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NFL Preseason Schedule 2019: Ravens announce preseason opponents

NFL Preseason Schedule 2019: Ravens announce preseason opponents

The 2019 NFL preseason is still a few months away, but the Baltimore Ravens now know who and where they will play when the preseason schedule begins in August.

The Ravens' opponents for the 2019 preseason include the Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.

The Ravens will start the preseason in Baltimore against Nick Foles, Leonard Fournette, and the Jacksonville Jaguars, with a joint practice prior to this game. Next, Baltimore will host former Ravens OL Za'Darius Smith, part of the revamped Green Bay Packers defense before a road game against the Philadelphia Eagles that includes a joint practice as well. Finally, the annual showdown against the Redskins will take place at FedEx Field to finish up the preseason schedule.

The Redskins last faced the Jags in the preseason in 2012, the Packers in 1996 and the Eagles in 2015. This will be the seventh consecutive preseason in which the Redskins and Ravens meet. This is the first time the Ravens will play at FedExField in the preseason since 2010.

The times for the Ravens preseason games have yet to be released.

NFL PRESEASON SCHEDULE 2019: REDSKINS OPPONENTS, LOCATION

Week 1: Thursday, August 8 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars 

Week 2: Thursday, August 15 vs. Green Bay Packers

Week 3: Thursday, August 22 @ Philadelphia Eagles

Week 4: Thursday, August 29 @ Washington Redskins

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Ravens cut Justin Bethel, lose Pernell McPhee likely for season

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Ravens cut Justin Bethel, lose Pernell McPhee likely for season

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Just a day after a hard-fought win in Seattle, the Ravens have two roster spots to fill on defense.

The Ravens released special teams standout Justin Bethel on Monday, and coach John Harbaugh announced that Pernell McPhee is likely out for the season with a torn tricep.

Bethel was released after the Titans released Brent Urban last week.

The reason for Bethel's release was that Urban was due to give the Ravens a compensatory fourth-round pick. He signed a one-year deal in the offseason with the Titans as he left the Ravens. 

But Urban, who signed with Chicago on Monday, failed to impress in Tennessee and was released before the Week 10 compensatory deadline. Meaning, the Ravens would have lost the fourth-round pick they were scheduled to receive for John Brown's departure were it not for Bethel's release.

Bethel had six special teams tackles this season and was arguably the Ravens' best special teams player that doesn't snap or kick.

"Justin Bethel unfortunately had to be released due to a funky rule that the NFL has with these compensatory picks," Harbaugh said. "A judgement has to be made in terms of for the future as well. That's tough for us. I told him I think he's the best special teams player in the NFL, and he's playing that way."

Additionally, McPhee will likely be out for the season with a torn tricep. McPhee had three sacks and 19 total tackles in seven games for the Ravens this season.

"Pernell McPhee, it looks like he has a torn tricep," Harbaugh said. "If he has a torn tricep which I believe he does, that'll proclude the rest of the season." 

The Ravens have Aaron Adeoye, a rookie outside linebacker, on the practice squad should they wish to promote someone from within. Otherwise, they'll have to look through the free agent market or poach from another practice squad.

The NFL trade deadline is next Tuesday. 

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Watch the moment Lamar Jackson told John Harbaugh to go for it on fourth down

Watch the moment Lamar Jackson told John Harbaugh to go for it on fourth down

With the game tied late in the third quarter and the Ravens facing a fourth-and-2 from the Seattle eight-yard line, Baltimore had a decision to make.

Initially, the Ravens sent out kicker Justin Tucker to attempt a chip-shot field goal. But as quarterback Lamar Jackson trotted off the sidelines, head coach John Harbaugh had a question for him.

"Do you want to go for that?" the head coach asked his second-year quarterback.

Jackson didn't hesitate. He responded enthusiastically, telling Harbaugh, "Hell yeah, Coach. Let's go for it!"

He then turned to his teammates, asking them, "Do you want to go for it? Let's go!"

Baltimore called a timeout and dialed up a brilliant play-call on the decisive down. Lined up in a heavy, three tight end formation, Jackson took a direct snap eight yards, not just getting the first down but also finding the end zone to give the Ravens the lead.

The touchdown would put the Ravens ahead for good, as they left Seattle with an impressive, 30-16 road victory.

 At 5-2, Baltimore is sitting comfortably in first place in the AFC North, as they have a well-timed bye week before playing host to the undefeated Patriots in two weeks.

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