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Ravens stock watch: Who's up, who's down after Saints game?


Ravens stock watch: Who's up, who's down after Saints game?

The Ravens opened their preseason with a 30-27 win over the Saints at M&T Bank Stadium, scoring the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard rollout keeper by third-string quarterback Bryn Renner with two seconds left. They have three more preseason games before the final 53-man roster must be set.

After all the practices of OTAs and minicamp, coaches love to see how players react when the lights come on. Who helped themselves, and who hurt themselves, with their play on Thursday night?


WR MICHAEL CAMPANARO -- Campanaro had the Ravens' longest play of the night, a 45-yard catch-and-run touchdown, and he had one other reception. He was one of the few receivers who made a big play, as many of the others in the furious receiver competition were conspicuously quiet. Campanaro's standing as a returner might have gone up when Asa Jackson (knee) went down, though there was no word on the severity of Jackson's injury.

DT CARL DAVIS -- With Timmy Jernigan out, Davis started alongside Brandon Williams in the middle of the Ravens defense. And with three other defensive linemen also out (Chris Canty, DeAngelo Tyson, Brent Urban), Davis played into the fourth quarter. He was a pain for the Saints all night, frequently stuffing the run and getting into the Saints backfield. Davis finished with three tackles, one for a loss, one quarterback hit and one pass breakup. It was a strong debut for the rookie third-round pick.

QB BRYN RENNER -- Granted, Renner still faces long odds to make the Ravens, as they rarely keep three quarterbacks. But give him credit for orchestrating an 80-yard, game-winning scoring drive in the final two minutes, a nice rebound after throwing a bad interception earlier in the fourth quarter. After the game, the TV cameras were flocking around Renner. It might be only for a night, but who saw that coming?



WR JEREMY BUTLER -- On a night when Kamar Aiken left with a tweaked ankle, and when Breshad Perriman and Marlon Brown didn't dress, Butler had a big opportunity to make a statement. Instead, he finished with one catch for 14 yards, dropped a tough -- but catchable -- ball down the sideline, and failed to put up much of a fight for the ball on an interception thrown by Matt Schaub.

CB ASA JACKSON -- Another injury is not what Jackson needs, but Jackson left the game early with a knee injury. Harbaugh did not have an update after the game. Jackson was the starting return specialist and played some nickel back, and he'll be a candidate for both roles if he can stay healthy. But an injury that keeps him out for any length of time this preseason would be a major setback.

S BRYNDEN TRAWICK -- Trawick is listed as a No. 2 safety, so it was interesting to see Kyle Arrington drift back from his usual corner spot and play free safety, alongside Anthony Levine, for much of the second quarter. When Trawick did finally get in as a backup safety, he was flagged for taunting. Those kind of penalties are often a ticket to John Harbaugh's doghouse.


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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.


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


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. 


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.