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.”
Only now, a little over six weeks after the Rams traded him to the wide receiver-needy Ravens for a future seventh-round pick, does Chris Givens feel that he's found his comfort zone. As he prepares to face his former team Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, he's unburdened of the disappointment of diminished playing time in St. Louis and enjoying getting another chance.
A controversial figure even now in the heart of the preseason, Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs smiled as he suggested who was really to blame for this week¿s firestorm surrounding his low hit against Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford.
After two preseason games, the Ravens' kick and punt return situation isn't any clearer than it was when training camp began. A lack of opportunities, coupled by a few injuries, have prevented the coaching staff from settling on one candidate to replace Jacoby Jones as return specialist.
The fallout from Terrell Suggs' low hit on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford entered Day Three with the NFL acknowledging there shouldn't have been a flag thrown on the play and Ravens coach John Harbaugh defending the veteran linebacker amid accusations he's a dirty player.
Terrell Suggs' low hit on quarterback Sam Bradford, which drew a roughing the passer penalty and prompted at least one Philadelphia Eagles player to call the outside linebacker a dirty player, got all the attention. But it was only one of 17 penalties for 139 total yards for the Ravens.
There were times in the joint practices when the Philadelphia Eagles effortlessly moved the ball on the Ravens starting defense, while the Ravens starting offense remained bogged down in its own territory on the adjacent field. That's how Saturday's game went, too.
We're waiting to see what is going on with Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. If he is indeed the leader of the Ravens defense, they took the perfect cue from him Saturday night in the the team's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.
The NFL's recent spike in ACL injuries is frustrating for fans that defend football against those who claim that the sport is too dangerous. Nobody wants to see his or her favorite player — or any player, for that matter — hurt, and fans especially do not want to learn that players will be out with a preventable injury for an extended amount of time. But, are ACL injuries really preventable?
There is a saying in NFL circles that availability is one of the most important abilities for quarterbacks. Look around the league and you will see a bunch of quarterbacks who have been knocked out of the lineup due to injuries. Yet seven games into his sixth season, Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens has yet to miss a single snap in his career due to injury.
During a decorated college career at West Virginia, Baltimore's Tavon Austin was tough to get a grasp of in the open field. He totaled 3,413 receiving yards in four years in Morgantown, and much of the damage Austin did as a receiver came after the catch when the Mountaineers quickly got him the ball in space. Five games into his NFL career, though, the St. Louis Rams rookie has found that space hard to come by.