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The Ravens' past and present an influence on Mark Ingram and Earl Thomas's decision to sign

The Ravens' past and present an influence on Mark Ingram and Earl Thomas's decision to sign

The additions of safety Earl Thomas and running back Mark Ingram kicked off a new era of football in Baltimore, but for both, it was those already attached to the organization that attracted them to the Ravens.

"Well you look at Ed Reed, guys like Ray Lewis. I feel like that's my style of play," Thomas said on what enticed him to sign with the Ravens. "I have that type of swagger. It's a historic franchise so I definitely have an opportunity to bring my blueprint to the table." 

Thomas will have four years to make his mark on the league's No. 1 defense in 2018 and will continue to wear No. 29 thanks to cornerback Marlon Humphrey agreeing to swap with the vet.

Coming from a Seahawks defense that earned the nickname of "The Legion of Boom," the six-time Pro Bowler's game is already influenced by those who have made this defense historic. 

"I've kind of established a great relationship with Ed," Thomas said. "....but you just watch him on film, you watch how he move. Him and Troy Polamalu are probably two [people] I can emulate and close to how I play the game. So, it's just good to see how they looked at the game and try to, not be them, but just watch, and see."

Running back Mark Ingram's desire to wear purple and black had more to do about the Ravens' future than past.

"1,000 percent," Ingram said on if QB Lamar Jackson's style of play had an effect on his decision. "That was a very interesting and something that very [much] caught my attention. Just having an opportunity to be in an offense that runs the ball and Lamar, his run-pass option abilities. Just to be able to bring my game to this offense and be able to help this team, I'm excited about it and it was something that was really intriguing to me." 

Two of the best in the league at their position, Thomas is the only safety in the last decade to record 100 or more tackles, five or more interceptions and two or more forced fumbles in a single season. 

"One thing I know coming here, I know I was gonna be on a great defense," Thomas added. "Defense are gonna win you championships. That was all I needed to know."

For Ingram, who is the Saints' all-time leader in rushing touchdowns and is tied for second in Saints history in total touchdowns while ranking fifth in total yards from scrimmage (7,605), the 29-year-old feels his best years of football are still ahead of him. 

"I feel like I've got many more years of playing this game at the highest level and being one of the best in the game," Ingram added. "I had the opportunity to come here and do that with a great franchise, a great organization, some great teammates so that's what I'm looking forward to."


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Summer Guide: Top restaurants and bars to hit before or after Ravens games

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Summer Guide: Top restaurants and bars to hit before or after Ravens games

Whether you're a Ravens fan looking for a couple of drinks pre-game or a bite to eat post-game, it's important to know the local spots around M&T Bank Stadium. 

With the 2019-20 season only weeks away, it's time for a refresher of the best places to go before and after Ravens games. 

In no particular order, consider these: 

The Abbey Burger Bistro, 1041 Marshall St.

  • 0.4 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Endless burger options, insane potato fries and extensive beer menu.
  • Watch out for the spicy pickle, it's crazy hot!

Blue Moon Too, 1024 Light Street

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Best breakfast in Baltimore!
  • Perfect place to fuel up before hitting a Ravens game.

Pickles Pub, 520 Washington Blvd.

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Famous for its atmosphere before and after Orioles and Ravens games.
  • It's got great specialty sandwiches, burgers and a list of craft brews.

Shakers Fine Spirits & Wine Lounge, 737 Carroll Street

  • 0.4 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Perfect for a post-game drink.
  • Quieter ambiance, big list of mixed drinks and wines.

Spoons, 24 E. Cross Street

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Famous for their eggs and breakfast/brunch.
  • Perfect before a Ravens game.

Pratt Street Ale House, 206 W. Pratt Street

  • 0.6 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Indoor/outdoor seating with a strong beer selection.
  • Great for before or after a Ravens game.

SoBo Cafe, 6 W. Cross St

  • Famous for neighborhood comfort food like Mac n' Cheese and Chicken Pot Pie.
  • Takes reservations, perfect outing before a Sunday game.

Bookmakers Cocktail Club, 31 East Cross Street

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • 400 types of whiskey, rye, and bourbon.
  • Old-fashioned ambiance, perfect for a pre-game drink.

Fat Larry's Cheesesteaks and Hoagies, 1026 S. Charles St

  • 0.4 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Massive sandwiches to hold you down during Ravens games.
  • Referred to as a "hidden gem" by Baltimore natives.

Sliders Bar and Grill, 504 Washington Blvd.

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Deep-rooted history with the Orioles and Baltimore.
  • Great snackable food for before or after a Ravens game.
  • Down the street from Pickles Pub.



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Tavon Young could potentially be out the remainder of the season with 'serious' neck injury, Harbaugh says

Tavon Young could potentially be out the remainder of the season with 'serious' neck injury, Harbaugh says

Ravens cornerback Tavon Young could be out for the foreseeable future with a "serious" neck injury, Coach John Harbaugh told the media following the Ravens' 26-13 win over the Packers Thursday night.

The 2016 fourth-round draft pick out of Temple sustained the injury earlier in the week and missed practice and the team's Week 2 preseason win.

“Tavon has a more serious issue than we thought," Harbaugh said. "He’s got a neck issue. The doctors can explain it, but it’s a disc issue. That’s a serious injury."

The severity of Young's injury still needs to be determined by doctors, but Harbaugh said it doesn't look good.

"He could be out for the remainder of the season, we’ll know soon," Harbaugh said. "But, it doesn’t look good for Tavon.”

Once the severity of the injury is evaluated, doctors will make a determination on the best route to take for Young's healing. However, Harbaugh said that a procedure would be “probably the best thing to do."

Young's injury comes just after signing a three-year extension with the team in February.