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NFL Preseason Preview Capsules: AFC

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AFC North: Baltimore Ravens

OPEN CAMP: July 22, Owings Mills, Maryland.

LAST YEAR: Coming off Super Bowl win, Ravens lost many key players to retirement or free agency. They dropped six of first 10 games before winning four in row. Then they lost final two and missed postseason for first time in six years.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak; WR Steve Smith; TE Owen Daniels; LB C.J. Mosley; C Jeremy Zuttah; S Darian Stewart.

IMPORTANT LOSSES: DL Arthur Jones; OT Michael Oher; CB Corey Graham; S James Ihedigbo.

CAMP NEEDS: Ravens need right tackle after losing inconsistent Oher. Ricky Wagner stands atop depth chart, which might not be good enough for team with playoff aspirations. GM Ozzie Newsome may also be on lookout for secondary help.

EXPECTATIONS: Despite being relatively young, Ravens have high hopes of getting back to postseason. QB Joe Flacco, RB Ray Rice and WRs Smith and Jacoby Jones have plenty of experience. But starting safeties might end up being rookie Terrence Brooks and second-year man Matt Elam. Still, Baltimore fully expects to compete for AFC North crown and intends to play deep into January. (AP Photo)

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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