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Ravens News 5/26: Skura update and more

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Big risk? Why Ravens see Patrick Queen as a hit despite inexperience - Jamison Hensley

In the past five drafts, Queen is one of five linebackers selected in the first round who made 16 or fewer starts in their college careers, according to ESPN Stats & Information data. Three of the other four have been impact players.

“I don’t really look at it as a big deal, anything can be fixed with studying,” Queen said. “I’m a student of the game and I plan on asking for a lot of tips, a lot of pointers from those guys that have been there for a long time. I’m going to come in and really just be the best player that I can be.”

But it’s an uncharacteristic pick for Baltimore in terms of playing time. Of the previous 25 first-round selected by the Ravens, just two started fewer than 20 games in college: linebacker Peter Boulware (1997) and wide receiver Travis Taylor (2000).

“Those are some of the very best teams in college football, and he was one of the very best guys on the field in those games,” DeCosta said. “As you gain experience as a scout and as an evaluator, you get better at your job. And you’re looking for specific things, and when you see it, you know you saw it. And that kind of makes your decision easy.”

Baltimore Ravens See Huge Upside to Passing Attack in 2020 - Todd Karpovich

The goal now is to go further in the postseason.

To help navigate that strategy, general manager Eric DeCosta said he wants to create an offense that is “undefendable.”

The Ravens certainly have the talent and will potentially have a more dangerous passing attack.

DeCosta is confident the Ravens will be ready to take another step with their offense.

“Our players have to develop quickly and get stronger and bigger,” DeCosta said. “All that stuff just factors in, and I hope that [when] we start playing games in September, I know that Coach [John Harbaugh] will have the best team on the field.”

50 Words or Less - John Eisenberg

Yes, it’s probably true the Ravens are better off than some teams in these uncertain times because they have such continuity in their coaching staff and on the field after a 14-2 season. But it should be noted that four of their seven starters on the defensive front are changing.

You may know Lamar Jackson set the single-season franchise record for touchdown passes with 36 last season. You may know that topped Vinny Testaverde’s old record of 33 set in 1996. But did you know Jackson attempted 148 fewer passes than Testaverde while setting the record? Talk about efficient.

Just a hunch, but I’d put Missouri’s Trystan Colon-Castillo on your list of Ravens undrafted rookies with potential. GM Eric DeCosta has referred to him as a “good center.” Draft profiles call him a high-IQ, high-effort guy, which fits the Ravens. Plus, it’s not clear who’s starting at his position.

Matt Skura Gives Update on Knee, Looks Forward to Competition - Clifton Brown

“Whenever training camp starts, I’d like to be out there if I’m feeling really good,” Skura said during a telephone interview. “If I’m not ready at the beginning, then maybe we’d take a week to get me back in the groove. I’m trying not to rush back too quickly, but I don’t want to delay myself too long.

“I’m feeling good strength wise, and obviously I’m still building that up. I just have to see how I feel when there’s a moving target, or when there’s another 300-pound dude trying to get to the quarterback or a running back. We’ll see how it feels then. But as of right now, things are feeling good.”

“I’d say I’m almost at full speed running,” Skura said. “I can’t go from a stop all the way to full speed as quickly as I used to yet, but I’m getting close to that, maybe 80 to 90 percent.”

“I know I’ve made a lot of big strides,” Skura said. “I’m going to keep that going.”