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Ravens News 4-6: Ozzie’s role, How will the Ravens draft, Eric Decker and more

Ravens News for 4-6-18

Ozzie Newsome hints at ‘surprise’ first-round pick (if Ravens don’t trade out) —

“You might be surprised at who we pick at 16 this year -- if we pick at 16,” Newsome said.

The ultimate jaw-dropper would be a quarterback. The Ravens can part ways with quarterback Joe Flacco as early as next season, and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson should be available in the middle of the first round.

But owner Steve Bisciotti scoffed in February when asked if it was time for the franchise to start thinking about life after Flacco. If Baltimore was going to select a quarterback, it’s more likely the team will do so in second or third rounds, particularly after how team officials raved about the depth of this quarterback class.

Newsome isn’t going to give away information like this so freely. If anything It’s safe to assume they’re entertaining offers, but they always do.

Colin Kaepernick reportedly attends depositions of Ravens’ Newsome, Harbaugh in collusion grievance — Baltimore Sun

Colin Kaepernick was present for Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh’s depositions Thursday as part of the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s collusion grievance against the NFL, CBS Sports reported Thursday night.

The interviews were set to take place at the Under Armour Performance Center, according to a Pro Football Talk report Wednesday.

The Ravens were one of the teams at the forefront of the Kaepernick discussion after the controversial comments Steve Bisciotti made early in camp. No surprise here.


Ravens fans are wondering what Ozzie Newsome’s role will be next year after Eric DeCosta assumes the general manager job.

Well, those inside the Under Armour Performance Center are wondering as well.

Newsome will be involved with the Ravens, but it’s still unclear exactly how much or in what capacity.

“We haven’t worked through those things partly because, honestly, Ozzie hasn’t really decided what he wants his role to be next year,” DeCosta said Wednesday. “You think about these types of things, and there are a lot of moving parts.”

I’m more curious about how involved he’ll be. It’s hard to be in a position of power, give it up, stick around but be hands off.

Report: WR Eric Decker is visiting the Ravens — Baltimore Beatdown

This is certainly an intriguing visit as the Ravens were reportedly interested in Decker last offseason as well. However, Decker opted to sign with the Titans, while Baltimore landed Jeremy Maclin. Regardless, Decker is 31 years old and a solid slot receiver.

The Ravens still need to find a productive, reliable slot receiver and Decker could certainly fill that role. He is coming off of an up and down season in which he recorded 54 receptions for 563 yards and one touchdown.

Unless Decker comes ridiculously cheap, I can’t fathom why they’d fail to retain Maclin, but sign Decker.