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I CONCUR

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I CONCUR

All week long, John has been billed as the warmer, funnier Harbaugh with Jim cast as the curt, almost curmudgeonly brother.

Yeah, that's pretty much right.

The Harbaugh brothers shared the stage for a joint news conference Friday morning and immediately reinforced the impressions the world has of them.

``Hi, how you guys doing? Welcome and thanks for coming. Just want to start by saying what an honor it is for both of us to be here, with each other. What an exciting moment it is, but even more for our families,'' John said, pointing out the Harbaugh parents in the audience along with their grandfather, a cousin and an uncle, and then spending a few minutes detailing his Baltimore Ravens schedule for the day.

After his minute-long opening statement, John turned the mic over to Jim.

``I concur,'' Jim said, drawing laughs.

While Sunday's Super Bowl between John's Ravens and Jim's San Francisco 49ers has been billed as ``The Harbowl,'' the brothers have only reluctantly gone along with the storyline. When a reporter noted that both brothers had made risky mid-season decisions - John fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron while Jim dumped quarterback Alex Smith for Colin Kaepernick - and asked if that could be traced back to their childhoods, Jim ignored the question, talking about his players instead.

``The way our players have played, to me, that is why we're here,'' Jim finally said. ``Not because of any coaching decisions or the way we were when we were kids. It's really a credit to those men, and we're looking forward to game.''

When asked what ``philosophical commonalities'' the brothers share, Jim replied, ``I'd be hard pressed to spell philosophical right now.''

John was more willing to play along with the fascination surrounding the family this week. He told how he and his brother had built a hockey goal out of chicken wire when they were about 13 - John is 15 months older - and broke all the windows in the garage. He gave a glimpse at what their conversations are like during the season - ``Just normal personal stuff any two brothers would talk about. That's 95-plus percent of our conversations'' - and talked of how agonizing it was to watch his brother when he was an NFL quarterback.

But John is still a Harbaugh, as was clear when he was asked if he and his brother might forego the traditional postgame handshake and hug instead.

``I have given absolutely no consideration to a postgame handshake or bear hug or anything else,'' John said. ``Jim, have you?''

``I have not,'' Jim replied.

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5 Ravens under the radar when camp opens

5 Ravens under the radar when camp opens

The Ravens officially open training camp next Wednesday and will hold their first practice on Thursday. Over the ensuing five weeks, the annual process of culling a 90-man roster down to 53 will take place. Here, in alphabetical order, are five players who will be under the radar when camp opens but could have an impact on the Ravens this season:

WR Jeremy Butler

The receivers group is going to generate a lot of buzz this camp. Steve Smith Sr. is back from his Achilles injury after all at age 37, Mike Wallace is an intriguing addition and Breshad Perriman might finally get on the field after his latest injury. Then of course a lot of local eyes will be on former Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds and River Hill product Michael Campanaro. But don't sleep on Butler, who has always produced some of his best work on the Owings Mills practice fields, which is how he ultimately earned a promotion to the active roster last year and produced 31 catches for 363 yards.

CB Will Davis

Davis played just two games for the Ravens last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury. But the four-year veteran showed promise in his brief time with the Ravens, who traded a seventh-round draft pick to the Dolphins last September to acquire Davis. With Jimmy Smith likely to be slowed early in camp after offseason foot surgery, Davis should have a lot of opportunity to state his case.

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G Vladimir Ducasse

John Urschel appears to be the front-runner to replace Kelechi Osemele at left guard for the Ravens, and Ryan Jensen and rookie Alex Lewis also could get a look. Ducasse, 28, though, has more experience than all of them; he is a former second-round draft pick who has made 22 career starts, including 11 for the Bears last season.

S Anthony Levine

Levine has been a versatile player in four seasons with the Ravens. He's seen time at cornerback and at safety and has been one of the top special teams players the past few years. During OTAs, Levine even spent some time working with the inside linebacker group. The Ravens will probably continue using him as a jack-of-all-trades utility player.

OLB Victor Ochi

Might Ochi be the next undrafted rookie to make the Ravens? Ochi set a Stony Brook record with 32 1/2 sacks and ranked second in FCS (formerly Division I-AA) football with 13 sacks last season. With Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil both coming off injuries, Ochi should get plenty of reps in camp. He also is out to prove the doubters wrong after going undrafted; draft expert Mel Kiper predicted he could go as early as the third round.

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Former Ravens defensive lineman suspended for PED violation

Former Ravens defensive lineman suspended for PED violation

Former Ravens defensive lineman Arthur Jones has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2016 for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances, his new team, the Indianapolis Colts, announced in a statement on Friday afternoon.

Jones, who was drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Ravens, played three seasons in Baltimore. He played his first season in Indianapolis in 2014. His 2015 ended before it began after he suffered an ankle injury in a preseason game against the Rams. 

In three years in Baltimore, Jones appeared in 44 games and registered 8.5 sacks and 120 combined tackles. In his most recent healthy season, 2014 with the Colts, he played in nine games and registered 23 combined tackles and 1.5 sacks.

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Ravens under the microscope: Best case, worst case for Jimmy Smith in 2016

Ravens under the microscope: Best case, worst case for Jimmy Smith in 2016

As we countdown to training camp, Clifton Brown and Bo Smolka will take turns putting 25 key Ravens under the microscope. They’ll speculate on a best-case, worst-case scenario for at least one player every day.

They’ll begin with players looking to carve out a role or roster spot, then wrap up with the most important players, concluding with quarterback Joe Flacco on July 25.

UNDER THE MICROSCOPE - Jimmy Smith, sixth-year cornerback

Best-case scenario:

Smith is not only the Ravens’ best corner, but one of the top 10 corners in the NFL.

Why it could happen:

Before his Lisfranc injury in 2014, Smith was playing the best football of his career and winning matchups against premier wide receivers like Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall.  Smith has the tools to be a top corner - the length to deal with bigger receivers, and the confidence to be left alone on an island. After having screws removed from his foot this offseason, the lingering effects of his injury should finally be over. Even last season, when he was clearly not 100 percent, Smith led the Ravens with three picks. He turns 28 years old later this month (July 26) – still young enough to play at a high level, with experience to accompany his talent.

Worst-case scenario:

Smith’s game doesn’t distinguish himself as a shutdown corner, and the Ravens’ secondary gives up too many big plays.

Why it could happen:

Smith will see a slew of top receivers in 2016, including Antonio Brown (twice), A. J. Green (twice), Dez Bryant, Odell Beckham Jr., and Amari Cooper, who beat Smith for a 68-yard touchdown last season. We’ll find out if Smith is back to where he was in 2014, because he’s going to be tested.

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