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Ravens News 7/9: Primary rival, TE battles and more

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In the last decade who has been the Steelers’ primary rival: Patriots or Ravens? - Jeff Hartman

But what about the past decade? The Steelers’ biggest AFC North rival would be none other than the former Browns themselves — the Baltimore Ravens. There have been some fierce, and memorable, games with the Ravens the last 10 years, with both teams getting the best of the other on more than one occasion.

In my opinion, a rivalry has to be somewhat competitive, and despite the Steelers’ 2018 win over New England that hardly falls in that category. The Steelers hate the Patriots, but the Patriots likely view the Steelers as their little brother in the AFC. The true rivalry resides in the AFC North with the Ravens.

Training Camp Position Breakdown: Tight End - BaltimoreRavens.com

Best Battle

It’s not a battle for a roster spot, but there’s competition between Hurst and Andrews for snaps. Roman will use both a lot and at the same time, but who gets a bigger slice of the pie? Andrews grabbed the reigns when Hurst was injured last year. Now the first-round pick has a chance to wrestle them away.

There is a competition to see if the Ravens keep a fourth tight end. They often have, including last year with Boyle, Hurst, Andrews and Maxx Williams. Williams signed with the Arizona Cardinals this offseason, leaving a pair of undrafted rookie free agents vying to fill the vacancy. Scarff (Delaware) looks the part, standing in at 6-foot-5, 249 pounds, while Herdman (Purdue) was the more accomplished receiver in college.

For the Ravens, Keeping Three Quarterbacks Could Become the Norm - Joe Schiller

But what about Trace McSorley?

The sixth-round pick is a complete wild-card this offseason. He could assume a Taysom Hill-like role with the Ravens this season.

With Jackson as the starter, it’s a completely different debate. One of Jackson’s biggest weapon is his legs, and with that comes the risk of injury. He’s an elusive runner and smart with how he takes hits, but there’s still an inherent risk you take as a team with this style of quarterback.

From all indications, Jackson won’t be running as much this season. He’ll get better as a passer, that’s assumed, but taking three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster in Baltimore would be a smart move.

With the unprecedented offense the Ravens are stringing together, McSorley could have an impact and he’s another weapon for opposing teams to worry about. Of course, he’ll have to earn a roster spot first, but I think it’s warranted if he continues to improve throughout the offseason.

The 3 best and 3 worst relocations in NFL history - Christian D’Andrea

The good relocations

The Cleveland Browns become the Baltimore Ravens (and then resume their existence four years later)

Art Modell righted the wrong of the Colts’ mad dash out of Maryland by doing pretty much the same thing to Cleveland, a city with a similarly impressive historical resume but limited recent success.

After three seasons of shaking off their just-moved malaise, the Ravens were a .500 team by 1999 — beating a revived Cleveland team twice that season — and a Super Bowl champion after the 2000 season. Baltimore was, unsurprisingly, stoked about this. Fans bought out the Ravens’ season ticket supply by 2004, and in 2016 the season ticket waiting list was a queue that would take an estimated 20 years to wind through.

Oh, and while the Browns have yet to make it to a Super Bowl, the Ravens have been twice in approximately one-third the time — and won them both.