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Ravens' winning history important to Babin


Ravens' winning history important to Babin

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Jason Babin has played in just one playoff game during 12 NFL seasons. So when the Ravens called, and offered him a chance to continue his career, Babin viewed it as a golden opportunity. At age 35, Babin has signed a one-year contract, hoping he can help the Ravens get back to the playoffs, something Babin has only done once with the Eagles in 2009. Terrell Suggs’ season-ending Achilles injury opened the door for Babin, who will be primarily a situational-pass rusher for the Ravens.

“I don’t think I could have drawn it up any better,” said Babin after finishing his first Ravens practice Wednesday. “I’ve admired how they play, the style they play, just everything about them. To be a part of this defense, it’s really special to me.

“I was blown away by every aspect of how this organization goes about preparing for winning on Sunday.”

Babin expected to be with the Jets this season, but they released him before Week 1. Asked if being released by the Jets surprised him, Babin said, “It was a surprise. I think the coach (Todd Bowles) said they want to win, but looking back in hindsight the general manager (Mike Maccagnan) talked about building. Who knows what exactly is going on? But that’s in the past, and I’m here now, and I’m ready to play some ball.”

Ravens coach John Harbaugh believes Babin will know enough about the Ravens’ defense to play Sunday against the Ravens. Not surprisingly, Babin agrees.

“They sprinkled me in a little bit today,” Babin said. “Obviously Thursday with the pass emphasis, they’ll be a little more of me sprinkled in. But they’re going to keep it simple for me. I basically had a bye week last year. I’m ready to rock and roll.”

RELATED: Ravens sign Babin to help bolster pass rush without Suggs

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Former Penn State stars Trace McSorley and Miles Sanders catch up after joint practice

Former Penn State stars Trace McSorley and Miles Sanders catch up after joint practice

Things this time last year were a lot different for Ravens quarterback Trace McSorley and Eagles running back Miles Sanders.

McSorley was entering his final year at Penn State, and not highly sought after as an NFL QB prospect. Many draft 'experts' predicted McSorley would have to change positions in order to play at the highest level of the game.

But McSorley, was profiled in NBC Sports Washingtons' I Am The Prospect' series, stuck with quarterback, and early on, it's paid off. The Ravens selected Penn State's all-time passing yards and touchdown passes leader in the sixth-round, and thus far, McSorley has shown promise. 

Sanders, a rising junior at the time, had just 56 career carries and less than 400 rushing yards in his first two seasons with Penn State. While that was not a reflection on Sanders (after all, he was the backup to some guy named Saquon Barkley), the junior had little film to indicate to pro scouts that he would be ready for the jump just a year later.

But after being the Nittany Lions workhorse in 2018, where he rushed for just under 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns, Sanders immediately became on the league's radar. The 22-year-old earned his way to All-Big 10 second-team honors and showed enough at the combine for the Eagles to invest their second-round pick in him.

The Ravens are set to face the Eagles in their third preseason game on Thursday, but Baltimore has been in the City of Brotherly Love for the past two days, competing in joint practices with the Eagles. These practices have given the former Penn State teammates time to catch up before they play each other in a couple of days.

"I think it's cool, just thinking that we were at Penn State a year ago," Sanders said. "Now we're all living our dream, just on different teams. When we get together for times like this, it's pretty cool."

"It's really cool. Spending years together in college, now we're all on separate teams now, but it's cool," McSorley said, echoing his former running back. "We're rooting for these guys. Turning on one of [Miles] games and watch him run, rooting him on. it's cool to come out and be on the practice field with him again. Haven't seen him in a while, being able to say 'what's up,' it's pretty cool."

Very few people know each other's skillsets the way McSorley and Sanders do of one another. So who better to ask than each of them as to what their respective team can expect out of each?

"They're getting a dawg, man, " McSorley said on his former teammate. "They're starting to figure that out now. He's a special player and Philly is going to love him."

"Same with Baltimore. They got a dawg," Sanders said on McSorley. "He's been showing it in the preseason games. They said he's not a quarterback, but he's proving everybody wrong. That's just how Trace is."

Besides checking in regularly to see how Sanders is doing, McSorley has found another way to follow his former running back's rookie season.

"[I'm going to] try and get him on my fantasy team," McSorley said, getting quite the chuckle out of Sanders.

Besides the loyalty aspect, McSorley could end up getting significant production from Sanders on his fantasy squad. After an impressive performance in the Eagles second preseason game, NJ.com reported that "it is increasingly hard to project him as anything less than this team’s No. 1 running back." 

Sanders may be a more than viable fantasy option as a rookie, but he doesn't play the popular game himself. But if he did, he knows one player he would snag.

"I don't do the fantasy stuff, but if I did, I would definitely put my boy on there," Sanders said on McSorley. "Watching everyone I played with in college, looking at their stats each week and seeing them. Just grow and be better players each week. The way we do it here, it's the same mentality because we all went to the same school."

The two will get to see each other in person for the first time at the NFL level on Thursday. 


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Longtime public-address announcer Bruce Cunningham steps down from Ravens

Longtime public-address announcer Bruce Cunningham steps down from Ravens

Bruce Cunningham, who has been the public-address announcer for the Baltimore Ravens since just after the inception of the franchise in 1996, is stepping down from the role.

"We were honored to have him participate in what we believe is the best home-game entertainment in the NFL," said Kevin Byrne, the Ravens Executive Vice president for public and community relations.

Cunningham explained his decision in a post for Fox 45 News, stating that "When I hit the twenty-year milestone last year, it sort of felt like a finish line, but I shrugged it off and chalked it up to fatigue."

But the fatigue caught up to him to start the year. "But it was indeed a finish line and after announcing the two preseason games, I realized I was done. The fire in the belly was gone," Cunningham said.

A new voice for the Ravens will start on Sept. 15 for opening night, and as Cunningham explained, he has one rule for how to treat the new announcer. "Let me repeat something I've told you exactly 202 times over the last twenty years: 'Don't Be A Jerk.'"