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Ravens News 5/20: OTAs opportunities, OLB questions and more

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Ravens sign LB Ray, WR Floyd to help fill voids - Jamison Hensley

“I’m super excited to be a part of this organization,” Ray said. “It’s a first-class organization known for having amazing defenses. Just to be out here and to be a part of this team, it means a lot to me. I’m excited to get to work and ready to try to bring a Super Bowl here.”

“I still have a lot of football left in me,” Ray said after the season. “I think some of my best football is still in front of me.”

“I feel rejuvenated and can’t wait to join the No. 1 defense from last season,” McPhee said. “I have so much respect for this franchise and city, and I look forward to being a Raven once again.”

A Multitude of Pass Rush Candidates, But No Answers Yet - John Eisenberg

Can McPhee regain the feisty form that made him an attractive free agent at the end of his first stint with the Ravens?

Can Ray, a former first-round draft pick, overcome the wrist injuries that have kept him from fully realizing his potential?

Can Tim Williams stay healthy and begin to tap into the potential he has flashed at times in his first two seasons?

Can Tyus Bowser become more of a playmaker in his third season?

Can Jaylon Ferguson, regarded by some analysts as one of the steals of the 2019 draft, step onto the field and shoulder a heavy load as a rookie?

The Ravens face other question marks heading into the 2019 season. Can Lamar Jackson become a more consistent passer? How will the defense survive without C.J. Mosley? Can a wide receiver corps augmented with high draft picks get the job done?

But I’m guessing many analysts will view the pass rush as the biggest of the Ravens’ question marks.

9 returning Baltimore Ravens with much at stake in OTAs - Aaron Kasinitz

ILB Chris Board

While Dixon is trying to hang onto a significant role, Board has the chance to ascend into one. The Ravens haven’t signed a veteran to replace Pro Bowl inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, and even if Kenny Young and Patrick Onwuasor move up the depth chart, Baltimore has room to work another player into a linebacking rotation.

Board, who joined the Ravens as an undrafted rookie out of North Dakota State last year and shined on special teams, could shoulder more defensive responsibilities in his second season. If he appears capable of handling that this spring, he might enter training camp with an inside track to more playing time.