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Browns QB makes first visit to Baltimore memorable

BY RICH DUBROFF

BALTIMORE—Josh McCown knows his place in the NFL. At 36, McCown, playing with seventh in team in 13 seasons, made his M&T Bank Stadium debut, and it was one to remember.

McCown threw for a career high 457 yards, a Cleveland Browns record as the Browns beat the Ravens in Baltimore for the first time in the Joe Flacco/John Harbaugh era.

Two years ago, McCown beat the Ravens in Chicago’s Soldier Field in a game that was interrupted for nearly two hours by a tornado. That game was one of three he won in five starts for the Bears, and set him up for a year that he’d like to forget.

In 2014, McCown moved on to Tampa Bay and lost 10 of 11 starts. He laughs when he recalls his last win.

“It was last year at FedEx Field against the Redskins. There weren’t very many last year,” McCown said.

On Sunday, McCown recorded his first win since that day in November as the Browns won here for the first time since Nov. 18, 2007.

Back then, Mike Pettine, Cleveland’s coach was coaching the Ravens’ outside linebackers. The Browns won that one in overtime, too—by the identical score of 33-30.

“I don’t know if it’s sunk in, yet. Maybe when I light my cigar outside it might start to sink in,” Pettine said.

So much went wrong for Cleveland. There were two silly penalties on nose tackle Danny Shelton for hitting after the play. Two consecutive plays for significant gains reversed after replay challenges, and a late hit by kicker Travis Coons.

On the Ravens final drive in the fourth quarter, defensive back K’Waun Williams hit Marlon Brown after Flacco’s pass to him was over the receiver’s head.

That extended the drive which led to Justin Tucker’s game-tying field goal.

“This wasn’t pretty. We did a lot of bad things,” Pettine said.

Coons, who his coach labeled “a bit of an adrenaline junkie,” hit Ravens returner Jeremy Ross while he was running out of bounds in the second quarter. Coons won the game with a 32-yard kick.

Of course, there was the acrobatic grab by Cleveland’s Gary Barnidge, laughingly called “the thighmaster catch.”

McCown became the fifth quarterback to throw for over 400 yards against the Ravens in their 20-year history.

He spent 2010 out of the NFL playing for the Hartford Colonials in a now forgotten league and appreciates what he has more than ever.

“I played in the UFL, for crying out loud. Personal satisfaction kind of fell out the window,” McCown said.

McCown admires his Ravens counterpart, and understandably has some QB envy.

“Joe, doing what we all chase, which is taking your team to the Super Bowl, winning it—in a contract year,” McCown said.

He’ll remember his first time in Baltimore. What was it like?

“Pretty good, pretty good,” McCown said.

“Fun place to play. This AFC North is special just because of the fans that you have in these cities. They’re not quite as passionate as Browns fans, but they’re close.”

McCown has now played for teams in five of the NFL’s eight divisions.

“To come into a place like this where fans support their team like this is huge,” McCown said.

The Browns are now 2-3. McCown suffered a concussion in Cleveland’s Week 1 loss to the New York Jets and had to watch Johnny Manziel’s win over Tennessee the next week.

Ravens fans who wanted to watch “Johnny Football” in action had to settle for the wunderkind trotting over to Flacco for a handshake after the game.

In Cleveland’s last win here, Phil Dawson hit a controversial field goal which sent the game into overtime. That year, 2007, was the Browns’ last winning season.
 
“Sometimes you have wins that define things for you, can define a season or be a turning point. We hope that was this for us,” Pettine said.

McCown is Cleveland’s hope for a postseason berth even though he’s not known as an NFL top shelf quarterback.

“The people that know, and the people that you really care about, that’s all that matters, is their opinion of you, and your opinion of yourself,” McCown said.

On Nov. 29, the Ravens travel to Cleveland. By then, the Browns and McCown will now whether he’s still their quarterback or whether they need to be looking for another one in next spring’s draft.

Don’t sell him short, he cautions. He’s come a long way since that nightmare in Tampa Bay last year.

“Everybody didn’t write me off. There’s obviously some folks in Cleveland that didn’t write me off, and thankfully my wife and kids didn’t write me off,” McCown said.

