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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: John Harbaugh expecting Kenny Young and Patrick Onwuasor to step up at ILB in 2019

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: John Harbaugh expecting Kenny Young and Patrick Onwuasor to step up at ILB in 2019

Here's all of the Baltimore Ravens news you missed over the weekend.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Head coach John Harbaugh is expecting Kenny Young and Patrick Onwuasor to step up at inside linebacker in 2019 with the departures of C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs and Za'Darius Smith.

“Those guys have to step up,” Harbaugh said at the NFL Annual League Meetings. “It’s kind of what we said before. We lost our starting All-Pro inside linebacker (Mosley). Good. We lost our rising star pass rusher from Kentucky (Za’Darius Smith). Good. We lost our 16-year veteran leader (Terrell Suggs). Probably a Hall of Famer. Good.

“....We’ll find a way and those guys are a big part of it."

2. In an interview with Denver-area radio station Orange & Blue 760 on Friday, Brandon Marshall revealed the Ravens were interested in signing the inside linebacker to a long-term deal but wanted to wait until May 8 in order to keep their 2020 compensatory picks. Compensatory picks are given to teams that lose more qualifying free agents than they gained the previous offseason. The Ravens currently hold a third-round comp pick in the 2020 draft. 

3. After his 2018-19 season was put on hold when he was assaulted in downtown Baltimore Sept. 1, kicker Kaare Vedvik is expected to be back at training camp for the Ravens this summer. 

"He was with us all season, he’s training now," Harbaugh said at the NFL Annual League Meetings. "He’ll be one of our camp kickers. Actually, I fully expect that he’ll kick well enough for us to trade him. That’s kind of, I would say, the goal."

4. Many current and former Ravens players gathered at Royal Farms Arena Saturday for Torrey Smith's Charity Basketball game, including Justin Tucker, Anquan Boldin, Anthony Levine Sr., and Ed Reed.


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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Current and former Ravens react to George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minnesota

Current and former Ravens react to George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minnesota

Prominent current and former Ravens players spoke out Wednesday after videos and pictures spread on social media of a Minneapolis police officer with his knee on the neck of a black man, identified as George Floyd, on Monday. 

Floyd, who said he couldn’t breathe while the officer’s knee was on his neck, was killed. The four officers involved, including Derek Chauvin, the officer whose knee suffocated Floyd, were fired.

Riots in Minnesota broke out, as a nationwide cry for justice occurred.

“It’s something that obviously it’s pretty easy to see what’s happening,” Ronnie Stanley said Wednesday on a conference call with local media. “Hopefully justice prevails in this case. It’s really sad to see. I really feel bad for him, his family and his loved ones. I’m keeping them in my prayers.”

Safety Earl Thomas posted a picture to Instagram with the caption, ‘Being black in America is exhausting.’ 

Former wide receiver Torrey Smith tweeted multiple times in the past 24 hours about the incident. 

Current Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence posted that he was, “done being quiet and done being angry.”

Other sports figures posted as well, including LeBron James, who posted a photo of Chauvin and Colin Kaepernick side-by-side.

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Ravens, Torrey Smith surprise seven local students with $20K scholarships

Ravens, Torrey Smith surprise seven local students with $20K scholarships

Former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith recently delivered $20K college scholarships to seven local high school seniors, on behalf of the Ravens.

In a video posted to the Ravens' Twitter account Wednesday, the students were made to think their video conference with Smith was the final interview for the scholarship. They had no idea Smith was there to present them with the news that they had already won. 

"I'm the next level boss," Smith said. "In order to get to the scholarship, you have to go through me."

Recipients were decided based on academic achievements, extracurricular participation, and community service. Here's the list of students that exemplified these skills and were pleasantly surprised Wednesday afternoon.

  • Seantia Bryant, Green Street Academy
  • Gabriella Chalker, Hereford High School
  • Kayla Gauger, Green Street Academy
  • Jada Paschall, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute High School
  • Liz Gomez-Pena, Green Street Academy
  • Jarra Omar, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute High School
  • Donaysia Torbit – Baltimore Polytechnic Institute High School

 

Smith, 31, spent four years with the Ravens, most notably helping them capture a Super Bowl in the 2012 season. Baltimore drafted the Virgina native in the second round of the 2011 draft out of the University of Maryland. He retired in 2019.

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