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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.
Statement from the Baltimore Ravens on the passing of Gino Marchetti: pic.twitter.com/ssyBqH0ZPu— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) April 30, 2019
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
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- Roundup: Eric DeCosta earns high markings for 2019 NFL Draft
- New Members of the Flock: Complete list of Ravens' 2019 NFL Draft picks
- UDFAs: Jackson's college target among UDFAs reportedly signing with Baltimore