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The New York Jets have signed Ty Montgomery to a one-year deal, making him Le’Veon Bell’s primary backup.

Midway through last season, the Ravens traded the Green Bay Packers a reported seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft in exchange for Montgomery. Baltimore was looking for a pass-catching tailback to help Joe Flacco and the offense.

Montgomery and Flacco never got to play together, however, because Flacco suffered a hip injury against the Steelers just days after the trade, when Montgomery was inactive for his first game in Baltimore.

In a Lamar Jackson-led offense, and with the emergence of Gus Edwards and then Kenneth Dixon, Montgomery had a limited role. In six games played, he had just 15 carries for 83 yards and 10 catches for 65 yards.

It remains to be seen whether Montgomery’s deal would be big enough to register in the compensatory pick formula. The Ravens are currently projected to get a third-round pick in the 2020 draft, and unrestricted free agents signing elsewhere could add more picks.

Baltimore’s other remaining unrestricted free agents are defensive end Brent Urban, tight end Maxx Williams and running back Javorius Allen.

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According to ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates, the Baltimore Ravens have exercised tackle Ronnie Stanley’s 5th-year option.

Stanley was set to enter the final year of his rookie contract this season but is locked up through the 2020 season. He will make roughly 13 million next season.

I wrote about this yesterday, but this was a no-brainer move for the Ravens ahead of the May 3 deadline. Stanley posted the 3rd highest pass-blocking grade among offensive tackles in 2018, per Pro Football Focus and solidified the left edge of the offensive line for Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson.

Stanley is a candidate to receive a long-term extension in the near future. General Manager Eric DeCosta spoke about taking care of the organization’s young players, as evident with new deals for cornerback Tavon Young and tight end Nick Boyle. Locking up one of the league’s brightest young tackles will surely be atop of the priority list.

It’s vitally important to have stability on the offensive line with a young quarterback. As Lamar Jackson enters his second season, he has Stanley and Orlando Brown Jr. on the edge and one of the league’s best guards in Marshal Yanda protecting the inside.

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AZUSA, California – Montana State track and field had several student-athletes put together standout performances, including a school record broken, in the Bobcats’ showing in two meets in California on Friday, April 19.

MSU’s highlight of the day came at the Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa Pacific’s Cougar Stadium.

Senior Alex Lewis continued his stellar final campaign as a Bobcat in the long jump Friday. The Moscow, Idaho, native set a new lifetime best and broke the program record in the event on his third attempt. Lewis crossed over 25 feet for the first time in his collegiate career which broke the school-record mark of 24-11 set by Marty Ogg in 1979. It was the program’s longest standing outdoor record.

Lewis eventually topped his third-attempt mark. On his sixth and final attempt, Lewis reached a wind-legal distance of 25-02 (7.67m). That mark placed him second in the event and currently places him 11th in the West Region rankings.

Truanne Roginske also moved into MSU’s all-time top 10 list in the women’s long jump. She reached a lifetime-best mark of 18-10 (5.74m) on her second attempt as she took 21st overall. That put her into seventh on the Bobcats’ all-time chart in the event.

Three other Bobcats also competed at the Bryan Clay Invite and completed lifetime bests. Morgan Evans led a trio of MSU runners in the 100-meter dash. Evans took 56th in the event with a time of 12.27 seconds. Ramsay finished 72nd in 12.36 seconds and Haile Norred placed 88th in 12.51 seconds.

Multiple runners have had solid efforts at the Mt. SAC Relays in Torrance over the course of two days. On Friday, two Bobcats joined the Bobcats’ top 10 all-time lists.

Freshmen Camila Noe and Duncan Hamilton made their marks on the Bobcats’ record book. Noe took 30th overall in the 5,000 invitational race in a time of 16:32.82. Noe, who finished 13th among collegiate runners in the race, moved from 10th to third all-time among Bobcats in the event. Hamilton finished 10th overall in the men’s 3,000 steeplechase invitational race. His time of 9:01.36 is the 10th best in program history in the event.

Anna French and Trisha Carlson both ran in the women’s 3,000 steeplechase invitational race. French took 10th overall, and sixth among college athletes, by crossing the line in 10:25.96. Carlson finished 20th with a mark of 10:47.10.

Kelsi Lasota and Collin Buck competed in the Mt. SAC Relays on Thursday evening. Lasota participated in the women’s 10,000 invitational race and took 11th in a time of 33:55.58. She was the fourth fastest college runner in the event. Buck ran in the men’s 10,000 ‘A’ race and completed a time of 31:15.83. He placed 18th in the event.

