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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Eric DeCosta earns high markings for 2019 NFL Draft

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Eric DeCosta earns high markings for 2019 NFL Draft

Draft weekend is officially in the rearview mirror and the Baltimore Ravens now look ahead to the 2019 season.

Here's the latest news surrounding the team.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. With the conclusion of the 2019 NFL Draft comes NFL Draft grades. The Ravens selected eight players in six rounds, addressing most of their biggest needs on offense and defense, but how do analysis feel about their selections? 

Even Fansided's Rucker Haringey listed the Ravens as one of the top five teams that won the NFL Draft. 

2. The Ravens will be battling to defend their AFC North title this fall, and with the additions the Cleveland Browns made in the offseason it's primed to be just as good a battle as Sunday's Game of Thrones

Bleacher Report put together their post-NFL draft power rankings and the Ravens are sitting third in the AFC North and 19th overall. 

"If the Ravens can still get pressure on opposing quarterbacks this year despite those losses and Jackson improves as a passer, the Ravens will be a force to be reckoned with in their division," Bleacher Report wrote. "But if the defense backslides and Jackson's development stalls, the Ravens could also be a prime candidate to regress in 2019."

3. One of first-year general manager Eric DeCosta's goals this offseason was to keep the Ravens in good financial standing for the 2019 season and beyond. The NFLPA released their public salary cap report and Baltimore has $15,099,481 in cap space to use at their disposal. 

It will cost the Ravens an estimated $6,691,942 to sign their rookie class, according to Over The Cap, leaving the Ravens with money to spend in the second wave of free agency.

Looking Ahead:

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get long-term deal done with designated franchise tag player

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.

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    Stock up, stock down: Rating the Ravens after their five-point loss to the Chiefs

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    Stock up, stock down: Rating the Ravens after their five-point loss to the Chiefs

    In a monster AFC matchup on Sunday, the Ravens weren’t able to get enough offense and enough stops on defense to earn the win. 

    The loss drops the Ravens to 2-1 ahead of the Browns matchup on Sunday.

    Here are a few players whose stocks are up and down after the loss.

    Stock down: Pass defense

    The Ravens defense knew they had a challenge to face against Patrick Mahomes. It’s likely they won’t see one like him again. 

    Mahomes threw for 374 yards on 27-of-37 passing and had three touchdowns passing. He led an offense that scored three touchdowns in the first half, the same number it scored against the Ravens last season. 

    It wasn’t pretty for the pass defense, as a blown coverage led to an 83-yard score which gave the Chiefs all the momentum they needed. 

    Three receivers (Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins and Darrel Williams) had five or more receptions.

    “Some of them (deep pass plays) were well executed by them,” coach John Harbaugh said. “The one touchdown was just played wrong by a certain player, that happens. So that’s what happened.” 

    Stock down: Lamar Jackson

    Jackson had the first rough game of his 2019 season.

    He finished just 22-of-43 and had 267 yards. He looked impressive on the Ravens first drive of the game and bought time with his legs in the pocket, but faltered as the game wore on. 

    Jackson picked his game up in the fourth quarter, but was aided by two throws that can only be described as Hail Mary throws caught by Seth Roberts and Willie Snead. 

    “We let our defense down, I feel,” Jackson said. “I had a lot of throws I should have made, I feel.”

    Stock up: Nick Boyle

    The first of two positives on the offense, Boyle was the team’s leading receiver with four receptions for 58 yards.

    With Mark Andrews (three catches for 15 yards) hobbled with a foot injury, Boyle was Jackson’s most consistent target over the middle of the field.

    When Andrews returns to full health, Boyle likely won’t see the volume of targets he saw today. But it was a nice day for the Delaware product.

    Stock up: Mark Ingram

    The Ravens made a commitment to the run game on the first drives of each half, and it showed as Ingram tied a Ravens record with three rushing TDs in a game. 

    Ingram finished with 103 yards on 16 carries — a 6.4 yards per carry average — and was the game’s leading rusher.

    “I think it speaks for itself, we ran the ball well,” Harbaugh said. “Offensive played excellent, played tremendous I thought.”

    Stock down: Two-Point Plays

    Woof. The Ravens had three two-point plays, including one that came from the one-yard line, and weren’t able to score on any of them. 

    They went for two up 6-0, down 30-19 and 33-28. They made none of those. 

    Still, despite the result, it may not have been the worst decision to go for two points...

    Stock up: John Harbaugh’s decisions

    Hang in there on this one. 

