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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Grading the Ravens' pre-draft offseason moves

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Grading the Ravens' pre-draft offseason moves

Here is the latest Baltimore Ravens news to start your hump day. 

Player/Team Notes:

1. Cornerback Marlon Humphrey announced Tuesday that he will now be wearing No. 44 for the Ravens after giving up No. 29 to safety Earl Thomas. 44 was the same number Humphrey's father, Bobby Humphrey, wore towards the end of his career with the Dolphins. Leading up to the announcement, Humphrey offered the first ten people to guess what number he would wear correctly a free jersey. Only one lucky person got it right. 

2. The Ravens announced their 2019 preseason schedule Tuesday and will host the Jaguars and Packers to kick things off. Then they will head up I-95 to Philadelphia to face the Eagles before traveling back down I-95 to visit the Redskins. The Ravens will also hold joint practices with the Jaguars and Eagles in the weeks leading up to their matchups. 

If you need reason to be excited for those preseason games, the Ravens provided us with five things to look forward to

3. Bleacher Report's Gary Davenport graded each team's offseason moves prior to the 2019 NFL Draft and the Ravens did not earn high remarks. Davenport liked the Ravens' additions of safety Earl Thomas and running back Mark Ingram, but besides that, not much has impressed him yet giving the team a D. 

"Two of Baltimore's top three wide receivers from 2018 (John Brown and Michael Crabtree) are gone," Davenport writes. "So are both of the team's top-two edge-rushers: Terrell Suggs to Arizona, Za'Darius Smith to Green Bay. Baltimore's leading tackler a season ago, inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, will be piling up stops for the New York Jets this season. That's five starters—five key contributors—gone from a team that won the AFC North last year. And that's without mentioning that Thomas was brought in as a replacement for Eric Weddle, who is now with the Los Angeles Rams. Baltimore's linebackers and pass-catching corps are major question marks—and, on paper at least, the offseason has seen the Cleveland Browns sail past them and into the driver's seat of the division."

4. The 2019 NFL Draft is just about two weeks away and the Ravens have been picked by ESPN's Dan Graziano as one of the top five teams most likely to trade down come April 25. 

"They need to fill a lot of holes on defense, and if the high-impact guys are drying up by No. 22, Baltimore has shown that it's nimble enough in the draft to slide down a couple of spots and maximize value," Graziano said. 

During the Ravens' pre-draft press conference, general manager Eric DeCosta said they were not opposed to trading out of the first round to acquire more picks. 

Looking Ahead:

April 15: Voluntary OTAs may begin

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including how quarterback Lamar Jackson has fared during OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Following a January surgery on his left ankle, safety Tony Jefferson remains sidelined after the first week of OTAs. Originally, Jefferson was expected to return 4-6 weeks after surgery. However, now that it's 5 months later, his return timetable is becoming more and more concerning. 

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson spoke with Ravens media Thursday about his progress not only learning the new offense implemented by Offensive Coordinator, Greg Roman, but learning the names of his new teammates as well. After another day of OTAs, Jackson was his biggest critic despite a solid day of running plays namely passing drills. “I’d say my first day, I sucked,” Jackson said to Ravens media. “Second day, I did better. Today was alright, but it could have been better. I always try to be perfect in practice. It was alright for the first week.”

Looking Ahead:

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

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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'I started to realize that I’m not broken': Steve Smith opens up about mental health and depression

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'I started to realize that I’m not broken': Steve Smith opens up about mental health and depression

Former Carolina Panthers' star receiver Steve Smith spoke in front of a crowd of over 400 people at the fifth annual Wake up for Wellness breakfast that was sponsored by Mental Health America of Central Carolinas.

The 16-year veteran and current NFL Network analyst touched on the importance of seeking help for bouts with depression and spoke of battles that he has faced with the disease.

“On the outside you’ll see a tough exterior. But on the inside, I’m just broken or I believe even more broken than the average man. ... Because when the stadium goes dark and the cheers stop, you’re still looking for that pat on the back,” Smith said. “Throughout my whole career, I struggled with that.”

Smith discussed that in the beginning, he was so concerned about the stigma regarding mental health, that he opted for the professional to meet him for housecalls, and as time passed he realized the importance of speaking up.

“I started to realize that I’m not broken,” he said. “I’m not being sent back to the manufacturer ... I get up every morning and figure it out.”

Smith's comments on the issue came to light just a day after the NFL and NFLPA announced new legislation that focuses on mental well being.

The newly formed Comprehensive Mental Health and Wellness Committee will develop programs for members of the NFL in addition to collaborating with local and national mental health and suicide prevention organizations. Each team will be mandated to retain a Behavioral Health Team Clinician for assistance that will be required to be available to players at the individual team facilities for at least 8-12 hours per week and must conduct mandatory mental health education sessions for players and coaching staff.

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