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John Harbaugh is still the coach and Joe Flacco still the quarterback, but for the first time in their tenure, hints of sweeping change loom over one of the most stable franchises in the NFL.

More than most NFL players, even rookies, the 21-year-old Lamar Jackson seems in touch with the wonder he felt when he first picked up a football as a grade schooler in Florida.

Ozzie Newsome has one season left as Ravens general manager. Recently, he spent some time with The Baltimore Sun, looking back over his tenure and what might be ahead for the team and the rest of the NFL.

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When Lamar Jackson was taken No. 32 overall in the draft this year, Ozzie Newsome acknowledged they were “building for the future” with the Heisman Trophy winner. But, he added, “In order for us to win this year, we need Joe Flacco.”

From Scottsdale, Ariz., to the University of Oklahoma to Baltimore, rookie tight end Mark Andrews has preached the same message to children once like him: Diabetes doesn’t define you. It’s only a part of you.

Until the Ravens advance deep into the postseason, there will always been questions about leadership surrounding this team. That might change some this year because the Ravens are ready to grow up.

In his first year as defensive coordinator of the Ravens, Wink Martindale is looking to learn from his first experience in that job with Denver in 2010 and put his aggressive coaching style to work.

Out are Mike Wallace, Jeremy Maclin and Michael Campanaro. In are Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead IV, along with expectations that they will be able to spark the Ravens’ dormant passing game.

A five-time first-team All-Pro, Reed retired in 2013 and is favored for induction in his first year of eligibility. He’d be the third Raven honored, following tackle Jonathan Ogden and linebacker Ray Lewis.

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