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Ravens HC John Harbaugh admitted that WR Marquise Brown still has "a ways to go" as he works back from foot surgery. Brown was able to get on the field in a joint practice with the Eagles on Monday. “He basically practiced for the first time in a more aggressive setting, so I saw a guy that was practicing for the first time," Harbaugh said. "He just needs to get accustomed to it. It’s all new for him — the speed of it, the thinking, the lining up, running the right route." OC Greg Roman also noted that Brown needs to build chemistry with QB Lamar Jackson. The rookie is looking like a poor bet for early-season fantasy value.

Ravens WR Marquise Brown (foot) participated in 7-on-7 drills on Saturday for the 1st time. "He went real fast," WR coach David Culley said afterward. "He didn’t feel fast. But I told him that I didn’t see anything that would say he’s been injured. He’s not quite where he was before, but I like where he’s at." The Ravens haven't yet decided whether Brown will play in the 2nd preseason game, but he seems to be on track for Week 1. The rookie is worth late-round consideration in fantasy drafts.

"The theme of Ravens training camp has been [QB Lamar] Jackson exceeding expectations as a passer," ESPN's Jamison Hensley writes. This isn't the 1st time we've heard that sentiment over the past few weeks. Jackson has reportedly made big strides in accuracy and consistency even since spring workouts. He completed 29 of 43 attempts (67.4%) in 7-on-7 and team drills against the Jaguars this week. Rushing production will continue to fuel Jackson's fantasy value in 2019. But if he can be just average as a passer, it'll be a big boost to his weekly ceiling and floor.

Ravens WR Marquise Brown has passed his physical and is expected to practice on Wednesday. The 1st-round rookie missed spring workouts and the 1st few days of training camp after undergoing January surgery to repair a Lisfranc injury. He'll likely be eased back in, but ESPN's Jamison Hensley believes Brown is on track to play in all of Baltimore's preseason games. There's still time for him to carve out a significant early-season role.

Ravens WR Miles Boykin has had a strong 1st week of training camp, prompting The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec to write that the rookie "is playing himself into a prominent role on offense." Although he didn't post huge numbers at Notre Dame, Boykin goes 6'4, 220 pounds with 4.4 speed and a 43.5-inch vertical. There's plenty of upside here -- and plenty of opportunity in a wide-open Ravens WR corps. We just bumped Boykin up the rankings and will be keeping a close eye on his usage this preseason.

Ravens TE Mark Andrews has been drawing rave reviews from multiple beat writers early in training camp. The latest comes from The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec, who called Andrews the team's "most dangerous and productive offensive player" through the 1st week of camp. It's certainly worth noting that Baltimore has 1 of the weakest WR corps in the league, especially with 1st-round rookie Marquise Brown still sidelined with his foot injury. But that's also an argument in favor of Andrews: He could lead the Ravens in targets this season. Andrews is a nice upside TE2 pick for fantasy squads. Folks aren't sleeping on him, though. His ADP in DRAFT best balls over the past week is sitting in the 10th round as the 11th TE off the board.

Ravens backup QB Robert Griffin III sustained a hairline fracture in his right (throwing) thumb Saturday. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Griffin's expected to miss the entire preseason but return for Week 1. The situation obviously has almost no fantasy impact, unless you play preseason DFS.

Ravens WR Marquise Brown has been placed on the Non Football Injury list to open training camp with the Lisfranc injury he suffered late last season. It's a bit of a surprise after the 1st-round rookie reportedly took part in drills in June minicamp. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Brown "is progressing well and should be back on the field in a few weeks." So it sounds like he still has a shot to be ready by Week 1. But Brown will be playing catch-up and is a poor bet for an early-season fantasy impact.

Ryan Mink of the Ravens' website calls RB Mark Ingram the team's "clear featured back." That's been our presumption all offseason, despite the addition of rookie Justice Hill and the returns of Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon. Baltimore inked Ingram to a 3-year, $15 million deal this offseason after he had another strong year in New Orleans. Ingram averaged 4.7 yards per carry in 2018, his 4th straight season at 4.6 or better. He ranked 14th among 47 RBs in yards after contact per attempt and 20th in Pro Football Focus' Elusive Rating, which measures a runner's effectiveness beyond the blocking he receives. Atop the depth chart for the run-heavy Ravens, Ingram has a shot to best his current career-high of 230 carries this season. He's a fine value at his mid-4th-round ADP.

Both Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and HC John Harbaugh labeled WR Chris Moore a 2019 breakout candidate. "I would say Chris is ready to do that and has been ready to do that," Harbaugh said. "He practices really hard, he works hard in the weight room, he knows the offense very well, and he makes spectacular catches out here very often.” Moore has tallied just 44 catches over his first 3 NFL seasons, so we're not ready to go all-in yet. The Ravens also project to be 1 of the league's run-heaviest offenses under QB Lamar Jackson. But there's opportunity in the WR corps. Ryan Mink of the team's official website expects Moore, Marquise Brown and Willie Snead to operate as the top 3 wideouts this year -- although Miles Boykin, Seth Roberts and Michael Floyd are also in the mix. We'll watch the situation as we roll into training camp and preseason action.

