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Ravens GM: Team Could Take Immediate Impact WR in 5th Round of 2020 NFL Draft

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Baltimore Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta went so far as to say the fifth round could be fertile ground at the position. "I think it's just the amount of really good players in the draft at that position," he said, per Ravens beat writer Ryan Mink. "We think this year that there's a really good chance to get a guy that can probably be a starter for you in the fifth round of the draft."

Ravens Embracing The Pros And Cons Of Increased Technology

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

It’s a brave new world for the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens are adapting accordingly. Teams have been forced to change the way they do business because of restrictions with COVID-19, which is still wreaking havoc across the world. While many professional leagues, such as the NHL and NBA, are trying to salvage something financially, the NFL has managed to keep its business going despite the widespread restrictions on travel and large gatherings.

Why Baltimore Ravens aren’t likely to trade up in draft’s first round, according to their GM

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

The past two Aprils, the Ravens have traded their first pick to move back in the order, not forward. DeCosta said the team has studied deals in the draft and found that it’s about “50-50” of which team gets a better player. The team that moves back typically accumulates more selections, so if the first-round choices come out as a wash, that team often comes out of the deal as a winner.

Late for Work 4/9: Daniel Jeremiah: Tom Brady Would’ve Won 10 Super Bowls With Ravens

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Daniel Jeremiah: Tom Brady Would've Won 10 Super Bowls With Ravens While everyone was buzzing about Tom Brady's revealing interview on Howard Stern's show, a sound bite regarding the new Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback on another show also garnered some attention. When NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah was asked on the Dan Patrick Show what question he would ask Brady for a totally honest answer, Jeremiah replied: Tom, if you were the quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens with their personnel, ...

Should the Ravens select a running back in the draft?

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

However, there’s been a general consensus on WHAT the team needs in terms of their biggest positional needs: inside linebacker, wide receiver, edge-rusher and interior offensive lineman - in no specific order. The possibility of the Ravens addressing a position that may not be as pressing as a need though, such as running back, has been floated around by many.

Ravens’ draft goal: Make record offense ‘undefendable’

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Nine of the past 10 highest-scoring offenses have scored fewer points the next season. Over past 10 seasons, the average drop-off for the highest-scoring offense has been 5.76 points. Now, imagine how much more electric the Ravens could be with Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins pulling in a contested Jackson pass in the end zone or Georgia running back D’Andre Swift breaking free for a 50-yard score.

Justin Tucker: Was a kicker the greatest NFL player of the 2010s?

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

No one would claim they’d rather have the Ravens player on their team over Tom Brady. But there’s an argument he’s better at his position than anyone else When it came time for the NFL to name its all-decade team for the 2010s, it was no surprise that the Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker was an unanimous choice. There’s an argument that of all the players selected for the team, the best of the lot was Tucker.

Justin Tucker: Was a kicker the greatest NFL player of the 2010s?