The Montana State track and field student-athletes competing in California are slated to participate in the Beach Invitational on Long Beach State’s campus Saturday.

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The Baltimore Ravens need to beef up the interior of their offensive line this offseason. Ever since Baltimore let Kelechi Osemele walk in free agency during the 2015 offseason, the left guard position has been a revolving door, especially between Alex Lewis and James Hurst.

With a push to a more run-heavy offensive scheme last year, upgrading at left guard immediately should be a priority for the Ravens. Even though Baltimore signed right guard Marshal Yanda to a one-year contract extension this offseason, they need to really begin searching for his heir now too.
Lindstrom is developed in the mold the Ravens typically like. He’s a player who can play multiple positions — tackle, guard and center. That’s a rare combination in today’s NFL.

Lindstrom is a smart player. He can recognize blitzes and stunts from opposing defenses fairly well, which is partly why he would be intriguing as a center too. Lindstrom’s also an incredibly athletic offensive lineman, allowing him to pull and block well on the move.

That athleticism means he’s not quite as strong as teams might like him to be. But he makes that up with solid technique and quickness to beat the defender to the punch. That flaw is just enough to push him down to the Ravens’ No. 22 pick.

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Ravens linebacker Patrick Onwuasor won’t look over and see C.J. Mosley next to him anymore. He won’t hear Terrell Suggs’ booming voice from the edge, nor safety Eric Weddle right behind him, directing traffic before furiously backpedaling to give the opposing quarterback a different look.

All those leaders of the Ravens’ top-rated defense of 2018 are gone, and Onwuasor, armed with a nice, bigger paycheck, knows it’s up to him to step into the massive leadership void left behind. And just in case he wasn’t sure about that, others have let him know.

“One thing I have to start learning how to build is leadership,” Onwuasor said as he met with the media April 16 as team’s offseason program began.

Onwuasor noted that veteran safety Earl Thomas, the Ravens’ top offseason acquisition, told him, “‘We’re going to work on your leadership.’ And that’s something that I kind of shy away from, too,” Onuwuasor said. “I’m kind of soft-spoken. I like staying away a bit. I think if I start working on my leadership, it would probably be great for us.”

Onwuasor, who turns 27 in August, has followed a path familiar to the Ravens: an inside linebacker who made the roster as an undrafted rookie, then worked his way into an increasingly larger role before becoming a regular starter. It happened with Bart Scott, and Jameel McClain, and Dannell Ellerbe, and Zach Orr as well.

Onwuasor started 12 of 16 games at weak-side linebacker this past season, finishing with 59 tackles, 5.5 sacks and one interception. He forced two fumbles on strip-sacks, with both of them returned for touchdowns by cornerback Tavon Young.

Now with Mosley gone as a free agent to the New York Jets, Onwuasor becomes the clear leader of an inside linebacker group that is one of the thinnest areas on the team. The only other returnees from last year’s 53-man roster are second-year players Kenny Young and Chris Board.

The Ravens could target an inside linebacker early in the draft, and they could look to sign a veteran later in the summer, as they did with Daryl Smith in 2013 after Ray Lewis retired, but it will be up to Onwuasor to take command of the inside linebacker group.

It’s also likely that Onwuasor will wear the defensive headset helmet, communicating calls from defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale to the rest of the defense.

“I’m really comfortable wearing the headset,” Onwuasor said. “I wore it in practice. Just listening to ‘Wink’ relay the calls … C.J. wasn’t the only one talking. You have 11 guys on the field. Eleven guys are talking. When that play comes in, we’re all communicating.”

A restricted free agent this spring, Onwuasor signed a second-round tender worth roughly $3 million, nearly quintupling his salary from last season. He is set to become a free agent next year, but he wasn’t ready to look too far ahead on the business front.

“I’m just focused on this year, and I’m going to let that play out how it plays out,” he said.

Onwuasor acknowledged that the extent of the free agency losses that hit the Ravens’ defense took him somewhat by surprise, as Mosley (Jets), Suggs (Arizona Cardinals), Weddle (Los Angeles Rams) and linebacker Za’Darius Smith (Green Bay Packers) all signed elsewhere.

“To be honest, I didn’t really think it was going to change that much,” Onwuasor said.

“It’s a business at the end of the day,” he added, “so it’s a lot of moving pieces. I think the Ravens did a great job to try to fill in those pieces and bring people here to help us progress.”

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The Ravens have made improving the secondary a priority in recent seasons, particularly at the cornerback position. They used a fourth-round pick and first-round pick to select Tavon Young and Marlon Humphrey in back-to-back drafts, and also signed Brandon Carr in free agency ahead of the 2017 season.

