Derrick Mason

'Game week, baby': After long wait to move past 2017, Ravens relish restart in Week 1

'Game week, baby': After long wait to move past 2017, Ravens relish restart in Week 1

Four days from his 11th season-opening start in 11 years, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was asked about his first.

“It feels like yesterday,” he said Wednesday of his 2008 debut, a 17-10 win over the visiting Cincinnati Bengals in which the team's top runner was Le'Ron McClain and top receiver was Derrick Mason. “It’s crazy how quickly [time goes by]. You look back at the days, and they go along just like everybody says. But man, it’s been really, really quick, and we’ve changed a lot. But hey, that’s all in the past.”

After the NFL’s longest walk-up to Week 1, from the start of Ravens training camp in late July to Sunday’s 1 p.m. kickoff against the Buffalo Bills at M&T...

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