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It's official: Ravens glad to see regular refs

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It's official: Ravens glad to see regular refs

When referee Gene Steratore brought the captains to midfield for the pregame coin toss before the Ravens faced the Browns at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday night, he greeted the players saying, Good evening, men. Its good to be back.

That elicited a loud cheer from the crowd, which had greeted Steratore and the rest of his seven-man crew with a standing ovation when they first took the field.

It might have been the first standing ovation ever given to an officiating crew, but the fans were clearly showing their appreciation for the return of the regular NFL officials, who had been locked out of the first three games of the season in a labor dispute.

I think this was a little bit different in the sense that we were actually recognized and part of the story before the game, which is not something were used to, Steratore said. Its not something that we look to do.

To just be applauded by 50,000 people prior to anything happening, it was something that kind of chokes you up, he added. It was a very special feeling.

Once the game began, Steratore and his crew maintained control and the flow of the game in a way that the replacement officials struggled to do throughout their brief tenure.

It was smooth, Ravens center Matt Birk said. Thats what these guys do. Theyre NFL refs because theyre the best.

The honeymoon ended, to a degree, when Bernard Pollard was called for unnecessary roughness in the third quarter, drawing a shower of boos. Another unnecessary roughness penalty, on Paul Kruger for shoving Browns tackle Joe Thomas, gave the Browns an extra play at the end of the game.

But on confusing plays, Steratore called crew members together and decisively made rulings. The ball was spotted correctly. Penalty yardage was properly assessed. All those things failed to happen consistently with the replacement officials.

Im glad we got to the point where (the lockout) was settled, because the game, as we saw, was suffering, linebacker Ray Lewis said.

The Ravens were whistled for 11 penalties for 100 yards, but youd hardly know it listening to coach John Harbaugh afterward.

Good to have em back, Harbaugh said. These guys are pros. These guys are really good. The communication was good. Didnt agree with every call. They were excellent. Gene Steratore does a great job communicating. The guys on our sideline did a great job.

Added running back Ray Rice: Nobodys perfect, but obviously the way the game was called, we have the integrity of the game back.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

Kick off your Wednesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Chris Board is making a run for a starting spot at linebacker for the Ravens, according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. Board and Kenny Young will reportedly make a run for the starting spot opposite Patrick Onwuasor, but Board is pulling ahead of the pack Zrebiec says. The spot is up for grabs since the Ravens lost C.J. Mosley in free agency.

2. Also looking to earn a roster spot is wide receiver, Jordan Lasley. After training during the offseason with Lamar Jackson, many expected Lasley to show up to minicamp ahead of the pack, but after making some drops, Zrebiec says Lasley "will need to pick up his game" if he wants to get a spot on the Ravens roster.


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens announce 2019 open training camp dates

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens announce 2019 open training camp dates

Kick off your Tuesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. The Ravens have announced 2019 training camp dates that will be open to the public. 2,000 fans will be able to attend the 14 open practices at the Owings Mill Underarmour Performance Center. Additionally, the Ravens will hold their annual open practice at M&T Bank Stadium July 27 with Fireworks Night to follow.

2. Wide receiver Jaleel Scott has had a standout offseason thus far after spending his entire rookie season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. According to Ravens media, Scott has been a big playmaker at OTAs and mandatory minicamp and is looking forward to the start of training camp. “I think I had a great practice to end minicamp, and now I’m going to get ready for the start of training camp,” Scott said to Ravens media. “I want to show people I can be a deep threat, that I can make big plays and do things in the red zone, help us score points. That’s my goal.”


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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