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Ravens rookie defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan had most productive game of the season

Timmy Jernigan sacks Blake Bortles during Sunday's game.
Timmy Jernigan sacks Blake Bortles during Sunday's game. (Patrick Smith, Getty Images)

One week after a starting debut in which he frequently overpursued, Ravens rookie defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan had his most productive game of the season Sunday.

Jernigan had two sacks, four tackles and a game-high five quarterback hits during a 20-12 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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"We were doing some things in there, some stunting," Jernigan said. "But I was able to beat my guy a couple of times up the gut and make a play. It feels real good to be able to contribute to this defense."

The second-round draft pick from Florida State -- who is starting while Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata serves a four-game suspension for violating the NFL performance-enhancing drug policy -- now has four sacks for the season. That's the most by a Ravens rookie defensive tackle in franchise history.

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"That's what I've been preparing for all season, because you never know where and when something might happen," Jernigan said. "I feel better prepared to play now at this time of year, and I have to give all my credit to my coaches and my teammates. This is crucial now with two games to play, and I feel we're in a really good place."

Jernigan drew praise from Ravens coach John Harbaugh after a consistently disruptive performance.

"He did a really good job on the run defense," Harbaugh said. "He has had some good pressures, and he and [Ravens defensive line coach Clarence Brooks] had a good father-son type hug there. It was big for him."

Ngata is out for the remainder of the regular season. He's eligible to return for the playoffs and can be reinstated Dec. 29, the day after the Ravens' regular-season finale against the Cleveland Browns.

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