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AP Pro32 ballot from Lynch

AP Pro32 ballot from Lynch

Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter John Lynch of Fox Sports:

Week 10

JOHN LYNCH (Fox Sports)

1. Atlanta Falcons - 8-0 now. The Falcons were tested by the Cowboys, but showed that they have multiple weapons. Coupled with a red-hot QB, they are going to be tough to stop.

2. Houston Texans - Coach Kubiak wants faster starts. They will need it in their Sunday night showdown with Da Bears.

3. Chicago Bears - The Bears looked very complete in hammering the Titans. Exciting brawl upcoming with the Texans Sunday night.

4. San Francisco 49ers - The 49ers rested with a bye week but have looked dominant of late. A tough, physical, talented and well coached football team.

5. Green Bay Packers - The Pack are banged up and get a bye week to heel up. They will need it with stars like Clay Matthews and Greg Jennings ailing.

6. New England Patriots - The Pats were dominant in London and get a week off to enjoy it.

7. Denver Broncos - The Broncos are getting better as a team every week. The same can be said for their QB and that has their opponents nervous.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers - The Steelers are playing real good ball. It's more impressive as they have been banged up. Polamalu is on the mend.

9. New York Giants - My preseason No. 1's inconsistent play of late has them dropping. I still believe this is a team that will challenge for the Lombardi this season.

10. Baltimore Ravens - The Ravens defeated the improved Browns but don't look as powerful as they did earlier this season.

11. Seattle Seahawks - Seattle continued its up and down season with a hard fought win over the Adrian Peterson led Vikings.

12. Indianapolis Colts - The Colts are having a magical season, inspired by the fight of their head coach Chuck Pagano and a rookie QB who looks nothing like a rookie.

13. Miami Dolphins - The Dolphins fell short vs. the Colts but are an impressive team.

14. Detroit Lions - An interesting team to watch. We all know they have the talent. Can they play disciplined football? If so, they can be dangerous.

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Greg Schiano can lead and Greg Schiano can coach. An offense led by RB Doug Martin and Josh Freeman has been the most explosive in the NFL over the last four games. They have lost some of their better players to injuries, but remain undaunted.

16. Dallas Cowboys - A tough draw for the Cowboys the last two weeks with the Giants and the Falcons. This is a team capable of making a run, but it has to start now.

17. Minnesota Vikings - A valiant effort from Adrian Peterson was wasted in Seattle as they can't throw the football right now. A defense that started the season playing great has forgotten how to tackle.

18. San Diego Chargers - The Chargers represent the week to week nature of the NFL as last week everyone had Norv Turner done and now they are on the Bronco's heels in the AFC West.

19. New Orleans Saints - They looked better on defense Monday night, not to be confused with good. We all know what this offense can do.

20. Philadelphia Eagles - Problems persist in Philly. They were moving the ball great in New Orleans, but turned it over and couldn't punch it in and the defense has lost its mojo.

21. Cincinnati Bengals - The Bengals slide continues, but they gave the surging Broncos a test on Sunday and looked better doing it.

22. Arizona Cardinals - The defense showed their mettle and made it tough on Aaron Rogers and the Pack, but they don't have enough in the tank right now to beat teams like the Packers.

23. Washington Redskins - The Redskins are reeling as their defense doesn't have the horses and RG3 is showing he is human.

24. Oakland Raiders - The Raiders are one of the least penalized teams in the NFL, but not so fast. The Bucs made the Raiders revert to their old ways - undisciplined. They couldn't stop the run and too many turnovers. The Raiders hope it was simply a blip on the radar.

25. New York Jets - The bye week can't fix the problems that are ailing the Jets. A very inconsistent FB team.

26. St. Louis Rams - The Rams were "bloody" whipped by Sir Tom and the Pats across the pond. They rested in their bye week and here come the 49ers.

27. Buffalo Bills - The Bills battled tough vs. the Texans, but not tough enough.

28. Carolina Panthers - The Panthers responded vs. the Redskins and looked good in doing so. Now John Fox returns to Charlotte - with Peyton Manning in tow - to face his old team.

