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Even after hit on Bradford, Suggs won't shy away from villain role

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Even after hit on Bradford, Suggs won't shy away from villain role

OWINGS MILLS -- Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs still embraces the villain role on the road, even in the aftermath of his controversial hit on Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford. Suggs doesn’t mind being booed. He doesn’t care if opponents like him.

So it was no surprise to see Suggs smiling after Wednesday’s practice. He’s comfortable with who he is, and how he plays.

“Yeah, I’ve always been like that, I ain’t gonna lie,” Suggs said. “You’re naturally the villain when you go into an opponents stadium anyway, so you might as well not shy away from it, you might as well just bask in it. I really love to play the game of football. I’m not supposed to be the opponent’s favorite player. You’re not supposed to like me. I don’t play for you. I represent Ravens’ nation. I just enjoy it. We got a little saying we’re doing around here, ‘Get comfortable being uncomfortable.’ That’s kind of our thing.”

The Ravens feel comfortable with Suggs’ hit on Bradford, with NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino explaining earlier this week that Suggs made a legal play, and that he was incorrectly penalized for roughing the passer. 

As for the Eagles taking exception to the hit, Suggs shrugged it off.

“What do you expect?” Suggs said. “Nobody wants to see their quarterback get hit. I think if they had a firm understanding of the read-option, they wouldn’t be as frustrated.”

On Monday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh bristled at Suggs being called a dirty player by Eagles offensive tackle Jason Peters.

When Harbaugh thinks of Suggs, he thinks of how many games he has helped the Ravens win. He is a six-time Pro Bowler, a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2011), and the Ravens’ all-time sack leader with 106 ½. On Wednesday, Harbaugh smiled when asked about Suggs’ villain persona.

“You want to be the guy that they don’t like to play, so to me that’s a great compliment,” Harbaugh said. “You’re not trying to make friends with your opponents. I’m quite that Terrell Suggs is very highly respected around the league, but the players and by the fans. The greatest compliment has to be when you walk into a place like Pittsburgh, or Cleveland, or Cincinnati, they really don’t want to see you come in there. Suggs is probably a great example of that, as was Ray (Lewis), Ed Reed, a lot of our guys.”

The Ravens don’t play the Eagles this season, so Suggs won’t be booed in Philadelphia. But he’ll be booed in every opposing city where the Ravens play. And as Suggs confirmed Wednesday, that won’t bother him at all.

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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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As 2018 NFL Draft approaches, Ravens to host QB Lamar Jackson per report

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As 2018 NFL Draft approaches, Ravens to host QB Lamar Jackson per report

With 10 days until the 2018 NFL Draft, quarterback Lamar Jackson is set to visit the Ravens this week, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. 

The former Heisman Trophy winner is a projected first-round pick as he has proven to have success in the air and on the ground. 

While at Louisville, Jackson had 9,043 passing yards and 69 touchdowns. He also rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns. His NFL draft profile compares him to Michael Vick. 

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The Ravens are in search of Joe Flacco's successor, but spending a first-round pick on a quarterback when there are other glaring needs is up in the air. However, assistant general manager Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of drafting a quarterback in the first-round.

At their pre-draft press conference, GM Ozzie Newsome and DeCosta kept reiterating we could be surprised by who they pick at No. 16, if they do at all. 

While Jackson's numbers are impressive, he continues to be considered a late first-round pick as his build isn't up to typical NFL QB standards and scouts are concerned with his accuracy. What he does have in his favor is speed.

While fans are hoping for an offensive weapon, having Jackson learn under Flacco for a year (and maybe RGIII?) could rev up some excitement. 

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