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Key 2019 offseason dates for the Baltimore Ravens

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Key 2019 offseason dates for the Baltimore Ravens

Sadly, the offseason is here for the Baltimore Ravens.

After a lively 2018-19 season that included a new starting quarterback and a postseason appearance for the first time in three season, we must now look ahead to Ravens football in 2019.

Here are a few important dates to mark on your calendars.

January 27:  NFL Pro Bowl

Guard Marshal Lynda, safety Eric Waddle and linebacker CJ. Mosley will be representing the Ravens at this year's Pro Bowl. The annual AFC vs. NFC showdown will take place at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fl on the Eth at 3:00 p.m.. ET.

February 2: Pro Football Hall of Fame 2019 class announced 

This will be a very important day for former safety Ed Reed as he waits to hear if he will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The announcement comes one day prior to Super Bowl LIII during the NFL Honors award ceremony. 

February 4: Waiver system begins

February 19: First day to designate franchise or transition tag players

February 26-March 4: NFL Scouting Combine

This will be the front office's first glance at draft prospects. 

March 5: 4 p.m. ET deadline to designate franchise or transition tag players

March 11-13: Teams are allowed to contact and negotiate with agents of players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents at 4 p.m. ET.

QB Robert Griffin III, RB Ty Montgomery, RB Javorius Allen, TE Nick Boyle, TE Maxx Williams, WR John Brown, DL Brent Urban, OLB Terrell Suggs, OLB Za'Darius Smith and ILB C.J. Mosley are all set to become unrestricted free agents. 

March 13: Start of 2019 league year, free agency and trading period beings at 4 p.m. ET.

March 24-27: Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, Az.

April 15: Voluntary OTA's may begin 

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

RB Alex Collins, DL Michael Pierce, ILB Patrick Onwuasor and CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste are all restricted free agents 

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get long-term deal done with designated franchise tag player

Mid July: Training camp begins

August 1: Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Oh. 

August 1-4: Hall of Fame Weekend, Canton, Oh.

August 6: Deadline for players under contract to report to earn an accrued season for free agency

August 31: 4 p.m. ET deadline for final 53-man roster

September 5, 8-9: Week 1 of the regular season

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Lamar Jackson reacts to Madden 21 rating: ‘I wish it was better’

Madden 21 released a few ratings of top players in this year’s game, and to no one’s surprise, Lamar Jackson is perhaps the game’s most fun player.

Jackson is the game’s fastest quarterback with a 96 speed rating, paired with a 95 overall throw on the run rating, as well as a 94 rating for throwing under pressure. His throw power is 10th in the game at 92 overall.

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But Jackson did take a little exception to his overall rating, which is a 94 -- good for the third best quarterback in the game behind Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson.

“I wish it was better,” Jackson said Monday evening on SportsCenter. “But hey, it’s better than it was last year. I guess we can roll with it till the season starts.”

Jackson, the cover athlete for this year’s game, started last year’s game at just a 76 overall.

Jackson wishes his rating was a little better this year due to his improvement from his rookie season to his second year in the league.

“I just think I did better than last year,” Jackson said. “I did a lot more than people expected, and our team did.”

As for what Jackson guessed his rating would be before the big reveal?

“At least 96, 97 probably,” Jackson had said.

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Baltimore Ravens rookie J.K Dobbins may have been the fifth running back taken in the 2020 NFL Draft but he’s No. 1 in the eyes of EA Sports' Madden NFL 21. In the newest rankings, Madden has the former Ohio State star as the highest-rated rookie running back in this year's edition. 

Dobbins, who earned a 75 overall rating leads the pack followed by Kansas City Chiefs’ Clyde Edwards-Helaire (74), Detroit Lions’ D’Andre Swift (74), and Indianapolis Colts’ Jonathan Taylor (73). All were selected before Dobbins in April's draft. Over three seasons at OSU, Dobbins rushed for 4,459 yards and 38 touchdowns. His speed, power and versatility as a runner and receiver in the backfield earned him this rating, but we’ll see if he lives up to being “best in class” this upcoming season.

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