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2018 NFL Mock Draft Ravens Roundup 6.0: The final countdown

2018 NFL Mock Draft Ravens Roundup 6.0: The final countdown

After months and months of talk and a lot of predictions, the 2018 NFL Draft is finally here.

On Thursday, Ozzie Newsome and Co. will enter the draft room prepared for battle. A lot of questions await them and most of them can not be answered until the ten minutes leading up to their pick. 

Even with the additions of Michael CrabtreeJohn Brown and Willie Snead, will the Ravens continue to add to their wide receiver corps? 

Will they trade down and scoop up a tight end or will they address the offensive line and snag Mike McGlinchey? 

All of our questions will be answered in no time, but for now, sit back and enjoy the wild ride that is the first-round of the NFL Draft. 

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— Mike McGlinchey (OL)

With the exit of Ryan Jensen, the Ravens are now in need of an offensive lineman. 

At the combine, McGlinchey put up 24 reps on the bench press, had a 28.5 inch vertical and a 105 inch broad jump. 

"The offense lacks playmakers which is why wide receivers Calvin Ridley and D.J. Moore work," Standing says. "Right tackle also in play. McGlinchey seems to have moved ahead of the other tackle prospects."

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— Calvin Ridley (WR)

Ridley is one of the few wideouts in this draft projected to go in the first-round. While his combine performance didn't help his stock, running a 4.43 40-yard dash, recording a 31-inch vertical, a 110-inch broad jump and a 6.88-second 3-cone drill, many are still predicting he lands with the Ravens or somewhere in the first-round. 

"Ridley underwhelmed at the combine, but his college tape shows a player who’s nearly uncoverable," Kiper says. "I’m going to trust the tape in this case and still make him my top-ranked wideout (Maryland’s D.J. Moore is not far behind). Baltimore could also target an offensive tackle at pick No. 16."

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— Hayden Hurst (TE) 

The Ravens haven't addressed their need at tight end in free agency and the reason could be because they're holding out for the draft. 

QB Joe Flacco has a tendency to favor Ravens tight ends and Hayden Hurst out of South Carolina is being considered by many the top TE in this draft. 

The ex-minor league baseball pitcher, who walked on at South Carolina at 21-years old, is being compared to Dallas Clark. "His fearless play demeanor combined with size, strength and athleticism make him a well-rounded prospect with the versatility to line up all over the field," according to his draft profile

Jeremiah, who once was a scout for the Ravens, predicts they will be looking to draft back for Hurst.

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks (Link) 

— Lamar Jackson (QB) 

It was reported last week that Jackson would be making a visit to the Ravens' facility during the final week of pre-draft visits, and with Joe Flacco nearing the end of his contract, now could be the time to find his successor. Jackson provides support on the ground and in the air, but scouts are concerned about his accuarcy. 

"With Joe Flacco viewed as a potential salary cap casualty in 2019, the Ravens can secure their future QB by grabbing Jackson if he is available at No. 16," Brooks says. "Remember, Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and assistant head coach Greg Roman have experience nurturing athletic quarterbacks into dynamic playmakers (see Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb, Colin Kaepernick), so the Ravens could be the perfect fit for the 2016 Heisman winner."

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— Mike Gesicki (TE) 

Gesicki is another tight end option for the Ravens. Standing tall at 6' 5", Gesicki ran a 4.54 40-yard dash and recorded a 41.5 vertical jump at the combine. He also ended his time at Penn State as their tight end leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. 

His draft profile describes him as a "pass-catcher who can get open and has the ball skills to win against linebackers and safeties." Scouts are also comparing him to the likes of Jimmy Graham. 

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— Christian Kirk (WR)

Kirk provides another wide receiver option if Ridley is gone at 16, even though his draft profile has him projected in Rounds 2-3. 

The 5-10, 201-pound junior finished with 71 receptions, 919 yards and 10 touchdowns at Texas A&M.

At the combine, Kirk ran a 4.47 40-yard dash, recorded a 35.5 vertical jump and a 7.09 second 3-cone drill. 

