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Matt Judon Happy with the Ravens, But Still Looking for Long Term Deal

Matt Judon has become a valued asset for the Ravens’ defense, but he’d soon like to secure his worth with a long-term deal, Michael Baca of NFL.com reports.

“I think we have 30 more days to work out a long-term contract,” Judon told reporters in a video conference call Monday. “I’m happy to be a Raven. I want to stay here for as long as I play, but I understand that it’s a business and they kind of have a bad/good problem to have. We have a lot of young talent.”

Coming off his first Pro Bowl season, the Ravens pass rusher signed his franchise tag in late May and assured Baltimore will be getting its 2019 sack leader back for the 2020 season. Teams have until July 15 to sign their franchise-tagged players to long-term deals.

Judon grew his production last year, posting career-high numbers in sacks (9.5), QB hits (33) and forced fumbles (4), while also becoming a key leader for a defense that ranked in the top five in points and yards allowed per game in 2019. Judon’s value doesn’t end on the field either. The 27-year-old has the ability to play both defensive end and outside linebacker, and as a fifth-round pick in 2016, Judon has been a mere blip on the Ravens’ cap during his tenure.

“I’m pleased to be tagged,” Judon said. “I feel like only a few players get to go through this in their lifetime. As much as I want stability in the future, I’m proud of where I’m at and where I came. I’m a fifth-round draft pick out of Grand Valley State.”

Jackson Tweets How Being on the Cover of “Madden 21” is a “Dream Come True”

Many Ravens fans will be purchasing the “Madden 21” video game this summer, and when they do they will have a rare treat as their hometown quarterback, Lamar Jackson, will be on the cover this year.

Jackson, last season’s NFL MVP, tweeted out today how honored he is to be the cover man for this year’s game, which will release in August for all video game systems.

Relive some of Jackson’s 2019 highlights for the 14-2 Ravens!!

Ravens Coach John Harbaugh Concerned About Covid-19 When Camps Open

Covid-19 is still a huge talking point in the NFL, and with training camps set to open in about a month, Ravens coach John Harbaugh still has plenty of concerns about how teams are going to deal with the deadly virus and keeping players and team personal safe.

We’re going to do everything we can do,” Harbaugh said in a radio interview Thursday.

“We’re going to space, we’re going to have masks. But, you know, it’s a communication sport. We have to be able to communicate with each other in person. We have to practice.”

The league “has made very clear they are letting the science and data drive their decision-making,” NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Friday on NFL NOW.

“Like the data that is constantly being updated with each passing day, everything remains in flux, meaning some protocols could change in the weeks to come. Questions like Harbaugh’s about the viability of operating under such requirements are to be expected, especially in a game that is very much fixed in its preseason preparation process.

“Well as another head coach told me, you’ve got other things here,” Pelissero continued. “When you talk about crunching things down. You didn’t have spring practices. Now you have the possibility of not having as much practice, as much padded time through the course of August. As that head coach put it, how are you going to pick your team?

“There’s pro scouting departments that, looking at the possibility of shrinking the preseason, say how are we going to evaluate other rosters when it comes to getting to the waiver process? There are a ton of questions.”

It remains to be seen all the protocols that are put into place to try and keep teams safe once camp opens, but Harbaugh is right in stating that there should be major concerns on how the league is going to handle things just a month from now.

Could the Ravens 2020 Training Camp Be in Another State?

Ravens team president Dick Cass said Thursday that even with Maryland’s stay-at-home order set to be lifted Friday and hospitalizations due to the coronavirus declining, the Ravens could explore moving their training camp to an out-of-state site, Jonas Shaffer of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Social-distancing guidelines amid the pandemic have turned the NFL draft and offseason program into virtual events, and Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday that restrictions on gatherings of more than 10 people remain in effect.

But Cass and team officials have been optimistic that training camp will start, as scheduled, in late July. The Ravens have held camp at their team facility in Owings Mills since 2011. McDaniel College’s Westminster campus hosted it for the first 15 years of the franchise’s history and was the site of Baltimore Colts training camp from 1953 to 1971.

“We’ll consider all options,” Cass said in a video conference call hosted by United Way of Central Maryland. “I think when we think about the option of trying to move our training camp outside Maryland, we don’t like that option. We think that we can conduct training camp safely in Maryland. We know that our building will be absolutely pristine, and I think the safest place to conduct our training camp will be in Maryland, at our facility.”

“But if circumstances don’t allow that, we will explore the options that are available to us. We have to.”

Ravens 2020 Schedule is Out, Team to Open at Home Against Cleveland

The Ravens 2020 schedule is out, and while it’s the easiest schedule in the league in terms of opponents, this team has plenty to prove after losing in the Divisional Round at home to the Titans in January.

