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Should Baltimore Go Offensive Line In Round One?

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With the 6th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens selected offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley.  That pick may have been Laremy Tunsil, until about 15 minutes before the draft, but that never happened.

Before the draft, offensive tackle was one of the least popular picks among fans for a Baltimore team that had severely disappointed in 2015.

After the pick, many were still disappointed.

During the season, they saw the difference a Franchise left tackle can make for an NFL organization.  Stanley proved he has what it takes to protect Joe Flacco’s blindside better than any left tackle Baltimore has employed since Jonathan Ogden’s retirement.

Stanley’s pick was undoubtedly the best decision Baltimore could have made at no. 6 in last year’s draft.

Now the question is, should Baltimore double down and select an offensive lineman in the first round for the second straight year?

I believe they should hold off on an offensive lineman until after the first two rounds, and try to upgrade the pass rush first and foremost at this point.  Before the Brandon Carr signing, I had cornerback as the top first round priority.

Right tackle and center are both top needs the team must address before the season begins.  Former starter Ricky Wagner left Baltimore to become the highest paid right tackle in the league, and Jeremy Zuttah was traded after a disappointing third year in which he was pushed around easily and committed six penalties.

This has been a dark horse projection in the upcoming draft for Baltimore among fans, and is currently gaining steam as the weeks go by.

Mel Kiper projected Baltimore selecting Wisconsin OT Ryan Ramczyk in his latest mock draft.  There have also been reports that the Ravens Front Office is infatuated with Alabama prospect Cam Robinson, as well.

But of course, with so much time between the Super Bowl and the draft, analysts have time to project any position of need to every team.

The Ravens need two new starters, but should only fill one of those spots with a rookie.

This upcoming draft is also projected to put out one of the weaker offensive line classes compared to recent years.  So, the next question is, should the Ravens pull the trigger on a top lineman in a weak class, as opposed to another top need (edge rusher, wide receiver, inside linebacker)?

Baltimore has had success turning late round picks into quality players in recent years (Alex Lewis and Wagner).  They must decide whether they believe a top lineman in this draft will be a truly dominant player, or if they can develop another late round prospect.

22-year-old Writer out of Baltimore, Maryland. Towson University Alum- Class of 2016. I've been a Ravens fan for as long as I can remember and will defend them for life. I love Football in general, and I am getting more and more into Basketball and Baseball everyday. I aim to inspire the most out of people through my writing. Dream Big.

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Ravens’ Lamar Jackson Posts Perfect Passer Rating

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Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback continues to make a strong argument for MVP honors this season, and Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals only strengthened his case.

Jackson became the second player in NFL history to produce a perfect passer rating (158.3) in multiple games in a single season, joining Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who accomplished the feat twice back in 2007.

Jackson posted a perfect rating in the Ravens’ season opening victory against the Miami Dolphins, becoming the sixth player in league history to post perfect ratings in multiple career games.

Jackson fueled the Ravens’ rout of the winless Bengals on Sunday, a game that resulted in a 49-13 final score.

“I’m a quarterback at the end of the day,” Jackson said, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “I want to prove that each and every day I go out and practice. I treat it like it’s a game. If I miss a pass at practice, I’m ticked off.”

“I mean, jeez, you go out there and he’s whipping the ball and putting it in awesome spots,” Ravens tight end Nick Boyle said. “You saw his awesome passes today. That’s something he can do that people don’t think he can do or didn’t think he could do. That’s what makes him so dangerous. He could do everything.”

Jackson entered the 2019 season with plenty of questions regarding if he could be the long-term NFL quarterback for the Ravens, given his style of play.

Jackson has answered those questions, and then some.

“He’s one of the most exciting players I’ve ever seen,” Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said. “(He’s) dynamic. I’m interested to see what teams do down the road here to stop him, because he certainly is hitting on all cylinders right now.”

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Ravens’ Earl Thomas Celebrates Victory Over Seahawks

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Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas was extra motivated when playing his former team, the Seattle Seahawks, on Sunday, and the victory over Seattle meant a little bit more than a normal regular season win.

Thomas spent his first nine seasons with the Seahawks, including their Super Bowl championship back in 2014, but had a rather sour departure from the team, highlighted by a rift with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.

Thomas and the Ravens won the game 30-16 at CenturyLink Field.

“I definitely came in here with a purpose, and we got it done,” Thomas said following the game, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley.

While Thomas had his issues with his former head coach, he has the utmost respect for his former teammate, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who has the same respect for Thomas.

“I hold Earl in high regard, man,” Wilson said. “I really love him. Just how much he’s meant to my family, his family and everything else, and what that means and then also just to the Seahawks organization and what he’s meant … he played really good today, he played great, he was battling out there, back-and-forth … Earl’s one of the best to ever do it.”

Throughout the game Thomas could be seen talking trash to the Seahawks sideline.

“You knew I was going to say something,” Thomas said. “I definitely said what I had to say. It was between me and them.”

Thomas played a big part in keeping the Seahawks offense in check, chipping in five tackles of his own, in an impressive, and convincing victory.

“Earl had a great game,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. “And it meant a lot to Earl. Earl didn’t have much to say. He just wanted to go ‘do.’ I think he played great. No big plays. Nothing over the top, Earl and Chuck both. Earl was back there, patrolling the back end. A couple of critical tackles. I mean, sometimes you forget about the safety when he’s doing his job so well.”

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Ravens’ Lamar Jackson Says ‘I hate running’; I’d rather pass

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson worked all offseason to change the perception of him that he is a running quarterback, intent on changing the narrative about his style of play and vowing that he would be running less.

Three games into the season and Jackson is showing his preference of throwing as opposed to taking off for a run.

“I hate running,” Jackson said, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “Only if I have to, but my job is to get the ball to the receivers, the tight ends, running backs. If I have to run, I’ll do it, but I’d rather just sit back and pass it. I like throwing touchdowns instead of running them.”

Thus far this season, Jackson is averaging 33 passes and just nine rushes per game, which is a considerable drop from his 17 carries per game during his rookie season.

Jackson did tuck the ball and run for a score during Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, but he insists that running the ball was his only option on the play.

“I only could run it. There was no one open,” Jackson said. “I had to make him miss. I’m one-on-one. I like my chances over anyone one-on-one.

Currently, Jackson is on pace for over 900 yards on the ground, and his ability to create highlight-reel runs often amazes his teammates.

“He’s wild, man. He’s amazing,” Ravens’ running back Mark Ingram said. “I don’t think there is anything like him in the league, as far as just extending plays and being able to juke defenders. He’s special. He can extend plays and buy time for us to get open, receivers to get open, or him take off and run at the last resort and juke people, spin around people, make people fall.”

But even more impressive than his production on the ground has been Jackson’s improvement as a passer, and he carries a 113.9 passer rating s the Ravens enter their Week 4 tilt against the division-rival Cleveland Browns.

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