His bottom line states, "Kirk is a well-built, mentally tough slot target whose game is built around pace more than explosiveness. His lack of speed and length make him less likely to impact games down the field, but his footwork, route tempo and hands should give him an opportunity to find catches underneath. Kirk's ability to help in the return game is a plus, but the difference between average and good as a receiver could depend on finding the right fit."

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— D.J. Moore (WR)

As the draft has slowly approached, Maryland's D.J. Moore has risen in the rankings. 

Many pundits are ranking him narrowly behind Alabama's Calvin Ridley as the top WR in the draft. 

The 6'0"  junior ran a 4.42 40-yard dash, a 6.95 3-cone drill and recorded a 39.5 vertical jump. 

"Moore is bigger than former Terrapin wideout Stefon Diggs, but their playing style and athletic ability while at Maryland are similar," states his draft profile.

"Moore doesn't have the height and length teams look for outside and may become a full-time option from the slot. He clearly has the short-area quickness and talent after the catch to handle those duties, but his route-running needs to become more focused and fast to unlock his potential. Teams are high on Moore's potential and believe he has the talent and traits to become a good WR2 in the league."

Moore is being compared to the likes of Pierre Garçon. 

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Baltimore Ravens' 2018 regular season matchups, dates and times

Baltimore Ravens' 2018 regular season matchups, dates and times

We've known the Ravens' 2018 preseason and regular season opponents for some time now, but the NFL finally released their full schedule with exact dates and times.

As they do every year, the Ravens will be seeing the Bengals, Steelers and Browns twice. 

For the ninth consecutive year, Week 16 and 17 will be divisional games with playoff implications.

The Ravens will also be playing in the Pro Football Hall of Fame preseason game against the Chicago Bears in Canton, Ohio, bringing an extra preseason game to their schedule.

In the regular season, the birds will be flocking south to take on the Panthers, Falcons and Titans. They haven't seen the Panthers or Falcons since 2014 - both ending in wins - and came up just short against the Titans in their 23-20 loss last season.

The Ravens will only have to travel to the west coast once when they take on the Los Angeles Chargers, who they last saw in 2015 and earned a 29-26 win.

Not including AFC North rivals, the last time the Ravens saw their remaining five home opponents they came away with wins. Hopefully history will repeat itself.

Prime-time games, which the Ravens have two of, will kick off at earlier times than in the past. Monday Night Football will now start at 8:15 p.m. while Thursday and Sunday Night Football will start at 8:20 p.m.

Ravens 2018 Regular-Season Schedule:

Week 1: Sunday, 9/9 vs. Bills, 1:00 p.m.

Week 2: Thursday, 9/13 @ Bengals, 8:20 p.m.

Week 3: Sunday, 9/23 vs. Broncos. 1:00 p.m.

Week 4: Sunday, 9/30 @ Steelers, 8:20 p.m.

Week 5: Sunday, 10/7 @ Browns, 1:00 p.m.

Week 6: Sunday 10/14 @ Titans, 4:25 p.m.

Week 7: Sunday, 10/21 vs. Saints, 4:05 p.m.

Week 8: Sunday 10/28 @ Panthers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 9: Sunday 11/4 vs. Steelers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 10:  BYE week

Week 11: Sunday 11/18 vs. Bengals, 1:00 p.m.

Week 12: Sunday 11/25 vs. Raiders, 1:00 p.m.

Week 13: Sunday 12/2 @ Falcons, 1:00 p.m.

Week 14: Sunday 12/9 @ Chiefs, 1:00 p.m.

Week 15: Sunday 12/16 vs. Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 16: Saturday 12/22 or Sunday 12/23 @ Chargers, TBD

Week 17: Sunday 12/30 vs. Browns, 1:00 p.m.


PRESEASON 

Hall of Fame Game: Thurs., 8/2, vs. Chicago Bears (Canton, OH), 8:00pm (NBC).

Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. Los Angeles Rams

Week 2: Mon. 8/20,  at Indianapolis Colts (Monday Night Football, ESPN).

Week 3: at Miami Dolphins*

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30 at Washington Redskins

* - Game date and time not yet determined

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