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Ravens News 6/21: Loud Defense and more

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John Harbaugh ‘very pleased’ with newcomers on Ravens OL, declares LG job ‘wide open’ - Michael Baca

There is only one starting position from last year that will have the same Week 1 starter — left tackle Ronnie Stanley, who is expected to be ready for the regular-season opener after recovering from a severe ankle injury he suffered eight months ago. Baltimore hopes to solidify a unit surrounding its All-Pro LT during training camp, and coach John Harbaugh expressed his confidence in Kevin Zeitler and Alejandro Villanueva once getting an on-field look at the two newest Ravens during this past week’s minicamp.

“I love the transition back to center,” Bozeman said. “I played since high school, really, and I’ve always felt like that was my strong suit. I’ve always felt like that’s where I kind of dominate — in that tighter area. I’m a very intelligent person, I feel like — especially when it comes to football.”

Ravens Expect ‘Big Jump’ in Year Two for Justin Madubuike - Todd Karpovich

“I think you should see a big jump,” defensive end Calais Campbell said. “He really has so much potential. He’s strong, he’s quick-twitchy, can get out of a stance very explosively, and then he’s learning how to play with a good technique consistently. I think he’s going to have a big year for us. I think he’s a guy who we can really depend on.

“He’s going to make all of our jobs a lot easier [with] what he can do inside, and he’s developing as a pass rusher too, so I think he’s going to put a lot more pressure on quarterbacks. I think he’s going to be a really good player in this league.”

“He’s taken a big step,” coach John Harbaugh said. “He played well last year, and I do think he’s taken a big step. The growth he’s made between Texas A&M, where he was a good player, but there were things that maybe a first-round talent type guy that people … He dropped to the third round for whatever reason, and we were very, very fortunate and blessed to get him there. [From] when he came and the way he played last year to where he is right now is very encouraging.

Is the Ravens’ D too nice? They don’t think so - Pete Gilbert

“It takes you a while to kind of just feel your way out, feel how things are,” Humphrey said. (Ravens defensive coordinator Don ‘Wink’ Martindale) talks about how a loud defense is a good defense. And, the biggest thing, I come out today, I have to get myself going today — the way I do that is by being vocal,” Humphrey said.

“I’m tired of seeing our defense already because they’re making us compete against them. They’re flying around. It’s going to be easier during the game, but they’re doing a great job for us,” Jackson said.

50 Words or Less - John Eisenberg

The enduring connection between Jackson and Andrews emphasizes the importance of signing Andrews to a contract extension securing his future with the Ravens beyond 2021. A handful of other players are in the same contractual boat, but Jackson-to-Andrews is truly a core piece of how the Ravens plan to win.

If you can trust what happens in spring practices, Sammy Watkins is on his way to carving out a major role. He practiced energetically, ran sharp routes and caught tons of passes from Jackson and others – looking, as advertised, like he knows how to be a productive NFL receiver.

Interesting to see 34-year-old offensive tackle Andre Smith back in uniform and taking practice reps after he opted out of the 2020 season. He is largely forgotten and seemingly a longshot to make the roster, but with 98 career starts, has far more experience than every other reserve O-line candidate.

Ranking NFL’s top five lockdown corners; plus, what Odell Beckham Jr.’s return means for Browns - Bucky Brooks

Rank: 2

Marlon Humphrey

Baltimore Ravens

It’s hard to find an elite cornerback with inside and outside capabilities. That’s why Humphrey deserves such high billing as an all-star defender with a polished game and versatile skills that enable him to snuff out top receivers on the perimeter or in the slot. With the Ravens’ top corner exhibiting exceptional lockdown skills, turnover production (one interception and a league-high eight forced fumbles last season) and tackling ability, No. 44 must be included in any conversation about the best players at the position.