Baltimore’s investments at the position have paid off, as their cornerback group is arguably the now deepest, most-talented in the league. The fact that Jimmy Smith is now the third, maybe even the fourth best corner on the team speaks to the depth the Ravens have. This is no way a slight towards smith, either, but a testament to the skill level of Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Carr, and Tavon Young.

If you move further down the depth chart, the Ravens have the likes of Anthony Averett, Maurice Canady, and Stanley Jean-Baptiste, three talented young guys who have flashed upside and possess untapped potential. With Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith no longer setting the edge, the Ravens pass rush figures to take at least a small step back next season. If the pass rush is less effective, the play of Baltimore’s cornerbacks becomes even more crucial to the success of the defense.

Barring any unforeseen injuries or developments prior to the season, the Ravens will return the same group of guys from last season. Check out these bold predictions below and be sure to leave your thoughts in the comment section!
Marlon Humphrey has performed a very high level since entering the league two years ago. However, even after taking a step forward in his development last season and performing as the 11th-best cornerback in the league, it still feels as though he doesn’t receive the national recognition that he deserves. I believe this is the year that changes. The heading above may seem a bit confusing, so allow me to explain. Humphrey recently announced that his new jersey number is 44, which is the number his father wore during his playing years. If you add four and four together, you get eight – the number of interceptions I envision Humphrey recording next year.

Only four players have accomplished this feat since the 2015 season: Reggie Nelson, Marcus Peters, Darius Slay, and Kevin Byard. The last Ravens player to post eight interceptions was Ed Reed in 2010. Eric Weddle came the closest to matching this benchmark two seasons ago when he recorded six. Humphrey has just four career interceptions in two seasons, so expecting that number to suddenly jump to eight seems a bit far-fetched. However, these are bold predictions for a reason. Humphrey has great ball skills and possesses the athleticism to hold his own against almost any receiver in the league. Humphrey has been rock-solid for two straight seasons, but this third year is when he’ll truly ascend to elite status at the position.

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The Regent Prep football team dominated opponents all season en route to the State runner-up title last December.

On April 12, it appeared the football team became the Regent soccer team and took care of Wagoner’s soccer squad by a 5-0 score.

It was a key district contest for both teams. Regent’s win clinched the district title while the Bulldogs need to win out to insure a spot in the playoffs.

“They were so much bigger and stronger than we were,” said Wagoner coach Brandon Carr. “It kind of took a toll on us mentally and physically.”

Regent may have been stout in appearance, but did a lot of things right.

“They were technically very sound, too,” Carr added.

The loss followed a nice 5-4 home win against Catoosa on Tuesday, April 9.

The Bulldogs got three goals from Ryan Dumond. Jaden Snyder and Wesley McKee added single scores, too.

The week ended with Wagoner’s record at 9-3 overall and 3-2 in district action.

The Bulldogs close out the district schedule on Thursday and Friday with home games. Riverfield Country Day School of Tulsa invades on Thursday while Dove Science of Tulsa hits the Odom pitch on Friday.

The season closes out with a non-district road game at Westville.

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The news came down a week before free agency that the Ravens had cut safety Eric Weddle. It was a surprising development to running mate Tony Jefferson, but not totally unexpected. He knew changes were coming to a Baltimore defense that finished the season ranked No. 1 in the NFL but featured a few important pieces hitting free agency.

Then, Ravens lifer Terrell Suggs signed with the Cardinals, edge rusher Za’Darius Smith signed with the Packers and inside linebacker C.J. Mosley signed with the Jets. Just like that, 17 Pro Bowl appearances and 11 All-Pro nominations had departed the DMV.

“It was tough to see those guys leave because when I first got there, they were there, and they had already established what it meant to be a Raven,” Jefferson reflected during a visit to the NFL Network headquarters on Monday. “I learned from them, watched them and just to see them leaving, it hurts. I knew maybe one or two guys I was thinking weren’t going to be back. But not all of them. I didn’t think all of them would be gone.

“It was really kind of breathtaking to kind of understand that everybody’s gone. You were just the No. 1 defense and then you see talent like that leave, guys who were detrimental in getting us to that point. But there’s nothing you could really do at that moment. Those types of moves are made by people who are above your pay grade, that’s just their job. I’m more than happy that I’m still a Raven at that point.”

Jefferson hasn’t sat idle, either. The veteran strong safety, who himself arrived in Baltimore just two years ago via free agency, was already in the process of recruiting running back Mark Ingram and former Cardinals teammate Justin Bethel. After the Ravens signed Earl Thomas, Jefferson said his next move was to hit the film room.

