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Brian Billick sees Kaepernick and RGIII back in the league by end of the year

Brian Billick sees Kaepernick and RGIII back in the league by end of the year

It's been almost two weeks since the Ravens mentioned the possibility of bringing in quarterback Colin Kaepernick after Joe Flacco got injured, and there is still no sign of him signing with the team.

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill suffered a knee injury last week during training camp and the team signed retired Jay Cutler just days later.

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So, what's it going to take for Kaepernick and RGIII to seriously be considered by a NFL team? The Sports Junkies spoke with Super Bowl XXXV winning coach Brian Billick about what he believes it's going to take.

"At the heart of it, it really does come down to the football end of it," Billick said. "Where do you think he is? I loved Colin Kaepernick when he first came on the league, had a great stroke accurate. He has digressed."

"So, [Harbaugh and Roman] have enough institutional knowledge of Kaepernick to make that decision. I think Kaepernick would be a good backup from the standpoint of, at the heart of it you want a backup that doesn't take a lot of snaps through the course of the week but can come in and make something happen outside the structure of the offense, mainly with his legs."

Billick feels though that at this point, Kaepernick will have to wait for a starting QB to get injured during the regular season before getting a spot on the team.

"And he had to know someone was going to have get an injury, either a starter or a backup. Miami made it interesting until they signed Cutler because now it's going to get competitive, might of accelerated it. But, I think most people are going to wait to see an injury will be what forces someone to sign Colin Kaepernick."

Now when it comes to someone like RGIII, Billick said the calculus is a little different. 

"Same conversation, except I think Kaepernick's proven to be a little more durable. That would be the concern when you bring in a RGIII. Where is he physically? Is he going to be able to hold up? Because the last thing you want to do is bring him in for a specific role and him not be there. That's going to be a factor with RGIII."

Billick finished off his thoughts with,"I think both will be back in the league before it's said and done, by the end of the year."

The Junkies response to that was simply, "hmm."

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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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