Here is the latest Baltimore Ravens news to get your week started.
1. The Ravens took home the AFC North division title for the first time in five years in 2018, but Vegas is predicting a new leader in 2019. BetOnline.AG posted their gambling lines for all 32 teams' win totals and have the Ravens' over/under at eight wins and finishing third in the AFC North. The Browns top the list at nine wins, followed by the Steelers at 8.5. The Ravens' eight predicted wins have them ninth in the AFC.
2. Former linebacker C.J. Mosley made his first public comments on Friday since signing with the Jets in free agency, and it's clear he will be bringing his leadership from the Ravens over to the Jets.
“You’re calling the plays out, you’re the mike, so you’re definitely the quarterback,” Mosley said via the Ravens website. “Not to throw any shade or disrespect to the players that’ve been here. But when you get paid that kind of money and get put on that pedestal, you know what kind of position you’re in. Lucky for me, I might change teams, I might change cities, but I’m still the same player. I’m excited to prove to my new teammates and my new staff and fans that I’m ready to come out here and win.”
3. There's a new currency in Baltimore thanks to safeties Earl Thomas and Tony Jefferson, aka Thomas Jefferson.
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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Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including how quarterback Lamar Jackson has fared during OTAs.
1. Following a January surgery on his left ankle, safety Tony Jefferson remains sidelined after the first week of OTAs. Originally, Jefferson was expected to return 4-6 weeks after surgery. However, now that it's 5 months later, his return timetable is becoming more and more concerning.
2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson spoke with Ravens media Thursday about his progress not only learning the new offense implemented by Offensive Coordinator, Greg Roman, but learning the names of his new teammates as well. After another day of OTAs, Jackson was his biggest critic despite a solid day of running plays namely passing drills. “I’d say my first day, I sucked,” Jackson said to Ravens media. “Second day, I did better. Today was alright, but it could have been better. I always try to be perfect in practice. It was alright for the first week.”
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.
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Former Carolina Panthers' star receiver Steve Smith spoke in front of a crowd of over 400 people at the fifth annual Wake up for Wellness breakfast that was sponsored by Mental Health America of Central Carolinas.
The 16-year veteran and current NFL Network analyst touched on the importance of seeking help for bouts with depression and spoke of battles that he has faced with the disease.
“On the outside you’ll see a tough exterior. But on the inside, I’m just broken or I believe even more broken than the average man. ... Because when the stadium goes dark and the cheers stop, you’re still looking for that pat on the back,” Smith said. “Throughout my whole career, I struggled with that.”
Smith discussed that in the beginning, he was so concerned about the stigma regarding mental health, that he opted for the professional to meet him for housecalls, and as time passed he realized the importance of speaking up.
“I started to realize that I’m not broken,” he said. “I’m not being sent back to the manufacturer ... I get up every morning and figure it out.”
Smith's comments on the issue came to light just a day after the NFL and NFLPA announced new legislation that focuses on mental well being.
The newly formed Comprehensive Mental Health and Wellness Committee will develop programs for members of the NFL in addition to collaborating with local and national mental health and suicide prevention organizations. Each team will be mandated to retain a Behavioral Health Team Clinician for assistance that will be required to be available to players at the individual team facilities for at least 8-12 hours per week and must conduct mandatory mental health education sessions for players and coaching staff.
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