He wanted to learn as much as possible about Thomas’ tendencies, and watching tape has been just as paramount as practice in that regard. He noted it wasn’t the first time he’d studied the ex-Seahawks star.

“I know exactly what he brings to the table,” Jefferson said. “He was always in the scouting report for the teams. We always had to know where 29 was, and I was on defense and I knew that. That was the game plan, watch 29, so I’m excited to be playing next to him and learning from him as well. …

“I’ve been watching him the past three days. He has incredible instincts to find the ball and he’s just a high-motor player, and I’m a high-motor player. Us just being able to play fast and make plays I think is going to do wonders for our defense. Plus, with his range at free, I’m watching, I’m like, I’m taking chances when I’m in man coverage. We play a lot of man and I’ve been asked to play a lot of man, cover the tight ends. If I want to take a chance I know that I got an instinctive baller back there who can make me right.”

Given all the defensive turnover, Jefferson expects to assume a bit of a different role both on the field and in the locker room. Both will have a void now that Suggs, Mosley, Weddle and Smith are no longer in the fold for the Ravens. Those defections coupled with the Cleveland Browns’ recent additions already have many overlooking the defending AFC North champions.
“I think it’s great. I love what they did,” Jefferson said of the Browns. “I love that they brought a lot more talent to the division. Obviously, Odell [Beckham] coming to the Browns is humongous. What he brings to the game is rare. Plus, with all the complements around him that he has, with Baker [Mayfield]. That brings a lot of challenges for opposing defenses, and then a defense has to play them twice a year, that brings that challenge as well. But we’re still defending the title. So until then it’s just he say, she say, it’s Madden. Until then you got to come strip the title from us. That’s just what it is. I feel like everybody does this every year, not specifically Cleveland or AFC North. There’s usually a team somewhere, I feel like everybody last year was talking about the Vikings. I don’t know if they made the playoffs or not. It’s just another situation like that to me. …

“You can sleep if you want, but we’re going to be out there playing ball, and let the cards come out how they do. We work a little harder, lift a little harder, run a little harder out there. So I’m excited.”

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Willie Snead had an OK fantasy season if you were expecting to have him on the bench and only start in certain weeks. He was the number #63 ranked WR and the #313 ranked player overall. His ranking drops to the #80 ranked WR when basing it on average fantasy points. His production dropped throughout the season. In his first 4 games he averaged 6.4 FPs and that declined to 3.2 in his final 5 games. He is still relatively young, so his late season drop-off should not be an indicator of an overall downward trend heading into next season. Based on a relatively low standard deviation, Snead can be considered a consistent fantasy player. Our projected ceiling for Snead when he ‘goes off’ is 11 fantasy points (his average is 5FPs). Willie Snead (2019 Season Projection: 58 Rec, 644 Yards, 4.4 TDs, 12 Rushyd) is projected to improve in the upcoming season. His rank based on total projected fantasy points has him as the #59 player at his position.
As a young player he improved as you would like. His average Fantasy points increased by 317% this season.
Willie Snead played in 15 games in 2018. He was the #69 ranked fantasy WR based on total fantasy points. He averaged 4.8 FP per game (#81 ranked based on average).
His FanDuel average was 7.7 points and on DraftKings it was 10.1 per game.

We used his second highest game as his ceiling and second lowest as his floor. On DraftKings his floor was 1.8 and on FanDuel it was 1.3 fantasy points. When he was good, he was very good with a DraftKings ceiling of 13 and 9.5 on FanDuel.

He has had an equal number of good (20% above average) and bad games (20% below) on FanDuel, and an equal number of good and bad games on DraftKings. We are only including games where they were in the daily fantasy slate and played.

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The Ravens have designated cornerback Maurice Canady, who suffered a thigh injury in the team’s season opener, to return from injured reserve.

Canady is eligible to practice, but he must be added to the Ravens’ active roster within 21 days or will revert back to IR.
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NFL teams can designate only two players placed on IR to return during the season. The Ravens placed running back Kenneth Dixon (knee) on IR two days after Canady in mid-September, but coach John Harbaugh said last week that the organization was awaiting clearance from the NFL before Dixon resumed practicing.

“There are issues going on with him that are beyond our coaches’ control,” he said.

Defensive tackle Willie Henry also was added to IR after Week 7 after he suffered a herniated disk in his back. Under NFL rules, Henry is eligible to return after missing eight games, meaning his earliest possible appearance would next come in the Ravens’ regular-season finale.

Running back De’Lance Turner (hamstring) landed on IR a month ago, but with the recent acquisition of running back Ty Montgomery, his return this season appears unlikely.