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Harbaugh takes issue with ineligible receiver flag that stalled drive

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Harbaugh takes issue with ineligible receiver flag that stalled drive

The reeling Ravens have enough problems this season, but they weren’t helped by a critical call that derailed their opening drive in a 26-18 loss to Arizona on Monday night that sent the Ravens to 1-6 for the season.

On their opening possession, the Ravens marched to the Cardinals 13-yard line in five plays. On first-and-10 from the 13, backup guard John Urschel caught a screen pass for six yards, putting the Ravens inside the Cardinals 10. But the play was brought back, with Urschel flagged for an illegal formation because he was not an eligible receiver. 

Replays indicated that as Urschel ran onto the field, he looked right at referee Ronald Torbert and ran his two hands up and down in front of him – a clear signal that he was reporting as eligible. Joe Flacco also appeared to point at Urschel and say something to Torbert.

Harbaugh was irate after the flag was thrown. After the game, a miffed Harbaugh said the official told him that he never saw Urschel’s signal.

“John did everything he was supposed to do in that situation, just as he’s coached.” Harbaugh said. “Joe (Flacco) looked at it. He saw it. I saw it. Then there was an announcement. Couldn’t hear what the announcement was, you never can. … He did exactly what he’s coached to do and what he’s instructed to do and it was a legal formation.”

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The subject of players reporting as eligible receivers has been a touchy subject in Baltimore ever since the playoff loss at New England last year, when the Patriots confused the Ravens with formations that left the Ravens covering ineligible receivers while letting players who had declared eligible run free. 

The penalty on Urschel stalled what had been the Ravens best game-opening drive of the season. Prior to Monday night, they were one of two teams that had not scored on an opening drive all year, with their longest opening drive topping out at 19 yards. 

After the penalty on Urschel, instead of facing 2nd-and-4 from the Cardinals 7, the Ravens were backed up to face 1st-and-15 from the 18. The Ravens ultimately got a 44-yard field goal from Justin Tucker, but the missed chance at an early touchdown loomed large in yet another Ravens loss that was decided by one possession.

The Ravens fell to 1-6, with all six losses decided by eight points or less.

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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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