Ravens Announce Donations to Nine Baltimore Organizations
The Baltimore Ravens organization and its players are donating $200,000 to nine different Baltimore-area organizations through the team’s Social Justice Program. This is the third gifting from this fund, which has now Men’s Nike Houston Texans 4 Deshaun Watson Elite Alternate Red Jersey Sale awarded $500,000 to the Baltimore community this year.
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“What’s impressive, we believe, is that our players initiated this effort, from personal donations through selection of the recipients,” Ravens president Dick Cass added.
The Ravens also donated $10,000 to the United Way for flood relief assistance in 2016.
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The Ravens held a moment of Custom Rams Jersey silence for Sgt. Eddison “Eddie” Hermond at Wednesday evening’s Play Like a Raven clinic in Woodbine, where they announced the donation.
Hermond dedicated much of his life to helping others and tragically died while doing so. The 39-year-old Severn resident was an active member of the Army National Guard and custom women’s Rams jersey veteran of the Air Force, where he served for more than 10 years.
“One day at a time,” Custom Rams Jersey Harbaugh said. “It’s a long journey. Just enjoy the ride and take it one day at a time.”
Schrack is married to Harbaugh’s first cousin, Shiela. Harbaugh drove to Arlington National Cemetery to see Schrack off as he’s prepared to walk 22 miles per day for the custom women’s Rams jersey next 130 days (about 2,800 miles) – all in the name of charity.
The fourth- through seventh-round picks all signed their four-year rookie deals before the end of their first weekend of practices.
The Ravens inked eight of their 12 draft picks before their rookie minicamp ended.
Baltimore’s fourth- through seventh-round picks all signed, giving the team a good jump start on having the entire rookie class under contract.
The list includes fourth-round cornerback Anthony Averett, fourth-round linebacker Kenny Young, fourth-round wide receiver Jaleel Scott, fifth-round wide receiver Jordan Lasley, sixth-round safety DeShon Elliot Men’s Nike Personalized Pittsburgh Steelers Elite Away White NFL Jersey for Sale t, sixth-round tackle Greg Senat, sixth-round center Bradley Bozeman and seventh-round defensive end Zach Sieler.
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The Ravens still need to get their two first-rounds picks, tight end Hayden Hurst and quarterback Lamar Jackson, and two third-round selections, offensive tackle Orlando Brown and tight end Mark Andrews, under contract.
Jackson’s contract negotiations are unique because he has opted not to hire an agent, instead havin Custom Steelers Jersey g his mother (and manager), Felicia Jones, represent him.
Head Coach John Harbaugh said he’s been impressed with Lamar Jackson’s accuracy and arm talent in the first two days of practice. Jackson is learning the playbook and adjusting to playing under center, but his playmaking ability is evident.
Perhaps the biggest question about first-round quarterback Lamar Jackson is his ability to transfer his Heisman Trophy-winning college style to the NFL.
Even Head Coach John Harbaugh said Saturday that until a rookie steps onto the NFL practice field, it’s all imagination about what a prospect could be.
Well, after two high-tempo and challenging minicamp practices, Harbaugh is pleased with his rookie quarterback. Jackson is off to a good start in Baltimore.
“You read the reports and stuff like that, but he’s a naturally talented thrower; he has natural arm talent. That’s something that I think people were questioning. So to see him out here thro Customized Steelers Football Jersey wing the ball naturally, very accurately, I thought was a big plus.”
Jackson completed several deep passes to his tight ends down the seam. He seems to have an early connection with fifth-round wide receiver Jordan Lasley, as the two moved the chains on a few occasions during 11-on-11 drills.
Jackson didn’t show as big of an arm as quarterback Joe Flacco, but the rookie put a nice touch and placement on many of his throws and zipped a tight touchdown pass (to Lasley) while in a red-zone drill. When he needs to, he can let it rip.
The biggest difference between Jackson and Flacco is Jackson’s obvious explosiveness as a runner, which he put on display many times throughout Saturday’s practice (without busting out his signature juke moves yet).
“As soon as we get in pads, you’ll see [those],” Jackson said with a laugh.
