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By: Joshua Reed

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Detailing how many ex-players the Ravens will face this fall and when following the official schedule release.

The Baltimore Ravens have had a litany of starters and key depth pieces poached in free agency over the past decade and are slated to play against more than two dozen of them this fall. With the 2024 schedule officially released, they now know exactly when each reunion will take place.

They will face one or more former players who spent time with the franchise and appeared in games at one point in their respective careers in 15 of their 17 games in the 2024 regular season. They could see some non-divisional opponents more than once taking into account potential playoff rematches.

Kansas City Chiefs: Week 1

When the Ravens hit the road to open the season against the two-time defending champions, they will be going against former first-round wide receiver Marquise Brown for the second year in a row. Originally drafted No. 25 overall in 2019 out of Oklahoma, the fifth-year veteran spent the first three years of his career in Baltimore where he requested and was granted a trade following his best season to date in which he recorded career highs in targets (146), receptions (91) and receiving yards (1,008).

The Ravens used the first-round pick they got in return for Brown from the Arizona Cardinals to select 2023 Pro Bowl center Tyler Linderbaum. He is now on his third team when he faced his initial team for the first time in a different uniform in Week 8 of last season, Brown caught 6-of-9 targets and a touchdown but was held to just 33 receiving yards.

Las Vegas Raiders: Week 2

Assuming he makes the roster and potential injuries occur to the players slated to be ahead of him on the depth chart, the Ravens could be facing third-year quarterback Anthony Brown Jr. for the first time when the Raiders come to town for a Sunday afternoon AFC conference bout. After going undrafted out of Oregon in 2022, he signed with the Ravens and spent most of his rookie season on the practice squad but was elevated three times although he only saw action in two games including his first career start in an inconsequential regular-season finale loss the Bengals.

Dallas Cowboys: Week 3

When the Ravens travel to the Lone Star state for the first time in the 2024 season, they will potentially be facing off with nine-year veteran defensive tackle Carl Davis, assuming he makes the roster. Originally drafted by the team in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Iowa, Davis spent the first three years of his career in Baltimore where he appeared in 28 games and made 12 starts between the 2015 and 2017 seasons combined. Since then, he has been a journeyman who now finds himself on the sixth team of his career.

Buffalo Bills: Week 4

Assuming he makes the roster and potentially wins the starting returner job, the Ravens will be facing veteran wide receiver Andy Isabella in primetime for the first time since his brief stint on the team’s practice squad and being elevated twice for regular season 2022.

Cincinnati Bengals: Weeks 5 and 10

When the Ravens host and visit their division foes they will be facing off with a pair of players who were vital to the team’s success on both sides of the ball during their time in Baltimore. Before defecting across enemy lines this offseason, four-year veteran safety Geno Stone worked his way up the depth chart as a seventh-round pick in 2020 out of Iowa to becoming a key rotational depth piece and finally breaking out last season in which he led the AFC with seven interceptions.

Six-year veteran offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. was originally drafted by the Ravens in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma and blossomed into a perennial Pro Bowler and gone against them three times since being traded during the 2021 offseason. The Bengals got swept by the Ravens in his first year with the team in 2023 and as a member of the Chiefs in 2021, he was on the losing end of a Week 2 thriller in his return to Baltimore.

Washington Commanders: Week 6

When the Ravens host the team from the nation’s capitol in a regular season edition of the Battle of the Beltway, they will be going against Pro Bowl long snapper Tyler Ott who appeared in every game for them in 2023. The nine-year veteran more than admirably filled in for Nick Moore last year after he suffered a torn Achilles at the onset of training camp. Assuming he makes the roster, it will also mark the first time the Ravens will face second-year cornerback Kyu Blu Kelly who they drafted in the fifth round out of Stanford last year but didn’t make the final roster. He is already on his fourth team after spending the first half of his rookie season with the Seattle Seahawks followed by a short four-week stint with the Green Bay Packers and ended the season on the Commanders roster.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Week 7

When the Ravens travel down to the Sunshine State for this interconference battle of 2023 playoff teams and division winners, they will be playing against interior offensive lineman Ben Bredeson, who is projected to be the Buccaneers’ starting left guard. Bredeson was originally drafted by the Ravens in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Michigan but played just one season in Baltimore before being traded to the New York Giants ahead of the 2021 season. This will mark his second time facing off against his former team with the first coming with the Giants in 2022 when he actually got the better of them in a 24-20 win in Week 6.

Cleveland Browns: Weeks 8 and 18

When the Ravens host and visit their division rivals they could be going up against as many as three of their former players assuming both quarterback Tyler Huntley and wide receiver James Proche make the roster despite being in crowded position groups. Three-time Pro Bowl edge defender Za’Darius Smith is a lock to make the team as a full-time starter and the other half of a deadly pass rush tandem with reigning Defensive Player of the Year Myles Garrett. Last year was his first in Cleveland and the two teams split with the Ravens winning the first handedly and the Browns coming out on top in the second. After spending his first four years in the league with the Ravens after being taken in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Kentucky, he spent the next three as a member of the Green Bay Packers from 2019 to 2021 but didn’t play in the Week 15 interconference matchup in 2021 that his original team narrowly lost.

