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Would NFL use back-door play for 18 games?

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Would NFL use back-door play for 18 games?

If the NFL wants to get to 18 regular-season games, something many observers believe, then it may use a back-door tactic of addition by subtraction.

As Pro Football Talk explains, losing preseason games could translate into gaining regular-season games.

Under the collective bargaining agreement, the league cant increase the number of games without approval of the NFL Players Association. However, the NFL is allowed to cut the preseason without getting the OK from the union.

Packers president Mark Murphy recently mentioned this possibility.

I would be in support of a move to two and 16, Murphy said. Reduce the number of preseason games. The challenge there obviously is youre losing revenue.

See where theyre going here? Less revenue means a smaller salary cap, which means lower salaries around the league for players. So then the league goes to the NFLPA and says: Hey, guys, we can pump up that salary cap if we add two regular-season games!

PFTs Mike Florio writes: So the ultimate reality show is now in the early stages of a new game of chicken. Will the owners risk preseason revenue to cajole the players into wanting to expand the regular season? Will the players shrug at the reduced salary cap resulting from a reduced preseason?

Labor peace can only last so long, after all.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Wide receiver battle underway

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Wide receiver battle underway

Kick off your Tuesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Aside from the battle at left guard, the Ravens also have a battle going on at wide receiver. 13 of the 90-man roster are wide receivers, and when asked who have been standouts at practice thus far, many said Antoine Wesley and Sean Modster. 

2. Just for fun: The Ravens' team photographer Shawn Hubbard took these amazing portraits of the team that will get you hyped up for this season.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. ET 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 for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Left guard competition heating up

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Left guard competition heating up

Kick off your Monday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. The Ravens are still looking for a left guard and the competition is "wide open" according to Ravens media. Last week, Coach Harbaugh tried out 2017 fifth-round pick Jermaine Eluemunor in the spot, acknowledging his hard work there.

2. Linebacker Kenny Young is expected to be a big playmaker this season. Now that C.J. Mosley is gone, Young is expected to fill that void. “I’m not going to make expectations for myself so soon, but what I expect to do right from the get-go is compete hard and make plays,” Young said to Ravens media. “My expectation is to make plays. That’s it. Make plays.”

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. ET 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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