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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens reportedly host former AAF, Houston Texans wide receiver

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens reportedly host former AAF, Houston Texans wide receiver

We're officially two weeks away from the 2019 NFL Draft.

Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes:

1. The Ravens hosted free agent wide receiver, and most recently a member of the AAF's Orlando Apollos, Chris Thompson Wednesday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Thompson also spent time with the Houston Texans in 2017, catching five passes for 84 yards before being released prior to the 2018 season. With the Apollos, the receiver caught eight passes for 123 yards in eight games. 

2. ESPN's Todd McShay put together a best case scenario three-round mock draft, and has the Ravens selecting Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell at No. 22. 

“Clelin is just a really good football player,” McShay said. “You look at his [Combine testing] numbers and he doesn’t have the elite explosiveness, but he got better every year, his production was outstanding. Did he benefit from having two other potential first-rounders on the defensive line at Clemson? Sure. But he still had to produce and he did, week in and week out.”

While at Clemson, Ferrell had 27 sacks in three seasons in addition to 50.5 tackles for loss. McShay's third-round picks for the Ravens - Baltimore gave up their second-round pick for Lamar Jackson last year - are Texas A&M running back Trayveon Williams and New Mexico State running back Terrill Hanks

3. Even though safety Earl Thomas is just beginning his chapter with the Ravens, he plans on one day retiring as a Seattle Seahawk. 

"I envision myself retiring as a Seahawk," Thomas told The Rich Eisen Show Wednesday . "I would never burn a bridge there. I still love my teammates. I definitely see myself signing maybe a one-day deal, and hopefully they'll hang my jersey in the rafters."

Thomas, who signed a four-year, $55 million deal with Baltimore back in March, told Eisen that he had committed to a one-year, $12 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs before the Ravens offered him a better deal. 

4. Running back Ty Montgomery is scheduled to visit the New York Jets Thursday. The unrestricted free agent was traded to the Ravens from the Green Bay Packers back in October. In six games with Baltimore, Montgomery rushed 15 times for 83 yards in addition to 10 receptions for 65 yards. 

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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Ravens cut Justin Bethel, lose Pernell McPhee likely for season

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Ravens cut Justin Bethel, lose Pernell McPhee likely for season

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Just a day after a hard-fought win in Seattle, the Ravens have two roster spots to fill on defense.

The Ravens released special teams standout Justin Bethel on Monday, and coach John Harbaugh announced that Pernell McPhee is likely out for the season with a torn tricep.

Bethel was released after the Titans released Brent Urban last week.

The reason for Bethel's release was that Urban was due to give the Ravens a compensatory fourth-round pick. He signed a one-year deal in the offseason with the Titans as he left the Ravens. 

But Urban, who signed with Chicago on Monday, failed to impress in Tennessee and was released before the Week 10 compensatory deadline. Meaning, the Ravens would have lost the fourth-round pick they were scheduled to receive for John Brown's departure were it not for Bethel's release.

Bethel had six special teams tackles this season and was arguably the Ravens' best special teams player that doesn't snap or kick.

"Justin Bethel unfortunately had to be released due to a funky rule that the NFL has with these compensatory picks," Harbaugh said. "A judgement has to be made in terms of for the future as well. That's tough for us. I told him I think he's the best special teams player in the NFL, and he's playing that way."

Additionally, McPhee will likely be out for the season with a torn tricep. McPhee had three sacks and 19 total tackles in seven games for the Ravens this season.

"Pernell McPhee, it looks like he has a torn tricep," Harbaugh said. "If he has a torn tricep which I believe he does, that'll proclude the rest of the season." 

The Ravens have Aaron Adeoye, a rookie outside linebacker, on the practice squad should they wish to promote someone from within. Otherwise, they'll have to look through the free agent market or poach from another practice squad.

The NFL trade deadline is next Tuesday. 


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Watch the moment Lamar Jackson told John Harbaugh to go for it on fourth down

Watch the moment Lamar Jackson told John Harbaugh to go for it on fourth down

With the game tied late in the third quarter and the Ravens facing a fourth-and-2 from the Seattle eight-yard line, Baltimore had a decision to make.

Initially, the Ravens sent out kicker Justin Tucker to attempt a chip-shot field goal. But as quarterback Lamar Jackson trotted off the sidelines, head coach John Harbaugh had a question for him.

"Do you want to go for that?" the head coach asked his second-year quarterback.

Jackson didn't hesitate. He responded enthusiastically, telling Harbaugh, "Hell yeah, Coach. Let's go for it!"

He then turned to his teammates, asking them, "Do you want to go for it? Let's go!"

Baltimore called a timeout and dialed up a brilliant play-call on the decisive down. Lined up in a heavy, three tight end formation, Jackson took a direct snap eight yards, not just getting the first down but also finding the end zone to give the Ravens the lead.

The touchdown would put the Ravens ahead for good, as they left Seattle with an impressive, 30-16 road victory.

 At 5-2, Baltimore is sitting comfortably in first place in the AFC North, as they have a well-timed bye week before playing host to the undefeated Patriots in two weeks.