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How about some good news for Ravens Flock to start everyone’s Thursday? Yesterday, Baltimore safety Chuck Clark welcomed his second baby daughter into the world.

Clark stated on Twitter that a past ultrasound left doctors concerned for the birth, but his daughter fought hard and his family is able to celebrate her arrival. It’s always nice to get a glimpse into Ravens players’ personal lives, but it’s particularly special having Clark be so open about what must have been a nerve-wracking and difficult experience.

Let’s all congratulate Clark and his family on the birth of their daughter.

Back on the field in training camp, Ravens punter-turned-coach Sam Koch spent time watching film 1-on-1 with his rookie replacement Jordan Stout. Some of the moments were captured on Ravens Wired:

It’s great for Stout to be able to learn from a player who was so recently one of the best in the business. Koch’s investment in his former team and Stout’s development is awesome to see, especially considering he retired just months ago. As highlighted in the clip below, he’s already fitting in on the Coaching Staff:

Could Koch be a future Special Teams Coordinator in Baltimore? It largely falls on his interest in the role, of course, but from seeing him each week he seems knowledgeable enough to take over if the position opens.

There’s no doubt he has the pedigree and lengthy career to make him a strong candidate down the road.

Similarly, NFL Hall of Famer and Ravens legend Ed Reed was brought in to speak virtually to rookies on both the Ravens and Commanders on Wednesday.

Reed has been involved like this before, often speaking to rookies on draft night and offering words of wisdom. He got off to a fast start in his career and there’s nobody better to speak to going about things the right way than Reed.

Regardless, it must have been a surreal moment for each rookie.

In other news, former Raven Darren Waller worked with the NFL to release his top-5 TEs in the NFL, listing Mark Andrews fifth.

Talk about stirring the pot here, as no TE had a better 2021 campaign than Andrews.

Of course, most of the names listed are high profile players with incredible track records, but the real issue is having Kyle Pitts higher than Lamar Jackson’s favorite target. Pitts is a talented player entering his second year and he put up over 1,000 yards in his rookie season, but he only had one TD.

Ultimately, touchdowns are not the end-all-be-all, especially for TEs, but Andrews was by all accounts the best at his position last year.

The NFL also released the 10 Best-Selling jerseys of 2022 yesterday:

It’s a little odd to me for them to release this halfway through the year, but I’m surprised not to see Jackson on the list. A number of these names are young players replacing old QBs, but Jackson is still one of the most electrifying players in the league.

What it tells me is that most of Charm City already has their Jackson jerseys hanging in the closet. It’s harder to be one of the top-selling name when your fanbase has already been behind you for years.

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