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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens get offseason programs underway, Gus Edwards signs exclusive rights free agent tender

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens get offseason programs underway, Gus Edwards signs exclusive rights free agent tender

The Baltimore Ravens began their voluntary offseason workout programs Monday.

Here's everything you missed.

Player/Team Notes:

1. Running backs Gus Edwards and De'Lance Turner, center Matt Skura and offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor all signed their exclusive rights free agent tenders Monday. An exclusive rights free agent is a player who only has one or two seasons under their belts, and unlike free agents, don't have the freedom to negotiate with other teams. Their rights instead belong exclusively to the team that applied the tender.

Retaining Edwards is huge as the 2018 undrafted free agent rushed for an insane 718 yards on 137 carries and two touchdowns over 11 games. He'll be slated behind Mark Ingram

Skura earned the league's top performance-based bonus after starting all 16 games at center in 2018. 

2. Inside linebacker Patrick Onwuasor signed his restricted free agent tender Monday. After reportedly placing a second-round tender on 'Peanut' back in March, no other team extended an offer. Had a team done so, the Ravens would have had the opportunity to match any offer that came their way. Starting at ILB in 2018, Onwuasor posted 59 tackles, 5 .5 sacks and two forced fumbles. 

3. New number, who dis? That's what several Ravens were saying Monday after getting new numbers for the 2019 season. Wide receiver Seth Roberts will wear No. 11, running back Mark Ingram will wear No. 21, cornerback Justin Bethel will wear No. 28, safety Earl Thomas will wear No. 29, safety DeShon Elliott will wear No. 32, cornerback Anthony Averett will wear No. 34 and cornerback Marlon Humphrey will wear No. 44. 

4. Get those calendars ready because the 2019 regular season schedule will be released Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST. The Ravens' home opponents include the Bengals, Browns, Steelers, Patriots, Jets, Cardinals, 49ers and Texans. They will face the Bengals, Browns, Steelers, Bills, Dolphins, Rams, Seahawks and Chiefs on the road. Their preseason schedule was released last week. 


Looking Ahead:

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

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WATCH: Justin Tucker drills 70-yard field goal at Pro Bowl practice

WATCH: Justin Tucker drills 70-yard field goal at Pro Bowl practice

Justin Tucker is the most accurate kicker in NFL history, but at Pro Bowl practice Friday he decided to show off his ridiculous range by drilling a 70-yard field goal with relative ease. 

Hitting 70-yard field goals in practice isn't anything new. He spent time in the offseason drilling kicks from the same distance.

There just wasn't any need for Tucker to kick a record-breaking field goal because the Ravens offense was seemingly always in the red zone. Tucker attempted 59 extra points this year, which was the most he'd ever taken in a season by 17 and led the league by a wide margin. 

Tucker's current career-long is the 61-yard bomb he hit in 2013. His longest field goal in 2019 was 51 yards. 

In a game like the Pro Bowl, field position and the final result doesn't really matter. So maybe Tucker will get a chance to kick from 70-plus during the game on Sunday. 

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Take a look at Marlon Humphrey's NFL Top 100 player ballot

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Take a look at Marlon Humphrey's NFL Top 100 player ballot

The NFL's Top 100 players list is always an interesting discussion point for fans. It's fun to debate who is the best of the best, especially in a sport like football.

Positions require such vastly different skills, so it's difficult to compare a running back to, say, a punter.

What also makes the list interesting is how it's compiled: by the players themselves.

We don't always get to peel back the curtain, but Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey was willing to share his ballot on social media once he put his votes together.

This is an especially interesting list. Humphrey resisted the urge to simply vote all Ravens, as Lamar Jackson, Ronnie Stanley and Marcus Peters are the only ones to make his top 20.

Humphrey did seem to heavily weigh players he has faced already, particularly in 2019. Of his 17 non-Ravens, 11 played against Baltimore this past season.

The cornerback clearly remembers 2018's matchup with the Saints well, as Michael Thomas and Drew Brees find themselve in his top four. He has a nice balance between offensive players he's had to defend and defensive players he can evaluate as a peer.

The divisional round loss also clearly is still weighing on his mind, with Titans running back Derrick Henry ranked sixth across all players.

Of course, according to him, the easiest choice of all was Humphrey's first.

Hard to disagree with him on that one.

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