At long last, they popped some runs, turned some short passes into big gains, converted third downs and finished a few drives in the end zone. And when their streak of 17 consecutive offensive possessions without a touchdown was over and they finally built some momentum, the Ravens celebrated.
Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb, defensive end Chris Cant, and wide receiver Darren Waller all returned to practice Wednesday after spells sidelined with injury, but the team still had eight absences as preparations began for Monday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Rookie tight ends Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle both started Thursday with Crockett Gillmore sidelined with a calf injury, and wide receiver Darren Waller played his most significant role yet after injuries at wide receiver. Defensive tackle Carl Davis started a second straight game at defensive tackle, and outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith picked up two consecutive sacks to end a Steelers drive.
At 6 feet 6, 238 pounds with the athleticism to run the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds and record a 37-inch vertical leap, Darren Waller -- who played safety in high school -- is an intriguing developmental project. He's the tallest and heaviest wide receiver on the Ravens' roster.