29. Tennessee Titans - After being humiliated by the Bears, owner Bud Adams says everyone's job is on the line.

30. Cleveland Browns - They are improving!

31. Jacksonville Jaguars - The Jags disappointed after looking good vs. the Packers the week prior.

32. Kansas City Chiefs - A week later, the Chiefs are still not good!

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Report: Boldin to sign with Lions

Report: Boldin to sign with Lions

Former Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin is back for a 14th season.

Boldin, who turns 36 in October, will sign a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. In Detroit, Boldin will be reunited with Lions coach Jim Caldwell, who became the Ravens offensive coordinator during their run to the Super Bowl in the 2012 season.

The Lions had a major void at wide receiver with All-Pro Calvin Johnson's retirement.

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A former second-round draft pick, Boldin spent seven seasons with the Cardinals before the Ravens traded for him in 2010. In three seasons with the Ravens, Boldin averaged 62 catches and 882 yards. He came up huge in the 2012 playoff run, with a team-best 22 catches for 380 yards and four touchdowns. He had six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Super Bowl win over the 49ers.

After that Super Bowl run, though, Boldin was traded to the 49ers for a sixth-round draft pick. Boldin led the 49ers in catches and receiving yards in each of the past three years. He had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with the 49ers in 2013 and 2014, leading many to question the Ravens decision to trade him. Last season, Boldin led the 49ers with 69 catches for 789 yards.

Boldin enters this season ranked 17th in NFL history with 13,195 receiving yards. One of the few players ahead of him is current Ravens receiver Steve Smith Sr., who ranks 11th (13,392). Boldin last season became the 13th player in NFL history with 1,000 career receptions and now has 1,009. Smith, incidentally, needs 39 catches this season join Boldin in the 1,000-catch club.

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Ravens agree to one-year deal with former No. 1 overall pick Jake Long

Ravens agree to one-year deal with former No. 1 overall pick Jake Long

The Ravens are expected to sign veteran offensive lineman Jake Long after he flies into Baltimore on Tuesday night, CSN has confirmed. The impending Long-Ravens deal was first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN, who reported that Long and the Ravens had agreed to a one-year deal. That contract is expected to be signed if there were no last-minute concerns once Long arrived in town.

Long is a former Pro Bowl left tackle with the Dolphins who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 draft. He spent five seasons with the Dolphins, before joining the Rams for two seasons, then playing four games with the Falcons last season. Long is still only 31 years old, but he has been plagued by injuries in recent seasons, including two torn ACL’s.

The Ravens view Long as insurance at left tackle to as a backup to first-round pick Ronnie Stanley. While the Ravens believe Stanley can handle the starting job, the Ravens were left thin at the position after releasing veteran Eugene Monroe, who has since retired. James Hurst has been the Ravens’ backup left tackle, but in Long, the Ravens would have a more experienced option should Stanley struggle or suffer an injury.

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For three Ravens WR's on bubble, returning punts could be key

For three Ravens WR's on bubble, returning punts could be key

The Ravens don’t know who their primary punt returner will be, but they have plenty of options heading into training camp.

Keenan Reynolds, Michael Campanaro, and Kaelin Clay should all get reps returning punts. All three of those wide receivers are on the roster bubble, making their contributions on special teams even more important.

Campanaro has shown he can contribute as a wide receiver when he’s healthy.  However, avoiding injuries has been a major issue for Campanaro during his first two seasons.

The Ravens would prefer their punt returner to help the 53-man roster in another capacity, which may give Campanaro an edge. But if Campanaro, Reynolds, and Clay are not among the top six wide receivers when final cuts have to be made, will the Ravens decide to keep any of them strictly for their ability to return punts?

Reynolds will be a popular storyline during camp, as he tries to make the transition from Navy quarterback to NFL wide receiver. If Reynolds shows promise as a receiver, it will increase his chances of making the team, because his speed and ability to change direction will likely translate well to returning punts. Meanwhile, Clay had an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Browns last season, so he has already shown explosiveness as a returner.

Figuring out their best option for returning punts is one of many things on the Ravens’ to-do list, with the first full-squad practice scheduled for Thursday.