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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 make stadium lights red, white and blue to honor front-line workers

Ravens make stadium lights red, white and blue to honor front-line workers

Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Ravens shifted from their signature purple stadium lights to show the front-line workers how much they appreciate what they're doing.

The incredible gesture is just one of many by the organization.

The Ravens and The Stephen and Renee Bisciotti Foundation combined to support four non-profits and have donated $1 million to help aid the fight against coronavirus, the team revealed in a statement on March 20. 

The four organizations are the Fund for Educational Excellence, the United Way of Central Maryland, the Baltimore Community Foundation and the Maryland Food Bank.

"We want to help those in our community who are most affected by the COVID-19 crisis," Ravens president Dick Cass said, according to a statement through the team. "We chose to donate through these four organizations because we are confident they will apply our funds quickly and directly to people in need.”

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Derek Wolfe always wanted to be a Raven — now he gets his chance

Derek Wolfe always wanted to be a Raven — now he gets his chance

New Ravens defensive lineman Derek Wolfe has wanted to be a Raven at three separate times during his career. 

The first time was before he was drafted in 2012 when he thought the Ravens might pick him. The second time was before the trade deadline in the 2019 season, when he debated asking Broncos general manager John Elway for a trade to Baltimore. 

The third time was the charm. After the Ravens’ signing of Michael Brockers fell through, they moved quickly to sign Wolfe to a one-year contract. 

“I'm extremely happy,” Wolfe said. “Everything happens for a reason. When things are supposed to happen, they do, and I always felt like I would fit into that organization really well.”

Wolfe thought he’d missed his chance to be a Raven when the signing of Brocks was announced at the beginning of free agency. After the deal wasn’t completed, though, he and his agent moved quickly to get him to Baltimore. 

Once a deal looked possible with the Ravens, Wolfe’s only focus was to get to Baltimore by any means necessary.

“I said, ‘I really don't care about the money,’” Wolfe said he told his agent. “‘At this point, I just want to get on that team. That's the team I want to get on, I want to be on.’

Wolfe’s contract is worth $3 million guaranteed, though he’s eying a bit longer of a stay in Baltimore.

“I feel like if I can come in there and prove myself, then they'll extend me for a few years, and I could be a part of the organization for more than just one year,” Wolfe said. “I'm just going to stick to the plan and trust the process and hope that it all works out for me,” Wolfe said. “I really would love to bring another ring to the city – help bring a ring to the city.”

He’s coming off a career season in Denver where he registered seven sacks in 12 games — a year that was cut short because of a dislocated elbow. 

Injuries have been a bit of a bugaboo for Wolfe, who has played 16 games in a season just three times in his eight-year career and just once in the last five years. While the past isn’t kind to Wolfe’s injury history, he’s confident he’s turned a corner when it comes to health. 

“It's been a bumpy road, but for the most part I've actually been pretty healthy,” Wolfe explained. “These injuries just come...It was the same injury that was nagging, and I finally got that surgery that cleared it up. I dislocated my elbow, obviously, having the best season of my career, showing that I have a ton of football left, and then I go out there and dislocate my elbow. And I think that hurt me.”

Not only confident about his health, but he’s also got high hopes for his new defensive line, too. 

“It was just like, ‘You know what, man? I think we can have the best defensive line in the league, for sure, and we could break records,” Wolfe said. “We could break the rushing record – yards per rush, stuff like that.’ Those are the kind of goals that I like to set.”

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