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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Need for speed all part of the Ravens' 2019 plans

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Need for speed all part of the Ravens' 2019 plans

You've made it halfway through the week, so we're rewarding you with the latest Baltimore Ravens news. 

Player/Team Notes:

1. The Ravens' offense got a lot faster during the 2019 NFL Draft with the additions of wide receivers Marquise Brown, Miles Boykin and running back Justice Hill. Boykin was among the 20 fastest player at the combine, Brown was among the fastest prospects ESPN's Todd McShay have ever evaluated and Hill was the combine's fastest running back. Add what quarterback Lamar Jackson can do with his legs and you've presented a real problem for opposing defenses. For general manager Eric DeCosta, the need for speed was all a part of their draft plan.

“We played a lot of teams, really good offenses this year [and] I had a chance to sit up in the press box and watch some of these offenses. One of the main common denominators is speed,” DeCosta said via ESPN.com. “We got a chance to see what Lamar can do this past year, and I think our vision, collective vision, for the offense is to add more guys like that to make it really challenging on the defense.”

2. If you didn't catch Avengers: End Game this weekend, you missed out on the hottest ticket of the year. One person who didn't miss out was outside linebacker Matthew Judon and 40 of his closest friends.

Judon treated 40 middle school kids to the movie and lunch at Ledo Pizza through his connection to the Baltimore Police Department Bridges and Explorer programs. The program connects children with police officers in an effort to build relationships between the two. 

“I know that some of these kids wouldn’t have a chance to see this movie, and I wanted to help in my own way,” Judon said.

3. Gino Marchetti, a Baltimore Colts legend and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, passed away Monday. Playing for Baltimore from 1953 to 1966, Marchetti was a a vital piece of the Colts' championship teams in 1958 and 1959. He was 93 years old. 

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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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson has his best practice yet

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson has his best practice yet

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. The Ravens are hopeful Earl Thomas will be a leader for their new defense which Thomas called "very complex." "This defense is very complex compared to what we were doing in Seattle,” Thomas said to Ravens media. “We were just playing Cover-3 all the time. Now, we’re making calls on the fly. That’s the biggest adjustment for me.”

Additionally, Thomas told media members after practice that he's made "fast friends" with quarterback Lamar Jackson. "He's a very funny guy, I don't know if you all know that," Thomas said.

2. Speaking of Lamar Jackson, he reportedly had his best day of practice so far this offseason according to Ravens media. Jackson's throws looked much better and he was quick in the pocket.


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: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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RG3 likens KD's desire to play hurt to his own injury in 2012

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RG3 likens KD's desire to play hurt to his own injury in 2012

Like most athletes, Robert Griffin III was empathetic towards Kevin Durant when he first went down, taking to Twitter on Monday night to voice his concern. 

Today, the Ravens' veteran quarterback told ESPN's The Undefeated that he's all too familiar with Durant's decision to play and subsequent injury. RG3 likened it to his own brief playoff stint in 2013. Just four weeks removed from an injury to a knee that required reconstructive surgery in college, RG3 started – only to get hit late in the fourth and watch both his season and career come to a screeching halt. 

But that's not how RG3 views it. 

"I was looking at it like I'm out for here for my brothers. I'm out here for my team. And that was the only place I wasnted to be." 

And Griffin doesn't believe he's alone in that thought process, suggesting it was KD's mindset ahead of Game 5 as well.

"Most of us are built to fight. So whenever we get a situation where we’re a little injured or a little banged-up, our first reaction isn’t to get out of there and rest. Our first reaction is to figure out how we can keep going. That’s what makes a guy like Kevin Durant great." 

It remains to be seen whether KD's recovery will be smoother than RG3's. The former Heisman Trophy winner never came close to matching his breakout rookie season, eventually losing his starting job in Washington in 2014.

Durant will miss all of next season, meaning the former Montrose Christian star's next NBA appearance would be as a 32 year-old.