As the Ravens set out during this weekend’s NFL draft to give Jackson weapons, their methodology on offense became clear over six rounds and eight selections: They were not just trying to build the team around Jackson. They were trying to build something like a track team for him, too.
The former Maryland assistant coaches who recruited and coached Darnell Savage Jr. saw qualities in him that led to his being picked No, 21 overall by the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday.
Darnell Savage Jr.’s rise from a relatively unknown three-star high school prospect reached a once hard-to-imagine peak when the undersized but lightning-fast safety was picked in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft Thursday night.
Former Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. went from being a three-star prospect out of high school to a second-team All-Big Ten selection as a senior last season and now is among the top players at his position heading into the 2019 NFL draft.
Joshua Miles is the type of player everyone will root for this week at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. He is a Randallstown native who played at Western Tech High in Baltimore County and later at Morgan State University.
“This is a big contract,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of a three-year contract extension with cornerback Tavon Young that's reportedly worth $25.8 million. “This is a big number. This is a record-setting number."
“I think sometimes people would think that maybe I’d be embarrassed that I started off as an intern now that I’m a GM, that I want to forget that,” Eric DeCosta said. “To be honest with you, I cherish that."
Todd Heap has a special interest in watching his old team this season because the Ravens not only selected South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst in the first round of the 2018 draft, but picked Oklahoma tight end Mark Andrews in the third.
The New York Jets confirmed Friday that they have released wide receiver Brandon Marshall, a move that continues their veteran purge and adds another high-end wide receiver to the free-agent class. The Ravens' level of interest in the six-time Pro Bowl selection isn't yet clear.
Otherwise tight-lipped during his 15-minute news conference, John Harbaugh confirmed that the team is in contract talks with its top three pending unrestricted free agents: fullback Kyle Juszczyk, right tackle Rick Wagner and nose tackle Brandon Williams.