Harbaugh made it clear that the Ravens are working on using those talents during Jackson’s rookie season, saying Baltimore is crafting plays in the “laboratory.”
“We ran a lot of stuff out here today you guys probably saw,” Harbaugh said. “We’re going to always try to get our players making plays for us, and Lamar is a guy that can help us win games.”
Before Jackson can help Baltimore win as the team’s starting quarterback, he has a lot more developing to do. Coaches said learning how to play quarterback the Ravens’ way would be his first task.
Jackson’s learning a different offense, new verbiage, getting teammates lined up in the right spot and managing the offense overall. There seemed to be few hiccups Saturday, and Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg peeked his head inside huddles to make sure things were running smoothly.
Harbaugh said Jackson is at times “coloring inside the lines” in terms of throwing with anticipation because he’s learning the plays and concepts, but he’s picking it up very quickly.
“As good as any rookie we’ve had that way,” Harbaugh said. “He’s very smart; he studies, very sharp, has a nice presence on the field. I think we all feel that he handled himself very well that way.”
One of the biggest changes so far has been taking more snaps from under center. Jackson often worked out of the shotgun at Louisville, which helped with his running ability. The Ravens had him dropping back to work on his footwork and balance.
“I’ve got to work on that a lot more,” Jackson said. “The NFL is totally different from college. It’s a lot faster. You’ve got to work as a unit. It’s fun out here. I’m having fun.”
While Jackson said the pros is faster, he later added, “I can go at an NFL pace right away.”
Jackson said learning the Ravens’ offensive system has been fun. Playing the game is clearly enjoyable to him as well, and by all accounts, his teammates have enjoyed him too.
On Friday, players said Jackson is funny and a character. During Saturday’s practice, Lasley cheered him on from the sideline when he darted up the middle, blazing past linemen and linebackers for a first-down run.
“All of that is A, A-plus,” Harbaugh said. “He has great demeanor. He has a great face, attitude is really good, smart, studies real hard, locker room stuff. I think it’s all good.”
Tony Jefferson went undrafted out of Oklahoma in 2013, but has since turned into one of the top safeties in the game. Here are his tips to this year’s incoming class.
The Ravens have had at least one undrafted rookie on their Week 1 roster for 14 straight years.
Thus, there’s a very good chance that somebody in this year’s class will beat the odds to make the 53-man roster in August.
Ravens safety Tony Jefferson was that guy for the Arizona Cardinals five years ago when he went undrafted out of Oklahoma. Jefferson was scrapping to make the roster after the Cardinals also selected defensive back Tyrann Mathieu in the third round.
Now Jefferson is one of the league’s top safeties, and he’s trying to share his wisdom with the next crop of talent. Here’s his Twitter advice to incoming undrafted rookies:
UDFA’s here’s some tips to help make the 53 man roster
-You can’t do what the draft picks do. Especially the high draft picks. They can afford to mess up in practice you can’t, you will get cut ASAP!
So when they wanna go out on the weekend pic.twitter.com/PmtJmCK0gW
— Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) April 29, 2018
UDFA tips to make 53 man roster continued
– Ask questions. Don’t be afraid or mute in meetings engage in the convo. If you don’t get what they’re explaining don’t leave the building until you do. pic.twitter.com/LDFgafx5LB
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— Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) April 29, 2018
UDFA tips to make 53 man roster continued
– when you get the opportunity to play – MAKE PLAYS simple as that. Plays that’ll make them remember you. Make ya family proud my brothas! Good luck to all my UDFA’s go be great pic.twitter.com/BI7bGfFhHF
The move is not surprising considering Breshad Perriman will be battling to make the roster this offseason and would be slated to have a $9.4 million cap hit next season.
The Ravens have reportedly opted not to pick up wide receiver Breshad Perriman’s fifth-year option, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
If true, it’s not a surprising decision considering Perriman will be battling to make the 53-man roster this offseason and would carry a $9.4 million cap hit in 2019, per Spotrac.
