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Which Ravens will follow in Ray Lewis' steps and be inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

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Which Ravens will follow in Ray Lewis' steps and be inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

Ray Lewis will have his football legacy sealed when he's enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. 

The first-year ballot inductee will join Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens players in franchise history to receive their gold jackets.

That list is destined to grow, and when it does, whose names will be added to the list of legends? Let's look at a few players who are worthy of consideration. 

Ed Reed

The Ravens selected Reed in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft, and he would go on to play 11 seasons with the organization. During those 11 seasons, he was voted to the Pro Bowl nine times, was a five-time First-Team All-Pro and started 159 of 160 games. 

On the field, Reed had 61 interceptions for 1,541 yards and seven touchdowns. In addition, the safety raked up 11 forced fumbles and 13 fumbles recovered for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Not to forget a Super Bowl XLVII championship.

Reed will become eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2019, and is expected to be a first-year ballot inductee. He currently owns the two longest pick-sixes in NFL history at 107 and 106 yards. It will not be long before Reed is joining his fellow Miami Hurricane and Ravens defensive star in the Hall of Fame. 

Terrell Suggs

Drafted in 2003 by the Ravens in the first round, Suggs' play has yet to diminish, even at 35 years old. In 15 seasons, the linebacker has been voted to seven Pro Bowls, a First-Team All-Pro in 2011, AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2003 and has started 197 of 213 games.

Entering the 2018 season, Suggs has seven interceptions for 144 yards and two touchdowns, 32 forced fumbles, 125.5 sacks and 576 tackles. With a Super Bowl win under his belt, he continues to be the heart of the Ravens defense. Suggs has no plans for retirement, but when the time eventually comes to call it a career he could very well be a first-year ballot inductee. 

Steve Smith Sr.

Smith Sr. only spent three seasons with the Ravens before retiring, but considering the bad blood he has with the Carolina Panthers when they let him go after 13 seasons, he would likely be enshrined as a Raven. 

Over a 16-year career, the wide receiver played in 219 games racking up 1,031 receptions for 14,731 yards and 81 touchdowns. He also rushed for 387 yards and two touchdowns earning him five Pro Bowl honors.

Just in 2005, Smith Sr. was the NFL's leader in receiving touchdowns, yards and receptions leading him to win Comeback Player of the Year. Known for taunting players with his "Ice up, son" motto, Smith is the Panthers' all-time leader in touchdowns, receptions and receiving yard. In 2016 when he retired, the then 37-year old ranked 7th on the NFL's all-time list in all-purpose yards, 7th in receiving yards, 12th in receptions and 25th in touchdown receptions. 

Jamal Lewis

Picked fifth overall in the 2000 NFL Draft, Lewis spent seven seasons with the Ravens. Over his nine-year career, the Super Bowl XXXV champion appeared in 131 games rushing for 10,607 yards and 58 touchdowns. 

A combination of unstoppable speed and power, Lewis had his best career year in 2003 where he set the all-time record for rushing yards in one game and went on to win AP Offensive Player of the Year. 

Marshal Yanda

Drafted by the Ravens in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft, Yanda has emerged as one of the best offensive linemen in the league. Over the last 12 years, he's won a Super Bowl, is a six-time Pro Bowler, two-time First-Team All-Pro and has started 135 of 146 games. 

During the 2014, '15 and '16 seasons, Yanda was named a top-ranked guard by Pro Football Focus and was ranked 37th in the NFL's Top 100 Players of 2016. While he missed the 2017 season with a broken ankle, the 33-year old is making a strong case for one of the best to ever do it. 

Haloti Ngata

The Ravens' first-round pick in 2006, Ngata spent nine seasons with the Ravens where he started 133/135 games and was named to five Pro Bowl rosters. While in the purple and black, he put up 25.5 sacks, 282 tackles, 167 assists and five interceptions for 84 yards. The defensive tackle also had six forced fumbles and five fumbles recovered for 28 yards and one touchdown. 

Ngata was undoubtedly a fan favorite during his time with the Ravens and continues to instill fear in quarterbacks around the league. 

Justin Tucker

The once undrafted free agent has gone on to become the most accurate kicker in NFL history. 

Since making the Ravens' 53-man roster back in 2012, Tucker has made 90.2 percent of his field goal attempts, is 59 of 65 from 40-49 yards and 33 of 47 from 50+ yards. His longest in career history is 61-yards. Tucker has also made 100 percent of the Ravens' extra point attempts. 

In 2016, JT became the ninth kicker in NFL history to kick three 50+ field goals in a single game and is the first kicker in NFL history to kick a field goal from 20-, 30-, 40-, 50- and 60-yards in a single game. 

