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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: WR D.K. Metcalf, Marquise Brown reportedly set to visit Ravens for pre-draft visit

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: WR D.K. Metcalf, Marquise Brown reportedly set to visit Ravens for pre-draft visit

April 15 means it's dreaded Tax Day, but for the Baltimore Ravens it also means the start of offseason programs.

As the guys get to work preparing for the 2019 season, here's the latest Ravens news: 

Player/Team Notes: 

1. 2018 first-round pick Hayden Hurst feels he was "just average" his rookie season. After undergoing foot surgery during the preseason, the tight end only had 18 receptions for 163 yards and one touchdown in 2018. While he has goals of his own, the 25-year-old believes the Ravens are going to have a better offense in 2019 with quarterback Lamar Jackson getting a full offseason as the team's leader under his belt. 

2. Before signing a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams, quarterback Blake Bortles had a scheduled visit with the Ravens, according to the QB himself on the Pardon My Take podcast. Bortles ended up signing with the Rams before he could even visit Baltimore, and the Ravens eventually gave 2018 backup Robert Griffin III a two-year deal. 

3. With offseason workout programs beginning Monday, the Ravens are also expected to host several top-30 pre-draft visits within the coming week, according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. Wide receivers D.K. Metcalf and Marquise Brown are among the group. 


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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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.

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