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The Ravens rarely make in-season trades — Marcus Peters was an exception

The Ravens rarely make in-season trades — Marcus Peters was an exception

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens rarely make in-season trades to bring in another player that will contribute right away. 

Marcus Peters was an exception to the rule.

On Tuesday, the Ravens brought in Peters in exchange for Kenny Young and a 2020 5th round pick. It was just the seventh time in the last nine years that they’ve acquired a player from September through the end of the season.

“We always appreciate the way he plays,” coach John Harbaugh said of Peters on Wednesday. “He’s a good fit for our defense, the way we play, the type of techniques we play back there, and we’re just looking forward to getting him to work and getting him up to speed as quickly as possible and rolling.”

But in terms of Peters’ acquisition, the trade is an outlier to the Ravens trade history

Since 2011, the Ravens haven’t spent significant draft capital on an in-season acquisition. There was: Peters, RB Ty Montgomery, OL Tony Bergstrom, OL Luke Bowanko, WR Chris Givens, CB Will Davis and OL Eugene Monroe.

All trades, except for Peters and Monroe, were for 7th round picks. Monroe was traded from Jacksonville to Baltimore for 2014 4th and 5th round picks. 

In short, the Ravens rarely make moves of significant substance once the season begins. Even Bowanko was brought in before the rosters needed to be trimmed down to 53 in 2017. 

But it’s not just acquiring players, it’s giving them away. Since 2011, the Ravens have traded away just one player (guard Nick Easton) after Sept. 1. They received a 2016 conditional 7th round pick for him. 

While the Ravens have made moves in recent months like trading away Joe Flacco, Alex Lewis, Kaare Vedvik and Jermaine Eluemunor, the Peters trade breaks precedent in terms of in-season trades. 

The 5th round pick was the highest draft pick the Ravens have traded away for a player since 2017, when the Ravens traded away the 99th pick in the NFL Draft, as well as Timmy Jernigan, for the 74th overall pick — which became Chris Wormley.

There might’ve been rumors about a potential Jalen Ramsey trade, but when it comes to giving up significant assets to acquire a player during the season, that’s just not what the Ravens are in the business of doing.

That’s why the Peters move made sense — the Ravens gave away a player that fell out of their plans for relatively low draft pick. 

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Here's how the Ravens can clinch division, home field advantage in Week 15

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Here's how the Ravens can clinch division, home field advantage in Week 15

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Now that the Ravens have clinched a playoff berth, they’re focused on ensuring they don’t have to leave the state of Maryland in January. 

Should the Ravens beat the Jets on Thursday night, they’ll win the AFC North for the second straight season. Additionally, they can clinch the division even with a loss, should the Steelers lose to the Bills on Sunday Night Football.

Baltimore can also clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs with a victory over the Jets and either a Patriots loss or a Chiefs loss.

While that seems promising with three games left to play, the Patriots are headed to play the 1-12 Bengals while the Chiefs are hosting the Broncos. Both games are at 1 p.m., so it's likely the Ravens will have to wait another week to clinch a first-round bye.

And should the Ravens hit the lottery and both the Patriots and Chiefs are upset, the Ravens will clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win over the Jets.

With the injuries they’re expected to deal with on Thursday against the Jets, any chance to rest starters and veterans would be a welcome one for the Ravens. Especially considering past Super Bowl teams and how they reached the final game.

Since the Ravens' victory over the 49ers in the 2013 Super Bowl, five out of the last six champions were their conference’s No. 1 seed. 

Over the season, the Ravens have shown they’re up to the task of facing playoff-bound teams, too. As of the end of Week 14, they’ve already played the other five teams currently slotted to make the AFC Playoffs. They’ve gone 4-1 in those games — the lone blemish a 33-28 loss to the Chiefs in Week 3 — and have outscored those opponents 156-100. 

So if the Ravens beat the Jets on Thursday, they’ll certainly be scoreboard watching on Sunday afternoon. 

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Lamar Jackson limited while Mark Andrews and Ronnie Stanley miss Monday practice

Lamar Jackson limited while Mark Andrews and Ronnie Stanley miss Monday practice

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Three days after the Ravens practiced with all 53 members of the active roster, there’s now legitimate injury concerns for the AFC’s top team. 

Tight end Mark Andrews and left tackle Ronnie Stanley both missed practice with a knee injury and a concussion, respectively, whlie Lamar Jackson was a limited participant with a quad injury. The team will have just two more days to prepare for kickoff against the Jets, a little over 72 hours after the team’s first practice of the week. 

The most notable injury, however, was Jackson’s absence. 

“We’ll see,” coach John Harbaugh said of Jackson’s practice availability this week. “It’s less than 24 hours after the game, it’s hard to say. It’s not a serious injury in that sense. This is day-to-day when we play Thursday night, so we’ll see where we’re at.”

Harbaugh declined to share more about the specific injury to Jackson. 

When asked about Stanley’s concussion, he also declined to share more about the team’s injuries. 

“I’m not going to get into injuries, we just got done playing the game 24 hours ago,” Harbaugh said. “We’re going to play a game Thursday night. The guys that are ready to play will play. The guys that aren’t won’t. So just look at the injury report and take it from there.”

While it’s promising that Jackson was just a limited participant, the absences of Andrews and Stanley — and special teamers Anthony Levine and Chris Board — are far more worrisome. 

Stanley has missed just a handful of snaps this season, and played in 100 percent of the snaps against the Bills. 

Andrews played just nine snaps, as a knee injury kept him out of the lineup for the majority of Sunday’s game. 

Should neither of the four that missed practiced be able to go, the Ravens will have to replace their starting left tackle, leading pass-catcher and two special teams starters in short time.

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