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Ravens rookie linebacker Patrick Queen named Week 5 AFC Defensive Player of the Week

"I knew when I got drafted and Joe [Burrow] got drafted that we were going to be seeing each other twice a year," said Patrick Queen.

Ravens rookie inside linebacker Patrick Queen has been named Week 5 AFC Defensive Player of the Week, the NFL announced Wednesday. It’s the first honor for the No. 28 overall pick in the 2020 draft.

Queen recorded nine tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries, including a 53-yard fumble return for a touchdown, in Sunday’s 27-3 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Through five games, Queen has recorded 42 tackles (tied for most among rookies), two sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

“[Queen] doesn’t try to force himself to do anything or assert himself in some weird way,” cornerback Jimmy Smith said Wednesday on a video conference call. “I think he gets the job done, he understands that it’s all a learning experience. Something happens to him once, he learns how to fix it the next time it comes around. Really smart guy, he’s got a great head on his shoulders and he plays with a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of confidence. So, the sky’s the limit for him.”

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Queen is the first Ravens defender since Patrick Onwuasor in the 2018 season to be named Player of the Week. He also joins quarterback Lamar Jackson as Ravens who have won Player of the Week honors this season. Jackson was named Week 1 AFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week and Miami Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

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