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Amid Eric Decker rumors, Ravens front office now shifts attention to offensive line

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Amid Eric Decker rumors, Ravens front office now shifts attention to offensive line

Following the signing of veteran receiver Jeremy Maclin, the Ravens were rumored to be a potential suitor for Eric Decker after his release from the New York Jets. 

Although receiver is a position that must improve, Baltimore owner Steve Bisciotti recently made it clear that the team needs to address the offensive line now. 

The Ravens offensive line faces major changes after right tackle Ricky Wagner signed with the Detroit Lions this offseason, center Jeremy Zuttah was traded to the 49ers, and guard Marshal Yanda is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. 

In the 2016 draft, the Ravens took Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley with the 6th overall pick. Stanley had an impressive rookie campaign, earning AFC North Rookie of the Year in a season where he only allowed three sacks while blocking for Flacco. 

The team added some young talent in this year's draft as well, taking guard Nico Siragusa (No. 122) and Jermaine Eluemunor (No. 159) both in the fourth round. 

However, it is unsure if either rookie is ready to be thrown into the starting offensive line right away.

The Ravens front office may have just made a big splash when signing Jeremy Maclin, but they aren't quite done fixing an offense that has suffered many departures over the years. 

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Former Ravens LB Zach Orr retires from the NFL ... again

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Former Ravens LB Zach Orr retires from the NFL ... again

In 2016, Zach Orr was the Ravens' leading tackler, and earned a spot on All-Pro second team.

But before Orr could begin preparing to replicate his standout 2016 season, a rare spinal condition forced him to announce his retirement in January.

At just 25 years old, Orr struggled with the decision and considered the thought of unretiring earlier this summer.

But on Friday afternoon, the Fairfax, Va. native made his retirement official.

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With Orr coming off of his best season in his young and promising NFL career, he went to multiple consultants where he received mixed reviews on whether or not he could continue his NFL career.

Orr took to The Players' Tribune to inform the public as to why he made this decision and explains his health concerns.

After going undrafted out of North Texas in the 2014 NFL Draft, he was signed by the Ravens as a free agent. He finished his rookie season with seven special teams tackles, the second-most on the roster. In 2015, Orr finished with 22 tackles, and looked primed for a breakout season. That's exactly what happened in 2016, as he finished with 132 total tackles, three interceptions, and two fumble returns.

 

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Jay Cutler makes debut as Dolphin in preseason game against Ravens

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Jay Cutler makes debut as Dolphin in preseason game against Ravens

MIAMI GARDENS, Florida -- Jay Cutler's night started by getting an ovation from Miami Dolphins fans just for taking the field, and ended with him giving a shout-out to Mark Bowen.

That's the surgeon who fixed his right shoulder after his season with the Chicago Bears ended last December.

Cutler's shoulder is just fine, and that's about all Miami had to cheer about. Ryan Mallett threw for 113 yards and a touchdown , Josh Woodrum ran for two more scores and the Baltimore Ravens beat the Dolphins 31-7 on Thursday night in the second preseason game for both teams.

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"Dr. Bowen in Chicago, nice job," Cutler said, with a thumbs-up for emphasis.

Cutler played the first two series for the Dolphins, his debut as injured starter Ryan Tannehill's replacement in Miami. He was 3 of 6 for 24 yards , some of it in a no-huddle tempo, and his highlight play was one that didn't count. Facing a third-and-16, Cutler stepped up and found DeVante Parker for what would have been a 31-yard gain -- one erased by a holding flag.

"Thought he was good," said Dolphins coach Adam Gase, who also coached Cutler in Chicago. "First time out. Looks like we really weren't apart for a year. His tempo was really good."

Cutler took a big hit on his last snap, courtesy of the Ravens' Za'Darius Smith. He got up without any problem, then switched his helmet for a baseball cap and headset.

"I was kind of glad to get that one out of the way," Cutler said.

Ravens starting quarterback Joe Flacco isn't expected to play until Week 1 of the regular season because of back woes, and Mallett played the entire first half.

"I thought he did good," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He got out of trouble a few times. He made a few throws."

Mallett completed 13 of 22 passes, getting intercepted twice -- both on passes intended for Quincy Adeboyejo. The first pick was by Xavier Howard on a ball lofted down the left sideline and overthrow, the other coming when Cordrea Tankersley ripped the ball out of Adeboyejo's hands after he had to reach back to make a catch on a quick slant.

"I think I played better," Mallett said. "There's still plays to be made."

Woodrum completed eight of 10 passes for 110 yards.

"He's got some poise, he can play the game," Harbaugh said.

Senorise Perry had an 11-yard touchdown run for Miami, but he also fumbled away a kickoff return -- one of many Miami special-teams miscues. The Dolphins also had a punt blocked in the second quarter, setting up Mallett's 1-yard touchdown toss to Larry Donnell, and later had a hold on a kickoff return.

Gase said Miami had 10 men on the field for the blocked punt.

"It's one of those unforced errors we can't have happen," Gase said.