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Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp

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Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp

Football is back in session for the Ravens.

Their rookies are set to report to the Ravens' training facility in Owings Mills, Md Wednesday. Veterans report next Wednesday, the 18th.

The team is reporting to training camp a bit earlier than most NFL teams. Due to Ray Lewis being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Aug. 4 in Canton, Oh, the Ravens will face the Chicago Bears in the annual Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 2. Teams participating are eligible to begin training camp earlier.

This rookie class is already generating national attention. While the Ravens stand by Joe Flacco as their QB1, first-round pick Lamar Jackson could cause a shakeup at some point during the season. And when it comes to much-needed offensive help, tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews could begin to provide relief. 

Third-round pick Orlando Brown Jr. begins his journey with the Ravens in a more sentimental fashion. His father, Orlando "Zeus" Brown, also played tackle for the Ravens from 1996-98 and then again from 2003-05. Brown passed away in 2011. 

Stay with NBC Sports Washington throughout the next several weeks as we keep a close eye on the Ravens' preseason. 

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Early 2018 NFL playoff odds have Ravens in similar situation

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Early 2018 NFL playoff odds have Ravens in similar situation

There's only six months until the NFL playoffs and we've got no time to waste.

OK, maybe we're getting a little ahead of ourselves but online betting site, Oddshark, released their early 2018 NFL playoff odds and the Ravens are in a similar situation as previous years.

The Ravens are sitting at +135 — tied for 13th with the San Francisco 49ers — for the best odds to play January football. This would place them in the seventh seed among AFC teams and just outside contention.

The Patriots (-1500), Steelers (-550), Chargers (-145), Jaguars (-140), Texans (-135), and Chiefs (+120) are seeded above them respectively. 

During the 2017 season, the Ravens were constantly in the hunt for the fifth or sixth seed in the AFC playoff picture. Several weeks ahead of training camp, Vegas is predicting that to be the case in 2018.

Playoff odds in July mean nothing, but considering their offseason changes, the Ravens' 2018 season should bring positive change.

They added weapons for Joe Flacco in free agents Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead and John Brown, and drafted tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews.

Then there was the late first-round draft pick of QB Lamar Jackson. Flacco remains the starter for now, but it will be interesting to see if that changes midway through the season or if they get them both on the field at the same time.

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Only one Raven makes 'NFL Top 100 Players of 2018' list

Only one Raven makes 'NFL Top 100 Players of 2018' list

The 'NFL Top 100 Players of 2018' list is out and the Ravens did not have a strong showing.

Each year players around the league rank their peers based off of their performance of the most recent NFL season.

For the second year in a row, Tom Brady tops the list at No. 1 with Steelers WR Antonio Brown behind him at No. 2. Only one Raven narrowly made the list at No. 98 and it was none other than LB C.J. Mosley.

Mosley finished the 2017-18 season with 132 combined tackles, one sack, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and one touchdown en route to his third Pro Bowl. 

Linebackers Bruce Irvin, Thomas Davis, Telvin Smith, Ryan Shazier, Bobby Wagner, Luke Kuechly and Von Miller all ranked above Mosley respectively.

The Ravens' 2017-18 season came up short of a success after missing the playoffs for the third consecutive season in a Week 17 loss to the Buffalo Bills, but it is interested that fellow defensive leaders didn't make the cut.

In his 15th season, Terrell Suggs racked up 49 tackles, 11 sacks and four forced fumble while leading a Ravens defense that ranked sixth in points per game (18.9) and tenth in passing yards (213.8).

Fellow teammate, Tony Jefferson isn't too happy about the lack of Ravens defensive presence on the list. 

Eric Weddle finished the 2017-18 season with 63 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles and six interceptions while making his fifth Pro Bowl appearance. 

Weddle, however, is sensing the 2019 list will look much different for the Ravens.

With the departure of defensive coordinator Dean Pees, linebackers coach Don 'Wink' Martindale will step into the role giving a lot of instinctive control to Mosley, Suggs and Weddle

While a lot of change could be coming to the Ravens offense, the defense will remain steady bringing a great opportunity for their guys to impress their peers during the 2018-19 season. 

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