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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: John Harbaugh interested in earlier draft date

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: John Harbaugh interested in earlier draft date

While having baseball back is great and all, we are one week closer to football season.

Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

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1. Head coach John Harbaugh challenges OLBs Tim Williams and Tyus Bowser to step up. 

After losing much of their pass rush from last season, the Ravens are relying on Williams and Bowser to fill their hole by getting to the opposing quarterback. Both were drafted in the early round of the 2017 NFL Draft, and have spent the last two seasons developing under Terrell Suggs. With a strong secondary, a proven pass rush could be the missing piece to the 2019 Ravens defense.

2. John Harbaugh feels the NFL Draft should come sooner in the offseason calendar

“I think the draft should be earlier, sooner,” Harbaugh said. “We don’t need to be so involved where we need three months to watch the players ourselves. Let’s draft these guys, let’s get them to us."

There are a few reasons the Ravens head coach feels this way. Primarily, he'd like to start working with the team's rookie class earlier in the offseason, to get them up to speed as much as possible. Young players are forced into early playing time more and more in this era, and more practice time would be beneficial.

It also brings to mind past offseasons when, due to a work stoppage while negotiating the collective bargaining agreement, the draft took place prior to free agency. This allowed teams to truly target the best player available, knowing they could fill holes later in the offseason. This is especially appealing to an organization like the Ravens who values the draft above other areas to improve the team.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster is set heading into start of OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster is set heading into start of OTAs

Kick off your Monday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including the full 90-man roster heading into the beginning of OTAs.

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1. The Baltimore Ravens have officially announced the full 90-man roster that will be competing for an official team roster spot in OTAs this summer. Ravens OTAs begin Monday.

2. With the return of Pernell McPhee and the addition of Shane Ray, it's clear that the Ravens are searching for the right pass rushers for their defense. The two veterans join draft pick Jaylon Ferguson in the quest to create a dynamic defense.

3. Marquise Brown is expected to miss OTAs due to continued rehab on his foot from Lisfranc surgery. However, Brown is expected to be ready by the start of training camp in August.

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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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

Kick off your Saturday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including an injury update on the Ravens' first-round pick. 

Player/Team Notes: 

1. 2019 first-round pick and WR Marquise Brown will miss OTAs as he continues to recover from Lisfranc surgery. Per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, the team expects Brown to be ready by the start of training camp. 

2. The Ravens confirmed the signings of OLB Pernell McPhee, OLB Shane Ray, and WR Michael Floyd Friday. Baltimore also announced it had waived QB Jalan McClendon and DT Kalil Morris.

3. Free agent LB Jon Bostic worked out for the Ravens Friday, per Zrebiec. Bostic was cut by the Steelers in April. 

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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