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Former Ravens DE Yannick Ngakoue tweets emoji after finding out he'll play former team in Week 1

Ravens Wire logo Ravens Wire 5/14/2021 Kevin Oestreicher
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The Baltimore Ravens made a splash before the 2020 trade deadline, acquiring defensive end Yannick Ngakoue from the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a third-round pick and a fifth-round pick.

Ngakoue didn’t have the impact in Baltimore that many expected him to have, and was thus not brought back by the team this offseason. He signed a two-year, $26 million fully guaranteed deal with the Las Vegas Raiders, who will be Baltimore’s Week 1 opponent on “Monday Night Football.” When Ngakoue found out that he’d be facing his former team in Week 1, he tweeted out a single emoji.

Video: Ravens acquire DE Yannick Ngakoue for two draft picks (Ravens Wire)


Baltimore’s game against Las Vegas will be their first of five prime-time games, the maximum number allowed for a single team. Ngakoue will look to show the Ravens what they missed out on by not re-signing him, while Baltimore will look to continue their Week 1 dominance, as over the last four seasons they’ve outscored their Week 1 opponents 164-19.


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