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Mike Preston hands out this season's final grades for the Ravens

Mike Preston hands out this season's final grades for the Ravens

The Ravens made gradual improvement in 2017.

They won nine games compared with eight a year ago. Instead of being eliminated from the playoffs in Game 15 as in 2016, they went down to the last game before being knocked out by the Cincinnati Bengals.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh was right about one thing. Early in December when the Ravens were 8-6, he said, “The reports of our demise, I guess, were greatly exaggerated.”

They were, but only by a month before the Ravens took their annual fall.

But in all seriousness, the Ravens have a good base of solid players. As usual, though, they need a playmaker or two on both sides of the ball. It would be nice to add a top...

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