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Five storylines to watch heading into Ravens training camp

Five storylines to watch heading into Ravens training camp

Ravens training camp is only days away and things are heating up in Baltimore. Sophomore Lamar Jackson has been given the keys to the offense while head coach John Harbaugh confronts a roster filled with new faces.

Some have the Ravens penciled in the playoffs, while others see them as a six-win team. With so much up in the air, so here are the most important storylines set to unfold heading into training camp. 

What to expect from Lamar Jackson

By far the biggest storyline of training camp, everyone is wondering how Lamar Jackson will fare this season. Set out to prove he's not a one-trick-pony, Jackson's been working to improve his accuracy and pocket awareness while learning new coordinator Greg Roman's offensive scheme. Jackson is undoubtedly the biggest factor for the Ravens' success this season. 

Looking different defensively

Terrell Suggs. Eric Weddle. C.J. Mosley. All three of them Pro-Bowlers a year ago, all three left in the offseason. One of the top defenses in the NFL last season, coordinator Don Martindale has a lot on his plate. With the addition of All-Pro Earl Thomas, however, they've got a chance to return to form. 

Rookie wide receivers to have a major impact

After undergoing Lisfranc surgery in February, wide receiver Marquise "Hollywood" Brown is on the non-football injury list to start training camp. Brown's speed and playmaking ability command respect from the defense even when hampered and Miles Boykin, the third-round pick out of Notre Dame, is also expected to contribute off the bat for a team desperate for depth at receiver. 

Replacing Suggs and Smith

After letting go of Suggs and Za'Darius Smith last offseason, the Ravens have to replace 15.5 sacks if they want to remain a top defense in the NFL. Linebackers Tim Williams, Tyus Bowser and Matt Judon will all have to step up, while the secondary, headlined by Jimmy Smith and Marlon Humphrey, will have the opportunity to contribute with coverage sacks. 

Feeling right at tight end

Perhaps their deepest position, the Ravens are going to look to their tight ends frequently this season. Hopefully, Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst (health provided) can continue to develop chemistry with fellow sophomore Lamar Jackson. Throw Nick Boyle into the equation, and the Ravens have one of the top tight end units in the NFL. 

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Ravens vs. Rams schedule: Time, TV Channel, Live stream

Ravens vs. Rams schedule: Time, TV Channel, Live stream

We're approaching the final quarter of the NFL regular season, and the Ravens are heading out west to face the Rams on Monday Night Football. Los Angeles is 3-2 at home, while Baltimore is 4-1 on the road. 

Two offensive powerhouses looking to redefine gridiron offense will faceoff at the Coliseum as veteran safety Eric Weddle faces his former team of three seasons for the first time since signing with Los Angeles after being released from the Ravens in March with one more year on his contract.

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Ravens vs. Rams: How to watch

What: Week 11 of the NFL regular season

Who: Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Rams

Where: LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA

When: Monday, Nov. 25, at 8:15 p.m.

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: Stream on FuboTV 

Radio: WBAL New Radio 1090, 98Rock and 101.5 FM

Weather: 60°F , clear skies

RAVENS 2019 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE:

Week 1: Sun., 9/8 at Dolphins, 1:00 p.m. (W, 59-10)

Week 2: Sun., 9/15 vs. Cardinals, 1:00 p.m. (W, 23-17)

Week 3: Sun., 9/22 at Chiefs. 1:00 p.m. (L, 33-28)

Week 4: Sun., 9/29 vs. Browns, 1:00 p.m. (L, 40-25)

Week 5: Sun., 10/6 at Steelers, 1:00 p.m. (W (OT), 26-23)

Week 6: Sun., 10/13 vs. Bengals, 1:00 p.m. (W, 23-17)

Week 7: Sun., 10/20 at Seahawks, 4:25 p.m. (W, 30-16)

Week 8: BYE week

Week 9: Sun., 11/3 vs. Patriots, 8:20 p.m. (W, 37-20)

Week 10:  Sun., 11/10 at Bengals, 1:00 p.m. (W, 49-13)

Week 11: Sun., 11/17 vs. Texans, 1:00 p.m. (W, 41-7)

Week 12: Mon., 11/25 at Rams, 8:15 p.m.

Week 13: Sun., 12/1 vs. 49ers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 14: Sun., 12/8 at Bills, 1:00 p.m.

Week 15: Thu., 12/12 vs. Jets, 8:20 p.m.

Week 16: Sun., 12/22 at Browns, 1:00 p.m.

Week 17: Sun., 12/29 vs. Steelers, 1:00 p.m.

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Ravens lead all teams in Pro Bowl votes, but still have bigger aspirations

Ravens lead all teams in Pro Bowl votes, but still have bigger aspirations

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The unique aspect of the Pro Bowl is that no player on a contending team actually wants to play in the game. 

That’s the position the Ravens are in, as they top the league with six players on the roster currently leading in Pro Bowl voting. 

Quarterback Lamar Jackson, fullback Patrick Ricard, tackle Orlando Brown Jr., guard Marshal Yanda, kicker Justin Tucker and cornerback Marcus Peters all lead their position groups in voting. 

Jackson leads all vote-getters by nearly 30,000 votes, ahead of second-place quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

But the Ravens, while flattered by the voting, aren’t ready to concern themselves with the Pro Bowl.

“Yes, I've seen it, but I'm not really worried about the Pro Bowl voting or Pro Bowl,” Jackson said. “I'm trying to win games. That's all I can say. I'm trying to win, trying to get to the Super Bowl. Pro Bowl, if it comes, it comes, but I want to go to the Super Bowl. That's my goal.”

Jackson is currently an MVP candidate in an apparent two-quarterback race between Russell Wilson and him. 

Ricard, Brown and Yanda are part of perhaps the NFL’s best offense, while Tucker has missed just one field goal and one extra point all season. Peters has two defensive touchdowns in four games with the Ravens.

“Obviously it's a blessing, but what's important to me is making it to the Super Bowl,” Brown said. “And obviously, that's a long way away. I understand that individual accolades come with winning, but ultimately, I want to do what's best for this franchise and this team and bring home a Super Bowl.”

Since the Pro Bowl is played the weekend before the Super Bowl, players on Super Bowl teams don’t participate in the game. 

So while the Ravens might add to their list of six with players like Mark Andrews, Marlon Humphrey and Ronnie Stanley, the goal is to have them not play at all.

“I think at the end of the day it’s cool, it’s definitely cool for guys to be getting voted in,” Andrews said. “I think it speaks to the team, it speaks for everybody in the locker room being able to play. It’s a team game. For me, I think it’d be awesome to be voted to the Pro Bowl, no doubt about it. But at the end of the day, there’s only one goal in my mind and that’s to win a Super Bowl.”

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