Huntley and Proche both came into the league in 202O as an undrafted free agent out of Utah and sixth-round pick out of SMU respectively. While Proche’s tenure with the team was littered with more lowlights than highlights, Huntley played well and helped keep the Ravens competitive when Jackson missed final stretches of the 2021 and 2022 seasons and even made his first career playoff start and was voted as Pro Bowl alternate in his third year in the league.

Denver Broncos: Week 9

When the Ravens host the Mile High City franchise, they could be playing against as many as four of their former players assuming 2022 sixth-round running back Tyler Badie makes the final roster. The three locks include veteran interior offensive linemen Ben Powers and Sam Mustipher. This will mark the first time Powers will be going against the team that drafted him after signing a sizable deal in free agency last year following a four-year stint in Baltimore during which he started 36-of-47 games. Mustipher spent last season as the Ravens’ backup center behind Linderbaum and will likely serve in a similar role for the Broncos.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Weeks 11 and 16

When the Ravens host and visit their division archrivals this upcoming season, they could face as many as four former players, all of whom are on defense. The most notable of the bunch is inside linebacker Patrick Queen who was taken in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of LSU. He defected to the Steel City to be the general in the middle of Pittsburgh’s defense coming off a career year in which he earned Pro Bowl and Second-Team All-Pro honors.

This will mark the second year in a row the Ravens will be playing against veteran defensive back DeShon Elliott who played for the Miami Dolphins last year before joining the Steelers this past March. He began his career in Baltimore after being selected in the sixth round of the 2018 Draft and started 22 games at safety. In his first time playing against his former team, Elliott recorded a game-high 10 total tackles including one for a loss in lopsided 56-19 loss for the visiting Dolphins in Week 17.

Assuming they both make the Steelers final roster, this will be the first time that veteran cornerback Anthony Averett and third-year outside linebacker Jeremiah Moon will be playing against the Ravens. Averett began his career as a fourth-round pick out of Alabama in 2018, made 21 starts for the team in 44 seasons and just signed with Pittsburgh after a successful tryout at their rookie minicamp. Moon went undrafted out of Florida in 2022 and has spent most of his first two seasons in the league on the Ravens’ practice squad but appeared in eight games last year including his first career start in Week 4.

Los Angles Chargers: Week 12

When the Ravens travel cross country to take on the team that has informally been declared the West Coast Ravens on Monday Night Football, they will be facing five former players, all of whom play on offense. Four were on the roster at the same time in 2021 and three were key cogs in making the 2019 offense a record-shattering unit. The list includes running backs J.K. Dobbins, and Gus Edwards, fullback Ben Mason, tight end Hayden Hurst and interior offensive linemen Bradley Bozeman.

While it’ll mark the first time Dobbins, Edwards and Mason will be going up against the team they came into the league with, it will mark the fourth and second for Hurst and Bozman. As a member of the Bengals in 2022, Hurst played against the Ravens three times including the playoffs and recorded a combined 14 receptions on 18 targets for 112 receiving yards and one touchdown. Bozeman’s first time playing against the Ravens came in the same season but he was a member of the Carolina Panthers and was on the losing end of a 13-3 defensive battle in Week 11 of the regular season. Both players were members of the same historic 2018 draft class for the Ravens and reunited as teammates for the first time last year in Carolina and are doing so again with the Chargers.

New York Giants: Week 15

When the Ravens travel to MetLife Stadium to take on the G-Men in an interconference battle, they could be going against as many as four of their former players. Fifth-year veteran wide receiver Miles Boykin and versatile seven-year veteran offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor joined the team this offseason. Meanwhile, Pro Bowl tight end Darren Waller was traded there last offseason but is contemplating retirement and Pro Bowl kicker Graham Gano has been there the past four years.

Boykin was drafted in the third round out of Notre Dame and spent the first three years of his career with the Ravens, appearing in 40 games, making 24 starts and recording seven touchdowns. Eluemunor was selected in the fifth round of the 2017 Draft out of Texas A&M and spent the first two years of his career developing in Baltimore and is now a solid starting caliber guard or tackle on his fourth team. In his first two games playing against the Ravens, he played just four special teams snaps in each but none on offense but he got to play 69 snaps in the season opener 2021 and helped the Raiders beat the Ravens in overtime. Waller, who was also on that Raiders team, was a sixth-round pick out of Georgia Tech in 2015. Gano got his first shot as a pro with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of Florida State and is now on his third team.

Houston Texans: Week 17

When the Ravens travel to the Lone Star state for the second time during the 2024 season to play on Christmas for the second year in a row, it will be their first time going against inside linebacker Del’Shawn Phillips since he departed in free agency this offseason. Originally an undrafted free agent who signed with the Atlanta Falcons coming out of Illinois, the five-year veteran spent the past two seasons in Baltimore as a core special teams ace and providing quality depth behind starters Roquan Smith and Patrick Queen.

Originally posted on Baltimore Beatdown – All Posts