    The Ravens first decision to go for two points was due to the fact that they had the ball at the Chiefs one-yard line and thought they could punch in a quick conversion. The second decision was likely to cut the lead to nine, so that a touchdown and a field goal would win the game instead of merely tie the game. The final decision was to cut the lead to a field goal. 

    Harbaugh said he doesn’t regret any of the decisions. 

    “I don’t think we’re setting any tone, there’s no tone to be set,” Harbaugh said. “You’re trying to do everything you can to win the game. And when you get the ball at the one-yard line, it makes a lot of sense to go for two. Unless you’re playing scared, which we aren’t going to do.”

    Stock down: Run defense

    The Ravens allowed 140 yards rushing (5.4 yards a carry) to a host of Chiefs running backs. Williams and LeSean McCoy had 6.9 and 6.8 yards per carry to lead the team. 

    Against Mahomes, knowing his deadliness passing the ball, the run defense had to be as sharp as ever. Unfortunately for the Ravens, it wasn’t as the Ravens could slow down the Chiefs ariel and ground attack.

    Stock down: Linebackers

    Patrick Onwuasor had a pass go inches above his hands in a metaphor for the entire afternoon. 

    He, Chris Board and Kenny Young didn’t have their best days as the Chiefs were able to run the ball well all afternoon. 

    Mahomes was able to fling the ball out to the flats early in the game, as his running backs ran free in the flat all afternoon long. 

    Overall, the Ravens defense just had an afternoon to forget. 

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    3 takeaways from the Ravens frustrating 33-28 loss in Kansas City

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    3 takeaways from the Ravens frustrating 33-28 loss in Kansas City

    The Ravens did a good job of digging themselves out of the whole they created for themselves in the first half.

    As it turned out, the hole was just a bit too deep, as the Ravens suffered their first loss of the season in a 33-28 defeat against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

    Here are three takeaways from the loss: 

    1. Defensive Problems Persist

    Last week against the Cardinals, the Ravens stressed that the defensive breakdowns that happened against Arizona’s Air Raid would be cleaned up. 

    Whether or not the same problems were fixed remains to be seen. But the Chiefs had their way with the Baltimore defense on Sunday, as they gained over 500 yards of total offense against the NFL’s best defense from a year ago. 

    Kansas City averaged 5.4 yards a carry on the ground, and quarterback Patrick Mahomes averaged 10.1 yards per attempt as the Ravens had trouble getting off the field. In the second quarter, Mecole Hardman housed an 83-yard touchdown to give the Chiefs their longest play of the afternoon. 

    And, fittingly, the final impactful play of the game ended with the Ravens failing to stop a screen pass, as the Chiefs converted a third-and-9 for a first down to ice the game away.

    With Jimmy Smith out for a few weeks with an MCL Sprain and Tavon Young out for the season, the Ravens will have to figure out their secondary as the Browns head to Baltimore next week.

    2. Young Quarterbacks

    Mahomes was everything he’s been advertised as. 

    He finished 27-of-36 for 374 yards with three touchdowns and a 132.0 quarterback rating. Opposite him, Lamar Jackson finished 22-of-43 for 267 yards with a rushing touchdown. 

    The matchup was billed as Mahomes and the Chiefs explosive offense against Jackson and the Ravens offense that frustrated the Cardinals and Dolphins in the first two weeks. 

    “We come here to win, regardless of what’s given the ranks to them outside,” safety Tony Jefferson said. “We feel like we can win every game we go out there, and that’s what we want to do. We came up short. We didn’t do what we needed to do.”

    While the two showcased what could be a matchup for years to come in the AFC, Mahomes clearly got the better of Jackson today. 

    The Ravens QB struggled for the first three quarters and had two of his passes completed on miracle, last-gasp passes to both Seth Roberts and Willie Snead. 

    3. Aggressive Gameplan

    The Ravens held back nothing in the first half against the Chiefs, as the team went for it on three fourth-down plays — twice in their own territory. 

    They converted two of them, one of which led to a touchdown just a few plays later on the team’s opening drive. On that touchdown, the Ravens went for two and missed to take a 6-0 lead. 

    Down 11 points, twice in the fourth quarter, the Ravens went for two points and failed both times. 

    While the end result wasn’t what the Ravens were looking for, the decisions showcased the Ravens' aggressive styles to go for the win as often as they could.

    “The point was to score as many points as we could,” Harbaugh said. “Every one of those were clear analytic decisions to go for two.”

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