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The Browns by the numbers

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The Browns by the numbers

The Browns might not be ready to contend in the AFC North yet, but after starting off 0-5 they have won two of their past three, including a 34-24 win over Cincinnati. And with 19 rookies or second-year players on the roster, this is a young team that might be starting to hit its stride just in time for the Ravens' visit on Sunday.

Here are some other enlightening numbers about the Browns:

0 : Number of times John Harbaugh, Ray Rice and Joe Flacco have lost to Cleveland. Since 2008, when those three arrived, the Ravens are 9-0, including  a 23-16 win in Baltimore this year.

2.7: Ray Rice's average gain in the first meeting between the teams this season (18 carries, 49 yards). That was his lowest per-carry average in nine games against the Browns.

4: The number of games Browns cornerback Joe Haden missed earlier this season while suspended for a violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. He missed the first meeting with the Ravens, but the Browns are 2-1 since his return and Ravens coach John Harbaugh calls Haden "a difference-maker."

5: The number of dropped passes for Browns receiver Greg Little,  which is tied for seventh-most in the league. It has been a recurring problem for Browns receivers, especially Little, and was in the first meeting between the Ravens and Browns as well.

7: Number of field goals of 50 yards or longer Browns kicker Phil Dawson made last season (in eight attempts). In the first meeting betwen the Browns and Ravens this season, Dawson was 3-for-3, hitting from 50, 51 and 52 yards.

8: Career kickoff return touchdowns for Josh Cribbs, the most in NFL history. Cribbs, who had a 92-yard kickoff return touchdown against the Ravens in 2008 and a punt return touchdown against them last season, left the first game against the Ravens this season after being hurt on a punt return. He is back, though, and ranks fourth in kickoff returns with an average runback of 30.3 yards.

10: Number of interceptions thrown by Browns quartberback Brandon Weeden, tied for second in the league. But he's thrown just one in the past three games, a total of 97 passes.

13: Number of seasons Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome played for the Browns. The Hall of Fame tight end finished his Browns career with 662 catches for 7,980 yards, a team record.

19: Number of sacks by the Browns, seven more than by the Ravens. Former Maryland linebacker D'Qwell Jackson leads the Browns with three sacks.

19.3: The Browns' scoring average, which ranks 25th in the league.

41: Forecast high temperature in Cleveland on Sunday. Weather is often a factor when you play on the shores of Lake Erie in November or December.

 

 

 

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'I started to realize that I’m not broken': Steve Smith opens up about mental health and depression

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'I started to realize that I’m not broken': Steve Smith opens up about mental health and depression

Former Carolina Panthers' star receiver Steve Smith spoke in front of a crowd of over 400 people at the fifth annual Wake up for Wellness breakfast that was sponsored by Mental Health America of Central Carolinas.

The 16-year veteran and current NFL Network analyst touched on the importance of seeking help for bouts with depression and spoke of battles that he has faced with the disease.

“On the outside you’ll see a tough exterior. But on the inside, I’m just broken or I believe even more broken than the average man. ... Because when the stadium goes dark and the cheers stop, you’re still looking for that pat on the back,” Smith said. “Throughout my whole career, I struggled with that.”

Smith discussed that in the beginning, he was so concerned about the stigma regarding mental health, that he opted for the professional to meet him for housecalls, and as time passed he realized the importance of speaking up.

“I started to realize that I’m not broken,” he said. “I’m not being sent back to the manufacturer ... I get up every morning and figure it out.”

Smith's comments on the issue came to light just a day after the NFL and NFLPA announced new legislation that focuses on mental well being.

The newly formed Comprehensive Mental Health and Wellness Committee will develop programs for members of the NFL in addition to collaborating with local and national mental health and suicide prevention organizations. Each team will be mandated to retain a Behavioral Health Team Clinician for assistance that will be required to be available to players at the individual team facilities for at least 8-12 hours per week and must conduct mandatory mental health education sessions for players and coaching staff.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: What to look out for at OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: What to look out for at OTAs

Kick off your Thursday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including what to watch for at OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. As the Ravens try and bolster their pass rush during the offseason, they hope to find much-needed help from outside linebacker, Shane Ray. The Ravens picked up Ray from the Denver Broncos where he had an unproductive last two seasons due to injury, only registering one sack in each of the past two seasons. However, Ray had a phenomenal career at Missouri as a unanimous All-American and SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. The Ravens have given Ray a shot at a career reboot and fans are excited to see what he's got.

2. Thursday is the media's first opportunity to get a look at the 2019-20 Ravens. Ravens writer Ryan Mink writes seven things to look out for at OTAs including, attendance from veterans even though OTAs are mandatory, a look at linebacker development with the signings of namely Pernell McPhee and Shane Ray and a first look at the rookie class to name a few.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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