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Jakob Ashlin

DC Defenders vs. LA Wildcats: Open Thread

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In the final XFL Week 3 game, the 2-0 DC Defenders will take on the 0-2 LA Wildcats.

The Defenders are one of the only two undefeated teams remaining, along with the Houston Roughnecks. Defenders quarterback Cardale Jones was the league-leader in passing yards entering this weekend. Former Ravens safety Matt Elam got his first interception of the season against the Guardians last week.

On the Wildcats side, wide receiver Nelson Spruce is a name to watch. He...

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Jakob Ashlin

St. Louis Battlehawks vs. New York Guardians: Open Thread

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Professional football will return to St. Louis as the 1-1 Battlehawks will face the 1-1 New York Guardians in their home opener.

Battlehawks quarterback Jordan Ta’amu has been showcasing his dual threat ability during the first two weeks. Ta’amu enters today's game with 493 passing yards and 109 rushing yards.

Guardians quarterback Matt McGloin will look to bounce back after a rough Week 2, in which he threw for 44 yards and 2 interceptions.

The game...

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Ravens expected to use franchise tag on LB Matt Judon

In retweeting a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter indicating that the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to push back the franchise and transition tag windows, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com made a seemingly offhand, but still important, observation. Hensley tweeted that the new window is relevant to the Ravens, who are expected to tag linebacker Matt Judon. We heard back in December that Baltimore is prepared to hit Judon with the franchise tag if the two sides cannot work out a long-term pact, but...

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Baltimore Ravens commitment to coordinators is a big deal

According to reports, Don Martindale has signed a contract extension with the Ravens to become the highest paid defensive coordinator: The Baltimore Ravens have the best coaching staff they have had in the Harbaugh era. Greg Roman, the offensive coordinator of the Ravens, won Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2019 season. Don Martindale […] Baltimore Ravens commitment to coordinators is a big deal - Ebony Bird - Ebony Bird - A Baltimore Ravens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Sources: Ravens' Martindale joins top-paid DCs

The Ravens signed Don "Wink" Martindale to a new three-year contract this week, putting him among the highest-paid defensive coordinators in the NFL, sources said.

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Free Agency: What Baltimore Ravens fans can learn from last offseason

What can the Baltimore Ravens fanbase expect from the second offseason with Eric DeCosta calling the shots? Here is a refresher on what he did last year: The Baltimore Ravens are getting ready for free agency. The 2019 offseason was the first official year for DeCosta to go through NFL Free Agency and the NFL […] Free Agency: What Baltimore Ravens fans can learn from last offseason - Ebony Bird - Ebony Bird - A Baltimore Ravens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Jakob Ashlin

Dallas Renegades vs. Seattle Dragons: Open Thread

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The Dallas Renegades and Seattle Dragons have both started the season off at 1-1. Landry Jones gave the Renegades a spark after returning last week. He threw for 309 yards in a win over the Los Angeles Wildcats. Running back Cameron Artis-Payne was also a difference maker in that game rushing for 99 yards on 14 carries.

The Dragons will look to keep their momentum going after picking up a win against the Tampa Bay Vipers. Former Raven Keenan Reynolds had a big...

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Frank J. Platko

Ravens and DC Don “Wink” Martindale agree to a new three-year contract

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ESPN’s Jamison Hensley reported this afternoon that earlier in the week, the Ravens signed DC Don Martindale, better known as “Wink”, to a new three-year contract. The exact details of the deal are unknown but it will reportedly make Martindale the highest-paid defensive coordinator in the league.

Ravens signed defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale to a new 3-year contract earlier this week, a team source said. It makes him the highest paid...

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Ravens Rumors: Don Martindale Agrees to Contract as NFL's Highest-Paid DC

The Baltimore Ravens and defensive coordinator Don "Wink" Martindale agreed to a new contract that will make the 56-year-old the NFL 's highest-paid person at his position...