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

No one would claim they’d rather have the Ravens player on their team over Tom Brady. But there’s an argument he’s better at his position than anyone elseWhen it came time for the NFL to name its all-decade team for the 2010s, it was no surprise that the Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker was an unanimous choice. There’s an argument that of all the players selected for the team, the best of the lot was Tucker.We should perhaps clarify that statement. No one would argue that they’d rather have Tucker on their team than other unanimous picks such as Tom Brady, Aaron Donald and JJ Watt. But was Tucker a better kicker in the 2010s than Brady was a quarterback or Aaron Donald a defensive lineman? It’s certainly not hyperbole to suggest he is the greatest of all-time at his position. After all Tucker is the most accurate kicker in the history of the NFL, one of eight NFL records he owns (and that’s before we get to his opera singing career). And it’s not just that Tucker makes kicks, he makes them when they matter. That may well be why only Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning have earned more Player of the Month awards. Even Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who has coached two elite kickers in Stephen Gostkowski and Adam Vinatieri, has gone on record to call Tucker the best player at his position.> Tom Brady, Peyton Manning & Aaron Rodgers are the only NFL players to earn more Player of the Month Awards than @jtuck9. RavensFlock pic.twitter.com/x84fzzRR8e> > — Patrick Gleason (@PMGleason) October 31, 2019Yet, there’s that caveat: “at his position.” There’s an element of damning with faint praise here. No matter how skilled he is at his craft, Tucker will always be “only” a kicker. Kickers are a vital part of any NFL team yet there are many who refuse to count them as “real football players”.Part of the problem lies within the sport itself. Like an elite relief pitcher in baseball, kickers are only brought in when the situation calls for them. While offensive and defensive players play together as a unit, a kicker comes into a game with all eyes on him. After seeing 11 players on each side go after each other, the action stops so that a lone individual can attempt to kick a ball through the uprights. Football briefly mutates into a radically different – and much less physical – game.That’s the other thing too. While they are vulnerable during kickoffs, kickers mostly have the luxury of avoiding the violence that defines the sport. The life of a kicker in comparison to, say, that of a running back or a linebacker is a relatively tranquil one: the pressure they face tends to be more of the internal variety.Because of this, it’s easier to overlook just how talented kickers such as Tucker are. Few of us watching an NFL game can genuinely picture ourselves trying to tackle a professional football player or attempting to throw a perfect spiral to a receiver while gigantic defenders attempt to take us down. We can, however, easily imagine ourselves kicking a football. In comparison, it feels like a rather cushy job.This, of course, is ridiculously wrongheaded. Like all professional athletes, NFL kickers are a different breed than the vast majority of us. It’s not just about leg strength, although that alone would disqualify the majority of us from getting anywhere near an NFL game. There’s also a huge amount of skill, strategy and relentless practice.All of this is without getting into the mental side of the equation. While his teammates have the luxury of being part of a unit, the kicker has nowhere to hide. When it’s their time to get in the game, every single eye will be on them. Beyond that, with the exception of extremely long field goals (ones outside of 50-yard range) a kicker’s job is basically to be perfect, as most field goal attempts are taken for granted, points just waiting to be scored. The kicker either does what he’s supposed to do or screws up, there is no moment of triumph. When a kicker’s name is trending on Twitter there’s a 90% chance that it is extremely bad news for the player in question.Then there is the end of game pressure. Other than the quarterback, no other player on the roster is more likely to have a game fall on their shoulders during the closing moments. There is barely a Sunday that goes by without one game where the outcome comes down to a late field goal. NFL games – heck, entire seasons – regularly come down to a single kick. When a kicker misses in a key spot, there’s usually nobody else to blame and their previous successes count for nothing. It doesn’t matter what kind of career the kicker has had to that point, it only takes a handful of misses for a team to move on to another candidate. Job security is rough for everybody in the NFL, where there are few guaranteed contracts, but kickers are probably the most disposable commodity of all.This, appropriately enough, takes us back to Tucker who might just be the exception that proves the rule, a rare kicker who has made himself indispensable. The Ravens have recognized this. In 2016 they put the franchise tag on him, the kind of move that teams normally reserve for star quarterbacks, before signing him to a $16m extension. They signed him to an additional $20m four-year extension last year, not bad for a player who went undrafted out of college. It will probably be worth it: while having a great kicker won’t necessarily win you games, not having one will probably lose you some.As of right now, there are only two players who are in the Hall of Fame who were exclusively kickers during their careers: Jan Stenerud and Morten Andersen, with Vinatieri likely to join their ranks. Given where he is now, Tucker is in a prime position to not just join them but to solidify his position as the best kicker of all time. Hopefully, this distinction will force people to mention his name when discussing all-time great players. Even if he is “only” a kicker.

Is bringing back sports during coronavirus realistic or safe? We asked the experts

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

It’s not just the games,” Chang said. Every practice is a high-risk transmission event. On a practical level, the Johns Hopkins doctor wonders about a player testing negative before kickoff, then showing symptoms of the virus the following morning.

Baltimore Ravens waive defensive end to clear space in crowded position group

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

With newly acquired defensive end Derek Wolfe in the fold, the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday waived Ufomba Kamalu, according to the NFL’s transaction wire. The Ravens signed Kamalu off the New England Patriots’ practice squad in October, but he never appeared in a game with the team. Baltimore cut him after three weeks and then added the former undrafted Miami product to the practice squad, where he remained for the rest of the season.