Although all eight sacks Ravens quarterbacks absorbed Thursday night against the Chicago Bears can’t be blamed solely on the offensive line, coach John Harbaugh said, “We’ve got to be better up front.”
Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis was enshrined among the legends Saturday, but few of the inductees in the prestigious Pro Football Hall of Fame could match the pageantry or the charisma he displayed throughout his 17-year career.
The man with the keys to the Ravens' revamped offense was former NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III, signed as a potential backup quarterback before the Ravens used a first-round draft pick on the newer model, Lamar Jackson.
Robert Griffin III started the preseason opener against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night and rookie Lamar Jackson, the team’s first-round draft pick out of Louisville, played the second half. And both flashed something positive.
In Thursday’s practice, former Arizona Cardinals receiver John Brown caught two passes for touchdowns and another for a long gain from quarterback Joe Flacco, which might be a promising sign of their budding cohesion.
Ray Lewis is entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018. Could fellow former Raven and Miami Hurricane Ed Reed, with whom he shared an uncommon passion for studying the sport and excelling at it, follow him in 2019?