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Sources: Ravens make Martindale top-paid DC

The Ravens signed Don "Wink" Martindale to a new three-year contract this week, making him the highest-paid defensive coordinator in the NFL, a source said Saturday.

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Jakob Ashlin

Houston Roughnecks vs. Tampa Bay Vipers: Open Thread

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The third week of the XFL will kick off with a matchup between the 2-0 Houston Roughnecks and the 0-2 Tampa Bay Vipers.

The Vipers have really been struggling to score the football, and heading into today's game, they still have not scored a touchdown on offense. Their Week 1 starting quarterback Aaron Murray will miss his second consecutive game with a foot injury. As a result, Quinton Flowers or Taylor Cornelius will take over at quarterback.

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Adrian Charchalis

2020 NFL Draft Prospect: WR Laviska Shenault Jr.

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Drafting this Pac-12 wide receiver would add an extremely interesting element to the Ravens offense

Although a wide receiver of his caliber may not be available at pick No. 28, draft analysts have raved at the potential fit Laviska Shenault Jr. would have in the Ravens’ offense. In many mock drafts, a frequent spot for the Colorado wide receiver has been in the early twenties, often being projected to go to the Buffalo Bills.

With that being said,...

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Spencer Schultz

The case against drafting linebackers in the first round

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Avoiding an inside linebacker in the first round is good for business

Undoubtedly, draft twitter is in love with the idea of the Baltimore Ravens selecting an inside linebacker in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft in April. Patrick Queen and Kenneth Murray have been mocked to the Ravens by ESPN, Bleacher Report, CBS, NFL Network, the Baltimore Sun, CNN, MTV, VH1, NASA, the USDA . . . okay, maybe not all of these, but you get the point.

Queen and...

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Ravens guard Bradley Bozeman takes down 72-ounce steak dinner challenge

At 6-foot-4 and 317 pounds, Baltimore Ravens left guard Bradley Bozeman is without question a very massive man with a presumably large appetite.  That didn’t make conquering a 72-ounce steak dinner challenge any easier, though. The monumental gastronomic challenge occurred this week in Texas, when Bozeman and wife Nikki came across The Big Texan in Amarillo on a cross-country trip. For any brave soul who chooses to accept it, the challenge involves finishing an entire meal that consists...

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Gut feeling: Ravens lineman wins steak challenge

Ravens offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman got a T-shirt and a free dinner for devouring a 4.5-pound steak, shrimp cocktail, baked potato, salad and butter roll in 50 minutes at The Big Texan in Amarillo.

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John Harbaugh should have a chip on his shoulder after playoff loss

John Harbaugh is in a weird spot. In a rare moment in NFL history that the Coach of the year got severely out-coached in a playoff game. John Harbaugh deserved to win the NFL’s Coach of the Year award. He took his team on a 14 win season, that Baltimore had never seen before. He […] John Harbaugh should have a chip on his shoulder after playoff loss - Ebony Bird - Ebony Bird - A Baltimore Ravens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Jake Louque

Stay or Go: Michael Pierce

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Welcome to “stay or go?” Baltimore Beatdown’s prediction series that take a look at upcoming Ravens free agents and provides a verdict on whether they’ll remain in the picture with the team, and dishes out some predictions on how things will shake out one way or the other.

In this exercise, we’ll be sticking with the unrestricted free agents, and in one case, a club option controlled player. We’re trying to stick with players who have a...

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Vasilis Lericos

Ravens News 2/21: Draft guide and more

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Baltimore Ravens: QB Lamar Jackson

Could this be anyone other than the league MVP? Jackson’s impact on the game this year was unlike anything we’ve seen recently in the NFL. He tore through defenses on the ground with borderline unfair athleticism and change-of-direction ability, leading an entirely unique offense to the top EPA per play mark in the NFL. The value that Jackson added...

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Ravens TE Hayden Hurst says he attempted suicide in 2016

At the time, Hurst was a 22-year-old walk-on freshman with South Carolina after a failed baseball career. He has since become a first-round pick and key cog in the Ravens' offense.

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