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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Why Mark Ingram acquisition could have bigger impact in AFC North than Odell Bekcham Jr. trade

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Why Mark Ingram acquisition could have bigger impact in AFC North than Odell Bekcham Jr. trade

This story was updated from a previous publishing

Here is the latest news surrounding the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, April 8.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. The Browns' trade for wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. shook the AFC North and was quite possibly the biggest trade of 2019 free agency. However, NFL Network's Tom Blair believes the Ravens' addition of running back Mark Ingram could be the difference in whether or not the Ravens hold off the Browns to defend their AFC North title.

"He's joining a Baltimore offense that, in 2018, posted 1,607 rushing yards from Week 11 to Week 17, the most rushing yards from a team's 10th game to its 16th in any season since the NFL expanded to 16-game slates in 1978," Blair said. "And that was with running backs like Gus Edwards and Alex Collins (since released following an arrest) splitting most of the carries that didn't go to Lamar Jackson. Whatever John Harbaugh and new offensive coordinator Greg Roman are cooking up for Jackson's sophomore campaign, Ingram will likely play a key role. Ultimately, depending on how things shake out, this acquisition could help determine whether or not Baltimore is able to hold off the Browns and defend its AFC North title."

2. Wide receiver Seth Roberts officially signed his one-year deal with the Ravens Monday, and despite Lamar Jackson's run-heavy style of play being viewed as a turnoff to potential receivers, Roberts told The Lounge podcast that playing alongside the second-year QB attracted him to Baltimore. 

"I like Lamar," Roberts said. "I like his style of game and I'm real happy to be apart of that offense. Like you said, energy. His style of play. He wants it. He makes it happen. He can get up and down the field. He can run. He can throw. I like that. I like his game."

3. After giving up his No. 29 jersey to safety Earl Thomas, cornerback Marlon Humphrey has decided on a new jersey number. The cornerback will now rock No. 44 for the Ravens. 44 is the same number his father, Bobby Humphrey, wore at the end of his career with the Dolphins.


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 add to interior offensive line and claim Hroniss Grasu; waive Zach Sieler 

Ravens add to interior offensive line and claim Hroniss Grasu; waive Zach Sieler 

Just two weeks after Matt Skura’s season-ending injury and a short stint with Jake Brendel, the Ravens made another move for the interior of their offensive line. 

According to a report from Field Yates, the Ravens claimed Hroniss Grasu, a center, off waivers from the Titans.

In a corresponding move, the team waived Zach Sieler, according to Jamison Hensley.

Grasu was a third-round pick of the Chicago Bears in 2015, where he spent three seasons. He later joined the Ravens in 2018, where he played three games before his release. After a quick stint in Miami, he joined the Titans, where he was on-and-off the roster until his release on Tuesday. 

The former Oregon Duck has played in 17 career games and made 13 careers starts. 

In order to make room, the Ravens had to waive Sieler, a defensive tackle selected in the seventh round in 2018. He was Ozzie Newsome’s final pick as general manager.

Sieler spent time early in the season on the Ravens practice squad before making his season debut against the Steelers. He registered three tackles in four games.

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2019 NFL Playoff Picture: Who to root for in Week 14 if you are a Baltimore Ravens fan

2019 NFL Playoff Picture: Who to root for in Week 14 if you are a Baltimore Ravens fan

Things are shaping up nicely for the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Playoff Picture. They are winning, the Patriots are losing, the Steelers are on their third-string quarterback and the Browns are imploding for what seems like the 20th time this season.

It is a good time to be a Ravens fan - aside from just Lamar Jackson being the future of your organization. 

Unlike most other fanbases in the NFL right now, Baltimore fans have the leverage to worry about seeding and not whether or not they'll make the playoffs. A victory in Week 14 gives them a playoff spot. Add in a Pittsburgh loss or tie and then they also win the AFC North. Both are really foregone conclusions. 

Attention now turns on getting a crucial first-round bye and also home-field advantage in the AFC. As things currently stand, Baltimore is the top team in the conference, holding the head-to-head tiebreaker over the New England Patriots. 

Ideally for Baltimore fans, the Ravens win out. If they do that there are no concerns and the AFC's path to the Super Bowl goes through Baltimore. These things are easier said than done though.

Several teams could help the Ravens in their quest to that No. 1 seed in the AFC. Right now they stand at 10-2 and here is how their playoff picture pans out:

Here are the teams in the playoff picture in the AFC that the Ravens hold a tiebreaker over:

-New England Patriots (10-2)
-Houston Texans (8-4)

Here are the tiebreakers which the Ravens have lost:

-Kansas City Chiefs (8-4)

With these tiebreakers still up in the air:

-Buffalo Bills (9-3)
-Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5)
-Tennessee Titans (7-5)
-Oakland Raiders (6-6)
-Indianapolis Colts (6-6)

Ravens Week 14 Rooting Guide

Baltimore Ravens (10-2) vs. Buffalo Bills (9-3)
Sunday, Dec. 8 at 1:00 p.m.

Of course, Ravens fans are rooting for their own team here. But this game is more critical than it may appear. Buffalo has a legitimate shot at winning the AFC East and passing the Patriots. If so, this game might determine which team is going to have home-field in the AFC.

Ravens need to win this game for multiple reasons. Root for the Ravens.

Denver Broncos (4-8) vs. Houston Texans (8-4)
Sunday, Dec. 8 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Denver has a crazy outside shot of making the playoffs. No chance though of catching the Ravens. Root for the Broncos.

Indianapolis Colts (6-6) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-7)
Sunday, Dec. 8 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Technically the Colts could pass the Ravens in either the division champs standings or in the Wild Card if something crazy happens. Keep it safe and root for the Buccaneers.

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5) vs. Arizona Cardinals (3-8-1)
Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4:25 p.m. ET

Somehow, the pesky Steelers are still in the race for the AFC North. The kibosh can be put on that notion with a Ravens win and Steelers loss. On the flip side, if the Ravens lose and the Steelers win, Pittsburgh is two games back for the division. Root for the Cardinals.

Kansas City Chiefs (8-4) vs. New England Patriots (10-2)
Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4:25 p.m. ET

Fortunately, the Ravens game will be over before this game transpires. Since the Chiefs have the tiebreaker over the Ravens, the need to stay far, far away from Baltimore in the standings.

The closer Kansas City gets, the more likely they can get a bye. Their schedule also is super favorable (vs. Broncos, at Bears, vs. Chargers). Then again, it's New England and life is better when the Patriots lose.

If the Ravens win, root for the Chiefs. If the Ravens lose, yes, root for the Patriots.

Tennessee Titans (7-5) vs. Oakland Raiders (6-6)
Sunday, Dec. 8, 4:25 p.m. ET

Both these teams are not within earshot of the Ravens but technically can still pass them. Neither should be a concern, but rooting for the Raiders ensures that no team is within three games of the Ravens with three weeks to go. 

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