On top of being a two-time Pro Bowler, he is the fastest kicker in NFL history to make 100 field goals and to reach the 500-point milestone.


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Ravens not counting on having LB C.J. Mosley vs. Broncos on Sunday

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Ravens not counting on having LB C.J. Mosley vs. Broncos on Sunday

BALTIMORE -- Coming off a long weekend following their first loss of the season, the Baltimore Ravens have implemented a contingency plan for moving forward without three-time Pro Bowl linebacker C.J. Mosley.

Mosley bruised his left knee Thursday night in a 34-23 defeat at Cincinnati. Although the fifth-year standout receives a few extra days to recover, it's unlikely he will ready for Sunday's game against unbeaten Denver.

"It isn't a structural issue. That's good news," coach John Harbaugh said Monday. "We'll just see how that thing comes along and keep our fingers crossed."

Rookie linebacker Kenny Young and Patrick Onwuasor played the position after Mosley left in the first quarter. Though the Ravens tightened up defensively in the second half, they yielded touchdowns on four straight series after Mosley's departure.

"It definitely seemed like things were a little bit scrambled when you lose a guy like that," cornerback Marlon Humphrey said. "Just him being out there makes everything smoother."

To help fill the void, the Ravens on Monday signed Albert McClellan , who played six years for Baltimore before being cut on Sept. 1.

McClellan missed all of last year with a knee injury but has 90 games of NFL experience, all with the Ravens.

"Albert is a very good football player. He knows everything we do," Harbaugh said. "He gives us a lot on special teams and can play middle linebacker. I would say he kind of solidifies in there a little bit, having so many young players in the group."

To make room for McClellan, the Ravens placed cornerback Maurice Canady on injured reserve with a thigh injury. Harbaugh said it's not a season-ending injury, and it's possible that Canady could return later in the season.

Mosley led the Ravens last year with a career-high 132 tackles and is in charge of calling the plays on defense. That role has been handed to safety Eric Weddle.

Young appears in position to make his first NFL start. Selected out of UCLA in the fourth round of the NFL draft, the 23-year-old Young made a favorable impression before his making seven tackles last week in Cincinnati.

"He's going a great job. We're real happy with him," Harbaugh said. "He's very smart, very studious, very conscientious. I think his learning curb is steep."

After beating Buffalo 47-3 in the opener, the Ravens (1-1) took a huge step back last week. The Bengals led 28-7 in the second quarter and cruised to the finish.

Following a short week, the Ravens enjoyed a rare weekend that did not involve playing football.

"Yeah, that's valuable to have that, as far as recovery and things like that, and study," Harbaugh said.

It also provided the team some extra time to get over the Cincinnati game.

"You just can't beat yourself up too much because if you do, that just takes you in a downward path," Harbaugh said. "What it's going to boil down to in the end is, who's mentally tougher over the long haul? You've got to keep grinding."

There are plenty of unbeaten teams remaining, including the Broncos, but Harbaugh believes it's way too early to start identifying the best clubs in the league.

"Nobody in the NFL is a good football team yet," he said. "It remains to be seen who the good football teams are, and that's what we've got to try to become."

Harbaugh said tight end Hayden Hurst (foot) and defensive tackle Willie Henry (abdomen) won't practice this week.


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Ravens Week 2 Player of the Game: WR John Brown


Ravens Week 2 Player of the Game: WR John Brown

Coming off a strong Week 1 performance, the Ravens marched into Cincinnati for Week 2 and put up a dud.

The defense struggled immediately without C.J. Mosley, and Joe Flacco and the offense saw their share of unfortunate turnovers. 

While there was much to be concerned about in their 34-23 loss, one Raven that brought a high to a mainly low night was offseason addition John Brown.

Brown's night was highlighted by an insane 21-yard touchdown that put the Ravens within five in the fourth quarter. Prior to that, Flacco connected with the wide receiver for a 45-yard completion on third down. 'Smoke' also drew a 30-yard penalty that helped set up a touchdown, finishing his night with four catches for 92 yards.

The connection between Flacco and Brown was apparent throughout training camp, and in two games, the 28-year-old has become a trusted target. He currently leads the Ravens with 136 yards and two touchdowns and his 19.43-yard average is well above his fellow receivers. The speed he possess makes it difficult for defenses to keep up, and if Brown can stay healthy, he could be the consistent deep-threat the team's been looking for for years. 

 “I’m satisfied, and I did pretty good," Brown said after the Ravens' Week 1 win. "But it doesn’t stop right here.”