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Twelve Ravens thoughts with virtual offseason program underway

Posted on 05 May 2020 by Luke Jones

With the Ravens and the NFL now in the early stages of the virtual offseason workout program, I’ve offered a dozen thoughts, each in 50 words or less:

1. Don Shula was the winningest coach in NFL history and won two Super Bowls, but he’s remembered in Baltimore for 1964 NFL championship game and Super Bowl III losses in which the Colts were heavy favorites. There’s probably a lesson in there not to judge early postseason failures too harshly.

2. In a statement released on Shula, John Harbaugh shared the memory of being able to work with the legendary Miami coach when he served as a mentor coach with the Philadelphia staff for a week in the early 2000s. What an experience that had to be for an aspiring coach.

3. I’d rather watch paint dry than keep tabs on Antonio Brown, but his Photoshopped post of him wearing a Ravens uniform created more buzz. I take Steve Bisciotti at his word on his domestic abuse stance, but the longer Eric DeCosta gives non-answers on Brown, the longer unnecessary speculation persists.

4. The NFL releasing the 2020 schedule will be fun, but this feels premature with the uncertainty of the pandemic. With the draft, we know those players will definitely be playing football at some point. In this case, waiting another month or so would provide a better picture of reality.

5. Am I the only one who wonders if the value of a full 90-man offseason roster outweighs the challenge of trying to keep an even larger group of players and coaches coronavirus-free during an eventual training camp? Of course, we’re still at least 2 1/2 months away from that.

6. Rookie fourth-round guard Ben Bredeson said he sees “a lot of glaring similarities” between the Harbaugh brothers. We’ll see if Bredeson, a four-year starter for the Wolverines, works out better than other recent Michigan draft picks Willie Henry and Chris Wormley.

7. The list of notable seventh-round picks for the Ravens is a short one with DeAngelo Tyson, Ralph Staten, and Michael Campanaro, and Anthony Allen being the best ones. The field vision and pedigree of Iowa safety Geno Stone make him more interesting than the usual seventh-rounder.

8. Both Bredeson and Stone expressed excitement and relief that J.K. Dobbins, a former Big Ten rival, is now on their side after giving both of their schools problems. You don’t have to sell them on what the Ravens are getting with the standout running back.

9. Sixth-round wide receiver James Proche says he’s learning the Ravens playbook by adopting some helpful study habits from his mother, who’s currently in nursing school. That’s just another example of the unique circumstances created by this pandemic.

10. Proche admitted he was tracking how many catches Devin Duvernay made last season. Proche tied for first in the nation with LSU’s Justin Jefferson at 111 while Duvernay was third at 106. I suspect the competition between the two will carry over to training camp.

11. The signing of veteran Jake Ryan became official Tuesday, but the landscape of the inside linebacker position sure changed with the selections of Patrick Queen and Malik Harrison. Ryan still has a chance to stick if he can shine on special teams.

12. The idea of getting to be Lamar Jackson in a virtual reality game sounded like a blast until I began wondering what that might mean for the well-being of my ACLs.

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Ravens make Jake Ryan signing official, announce more UDFA additions

Posted on 04 May 2020 by WNST Staff

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Ravens reportedly agree to deal with veteran inside linebacker Jake Ryan

Posted on 18 April 2020 by Luke Jones

The Ravens have added some veteran depth to a thin inside linebacker group with a reported one-year agreement for former Green Bay and Jacksonville inside linebacker Jake Ryan.

According to NFL Network, the deal is pending a physical, which is notable with Ryan, 28, having played in just two games over the last two years. The 2015 fourth-round pick from Michigan had appeared in 43 games and started 27 contests over his first three seasons with the Packers, collecting 213 tackles, one sack, a forced fumble, three pass breakups, and two fumble recoveries.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Ryan suffered a torn ACL in the summer of 2018, ending his season and bringing his time with the Packers to an end. He signed a two-year, $7.5 million with the Jaguars last year, but Ryan began the 2019 regular season on the non-football injury list and appeared in only two December games before a hamstring injury sent him to injured reserve. Jacksonville declined to pick up his 2020 option in February, making him a free agent.

Ryan’s addition isn’t expected to impact general manager Eric DeCosta’s plans for next week’s draft as the Ravens aim to add impact talent to a position that lost veterans Josh Bynes and Patrick Onwuasor in free agency. The inside linebacker group now consists of Ryan, L.J. Fort, Chris Board, and Otaro Alaka.

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