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OWINGS MILLS Austin Bryant Jersey , Md. (AP) — well on its way to sporting a different look in 2019.The metamorphosis of the Ravens began with the ascension of rookie Lamar Jackson to starting quarterback in November. In the 2½ weeks since Baltimore was eliminated from the playoffs with a 23-17 loss to the Chargers, Eric DeCosta took over as general manager, Greg Roman was promoted to offensive coordinator and Harbaugh signed a deal through 2022.After Joe Flacco served as the starting quarterback for the better part of 11 seasons, Harbaugh will team with Roman and DeCosta to put together a run-oriented offense headed by the fleet-footed, slippery Jackson.“It is a new era of football,” Harbaugh said Friday. “We’ll be a different team than we were last year. We’ll be a different team than we ever were before because of a lot of changes. There are a lot of new pieces in place, and I’m excited about it.”Roman replaced Marty Mornhinweg because of his proficiency with the running game and his experience working with quarterbacks who were a threat to run, most notably Colin Kaepernick with San Francisco in 2012 and Tyrod Taylor with Buffalo in 2015.“This was just me looking at our situation and feeling that was the direction we needed to go,” Harbaugh said. “The way our offense was going to be built from the ground up, we needed to start with the running game and build into the play-action pass and then the drop-back pass from there. Kind of built around our quarterback and what he’s going to bring to the table going forward.”The Ravens closed the regular season with a 6-1 surge under Jackson, who took over for the injured Flacco on Nov. 18. The switch turned Baltimore into a team that relied on ball control and the ability of Jackson to use his legs more than his arm, and the result was an AFC North title that ended the Ravens’ three-year hiatus from the playoffs.Harbaugh understands completely that Jackson — who ran 147 times for 695 yards and five touchdowns — is at risk every time he tucks the ball and heads downfield. But in the coach’s mind, the reward outweighs the potential for injury.“You can’t live your life in fear. I think there’s just as much fear on the other side that he’s going to take that thing to the house when he gets out and runs Rashan Gary Jersey ,” Harbaugh insisted. “So we’ll live in that world. Lamar is just a heck of a player. He’s a threat every time he touches the ball, run and pass.”With Flacco headed elsewhere as a free agent, Harbaugh said, “We still have to sign a No. 2 quarterback, potentially a No. 3 quarterback. I would probably lean toward the backup being similar to Lamar. Obviously, RG3 (2018 backup Robert Griffin III) is a great option there. Some have written about Tyrod. There are others out there like that.”That task will fall on DeCosta, the longtime assistant to Ozzie Newsome. DeCosta spurned several offers from other teams while hoping the Ravens’ job would be his and owner Steve Bisciotti finally made it happen.Because DeCosta had been around for so long, Harbaugh said the transition has been “seamless.”“Eric’s energy, his passion, his ideas, it’s exciting,” Harbaugh said. “It’s a new start, but yet we’ve been together side by side for 11 years. So we’ve got all that behind us and we’re standing on that.”Regarding personnel, Harbaugh is hoping Pro Bowlers Eric Weddle and Marshal Yanda will return in 2019.“They’re both under contract. Unless something changes along the way Darnell Savage Jr. Jersey , they will be back. No decisions have been made,” the coach said. “I want them both back, for sure. We’ll do everything we can to make that happen.”Also, Harbaugh said several players have undergone surgery this month and should be ready before training camp, including offensive lineman Alex Lewis (shoulder), safety Tony Jefferson (ankle), cornerback Tavon Young (sports hernia) and linebacker Za’Darius Smith (sports hernia). METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Saints running back Latavius Murray doesn’t see himself as a replacement for his friend and former offseason training partner, Mark Ingram — not that he can’t appreciate why others might view him as such.“Human nature for fans or anybody is to compare us, because obviously a very good running back leaves and we have to fill that void,” Murray said Thursday after New Orleans completed its sixth full-squad voluntary practice of the offseason.“My job is to come in here and do what I can do and provide for this team what I can provide, so there’s no added pressure when it comes to that.“To think about replacing someone — I don’t think of it as that. I can’t,” Murray added. “They brought me in because they feel that I can help.”Murray, 29 Elgton Jenkins Jersey , who has rushed for as many as 1,066 yards in a season (in 2015 with the Raiders), sees himself as a short-yardage, power rusher who can serve as an effective complement to New Orleans’ versatile and shifty first-string running back, Alvin Kamara.“What’s most important for a back is to bring to the table what you can bring and just be you,” Murray said. “There’s different guys that can do different things and obviously Alvin does some things different — better — than I can do. But I know what I can bring to the table.”Murray said he is not averse to experimenting as a potential receiving target out of the backfield, but figures he needs to focus most on running “between the tackles, downhill, scoring when I’m down there, getting tough yards, protecting the quarterback — those are things that I pride myself in and those are things that I’ve done well.”Murray was signed by New Orleans as a free agent in March, shortly before Ingram — the Saints’ 2011 first-round draft pick — accepted a free-agent offer from Baltimore .Shortly after, Murray said he called Ingram and “just told him, first off Jace Sternberger Jersey , I was happy for him and his new deal and his new team, which is a really good team. And he just told me to hit him up if I needed any advice, anything around the area, and just told me that I would love this locker room and love the guys in there.”Murray is also joining some fellow former Vikings who also have recently signed with New Orleans, including interior lineman Nick Easton. Murray bonds well with offensive linemen and his “physicality” as a runner stands out, Easton said.“He knows how to get a first down and he breaks a few (long runs), so he’s a good back,” Easton said.Murray is entering his seventh pro season out of UCF, where as a senior in 2012 he rushed for 1,106 yards, caught 27 passes and finished with 1,337 yards and 19 touchdowns from scrimmage.The Oakland Raiders, then coached by current Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, drafted Murray in the sixth round.An ankle injury landed Murry on injured reserve in August 2013 Dexter Williams Jersey , wiping out his rookie season, but he has played in 77 regular-season games during the previous five seasons — the first three with Oakland and past two with Minnesota.While with the Raiders, he conducted some offseason workouts in south Florida with Ingram, and more recently joined Ingram on a USO tour.During his stint with the Vikings, Murray worked in tandem with running back Dalvin Cook and mistakenly said, “Dalvin,” when referring to Kamara before quickly correcting himself.“Sorry. Alvin. I’ve got to get used to that,” Murray said with a self-effacing smile. “When you get Alvin out there in space against some linebackers and here I’m in the backfield and the (opposing) team doesn’t know if you’re going to hand the ball off or throw it to one of the guys out there … things like that are just hard to defend.“It’s just my job to make sure I’m doing what I do best so that I’m involved in those situations and can continue to make them an advantage for us.”Notes: Kamara missed Thursday’s practice with what coach Sean Payton described as a “stomach bug.” … Payton also said starting right guard Larry Warford, who has not been seen at practices open to reporters this week and last week, is rehabilitating from an undisclosed injury and should be available to practice “sooner than later.”


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