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John Harbaugh concerned about potential hackers during virtual draft

John Harbaugh concerned about potential hackers during virtual draft

John Harbaugh is confident in the Ravens’ ability, as an organization, to manage the quarantine and go through as normal of an off-season as possible. 

His confidence in the off-season technology they’ll be using, however, is not as high. 

With members of the Ravens’ front office confined to their homes from now until the NFL Draft on April 23, they’ve had to adjust accordingly with virtual meetings and scouting sessions. 

Harbaugh has been assured by the IT department that they’ll be safe from any problems.

“My level of involvement has been every time I read something in The Wall Street Journal or New York Times that talks about how messed up Zoom is or some of these other deals that came out this morning, I immediately text it to our IT people,” Harbaugh said. 

The Ravens have been using the popular video conferencing site Zoom for their pre-draft meetings. 

“I’ve got some real concerns about that, and hopefully we’ll be okay,” Harbaugh said. “It’s kind of like that. We’ll see what happens. I really wouldn’t want the opposing coaches to have our playbook or our draft meetings. That would be preferable, if we can stay away from that.” 

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General manager Eric DeCosta, though, is a bit more confident than the head coach is.

“I have more confidence in Zoom than I do in Ozzie (Newsome), John, (owner Steve (Bisciotti) and team president Dick (Cass), with a copy of our draft board that they just leave in the car on their front seat or something like that,” DeCosta joked.

While the Ravens are focused on a virtual world as it relates to the NFL Draft, off-season workouts aren’t far behind. 

From there, the Ravens are waiting for word from the NFL on what their program over the summer could look like. That includes contingencies for both in-person and at-home workouts.

“I think it's up in the air just like it is with everything else with this situation,” Harbaugh said. “We've been told possibilities. We're kind of preparing for all that. The new CBA changes up some of the rules as far as what you're allowed to send them in their playbooks, some of the video teaching overlays, talk-overs and things like that.”

Harbaugh ensured they’ll be ready for any situation, but just like the rest of the NFL, and the country, the Ravens are playing a waiting game for what’s next.

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Current and former Ravens react to George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minnesota

Current and former Ravens react to George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minnesota

Prominent current and former Ravens players spoke out Wednesday after videos and pictures spread on social media of a Minneapolis police officer with his knee on the neck of a black man, identified as George Floyd, on Monday. 

Floyd, who said he couldn’t breathe while the officer’s knee was on his neck, was killed. The four officers involved, including Derek Chauvin, the officer whose knee suffocated Floyd, were fired.

Riots in Minnesota broke out, as a nationwide cry for justice occurred.

“It’s something that obviously it’s pretty easy to see what’s happening,” Ronnie Stanley said Wednesday on a conference call with local media. “Hopefully justice prevails in this case. It’s really sad to see. I really feel bad for him, his family and his loved ones. I’m keeping them in my prayers.”

Safety Earl Thomas posted a picture to Instagram with the caption, ‘Being black in America is exhausting.’ 

Former wide receiver Torrey Smith tweeted multiple times in the past 24 hours about the incident. 

Current Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence posted that he was, “done being quiet and done being angry.”

Other sports figures posted as well, including LeBron James, who posted a photo of Chauvin and Colin Kaepernick side-by-side.

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Ravens, Torrey Smith surprise seven local students with $20K scholarships

Ravens, Torrey Smith surprise seven local students with $20K scholarships

Former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith recently delivered $20K college scholarships to seven local high school seniors, on behalf of the Ravens.

In a video posted to the Ravens' Twitter account Wednesday, the students were made to think their video conference with Smith was the final interview for the scholarship. They had no idea Smith was there to present them with the news that they had already won. 

"I'm the next level boss," Smith said. "In order to get to the scholarship, you have to go through me."

Recipients were decided based on academic achievements, extracurricular participation, and community service. Here's the list of students that exemplified these skills and were pleasantly surprised Wednesday afternoon.

  • Seantia Bryant, Green Street Academy
  • Gabriella Chalker, Hereford High School
  • Kayla Gauger, Green Street Academy
  • Jada Paschall, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute High School
  • Liz Gomez-Pena, Green Street Academy
  • Jarra Omar, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute High School
  • Donaysia Torbit – Baltimore Polytechnic Institute High School

 

Smith, 31, spent four years with the Ravens, most notably helping them capture a Super Bowl in the 2012 season. Baltimore drafted the Virgina native in the second round of the 2011 draft out of the University of Maryland. He retired in 2019.

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