The Ravens have lost several of their starting unrestricted free agents on defense, but there’s no reason for any alarm. The players the Ravens have lost so far this offseason were either too old or simply not good enough to merit multiyear, lucrative contracts.
Only 11 players remain from the last Ravens team that made the playoffs in 2014. Those survivors are counseling younger teammates to cherish the opportunity as they prepare to play the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
Ravens kicker Justin Tucker said the footballs used for kicking plays in Saturday night's game at the Los Angeles Chargers were "just different than what we’re used to experiencing on your typical NFL Sunday.”
In his first game at M&T Bank Stadium since missing an extra-point try that sealed a 24-23 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 21, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker converted all three of his field-goal attempts and one extra-point try Sunday in a 23-16 loss to the Steelers.
Young appeared shaken after the interception and did not play on the Ravens’ next defensive possession. The team announced he was in concussion protocol, but he returned to the game in the second quarter.
Eight days after earning AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker was honored for the breadth of his work so far this season, being named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month on Thursday.
Members of the Ravens special teams unit can take solace in knowing that their gaffes did not cost the team a victory Sunday against the Denver Broncos, but there is still considerable work to be done.
As the Ravens left their third preseason game with a 20-19 win, their 11th straight preseason victory, they could only hope that the mistakes and misfortune of a less-than-ideal opening 30 minutes would not linger long.