Podcast Episode 30: Ravens head west with season likely on-the-line; Brandon Hyde era begins in Baltimore

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Welcome to Episode 30 of the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast with site owner Jake McDonnell, editor Nolan McGraw, and author Ian Schultz.

Kicking off the show this week is over 50 minutes of Ravens talk following Baltimore’s 20-12 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday (4:30). We discuss some nuggets from John Harbaugh’s Monday press conference (16:27), tell you Who’s Trending (29:19), and go over some things to watch for on Saturday night when the Ravens go to war with the 11-3 Los Angeles Chargers (39:44). The Chargers have the home field and two extra days of rest, and the Ravens’ playoff chances are likely on the line. Don’t worry, we called out the NFL’s poor scheduling for ‘Don’t Be A Jerk’ and broke down the Ravens’ playoff scenarios depending on what happens this weekend.

Up next, Jake welcomes in this week’s guest, server Jimmy Colliflower of Seven Sports Bar & Grille (54:50). Since Jimmy is an Eagles fan, we talked plenty of Nick Foles and the Eagles’ impressive 30-23 win over the LA Rams on Sunday Night Football. Jimmy & Jake also discussed this year’s playoff picture and Lamar Jackson‘s development.

For our Orioles segment this week, Nolan & Jake went over the key quotes from Monday’s press conference with general manager Mike Elias introducing Brandon Hyde, the 20th manager in team history (1:13:16). Communication between the front office and the coaching staff was clearly an issue when Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette worked together, but all indications are that communication will no longer be a problem with Elias and Hyde at the forefront of the Orioles’ rebuild. Hyde was the first name mentioned by several contacts Elias reached out to during his managerial search. There’s still tons of work to do this offseason, but this looks like another great hire by the O’s.

To wrap up the show, we dive into our weekly numbers segment, taking a look at the best Baltimore sports athletes to wear the number 30 (1:27:23).

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Podcast Episode 14: We can smell the regular season…Featuring Ebony Bird Site Expert Chris Schisler

Welcome to Episode 14 of the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast with site owner Jake McDonnell, editor Nolan McGraw, and author Ian Schultz.

To kick off Episode 14, we dove into the trade that sent Ravens linebacker Kamalei Correa to the Tennessee Titans for a sixth-round draft pick (4:17). Our Ravens segment is loaded with great stuff this week, including the following:

  • Recap of the Ravens’ 27-10 preseason week 4 win over the Miami Dolphins (7:58)
  • What an Idiot – Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso runs to the wrong sideline during the first quarter of Saturday’s game (12:06)
  • Injury discussion surrounding several Ravens rookies (15:50)
  • Who’s Trending (22:41)
  • What to watch for on Thursday night as the Ravens take on the Washington Redskins to wrap up the preseason (31:50)

Up next, the guys go over the Fantasy outlook surrounding the Ravens (35:07). Do the Ravens have any sexy Fantasy Football targets? Drafts are taking place this week and next week. Checking out this segment will help you out if you’re thinking about drafting anyone on the Ravens.

After the fantasy segment concludes, we welcome in Ebony Bird site expert Chris Schisler as this week’s guest (42:17). Jake spent a better part of the last two years writing and podcasting for Ebony Bird. Not only was it great for Jake and Chris to catch up, but they got into more preseason banter and talked about some bubble players and their chances of making the 53-man roster. You’ll also hear more about Jimmy Smith‘s suspension and the bigger world problems involved in it.

After Chris’s call-in, the Charm City Bird Watch crew moved on to the Orioles (59:40). Recently, manager Buck Showalter discussed Trey Mancini‘s ability to play first base. With Mancini and Chris Davis beginning to split time between first base and designated hitter, could the Orioles move on from Davis this offseason and hand the first base keys to Mancini? The guys ponder the probability of this scenario actually taking place.

To wrap up the show, we dive into our weekly numbers segment, taking a look at the best Ravens & Orioles players to wear the number 14 (1:09:36).

All of us at Charm City Bird Watch want to send a shoutout and thank you to Bloomsburg University graduate student Jake Hare for throwing together our new podcast intro! Hare is a good friend of McDonnell and we plan on using his voice more in the future for other podcast purposes!

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Ravens rookie tight end Hayden Hurst out 3-4 weeks with stress fracture in foot

OWINGS MILLS — After the suspension of Jimmy Smith and the injuries sustained to offensive linemen Ronnie Stanley and James Hurst, the Ravens got hit with more bad news on Friday when Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported via Twitter that rookie tight end Hayden Hurst will miss 3-4 weeks with a stress fracture in his foot.

As mentioned by Garafolo, Hurst is undergoing a procedure today that includes getting a screw inserted in the foot. It is unknown which foot sustained this injury, but that will likely be revealed when either team reporters, the Ravens, or Hurst himself shares a photo on social media. This is the type of injury that will probably require a walking boot, so it will be hard to hide.

If Hurst does end up only missing 3-4 weeks, that would likely make the September 23 game against the Denver Broncos his return date and his NFL regular season debut. So far in the preseason Hurst has caught five passes for 41 yards and a touchdown.

This is a really tough blow for the Ravens and it will throw another wrench into forming the 53-man roster. Hurst was drafted 25th overall and filled a gaping hole for the Ravens, as the tight end position was clearly their weakest area heading into the draft. A month into his first NFL training camp, Hurst has already dealt with multiple injuries. He missed some time at the beginning of camp with a ‘soft tissue issue’, and now this ailment will force him to sit out the beginning of his first NFL season.

In terms of the 53-man roster, Hurst’s absence will make the decisions at tight end even more interesting. Throughout camp, questions have been swirling over if the Ravens will keep four tight ends on the team, something they rarely do. Now the Ravens will likely have no choice but to keep four tight ends, with three healthy come week 1. Nick Boyle has been reliable throughout camp, but Maxx Williams and Mark Andrews have also missed time with injuries. With Hurst already out the first handful of games, Williams and Andrews need to stay on the field.

Another name to keep an eye on is Darren Waller. If Williams or Andrews suffers another injury setback over the next week, Waller could also make the team. After serving a year-long suspension, Waller returned to practice two weeks ago and has reportedly made some plays. His reliability and passion for football have been questioned, but he could still make his way onto the roster in the wake of Hurst’s injury.

Although Hurst’s current injury time-frame sees him returning to the field by September 23, given the nature of stress fractures and procedures involving screws, it could end up being a longer recovery window. As someone who’s suffered a stress fracture before (I had one in my back during my junior year of high school), it would not surprise me at all if we don’t see Hurst until October.

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