Here is the latest Baltimore Ravens news to start your hump day.
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.
Congrats the only person to guess right lol https://t.co/1GJ4XOBt96— Fruit PUNCH (@marlon_humphrey) April 9, 2019
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.
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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