Eric Weddle

Ravens defense seeking to play tighter coverage on tight ends

Ravens defense seeking to play tighter coverage on tight ends

Among the myriad of factors that contributed to the Ravens’ 39-38 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday night was Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger attacking the underbelly of the Ravens defense by targeting tight ends Jesse James and Vance McDonald.

Strong safety Tony Jefferson said preventing plays over the middle is a high priority for any unit, which will face two young tight ends Sunday in Cleveland.

“We obviously have to protect the middle of the field, and I don’t know if it necessarily has to do with tight ends,” he said. “We’ve just got to play better in our coverages. If guys are catching balls over the middle, we’ve got to stop that from happening, and it doesn’t...

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