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What to watch Day 1 of Ravens joint practices with Eagles, August 19

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What to watch Day 1 of Ravens joint practices with Eagles, August 19

PHILADELPHIA -- The Ravens start three days of joint practices with the Eagles on Wednesday, ahead of Saturday night’s preseason game in Philadelphia. It should be an interesting week, with all three workouts starting at 11:30 a.m. 

Here’s what to watch:

• Let’s get ready to rumble?

The Cowboys and Rams fought during a joint practice Tuesday. The Redskins and Texans had a melee during joint practices earlier this month. 

So will the Ravens and Eagles be able to restrain themselves?  The Ravens and 49ers didn’t fight during joint practices last year, but that was Ravens coach John Harbaugh coaching against his brother, former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. This time, it will be Harbaugh on one sideline and Eagles coach Chip Kelly on the other. 

Harbaugh was preaching peace on Tuesday.

“I felt we did a great job last year with San Francisco in terms of keeping it about business, treating one another with respect,” Harbaugh said. “There was no extracurricular stuff right after the play. We’re counting on the Eagles to do that, and we’ll be emphasizing that to our guys as well. Really, when you practice together, you’re like a team. You have to function as a team in a sense, and that’s what we tried to do last year with San Francisco. We’ll try to accomplish that again.

However, when the temperature gets high, and tempers grow short, maintaining order is easier said than done.

• Which players will make a statement?

This is a golden opportunity for players vying for playing time and roster spots. There’s plenty of competition at the Ravens wide receiver spot. Jeremy Butler and DeAndre Carter are both vying to make the final 53. Kamar Aiken is trying to win a starting role opposite Steve Smith, especially with Breshad Perriman missing so much time with his knee injury. Any receiver who consistently beats Eagles cornerbacks in drills will catch the coaching staff’s attention.

• Fast and furious tempo

The Eagles get a lot of attention for their quick practice and game tempo under Kelly. But the Ravens pride themselves on being one of the NFL’s hardest-working teams, if not the hardest.

“There’s nobody that gets more reps than we do in practice,” Harbaugh said. 

Let the joint practices begin.

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Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: A wide receiver, defensive end favorites at 22

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Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: A wide receiver, defensive end favorites at 22

This is not a drill. We are one week away from the 2019 NFL Draft.

Will the Ravens get Lamar Jackson help at wide receiver or will they focus on filling their holes on defense?

We will have answers to those questions in no time, but in the time being let's take a look at who experts are predicting they take with the 22nd overall pick.

NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig and NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson

Ferrell had 38 tackles for loss and 21 sacks over the last two seasons. A young threat would fit in quite nicely for the new-looking Ravens defense. 

Bleacher ReportNFL.com's Charles Davis and Sporting News: WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

Brown, who posted 1,318 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns during the 2018 season, reportedly made a visit to the Ravens this week

It's no secret that the Ravens need help at WR with only two guys on their current roster who have caught a pass in the NFL. 

SB NationSports Illustrated and CBS Sports: WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss

After an impressive combine performance and a picture surfacing of him looking insanely jacked at the gym, Metcalf is definitely the most talked about receiver in this year's draft.

Despite missing part of the 2018 season with a neck injury, Metcalf's draft profile describes him having "projectable upside to become a home-run threat as a WR1." Just what the Ravens need.

ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay: C/G Erik McCoy, Texas A&M

The center position is not seen as a sexy pick in the draft, but Bradbury's skillset is enough to get you excited.

He has three years of experience while at Texas A&M and was only called for five penalties in 2,811 snaps over his college career.

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.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Way too early season win totals predictions after 2019 schedule release

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Way too early season win totals predictions after 2019 schedule release

The NFL released the Baltimore Ravens' full 2019 schedule Wednesday and we're officially one week away from the 2019 NFL Draft.

Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. The Ravens' 2019 schedule perfectly alternates between home and away games each week, which has only happened three other times since the 16-game schedule was implemented in 1978, according to ESPN Stats and Info. Among other notable tidbits, the Ravens will play four 2018 playoff teams over a five game span starting in Week 7. Their three home games in the month of December could prove crucial with them wrapping up the season at home for the third-consecutive year vs. the Steelers. The Ravens have three scheduled primetime games, none of which are against the Steelers marking the first time since 2006 fans won't be able to watch the rivals on a national stage. 

2. There's nothing quite like way too early season win totals predilections after the release of the full season schedule. Bleacher Report's Gary Davenport took his shot at it and have the Ravens finishing the 2019 season at 9-7.

"In addition to a pair of games against the rival Steelers and upstart Browns, the Ravens will play five teams that made the playoffs in 2018, including the reigning NFC champion Los Angeles Rams on the road," Davenport said. "The Ravens will play host to the New England Patriots (Week 9) and Houston Texans (Week 11) and travel to face the Kansas City Chiefs (Week 3), Seattle Seahawks (Week 7) and Rams (Week 12). It's a fairly daunting slate."

Davenport has the Browns finishing 2019 atop the AFC at 10-6, the Bengals at 6-10 and the Steelers at 8-8. For perspective, the Ravens finished their 2018 season at 10-6. 

Looking Ahead:

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

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.

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