Dawan Landry blamed his teammates for collecting his first career recovered fumble in the second quarter of the Ravens' 10-9 season-opening win against the New York Jets Monday night.
More appropriately, the strong safety said playing on one of the most aggressive defenses in the NFL usually means that one of his teammates beats him to the loose ball.
"The way this defense flies around, somebody's always going to get the ball," Landry said. "That's probably what happened."
Landry admitted that he was surprised to see the ball pop out of Shonn Greene's hands after the Jets running back ran into one of his blockers.
"Initially, [linebacker Dannell] Ellerbe had the ball, but I stole it from him," Landry said with a laugh. "So he was mad at me. When we were in the pile, he was like, 'Man, that's my ball!' [I said,] 'I got it though!'"
Landry said he had no plans to make it up to Ellerbe. "He's younger than me," Landry reasoned.