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Ravens adding Brian Billick, Ngata into Ring of Honor - Herbie Teope

The Baltimore Ravens announced Wednesday that two new members will be added to the team’s Ring of Honor.

“For the organization to do that and reach out, it means a great deal to us,” Billick told reporters during a Wednesday afternoon news conference. “It really does. To be a part of the organization back then, to know that it’s going to be a permanent fixture means a great deal to me.”

Even in Retirement, Haloti Ngata Looks Back Fondly on Breaking Ben Roethlisberger’s Nose - Ryan Mink

But what was Ngata’s favorite play of his career?

“Breaking Ben’s nose,” he said with a chuckle during Wednesday’s press conference, in which he officially ended his career as a Raven. “I didn’t do it on purpose but it kind of just happened.”

General Manager Ozzie Newsome said it took watching only 20 plays of Ngata’s college film at Oregon to realize that he was a special player. Newsome hates giving up draft picks, but he surrendered a sixth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns to move up one spot and select Ngata.

“For me, I couldn’t do anything but follow our leaders,” Ngata said. “They definitely helped me become a great player.”

Baltimore Ravens hope for a confident Hayden Hurst - Aaron Kasinitz

Hurst wants to bounce back in 2019, wants to show he can carve a deeper impact on a Ravens season.

“It’s confidence as much as anything,” Harbaugh said Thursday during Baltimore’s first week of offseason practices. “It’s nice to know you can do it, that you can get out there and compete, and to go from there rather than having that unknown if you’ve never played before.”

Hurst, 25, no longer needs to wonder about the speed of an NFL game or the intricacies of a playbook. He knows those things, even if he’s still reaching for a better performance in Year 2.

“He’s done a great job,” Harbaugh said. “He came back in phenomenal shape. He’s worked hard every day. [We’re] really happy with the whole tight end room.”

Patrick Mahomes, Joey Bosa headline NFL All-Under-25 Team - Marc Sessler

Offensive tackles: Braden Smith, Indianapolis Colts (23 as of Sept. 5) and Orlando Brown Jr., Baltimore Ravens (23 as of Sept. 5).

Across from Smith, we’ve got Baltimore’s Orlando Brown Jr., who needs polish as a run-blocker but gives our squad a wild-bodied 6-foot-8, 345-pound protector up front.

The 100 best single-game grades of the PFF era - Mark Chichester

98. KELECHI OSEMELE, BALTIMORE RAVENS

95.6 OVERALL GRADE, WEEK 5 OF THE 2015 SEASON

The best game of his career year as a pass-blocker, Osemele allowed just one pressure on 38 pass-blocking snaps against the Browns, earning a 95.6 pass-blocking grade in the process. He tied a bow on an all-around excellent performance by earning a 93.9 run-blocking grade to boot.

78. EDWARD REED, BALTIMORE RAVENS

95.9 OVERALL GRADE, DIVISIONAL ROUND OF THE 2006 SEASON

One of the truly elite safeties of his era, Ed Reed’s best game of the PFF era came in his team’s divisional round loss to the Colts in 2006. Typical of the kind of player he was, Reed wasn’t targeted once in primary coverage on the day, yet he still managed to break up one pass and intercept two more.

77. COREY GRAHAM, BALTIMORE RAVENS

95.9 OVERALL GRADE, WEEK 12 OF THE 2013 SEASON

Then a cornerback, Graham was targeted three times in his Week 12 game against the New York Jets, and those passes resulted in two interceptions and one pass breakup. He ended the game with a 95.9 coverage grade which is still tied for the 15th-best single-game mark of the PFF era.

75. MARSHAL YANDA, BALTIMORE RAVENS

95.9 OVERALL GRADE, WEEK 6 OF THE 2014 SEASON

Yanda has delivered many strong performances over the years, but few were as good as this Week 6 clash against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As you’d expect, Yanda held up fine in pass protection — he allowed one pressure on 31 pass-blocking snaps on the day — but his work in the ground game was truly something special. He received just one downgrade on 30 run-blocking snaps and ended the game with a career-high 96.1 run-blocking grade — a single-game mark that has beaten just once since.