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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens returned to the practice field Monday after a late-season break that appeared to rejuvenate a weary team in search of consistency.

Baltimore endured 10 straight weeks of football before reaching its long-awaited bye week.

“Our guys did a good job of pushing through,” coach John Harbaugh said. “I thought we played hard and well right through to the end, which is challenging when you have a bye this late.”

The Ravens beat Tennessee 21-7 before entering their bye. Upon their return, the players appeared “re-energized,” Harbaugh said.

“Players took some time off and kind of emotionally and physically recharged a little bit,” he said. “You don’t realize how exhausted you are until you get a chance to take a deep breath and relax.”

Even though the Ravens didn’t play Sunday, they moved up in the muddled AFC North. Before Pittsburgh faced Tennessee on Monday night, Cincinnati led the division with a 6-3-1 record. The other three teams — Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Baltimore — were a half-game back at 6-4.

The Ravens probably need to go 4-2 over the final six weeks to return to the playoffs after last year’s 8-8 misfire.

Baltimore next plays Monday night in New Orleans. The Saints are 4-6 after a 27-10 home loss to Cincinnati on Sunday.

Coming off a bye, the Ravens should be ready to go. After all, they got ample rest and the coaches had extra time to prepare for Saints quarterback Drew Brees and New Orleans’ smothering defense.

Yet, there are times when teams come off a bye with a flat performance. For instance, the Titans offered little resistance against the Ravens two weeks ago, and the Washington Redskins were ineffective at home against last-place Tampa Bay on Sunday.

“It’s a challenge, but we’d better not get into that situation,” Harbaugh said. “We’re going to have a tough environment. We’re playing on Monday night in New Orleans, they’re coming off two losses, they’re a very proud team, very well coached, very talented. Great quarterback, aggressive defense.

“We’re going to have our hands full and we’d better be ready to go. I’d like to think our guys understand that, but we’ll find out Monday night.”

Including this game, the combined record of Baltimore’s remaining opponents is a mundane 28-32, with none of the teams better than 6-4 at this juncture. The lone division foe on the schedule is Cleveland in the finale.

During a bye in which the Baltimore coaching staff reviewed virtually every play of an up-and-down season, Harbaugh said there’s plenty that can be improved upon offensively down the stretch.

“The turnovers is where it starts,” he said. “Third down has been important to us. You go back two weeks ago, if we convert on third down, we’re a whole different offense in Pittsburgh (Baltimore was 3 for 13 in a 43-23 loss). That would have been big for us.”

That’s not all.

Harbaugh said the team needs to score more touchdowns in the red zone and make more big plays.

Baltimore has a plus-1 turnover differential and ranks 19th in red zone percentage.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The crowd gathered at New England Patriots training camp broke into the first of several choruses of “Happy Birthday” on Wednesday morning.

Tom Brady, who turned 39 Wednesday, waved to the crowd, then went back to work.

Brady, of course, will miss the first four games of the regular season because of his “Deflategate” suspension, is allowed to practice right up until the Patriots make their final roster cuts, but then has to be away from the team.

For now, however, it’s business as usual as Brady works along with likely replacement Jimmy Garoppolo and rookie Jacoby Brissett.

Brady hasn’t spoken to reporters in camp, his only public words coming when he showed up, wearing Kevin Faulk’s No. 33, at Faulk’s Patriots’ Hall of Fame ceremony Monday.

But his birthday was a center of attention Wednesday.

“He didn’t get it (from his teammates) too bad today,” said safety Devin McCourty. “I tried to make a wish for him, we celebrate his birthday with some interceptions but he wasn’t for it. There were no interceptions today.”

Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, a new Brady teammate, marvels at what Brady can do at his age.

“It hit me today when I realized he was born in the 70s,” Knighton said. “I don’t know how he’s doing it, but he’s doing it at a high level. I feel bad for everybody that has to go against him because he’s not slowing down.”

Reminded Brady would hear the 70s quote, Knighton said, “That’s cool, that’s cool. I told him ‘Happy birthday, old man,’ today, but I still got a few more words for him once I get back in the locker room.”

Asked if he could think of a gift you can give Brady, Knighton said, “Not at all. I think that at this point he should be buying everyone gifts for making it through 39.”

Knighton, listed as 6-3/355, says he would win a footrace against Brady, adding “There’s probably like three quarterbacks that can beat me in a foot race.”

Garoppolo, asked what he got his mentor, said, “I can’t tell you guys that. Come on.”

Coach Bill Belichick had another view of the big “Jack Benny” birthday.

“Well, first of all, I don’t think we want to miss Chris Barker’s birthday as long as we’re celebrating,” Belichick said.

Belichick, asked about Brady’s work ethic getting him to 39 and still playing well, said, “Yeah, no question, Tom works hard. (He) works very hard at all phases of the game. I think you have to, to play as long as he has.”

Barker, a defensive lineman, turned 26 Wednesday.

“I take a little piece of pride every time somebody in the crowd says, ‘Happy birthday Brady,’” he said. “I just change it to Barker in my head.”

Asked if he heard anyone wish him a happy birthday, Barker said, “Tom did, so that’s all I needed right there. In the locker room right before we came out he said ‘happy birthday’ and I said ‘happy birthday’ right back.”