Drafted 26th overall in 2015, Perriman has yet to break out in three seasons and is coming off a very challenging year in which he caught just 10 passes for 77 yards.
After multiple drops, including two that led to interceptions, Perriman was a gameday inactive down the stretch of last season as the Ravens pushed for the playoffs.
Injuries have hampered the 6-foot-2 speedste Men’s Authentic Custom Boston Red Sox Home White Baseball Jersey Sale r’s obvious potential. A PCL knee injury shelved him for his entire rookie season. In 2016, a partially torn ACL knocked him out for much of the offseason practices. In 2017, a hamstring injury sidelined him for much of training camp.
“What we found out that sometimes the development of the receiver can be retarded because they’re just not on the field,” General Manager Ozzie Newsome said last month.
“Some of the success of the receivers that we’ve had have all had durability, have all been able to be on the field. That way they can develop. If they’re spending a lot of time off the field – they can’t develop.”
Newsome called this a “make or break” year for Perriman.
He will face stiff competition for a job after Baltimore brought in veterans Michael Crabtree, John “Smokey” Brown and Willie Snead IV.
The Ravens also have Chris Moore, Tim White, Quincy Adeboyejo and DeVier P Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Boston Red Sox Alternate Baseball Jersey Red osey returning and drafted two rookies in fourth-rounder Jaleel Scott and fifth-round Jordan Lasley. That’s 10 wide receivers for likely only five or six spots.
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Lamar Jackson’s first contact with the Ravens came at the NFL Scouting Combine and Ravens Quarterbacks Coach James Urban.
Urban came up to Jackson, introduced himself, and told him about how he coached Michael Vick during their time in Philadelphia.
That must have been music to Jackson’s ears.
Jackson grew up modeling his game after the dynamic dual-threat quarterback, starting with, of all things, video games.
“My first Madden game was 2003, but I played with Michael Vick [in] 2004, and he was out of control,” Custom Red Sox Jersey Jackson said with a chuckle.
“Just watching him on a video game and watching him on TV and seeing what he did, what he brought to the table with his team, winning games for Atlanta, it was like, ‘Man, I want to do some of the things he did on the field.’”
Jackson would take what he saw on TV and in his video games and try to pull off the same moves on his youth football teams. Luckily, Jackson had the athleticism to do it.
When he got to college, Jackson filled highlight reels just the way Vick did 16 years earlier. In fact, he did it even better.
In Jackson’s final two seasons (2016-2017), he threw for more than 3,500 yards each year and tossed 57 touchdowns to 19 interceptions. He had a 147.7 quarterback rating and 57 percent completion rate. Jackson also ran for 3,172 yards and 39 touchdowns.
In Vick’s two seasons (1999-2000), he threw for a combined 3,299 yards. He tossed 21 touchdowns to 11 interceptions and had a quarterback rating of 149.3 and 56 percent completion rate. Vick ran for 1,299 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Vick saw Louisville blow out No. 2-ranked Florida State in 2016, when Jackson threw one touchdown and ran for four more. Jackson threw for 216 yards and ran for 146, placing himself squarely in contention for the Heisman Trophy, which he later won.
“I could not believe what I had seen. I could not believe the things he was able to do,” Vick told NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah. “It was a spitting image of me.”
Lamar Jackson 5x better than what I was at V-Tech….Enough said!! #future
— Michael Vick (@MichaelVick) September 17, 2016
Vick was the first-overall pick of the Atlanta Falcons in the 2001 NFL Draft. He became the starter in Week 4, but was limited to just eight games.
Vick broke out the following season, earning a Pro Bowl invitation after throwing for 2,936 yards and running for 777 more with 25 touchdowns. He went to two more Pro Bowls with the Falcons in 2004 and 2005 before a two-year suspension for his role in a dog fighting operation.
After his release from prison, Vick signed with the Philadelphia Eagles just before the start of the 2009 season. Personalized Red Sox Jersey Ravens Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was running the Eagles offense. Urban was Philadelphia’s quarterbacks coach.
The two went to work with Vick to get him back up to speed and improve on his passing ability. It didn’t take long.
