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Veteran Birk in awe of offensive line depth


Veteran Birk in awe of offensive line depth

Attention to detail isn't necessarily Matt Birk's strong suit. He pointed out after practice Monday that he was wearing two different shoes.

"That's how into shoes I am. Just a fact," Birk said in a self-deprecating tone that drew laughs all around. "I'll take questions now."

Playing center is where Birk, 36, is more detail-oriented.

He sat out the opening preseason game vs. the Atlanta Falcons, who pressured Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco heavily, but started vs. the Detroit Lions last week as the offensive line played more steady.

Coach John Harbaugh still has key decisions to make regarding that group.

Left tackle Bryant McKinnie, who is listed first on the depth chart there but has yet to start a preseason game, has been getting more work as he rounds into better shape. Michael Oher, the starting right tackle, has moved to the left side in McKinnie's place.

With the Ravens focusing on adding a hurry-up package to their attack, McKinnie has to be in better shape. When he reported to training camp, McKinnie was overweight. He could be back in the starting lineup for Thursday's preseason game vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"Bryant is doing well. He's moving well," Birk said. "Bryant has done a good job of being in shape. He's moving as well as I've seen him move in a long time getting his backside blocks and backside cutoffs."

But there's also the issue of left guard Bobbie Williams, who struggled in the opener, rested his sore right ankle last week and possibly could end up in a backup role. Rookie Kelechi Osemele has started at right tackle in Oher's usual spot. Osemele also has spent time as backup left guard and could be shifted into Williams' spot.

The possibilities seem endless.

"He is smart, he is very tough, very long," Harbaugh said of Osemele. "He has a great punch. He probably bends a lot better than most people thought who were evaluating him in the draft. He has really good feet, maybe better than people thought. He has a chance to play either one of those spots. He has given us some flexibility in there."

Birk sees having multiple options as a good thing for the Ravens. Like with his mismatched shoes, he can handle the uncertainty.

"I think we're fortunate. This is the deepest group of offensive linemen we've had since Ive been here," said Birk, in his fourth season with Baltimore. "You really look at it as good fortune. We've tried a different number of combinations and we don't know how it will all shake out."

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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.