Ravens rookie WR Marquise Brown took part in a drill for the 1st time Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. The 1st-rounder hasn’t been cleared for a full return yet coming off foot surgery. HC John Harbaugh said this week he hopes to have Brown ready for the start of training camp

Ravens S Earl Thomas took the field last week for the 1st time since joining his new team -- and the 1st time since a broken leg ended his 2018 season last Sept. 30. "He's had a great week," HC John Harbaugh told ESPN's Jamison Hensley. "Great anticipation and great ability to cover ground. He shows up in the right spots on a regular basis. That's what great safeties do. He's done a great job." Thomas landed high in our 2019 IDP rankings.

The Ravens added Oklahoma State RB Justice Hill in the 4th round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Hill was 3-year producer for the Cowboys, totaling 3,539 yards and 30 TDs on 5.6 yards per carry, plus a 49-304-1 receiving line. He crushed the Combine, clocking a 4.40-second 40 time and earning an 89th percentile SPARQ score at 5’10, 198 pounds. Hill projects as a change-of-pace back as a pro but lands in a nice spot with the run-focused Ravens.

The Ravens selected Notre Dame WR Miles Boykin in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Boykin crushed the Combine, posting a 4.42-second 40 time and 43.5-inch vertical at 6’4 and 220 pounds. It earned him a 99.9th percentile SPARQ score. Boykin’s production at Notre Dame never matched that raw ability, though. He totaled just 18 grabs across his first 3 seasons before posting a 59-872-8 line this past year. All 3 of those marks led the Irish. But Boykin’s market shares — 22.0% of the catches, 26.1% of the yards and 34.8% of the TDs — rank 33rd, 29th and 16th among the 48 WRs at the Combine. He also finished just 68th in this WR class in yards per route run, according to Pro Football Focus. Boykin’s physical profile is super intriguing and gives him big fantasy upside. But he’s a high-risk prospect who might never reach his potential. That boom/bust profile is only amplified with this landing spot alongside QB Lamar Jackson.

The Ravens selected Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown with the 25th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. Antonio Brown’s cousin turned in 2 big seasons at Oklahoma. He went for a 57-1,095-7 line catching passes from Baker Mayfield in 2017 and then a 75-1,318-10 with Kyler Murray at the helm this past year. Only 7 guys in the country tallied more receiving yards in 2018. Brown’s 17.6 yards per catch ranked 6th among WRs with 50+ grabs. A Lisfranc injury prevented him from working out in the pre-draft process, but flip on his tape and it’s obvious that Brown possesses elite speed and quickness. He’s also a better route runner than many give him credit for. The concerns are his diminutive 5’9, 166-pound frame and that Lisfranc issue — an injury that tends to cause lingering problems. Brown’s foot reportedly looked “excellent” at his medical re-check earlier this month, but it’ll be a situation to monitor into the summer. Brown is joining a run-heavy Baltimore offense but has a clear path to #1 WR duties on a depth chart topped by Willie Snead, Seth Roberts and Chris Moore.

Check out Marquise Brown's scouting report.

WR Seth Roberts has inked a deal with the Ravens. The former Raider never reached 500 yards across 5 seasons in Oakland. But he has a good shot to see a bunch of playing time in a Ravens WR corps that's currently headed by Willie Snead and Chris Moore. We'll see what else Baltimore adds to the position this offseason. Of course, there won't be much fantasy production to go around in what figures to be the league's run-heaviest offense.

The Raiders have released WR Seth Roberts. Oakland has completely remade its WR corps this offseason and will now trot out Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams on the outside with Ryan Grant and J.J. Nelson vying for the #3 job. Roberts never reached 500 yards in 5 seasons with the Raiders and is averaging a ho-hum 11.6 yards per catch. He should latch on elsewhere but is unlikely to be a 2019 fantasy factor.

The Ravens have reached agreement with S Earl Thomas on a 4-year, $55 million deal that includes $32 million in guarantees, according to multiple reports. Thomas' time in Seattle ended poorly, of course, but he developed into 1 of the league's top safeties before that. For IDP purposes, Thomas has primarily been nothing special. He steps into a role in which Eric Weddle finished outside the top 80 fantasy DBs last season, but Weddle cracked the top 17 each of the previous 2 campaigns. Thomas will likely sit in DB3 range when our 2019 IDP rankings come out. He'll turn 30 in May.

The Ravens have signed RB Mark Ingram to a 3-year, $15 million deal. Ingram is 29 now but has remained effective. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry last year and ranked 15th among 66 qualifying RBs in Pro Football Focus' Elusive Rating, which measures a RB's effectiveness beyond the blocking he receives. Ingram's new supporting cast obviously isn't as good as it was in New Orleans, but his fantasy stock gets a significant boost with this move. After averaging just 11.5 carries per game last year, Ingram could see 15+ per game in Baltimore's run-heavy attack. Gus Edwards averaged 16.3 over the final 8 contests last year.

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Ravens OLB Matt Judon is active for tonight’s game against the Chargers. He came in questionable but finished the week with a full practice and looks OK for normal IDP usage

 
 
 

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