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Browns promote fullback Kiero Small to active roster

The Cleveland Browns promoted former Cardinal Gibbons and Arkansas fullback Kiero Small to the active roster from the practice squad and cut starting fullback Ray Agnew, the team announced.

Small was drafted in the seventh round by the Seattle Seahawks, but was released by the Super Bowl champions.

It's been a long journey to the NFL for Small. After high school, Small attended Valley Forge Military Academy before leaving after one semester, discouraged by the highly regimented schedule that included a 4 a.m. reveille.

He then worked at his family's T-shirt business in downtown Baltimore before enrolling at Hartnell Junior College in California, where he developed into an All-American playing fullback and linebacker.

Small accepted a scholarship to Arkansas, where the Razorbacks installed him as a lead blocker.

The 5-foot-9, 242-pounder rushed for 151 yards and three touchdowns and caught 19 passes for 128 yards last season. He played last season after being granted a medical redshirt...

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Five Things We Learned from the Ravens' 29-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons

As he does each week, Childs Walker shares his biggest takeaways from the Ravens' 27-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.


1. The Ravens look like one of the best teams in the NFL.

This game struck me as sneakily interesting test for this year’s Ravens. Few expected them to lose to a Falcons team that has struggled badly on the road. But if the Ravens let up after an absurdly easy win in Tampa Bay, Atlanta had the offensive weapons to give them an uncomfortable week.

Instead, the Ravens jumped on Matt Ryan early with a vicious pass rush and enough offense to build a lead the Falcons never really threatened.

With nine penalties and three turnovers, the Ravens hardly produced their cleanest outing of the season. Joe Flacco took four hits after going untouched the previous week, in part because rookie tackle James Hurst continued his pattern of following strong games with weak ones.

Missteps aside, the Ravens handled their business, winning by 20 or more points for the fourth time...

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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 sign long snapper Kevin McDermott, sources say

The Ravens signed veteran veteran long snapper Kevin McDermott after auditioning him and Patrick Scales for the job, according to sources.

The Ravens needed 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.

Scales has a previous stint in training camp with the Ravens. He's also been with the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins. He hasn't played in an NFL regular-season game.

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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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