Reminded his coach gave him a shout-out earlier, Barker said, “That’s a present right there. That’s good enough for me.”

NOTES: Rookie TE Bryce Williams, trying to make the team as an undrafted free agent, had his left knee wrapped in ice for most of practice. … WR Chris Hogan reportedly won’t be out long with a shoulder injury. . Rookie CB/PR Cyrus Jones, the 60th pick in the draft, but New England’s first after losing its first rounder in the “Deflategate” punishment, continues to impress, as does rookie WR Malcolm Mitchell, a fourth-round pick. . Best shirt spotted was a Rob Gronkowski No. 87 jersey, with Gronkowski spelled backward because of a production flaw. The little girl wearing it didn’t want the spelling fixed.

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Mike Singletary hopes to coach again in the NFL someday. He has plenty on his plate right now, though.

Singletary was at minicamp with the Detroit Lions on Thursday. He said he doesn’t know Lions coach Matt Patricia that well, but he wanted to be there to check out the video screens Detroit is using at practice.

Singletary was hired earlier this year to coach high school football at Trinity Christian Academy in Texas. He also has been hired as coach of the Memphis franchise in the Alliance of American Football, which will start playing in February.

Singletary has coached for three NFL teams, including a stint as San Francisco’s head coach. The 49ers went 18-22 under him from 2008-10. Singletary was asked if he thought he could get another opportunity like that.

“I hope so. But for me, I’m going to work where I’m planning,” he said. “Very excited to be where I am, and if that happens, great. If not, then I’m going to keep working where I’m at.”

Singletary says he learned some lessons from his time coaching in the NFL.

“It’s a long list of things. I think more so than anything else is how much I needed to do — how much work I needed to do as a coach and being able to coach my coaches and have them help my players. … Just getting more information, just getting more grounding as a head coach.”

A star linebacker with the Chicago Bears, Singletary was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998. He clearly still enjoys being involved in the sport.

“It’s such a great game, such a great game when you have the right people involved, when you have the right coaches and you’ve got good kids,” Singletary said. “I think all kids are good kids. … You’ve got to know which ones you’ve got to manage, and the ones that help the others. But it’s just such a great game, and so many life lessons, so very important game to me, in America.”

As for the video screens at practice, Patricia explained the purpose this week.

“You may have missed something on the field. You kind of look at it and see what happens. You see what went wrong on the play and can get that instant kind of correction to the player right away,” Patricia said. “A lot of the times the players are trying to figure it out for themselves. So, they’ll see something and, ‘Hey, what happened right there?’ And they can look at it and reference it from that standpoint.”

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Marcedes Lewis wasn’t sure if the Green Bay Packers were the right fit for him. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and tight end Jimmy Graham made him feel at home at Lambeau Field.

Lewis visited Green Bay last week thinking he wanted to explore his options during his first stint as a free agent following 12 years with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He received calls from other teams, but he said that the Packers were the most persistent so he made Lambeau his first stop.

He never made another visit.

“This was the only place I took a trip … I took my trip, and Aaron was here in the locker room. I started talking to him,” Lewis said Thursday. “I started talking to Jimmy and I kind of made my decision that day.

“When I came down here, I didn’t expect to sign anything,” Lewis added. “I was just coming down here to get a feel. Once I saw Aaron and Jimmy, it was a no-brainer after that.”

Lewis, 34, was released by the Jaguars in March after the team had picked up his one-year, $3.5 million option in February. His signing filled a glaring need – a blocking tight end – and gives the Packers another veteran at the position with Graham, a five-time Pro Bowler, and Lance Kendricks.

“I don’t think we’ve had this much experience at the tight end position in my time here,” said Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who called Lewis a “prime-time player.”

“An on-the-line tight end is something we haven’t had a lot of, as far as the way we’ve played over the years,” McCarthy added. “He can block any defensive end on the league, and that’s definitely a huge asset.”

Lewis, who said he felt he got a “raw deal” from the Jaguars, started 157 games for Jacksonville. He has 375 career receptions, including 24 for 318 yards and five touchdowns last year.

Still, Lewis hasn’t caught more than 25 passes in a season since 2012, when he had 52 receptions. His best season came in 2010, when he earned his lone Pro Bowl selection by catching a career-high 58 passes for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The 6-foot-6, 269-pound Lewis said he takes the “blocking tight end” moniker as a compliment, but added that “I pride myself on being a really good all-around tight end, whatever it is that I’m called upon to do.”

It’s the type of attitude that Rodgers loves to hear. Lewis’ ability to help slow down pass-rushers should help an offensive line that has questions on the right side.

“Obviously, I’m a really good blocker, but don’t get it mistaken. I didn’t come here to be a tackle. … Be on the other side of Jimmy doing some good things,” he said. “It’s going to be trouble out there.”

Graham’s strength is making tough catches. Kendricks provides experienced depth.

“Jimmy’s not known as a blocking tight end, but he’s willing. He will get in the way. He will punch you in the mouth,” Lewis said. “So it’s going to be interesting. We get in that personnel with three tight ends on the field and (defenses) have to leave base on the field, it’s not going to be good.”