In 2010, Vick had the best statistical year of his career, throwing for 3,018 yards with 21 touchdowns while running for 676 yards and nine scores. His quarterback rating of 100.2 was a career-high. He had improved as a pure passer, but still had his playmaking style as a runner.
Asked whether his experience with Vick will play into how he coaches Jackson, Mornhinweg in Boston Red Sox Custom Jersey dicated that he’ll take a similar approach of drilling into the basic fundamentals first.
“This first thing – much like we did with Mike – [is] play the quarterback position,” Mornhinweg said. “Learn how to play the quarterback position like we play the quarterback position here.”
There are those who doubt that Jackson can turn into a top-notch NFL quarterback. During the pre-draft process, one offensive coordinator (who remained nameless) told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero this:
“He’s an awesome athlete. He will not be able to play (quarterback) in this league, mark my words. When he throws, he hopes.”
Jackson responded by saying, “Hope for 69 I think I threw? That’s a lot of hope.”
After being drafted, Jackson said he turns such haters into motivation.
“Whatever [doubt] teams give me, I’m going to prove them wrong, prove the doubters wrong,” he said. “I’m going to earn the respect from my teammates and my coaches.”
Count Vick among the believers.
“If I was the GM, I would draft him – whether it’s the first round or fourth round,” Vick said before the draft. “You look at all the quarterbacks coming out of the draft, they’re all projects. Nobody is guaranteed to do anything.”
The Ravens addressed some pressing short-term needs, and also added a potential franchise quarterback in Lamar Jackson.
Whether it was the sentimental nature of Ozzie Newsome’s final draft as general manager, or the excitement over the team’s draft class, the Ravens didn’t hide their emotions Saturday night.
After making 12 draft picks over the course of three days, Baltimore’s decision makers gushed about the 2018 class.
“I really, really feel very good about this class and how it came to be,” Newsome said.
Head Coach John Harbaugh took that statement even further.
“This is my eleventh draft with Ozzie, and Eric, and Joe, and I told Ozzie just as we finished this thing up I feel like this is his best draft since I’ve been here,” Harbaugh said. “Heck, maybe the best ever.”
Matching Newsome’s best draft ever would be a tall order considering he drafted first-ballot Hall of Famers in Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis to start the franchise, but Harbaugh’s sentiment was clear.
The Ravens feel like they re-loaded the roster with difference makers.
The draft board seemed to fall to the Ravens over the course of the weekend. Newsome made six trades – five of them were to trade back – as he accumulated picks to get additional players they coveted.
By the time the weekend was over, Newsome had added a pair of tight ends and wide receivers, offensive line depth, defensive backs from major programs and a potential franchise-changing quarterback.
“We addressed a lot of areas on the football team,” Newsome said. “There is no doubt in my mind, we are a better football team and this will give us an opportunity to get to not only where we want to go to, but all of our fans and everybody that wears that purple. That’s getting into the playoffs and hopefully getting to another Super Bowl.”
The addition of Jackson is a significant move in the team’s history. Joe Flacco has been the team’s starting quarterback for the last decade, and the Super Bowl MVP will remain the starter in 2018.
But Jackson is a dynamic talent who won the Heisman Trophy in 2016, and he is in line to be the long-term answer at the position. If he’s able to carry into the NFL what he did in college, then getting him at pick No. 32 would be another impressive item to add to Newsome’s Hall of Fame resume.
Adding tight end Hayden Hurst in the first round is a move that is expected to make an immediate impact. He was viewed as the top tight end in this year’s class, and the Ravens doubled up at the position by adding Oklahoma’s Mark Andrews in the third round.
Other draft picks like offensive tackle Orlando Brown, linebacker Kenny Young and wide receivers Jaleel Scott and Jordan Lasley will all compete for significant roles, and the injection of young talent could prove to be a pivotal moment for the franchise.
“The job that was done by Ozzie and by our scouts and by everybody involved, the coaches, it was just awesome to watch,” Harbaugh said. “It’s our job as coaches to make that into a reality on the field so that everybody can see it.
