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Ravens cut roster to 53

Well the cutshave been made. The training camp roster of 90 was cut to 75, and now 75 hasbeen cut to the Final 53. Except it isn't likely to be the Final 53. The Ravensreached their 53-man roster Friday by 9 p.m., as mandated by the league, bymaking 22 roster moves on Friday. They released 15 players, terminated thecontract of one and sent six to injured reserve. There were nohuge surprises on Cut-down Friday. The biggest news among Ravens cuts actuallyoccurred earlier in the week, when kicker Billy Cundiff was let go in favor ofJustin Tucker.The Ravens' final 53-man roster -- for now -- includes 24 offensive players, 26 defensive players and three specialists. Let's take aquick look at how the roster breaks down:QBs (2) -- JoeFlacco, Tyrod TaylorThe skinny: TheRavens stick with two quarterbacks and cut Curtis Painter. But expect to see Tayloron the field more this season in some capacity.RBs (4) -- VontaLeach, Bernard Pierce, Bobby Rainey, Ray RiceThe skinny:Pierce got a late start but wins the job as Rice's primary backup, and Raineyis an upset winner of the No. 3 running back job over Anthony Allen (cut) andDamien Berry (injured reserve).TEs (3) -- BillyBajema, Ed Dickson, Dennis PittaThe skinny:Bajema took the most advantage of the training camp injuries to Dickson andPitta, working as the No. 1 tight end for the past month and winning the No. 3tight end job.OL (9) -- C Matt Birk, CG Gino Gradkowski, TRamon Harewood, T Bryant McKinnie, T Michael Oher, GT Kelechi Osemele, GT Jah Reid, G Marshal YandaThe skinny: Theonly mild surprise here is the Ravens opted to keep just two centers; reportssurfaced Friday that veteran CG Tony Wragge had made the team, but they provederroneous. There have been a lot of moving parts in this line all camp; thelineup for the opener still might not be known.WR (6) -- AnquanBoldin, Tandon Doss, Jacoby Jones, Torrey Smith, Deonte Thompson, LaQuanWilliams The skinny:Undrafted Thompson beats the odds and grabs the final receiver spot, making a fast group evenfaster.DL (7) -- NTTerence Cody, DT Bryan Hall, DE Arthur Jones, NT Ma'ake Kemoeatu, DT HalotiNgata, DE Pernell McPhee, DE DeAngelo TysonThe skinny: The only questions were whether Hall, apractice squad player a year ago, or Tyson, the Ravens seventh-round pick thisspring, would make the team. They both did, perhaps using strong play againstthe Rams to seal the deal.LB (8) -- BrendonAyanbadejo, Dannell Ellerbe, Sergio Kindle, Paul Kruger, Ray Lewis, JameelMcClain, Albert McClellan, Courtney UpshawThe skinny: TheRavens stay loyal to Kindle, a former second-round draft pick who has donelittle as of yet. But with Terrell Suggs out, and Upshaw (shoulder) banged up,depth is a major issue.
DB (11) -- CB ChykieBrown, S Sean Considine, DB Danny Gorrer,CB Corey Graham, CB Asa Jackson,S Bernard Pollard, S Ed Reed, CB Jimmy Smith, S Christian Thompson, CB Lardarius Webb, CB CaryWilliams.The skinny: Brownand Gorrer land on the roster thanks mainly to special teams play, butpreseason Mr. Turnover Omar Brown does not survive the cut. Specialists (3)-- LS Morgan Cox, P Sam Koch, K Justin TuckerThe skinny: Tucker's emergence, and his beating outincumbent Billy Cundiff, was among the top stories of camp.

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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.

They 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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