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Will Harbaugh connection make Charlton, Peppers more enticing for Ravens?

Will Harbaugh connection make Charlton, Peppers more enticing for Ravens?

Will Taco Charlton or Jabrill Peppers soon play for John Harbaugh after playing for Jim Harbaugh?

Charlton and Peppers are both draft prospects from Michigan, who play positions where the Ravens need help.

Charlton is an edge-rusher with size, who amassed 10 sacks during his last 10 games at Michigan. Veteran pass rusher Elvis Dumervil is a possible salary cap casualty with the Ravens, and Terrell Suggs will turn 35 years old in October.

It’s not a reach to picture the Ravens drafting Charlton if he’s still on the board at No. 16.

In fact, that’s exactly what Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has the Ravens doing in his latest mock draft– taking Charlton at No. 16.

CSN's Ben Standig has the Ravens taking Florida State running back Dalvin Cook at No. 16, with Charlton going No. 22 to the Dolphins and Pepper to the Chiefs at No. 27.

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Peppers is a versatile safety who is also an elite punt returner. The Ravens are looking to get younger in the secondary. Eric Weddle is coming off an excellent season at safety, but do the Ravens want to go another season with 31-year-old Lardarius Webb as the starter next to Weddle?

The knock on Peppers is that he doesn’t create enough turnovers, with one career interception at Michigan. Some scouts no longer view Peppers as a first-round pick. And the Ravens can’t afford another draft mistake at safety, after regrettably using a first-round pick (2013) on Matt Elam, and a third-round pick (2014) on Terrance Brooks.

However, nobody disputes that Peppers is a dangerous returner, and perhaps the most versatile prospect in the draft.  Peppers played safety, linebacker, and wide receiver among other positions at Michigan, and Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees loves versatile players, just as special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg loves game-breaking returners.

Didn’t the Ravens just spend a season hoping that Devin Hester had plenty left as a returner, when he clearly did not? Plugging Peppers into the Ravens’ special teams unit would give them a playmaking dimension they lacked in 2016. If Peppers slides into the second day of the draft, he could become a steal if plugged into the right system.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh can pick up the phone and call his brother to get the inside intel on both Peppers and Charlton. By the draft, the Ravens will know as much about Peppers and Charlton as anyone on the board. Who knows? Maybe Charlton and Peppers are not done playing for a coach named Harbaugh.

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Ravens 2017 Preseason Schedule: Opponents, Dates, Times, TV Channel, How to Watch

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Ravens 2017 Preseason Schedule: Opponents, Dates, Times, TV Channel, How to Watch

The 2017 NFL preseason will be here in no time. Once the preseason gets here, it is just a matter of time (a month) before the regular season is set to begin. 

Back in April the NFL announced the preseason schedule for all 32 teams.

The Baltimore Ravens four preseason games will span across four weeks starting on August 10, running to August 31. 

Opening up the exhibition schedule, the Ravens will host their beltway rivals, the Washington Redskins on August 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game can be seen on WBAL-TV, as well as the other three preseason games. 

RAVENS 2017 PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Week 1 Ravens vs. Redskins:

Opponent: Washington Redskins
Location: M&T Bank Stadium
When: Thursday, August 10, 7:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: WBAL-TV

Week 2: Ravens at Dolphins

Opponent: Miami Dolphins
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Florida
When: Thursday, August 17, 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: WBAL-TV

Week 3: Ravens vs. Bills

Opponent: Buffalo Bills
Location: M&T Bank Stadium
When: Sunday, August 26, 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: WBAL-TV

Week 4: Ravens at Saints

When: Thursday, August 31, 8:00 p.m. ET
Opponent: New Orleans Saints
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
TV Channel: WBAL-TV

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Amid Eric Decker rumors, Ravens front office now shifts attention to offensive line

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Amid Eric Decker rumors, Ravens front office now shifts attention to offensive line

Following the signing of veteran receiver Jeremy Maclin, the Ravens were rumored to be a potential suitor for Eric Decker after his release from the New York Jets. 

Although receiver is a position that must improve, Baltimore owner Steve Bisciotti recently made it clear that the team needs to address the offensive line now. 

The Ravens offensive line faces major changes after right tackle Ricky Wagner signed with the Detroit Lions this offseason, center Jeremy Zuttah was traded to the 49ers, and guard Marshal Yanda is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. 

In the 2016 draft, the Ravens took Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley with the 6th overall pick. Stanley had an impressive rookie campaign, earning AFC North Rookie of the Year in a season where he only allowed three sacks while blocking for Flacco. 

The team added some young talent in this year's draft as well, taking guard Nico Siragusa (No. 122) and Jermaine Eluemunor (No. 159) both in the fourth round. 

However, it is unsure if either rookie is ready to be thrown into the starting offensive line right away.

The Ravens front office may have just made a big splash when signing Jeremy Maclin, but they aren't quite done fixing an offense that has suffered many departures over the years. 

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