“I couldn’t be more excited about this bunch of guys we’ve got coming in here to help make this football team great. I just think Ozzie and everybody in that building has done a great job.”
The Ravens went right to work on the phone lines after the draft trying to add more players to the roster.
The end of the draft is not the end of acquiring players.
Baltimore’s front office went right back to work Saturday night trying to lure undrafted free agents to the Ravens.
Here’s a rundown on the reported signings that have already happened (Note: None of these moves have been confirmed by the front office):
WR Andre Levrone, Virginia
The Virginia football team tweeted Saturday that Levrone is set to become a Raven. At 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, Levrone is a big-bodied receiver. He caught 34 passes for 689 yards and seven touchdowns last season.
UVA’s Andre Levrone (@AndreTheeeGiant) has signed a Free Agent deal with the @Ravens. #Wahoowa ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/1QrqrQuAen
— Virginia Football (@UVAFootball) April 28, 2018
LB Alvin Jones, UTEP
The Ravens have a long history of finding successful undrafted linebackers – Zach Orr, Bart Scott and Albert McClellan are a few examples – and UTEP’s Alvin jones hopes to follow in their footsteps. He was a tackling machine in college, making 343 tackles over his career. UTEP’s football team tweeted the news.
Congrats to @My_Tyme10 for signing a free agent deal with the @Ravens! #PicksUp pic.twitter.com/vZY58lebKk
— UTEP Football (@UTEPFB) April 29, 2018
LB Mason McKenrick, John Carroll
The linebacker from Division III John Carroll is headed to Baltimore, according to the Mentor News-Herald, which shared video of McKenrick getting the phone call from Baltimore. Ravens’ Assistant Head Coach Greg Roman is also a graduate of John Carroll, so he likely has good information about the incoming prospect.
Mason McKenrick is a Baltimore Raven pic.twitter.com/PzHcMP4qQe
— News-Herald preps (@NHPreps) April 28, 2018
WR Jaelon Acklin, Western Illinois
Acklin is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound receiver who set a school record last year by catching 84 passes for 1,369 yards. His best career game came against South Dakota, where he caught 19 passes for 343 yards. He’ll enter a crowded competition for roster spots at the position.
Congratulations to wide receiver @Jaelon_Acklin on signing with the @Ravens!#TRADITIONofTOUGH pic.twitter.com/mpRvBCPbgo
— WIU Football (@WIUfootball) April 28, 2018
DT Du’Vonta Lampkin, Oklahoma
Lampkin tweeted that he will join some of his former teammates in Baltimore. He’ll re-unite with offensive tackle Orlando Brown and tight end Mark Andrews, who were both drafted in the third round. The 6-foot-4, 335-pound defensive lineman is a massive man to move, and he fits the mold of a traditional run stuffer.
They gone feel me. Thank you @Ravens for an opportunity! I been doubted all my life and ain’t never shut down. Let’s get it
— Du’Vonta Lampkin LLT (@DeeChilllin) April 28, 2018
The 6-foot-5, 305-pound offensive lineman moved all over the offensive line during his career at Portland State, and he established himself as a reliable, versatile player. His agent, Brett Tessler, tweeted that he will join the Ravens. Linebacker Patrick Onwuasor was an undrafted free agent out of Portland State two years ago, but ultimately made the team and earned a starting job.
OL Alex Thompson, Monmouth
After starting all four years in college, Monmouth’s Alex Thompson will reportedly join the Ravens. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound lineman will compete on a crowded offensive line, according to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan. Thompson attended Monmouth after starting his college career at the University of West Virginia as a wrestler.
LS Trent Sieg, Colorado State
The Ravens are bringing in another long snapper ahead of next weekend’s rookie minicamp. Colorado State’s football team tweeted that Trent Sieg is headed to Baltimore. The Ravens already have an entrenched veteran long snapper in Morgan Cox, but Sieg will get a chance to learn from one of the league’s best.
Fort Collins ▶️▶️▶️ @Ravens@tsieg58 has signed with Baltimore!#NextLevelRams pic.twitter.com/qbM0emeyhQ