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Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith calls NFC South 'a finesse division'

Undefeated in three games against NFC South opponents this season, Ravens veteran wide receiver Steve Smith was beating his chest after Sunday's 29-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Smith played 13 years in the NFC South before being cut by the Carolina Panthers this offseason and signing a three-year, $11 million contract with the Ravens.

"NFC South is a finesse division," said Smith, whose Ravens outscored the Falcons, Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a composite 115-34 this season. "The AFC North is physical, downhill, blue-collar football."

Known for his feisty nature, Smith was flagged for a personal foul after Joe Flacco threw an interception in the third quarter.

"I mean, football is a physical game," Smith said. "We play in the AFC North, a physical division. That's just football."


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Ravens to work out long snapper Kevin McDermott, sources say

The Ravens are searching for a long snapper and will audition veteran Kevin McDermott for the job, according to sources.

The Ravens need a long snapper after  Morgan Cox tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. A magnetic resonance imaging exam will be conducted Monday to confirm the initial diagnosis.

McDermott, 24, has previous stints with the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos. He played in 16 games for the 49ers after winning the long snapper job in 2013 as an undrafted rookie out of UCLA, where he walked on and earned a scholarship.

McDermott has tried out for the Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and Broncos this year.

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Ravens notes: Jacoby Jones muffs punt; James Hurst flagged three times for holding

For the second time in three weeks, Ravens Pro Bowl kick returner Jacoby Jones muffed a punt.

Jones' mishandled punt came the second quarter of the Ravens' 29-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons. The ball was recovered by Falcons special-teams ace Eric Weems at the Ravens’ 37-yard line.

“I should have fair-caught the ball,” said Jones, who misjudged a punt against Indianapolis that bounced off him and was recovered by the Colts. “I was just being aggressive. The gunner was bearing down. I tried to catch it before he could hit me.”

The Falcons failed to capitalize on the opportunity, as they missed a 57-yard field-goal attempt.

“We had the muffed punt, which was unfortunate,” Harbaugh said. “But our guys bounced back from that as well.”

Jones averaged five yards per punt return on five returns, including a long return of 17 yards. He averaged 28 yards on two kickoff returns.

Jones is averaging 29.7 yards per kickoff return with a long return of 58 yards for the season. He's averaging 8.2...

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Ravens' Owen Daniels keeps producing since Dennis Pitta's season-ending injury

Ravens tight end Owen Daniels caught a touchdown pass from Joe Flacco between Atlanta Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow and former Ravens cornerback Josh Wilson on Sunday.

The 5-yard score staked the Ravens to an early lead in the first quarter of a 29-7 win over the Falcons at M&T Bank Stadium.

“It’s a play we’ve been working on and thought it would work against their defense,” Daniels said. “Joe fit it in with a perfect throw. I just tried to make the catch. There were a lot of hands in there, but that’s why we practice."

It also reinforced how the two-time Pro Bowl tight end continues to produce since Dennis Pitta's season-ending hip injury. Daniels caught six passes for 58 yards and a touchdown Sunday on nine targets with four of his catches going for first downs.

“I’m playing hard, trying to do what I can whether it’s catching passes or blocking,” Daniels said. “I’m just trying to be a solid player."

Daniels has 27 receptions for 275 yards and three touchdowns for the season,...

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In return from suspension, Will Hill makes regular-season debut with Ravens

Ravens safety Will Hill made a successful return Sunday from a six-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

In his regular-season debut for the Ravens, Hill played extensively at free safety and also covered kickoffs. He recorded one tackle for a loss and a quarterback hit on a safety blitz.

“I felt good out there,” Hill said. “It was easy for me to get back on the field with that front seven getting that rush on. It was good to be back out there, just the feeling, the energy this stadium has.

“It was a called blitz. I just saw the opening and tried to get there before he got rid of the ball. I know they have a great deal of confidence in me now. They were pretty satisfied with my play.”

The Ravens rotated Hill heavily with starting free safety Darian Stewart.

“From what I could tell, he played well,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He flew around, made a tackle or two. He eyed a couple of things up timing-wise on some pressures. For being out for six weeks, it...

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Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox tears his right ACL vs. Falcons

Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, ending his season.

The injury will require surgery to repair the damage. A magnetic resonance imaging exam will be conducted Monday to confirm the initial diagnosis from team doctors.

Cox previously tore the ACL in his left knee four years ago against the Cleveland Browns.

"I planted, I got blocked, and it didn't feel good after that," Cox said after Sunday's game. "I've done it once before. I was running down the field and trying to turn the returner back in. I felt a lot of pain. I pretty much assumed it was pretty serious. I was hoping it was less serious.

"I know what it takes. Plus, I get to be around my guys. I get to be around everybody, which is a good thing."

Cox was injured late in the fourth quarter. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata replaced Cox as the long snapper and successfully snapped to holder Sam Koch for an extra point by kicker Justin Tucker after...

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