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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

Kick off your holiday weekend with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. One of the most obvious needs for the Ravens is help rushing the passer, and they're hoping to find some of that help on the interior in the form of free agent Gerald McCoy. The longtime Buccaneer DL visited Cleveland last week, but left town without agreeing to a contract.

Reportedly interested in playing for a contender, the former top-five pick is scheduled to visit the Ravens on Tuesday.

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson is still struggling to throw the ball, as he noted things aren't right yet when it comes to accuracy. Media members noticed the ball wobbling through the air on many throws, and Jackson told them he thinks his hand is too high on the ball. If he's going to successfully run Greg Roman's new offensive scheme, Jackson will eventually need to be able to hit his receivers in stride with greater regularity.

Looking Ahead:

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

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Ravens will avoid Patrick Peterson after star cornerback is suspended to begin 2019 season

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Ravens will avoid Patrick Peterson after star cornerback is suspended to begin 2019 season

NBC Sports Washington added to this story.

The Ravens are set to run a lot this season, but throwing the ball might come a little easier in Week 2 now.

Arizona Cardinals All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2019 season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy.

The NFL did not specify Thursday which illegal substance Peterson allegedly used.

Peterson can participate in all offseason workouts and preseason games. He will be eligible to return Oct. 14, before Arizona's game against the New York Giants.

"Patrick recognizes how disappointing this is for everyone in the organization as well as our fans," the Cardinals said in a statement. "As we all do, he understands that regardless of intent he is ultimately responsible for everything he puts in his body. Our coaching staff and our players are now aware that we will have to play the first six games without Patrick and they understand they have to rise to the challenge that it presents."

Peterson is still one of the NFL's best cornerbacks at 28. The fifth overall pick of the 2011 draft, he has 23 career interceptions despite teams rarely testing him.

Peterson is a three-time All-Pro and he holds the franchise record with eight Pro Bowl appearances, a streak that will likely come to an end with his suspension.

Peterson demanded a trade last season before apologizing. He posted a few cryptic messages on social media last month while deleting all mentions of the Cardinals in his profiles.

The Cardinals have been searching for a cornerback to play opposite Peterson almost since he came into the league. Arizona signed veteran Robert Alford as a free agent this offseason and used a second-round draft pick this year on Washington cornerback Byron Murphy.

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It appears the Ravens will indeed be looking to use Trace McSorley as a QB -- and more

It appears the Ravens will indeed be looking to use Trace McSorley as a QB -- and more

The Ravens entered the 2019 NFL Draft with a few obvious needs. They addressed many of those early on, including two wide receivers, a pass-rusher, an explosive running back, and an interior offensive lineman.

One position many fans didn’t expect to see drafted by the purple and black was quarterback. Lamar Jackson is entering his second season in Baltimore, and the Ravens re-signed Robert Griffin III to be his backup. With Joe Flacco as QB1, the team rarely rostered a third quarterback, but it looks like that’s exactly what they’re planning for the near future.

Eric DeCosta surprised fans with his selection of Penn State QB Trace McSorley in the sixth round, the team’s final pick of the year. Many questioned what the need was for a third-string quarterback. According to the Ravens front office, McSorley’s role will be a bit more involved than that.

McSorley has taken an interesting path to the NFL, and was one of NBC Sports Washington's featured players in its recent "I Am The Prospect" video series.

It’s not too common to see an NFL quarterback playing receiver or running back at times, let alone special teams. But it’s also not as rare as you might think. The ideal comparison in today’s league is Taysom Hill of the New Orleans Saints.

In 2018, Hill attempted seven passes, was targeted as a receiver seven times, and rushed 37 times. He also returned 14 kickoffs and one punt.

Could McSorley play a Swiss Army Knife role for the Ravens in the same vein? It seems like that’s what head coach John Harbaugh is hoping for.

It’s impossible to deny the Ravens’ focus in this year’s draft was team speed. Players like Marquise Brown, Miles Boykin and Justice Hill are proof positive of that, and McSorley fits along those same lines.

Adding speed gives this franchise a dimension they’ve rarely, if ever, had, and McSorley’s versatility will likely play a big role in that. At the very least, he and the Ravens are having fun imagining the possibilities.

As Harbaugh put it when asked about the possibility of seeing three passers on the field at the same time in 2019, “Hey, why not? Even our quarterbacks are fast.”

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