Here’s the complete slate:

Week 1: 9/13/20: vs. Browns 1 p.m.

Week 2: 9/20/20: at Texans 4:25 p.m.

Week 3: 9/28/20: vs. Chiefs (MNF) 8:15 p.m.

Week 4: 10/4/20: at Redskins 1 p.m.

Week 5: 10/11/20: vs. Bengals 1 p.m.

Week 6: 10/18/20: at Eagles 1 p.m.

Week 7: 10/25/20: vs. Steelers 1 p.m.

Week 8: 11/1/20: BYE WEEK

Week 9: 11/8/20: at Colts 1 p.m.

Week 10: 11/15/20: at Patriots (SNF) 8:20 p.m.

Week 11: 11/22/20: vs. Titans 1 p.m.

Week 12: 11/26/20: at Steelers (Thanksgiving) 8:20 p.m.

Week 13: 12/3/20: vs. Cowboys (TNF) 8:20 p.m.

Week 14: 12/14/20: at Browns (MNF) 8:15 p.m.

Week 15: 12/20/20: vs. Jaguars 1 p.m.

Week 16: 12/27/20: vs. Giants 1 p.m.

Week 17: 1/3/21: at Bengals 1 p.m.

An Educated Guess at What the 2020 Ravens Schedule Could Look Like

The 2020 Baltimore Ravens schedule will be released in a televised event on Thursday night, and while we already know who the Ravens will go up against and where, we don’t know in what order, or what may or may not be on prime time.

Here are the teams the Ravens will play:

Home: Bengals, Browns, Steelers, Jaguars, Titans, Cowboys, Giants, Chiefs
Away: Bengals, Browns, Steelers, Colts, Texans, Redskins, Eagles, Patriots

Today we give a reminder of the teams that we will see the Ravens in the 2020 season, and we give our guess in what order we will see them in.

(A quick sidebar – we are moving forward with this schedule as if the season will start and play out on time, with no issues due to the covid-19 pandemic).

Sunday 9/13 Week One vs Dallas (NBC Sunday Night Football)
Sunday 9/20 Week Two at Cleveland
Sunday 9/27 Week Three at Philadelphia
Sunday 10/4 Week Four vs New York Giants
Monday 10/12 Week Five vs KC Chiefs (Monday Night Football)
Sunday 10/18 Week Six BYE WEEK
Sunday 10/25 Week Seven at New England
Sunday 11/01 Week Eight vs Pittsburgh
Sunday 11/08 Week Nine vs Jacksonville
Thursday 11/12 Week Ten at Cincinnati (Thursday Night Football)
Sunday 11/22 Week Eleven vs Cleveland
Sunday 11/29 Week Twelve vs Indianapolis
Sunday 12/06 Week Thirteen vs Tennessee (NBC Sunday Night Football)
Sunday 12/13 Week Fourteen at Washington
Sunday 12/20 Week Fifteen at Pittsburgh
Sunday 12/27 Week Sixteen at Houston
Sunday 01/03 Week Seventeen vs Cincinnati

Ravens Bring Back OLB Pernell McPhee on One-Year Deal

The Ravens Tuesday announced they have re-signed outside linebacker Pernell McPhee to a one-year deal.

The 31-year-old was a fifth-round draft pick of the Ravens back in 2011. He played with Baltimore from 2011 to 2014, then played a few seasons in Chicago from 2015 to 2017, and was with the Redskins in 2018 before returning to the Ravens in 2019.

He missed nine games last season after being placed on IR on October 21st, with a triceps injury.

Based on How It Stands Right Now, the Ravens are Favored in All 16 Games in 2020

The 2019 Ravens season ended with a thud, as the team lost at home to the Titans in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game in an outing that still stings.

Looking ahead to 2020, the NFL schedule won’t be out till May, but we know the teams that the Ravens will play and where it will be.

With that, website BetOnline (www.BetOnline.ag, Twitter: @betonline_ag) has put out odds for all 32 teams in the league.

Here’s the rundown on what the site expects for Baltimore in 2020.

Baltimore Ravens -3½ @ Cleveland Browns

Baltimore Ravens -9 @ Cincinnati Bengals

Baltimore Ravens -5 @ Houston Texans

Baltimore Ravens -2½ @ Indianapolis Colts

Baltimore Ravens -2½ @ New England Patriots

Baltimore Ravens -1½ @ Philadelphia Eagles

Baltimore Ravens -2½ @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Baltimore Ravens -10 @ Washington Redskins

Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens -14

Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens -8½

Dallas Cowboys @ Baltimore Ravens -7

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Baltimore Ravens -15½

Kansas City Chiefs @ Baltimore Ravens -2

New York Giants @ Baltimore Ravens -12½

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens -7

Tennessee @ Baltimore Ravens -8