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To-Do List for Ravens Vs. SD

If the Ravens want to reverse last year's outcome and pull out a win in San Diego, they need to do a few things in Sunday afternoon's game.  

First, the defense must get to Philip Rivers and throw him off a bit. If you can't sack him, hit the QB, make his uniform dirty, make him sweat a bit. They can't let him just stand back there all day and pick the defense apart like last year. On the other hand, if Mr. Rivers gets to meet Terrell Suggs and Paul Kruger and others, the Ravens could take command of this game.

Second, this is simple but needed. Make them punt. The offense didn't kick the ball away once last year in the loss. That can't happen again if the Ravens want to beat the Chargers -- or anyone, actually.

Three, the Ravens need to find some balance on offense. If they have problems passing, the run has to make up for it. And vice-versa. The Ravens have not played well away from home this year on offense, especially with the passing game. If Joe Flacco can get that air attack going like it does at home, the Ravens should do well. Or if Ray Rice can rescue everyone with his talent-- same result.

Four, cause turnovers against an inconsistent San Diego offense. If the Ravens can force mistakes, like they did last week in Pittsburgh, it will give their offense a break and set up some easy points while stopping the Chargers.

Five, get another good game from the secondary. Yes, they're challenged due to injury problems, but the secondary's done well at times lately. But Rivers is going to be a challenge.

PREDICTION: Ravens 27, Chargers 20-- The defense will do better this time around; they won't be embarrassed again. Same with the offense.

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Ravens are releasing safety Tony Jefferson after three seasons in Baltimore

Ravens are releasing safety Tony Jefferson after three seasons in Baltimore

The Ravens are releasing safety Tony Jefferson after he spent three years in Baltimore, the team confirmed Friday.

The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport was first with the news.

“This is the worst part of this business,” general manager Eric DeCosta said in a statement released by the team. “Tony is the consummate teammate and someone who is respected by everyone for his leadership, determination, humility and toughness. He’s a friend to all and a true Raven.

"We know he’s going to beat this injury, and we will be cheering for him all along the way. We wish the very best to Tony and his family.”

 

 

The safety suffered a knee injury against the Steelers in Week 5 and was out for the remainder of the season. He was replaced by Chuck Clark, who shined in his new role and received a three-year contract extension on Monday as a result. 

The Ravens will save $7 million by releasing the 28-year-old safety. He originally had a cap hit of $11.65 million for the 2020 season and will have a dead cap hit of $4.65 million. 

Jefferson started each of the 35 games he played in Baltimore and registered a total of 174 tackles and two interceptions across his three seasons. He played nearly every defensive snap before his injury, only coming off the field during the blowout over the Dolphins in Week 1. 

He spent the first four seasons of his career in Arizona before he left for Baltimore and a four-year, 34 million dollar contract. 

According to overthecap.com, the Ravens will be left with a touch over $31 million in cap space after Jefferson’s release. In an offseason with Matthew Judon as a free agent, Jefferson’s release gives them a little bit more flexibility with their offseason plans. 

The Ravens now have Earl Thomas and Clark as the team’s two top safeties, but there are still questions that persist for the depth at that position with Jordan Richards, who recently signed a one-year contract extension, and DeShon Elliott as the team’s backups currently under contract. Brandon Carr, who played safety down the stretch for the team, has a team option for 2020. 

While the safety position certainly isn’t a need for the Ravens at this juncture, there will almost assuredly need to be some younger talent added to the position. 

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Ravens offensive lineman James Hurst suspended for violating NFL’s performance-enhancing substances policy

Ravens offensive lineman James Hurst suspended for violating NFL’s performance-enhancing substances policy

The Ravens will be without one of their backup offensive linemen to start the 2020 season, as James Hurst was suspended by the NFL for four games without pay after he violated the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Hurst made two starts and appeared in all 16 games for the Ravens last season. He played a total of 194 offensive snaps as a utility offensive lineman, predominantly used as a swing tackle and offensive guard.

Hurst, 28, who signed a four-year contract extension with the Ravens in 2018, is owed $8 million in base salary over the next two seasons, both of which carry a cap hit of $5.25 million.

He also has a dead cap hit of $2.5 million in 2020 and 1.25 in 2021, should the team decide to move on from the former North Carolina Tar Heel. The team would save 2.75 million dollars in 2020 should they release him.

Hurst has played 90 total games in his career in six years in the NFL, all of which were with the Ravens. 

The offensive line is slowly becoming more of a need for the Ravens with Hurst’s suspension. That’s in addition to Matt Skura’s recovery from a knee injury and the potential of Marshal Yanda’s retirement.

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