When Lamar Jackson was taken No. 32 overall in the draft this year, Ozzie Newsome acknowledged they were “building for the future” with the Heisman Trophy winner. But, he added, “In order for us to win this year, we need Joe Flacco.”
In the wake of unrest in the city following the death of Freddie Gray, Edmondson graduate Jerry Lovelocke said his pending free agent contract with the Ravens could serve as an example for Baltimore youth.
Three Maryland natives will have an opportunity to impress NFL teams next week at the College Gridiron Showcase in Arlington, Texas, an all-star game that features prominent players from programs such as Alabama, Auburn and Texas.
The snapshot of the Ravens' defense displays plenty of improvement, regaining stinginess overall as a run defense along with an occasionally formidable pass rush. However, a deeper look showed a recurring flaw from the defense late in games that played a significant role in preventing the Ravens from reaching the playoffs one year after winning the Super Bowl.
Although the passing connection between quarterback Joe Flacco and Torrey Smith has remained productive all season, it's been difficult for them to strike deep on a consistent basis. Smith leads the Ravens with 41 receptions for 753 yards and is averaging 18.4 yards per reception, but has caught just two touchdown passes.
Throughout the NFL this season, backup quarterbacks have gotten opportunities to prove themselves after injuries or ineptitude sent a dozen starters to the bench. But here in Baltimore, Tyrod Taylor patiently waits behind Joe Flacco, a Super Bowl-winning quarterback who has never missed a snap due to injury in his six seasons in the league.
Heading into Sunday's game at M&T Bank Stadium, one of the few things A.J. Green hasn't done in two-plus NFL seasons is star against the Ravens. In three career games, Green has nine receptions for 122 yards and no touchdowns. He played briefly in a meaningless regular-season finale last season and caught two passes for 26 yards.
Trying to figure out what the Ravens will do every Sunday has become an exercise in futility. Another surprising loss last weekend dropped them to 3-5 and logic says they will lose a fourth straight game Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium against the Cincinnati Bengals, but you never know with this team.
Protecting a three-point lead with 6:44 to play, the Browns ran off all but the final 14 seconds before Billy Cundiff's field goal finalized Cleveland's 24-18 victory over the Ravens in front of an announced 71,513 at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The growing timing and chemistry between Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and rookie wide receiver Marlon Brown was one of the lone bright spots Sunday during a disheartening loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Ravens cornerback Corey Graham buried his face in his hands in the locker room Sunday night, occasionally shaking his head in apparent sadness and bewilderment following a 24-18 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
When Dean Pees and the Ravens defense watched tape of their Week 2 win over the Cleveland Browns, they saw Brandon Weeden at quarterback and Trent Richardson carrying the load at running back. Wide receiver Josh Gordon was nowhere to be found as he was serving his four-game league suspension.
Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel gives his take on the Baltimore Ravens' 14-6 win over the Cleveland Browns, including thoughts on the Ravens' offensive identity, Terrell Suggs and their fierce pass rush, Marlon Brown's surprising start, and more.
Brandon Weeden was under heavy duress throughout the game, sacked five times as the Ravens delivered a dozen quarterback hits. Weeden didn't finish the game, leaving in the fourth quarter with a thumb injury as he was replaced by backup Jason Campbell for the final series.