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Ravens react to the passing of former assistant coach Brooks

Former Ravens assistant coach Clarence Brooks passed away Saturday due to esophageal cancer. Brooks joined the Ravens in 2005 as the defensive line coach and remained in that position until 2015. He was still working with the team last spring after his diagnosis.

The impact Brooks had on everyone in the Ravens community was clear from their reactions which came pouring in on Saturday after the news of Brooks' passing.

"Very few, if any, coaches influenced their players – on and off the field – like Clarence Brooks," said general manager Ozzie Newsome. "How fortunate are the Ravens to have had this special person in our lives for the past 12 years? He was a teacher, a friend, a father figure to many and a great football coach. A lot of our defensive success over the years is due to his ability to get the most out of his players on the defensive line. This is a sad, sad day for our team and extended family."

“Our heartfelt condolences and love go out to Justa and the Brooks family on the passing of Clarence," head coach John Harbaugh said. "We loved that man! He is at peace now through the grace of Jesus Christ. He fought the good fight and won. One of the finest coaches I have ever met, he changed the lives and influenced players and coaches for the better. He was a great man, loving husband and devoted father. He was as tough and determined in adversity as you’ll ever see and as loyal a friend as there is.

"‘C.B.’ will forever walk as a loved and cherished member of the Ravens family.”

"What a man, what a coach, what an inspiration," said former Ravens head coach Brian Billick who hired Brooks in 2005. Beyond being one of the best position coaches in the league, Clarence was one of the most respected people in the NFL. He was a great teacher and friend. His positive and upbeat, yet stern, way was special. The proof is in the pudding. Look at how players improved under him. It would be tough to find a more respected assistant in the NFL. My heart reaches out to Justa and his family."

“Clarence Brooks is one of the finest human beings I have ever met," current linebackers coach Don Martindale said. "Selfishly speaking, you would like to say he was your best friend, but he was really everybody’s best friend. We are happy he is not suffering anymore. I love him like a brother, and I am going to miss him terribly.” 

"This morning, the Bisciottis are so sad to hear about Clarence's passing," owner Steve Bisciotti said. "He was the sweetest man I've ever met in football. He was also as tough as nails and was as respected by everyone on our team as any coach who ever touched the Ravens. His impact was more than people on the outside could know. He will be so missed."

Several players also issued statements talking about the impact Brooks had on them as their coach.

“Clarence Brooks was a rare, special coach," linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "We had a relationship that became more than football; he was family. He was every bit the definition of the word ‘coach.’ He was firm and demanding when he needed to be, but was a father figure and caring at the same time. I will definitely miss my friend.”

“Coach Brooks was like a father figure to me and every other player he coached," defensive tackle Brandon Williams said. "He made me the player I am today, but more importantly, helped me to be the man I am today. He always got the best out of you. He saw the potential in every player and did everything in his power to help you be the best you could be – on and off the field. Every day I walked in this building, no matter what was going on, he could always make me smile. I will miss him, and my heart goes out to the entire Brooks family.” 

“Coach Brooks was a heck of a coach, but an even better man," defensive end Lawrence Guy said. "He cared so much about all of us and could always pull the best out of you in any situation. Through him, I learned how to prepare better, practice better and play better. I will truly miss his coaching, his fellowship and his mentorship. Rest well, ‘C.B.’”

“I am deeply saddened by the news of ‘C.B.’ passing away," said former Ravens tackle Haloti Ngata. "I hope that I can help continue his legacy by the way I live and play. I played under ‘C.B.’ for nine years. In that time, he helped me go to five Pro Bowls and win a Super Bowl ring. He deserves a lot of that credit. He worked so hard with me and my Ravens teammates. This is tough news to swallow.

"I will miss you, Coach. Thank you for everything you taught me through the years – on and off the field. I love you, Clarence.”

Many others reacted over social media.

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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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