Baltimore Ravens rookie lineman Ronnie Stanley talks about starting beside fellow rookie Alex Lewis on the offensive line. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
By taking the field on the unit's first posession of the game, left tackle Ronnie Stanley and left guard Alex Lewis became the first rookies in franchise history to start simultaneously at those positions, and the first duo in the NFL do so since 1995, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The significance of the occasion was not lost on Stanley, the organization's sixth overall pick in April.
"It's really cool, especially knowing that we're able to play in this league and pick up defenses," he said. "We're both smart and physical players, and we just need to be clear-minded and become more consistent."
Lewis, a fourth-round selection, had started the final three preseason games at left guard, but his appearance Sunday was not finalized until guard John Urschel (shoulder) was deactivated 90 minutes prior to the contest.
"First of all, it was fun," Lewis said. "It was a pretty cool feeling, but there are always things to clean up and work on. We're going to watch the tape tomorrow, and we're going to fix them and get better and focus on the [Cleveland] Browns next week."
Stanley and Lewis were part of an offensive line that saw quarterback Joe Flacco get sacked a game-high four times. Although it won't be clear whether they deserved blame until they review film with their coaches Monday or Tuesday, Stanley and Lewis agreed they have room to improve.
"I think I played well for most part of the game, and there's some points where I slipped up on some things technically, and I know what those things are and just got to look for those things in practice and fix them," Stanley said.
Asked how he would evalute his own play, Lewis replied, "OK. We've got to get better."
Wright leads defense: Cornerback Shareece Wright sparked the Ravens' defense Sunday, becoming the only player to register dougle-digit tackles (11). Three of those stops resulted in the Bills losing yards on running plays.
"I do whatever I can, whatever I can to help this team win," Wright said. "I was in position to make tackles, and we emphasized that, making tackles on [Buffalo running LeSean] McCoy and being able to get those guys down and eliminate big plays. We know they're explosive when they're making guys miss tackles. So that was important today, and I was able to get that done."
Strong safety Eric Weddle, who played four seasons with Wright on the San Diego Chargers, was not surprised by his teammate's performance.
"Shareece was big-time today – not only in covering his guys, but I played with 'Reece for four years, and I know what type of player he is, how physical and tough he is," Weddle said. "He's a willing tackler, and everyone got an open party of what he's all about. I couldn't be more proud of him. He's worked his tail off. Shoot, some of those third-down stops, if he doesn't make those, those maybe become big plays."