffin III is more seasoned but hasn't played an NFL snap since 2016 as a member of the Cleveland Browns. 

The Ravens also slotted first-round tight end Hayden Hurst fourth among tight ends. The South Carolina product has battled injury and missed time, which likely resulted in his spot at the depth chart. 

However, both him and Jackson will likely move up as the preseason progresses. 

The rest of the depth chart comes as no surprise. The starting defense returns from last season with Brent Urban slotted back in at defensive end while new additions Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead are all listed as starting wide receivers. 

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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.

RELATED: WHERE DOES LAMAR JACKSON RANK IN MADDEN 21 QB RATINGS?

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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