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Can A. Jones grab starting DE spot?


Can A. Jones grab starting DE spot?

With Cory Redding now gone, theres a chance for someone to step up and fill his spot on the defensive line and make some noise. The Ravens will need that since Redding became such a force in his short time here.

USA TODAY had an interesting preview on the Ravens as they head into training camp, and one of the things they focused on was whether or not Arthur Jones can help fill Reddings spot. Jones did well at times last year, and the big question for him is if 2012 can be a breakthrough season.

Jones will be battling Pernell McPhee for a starting spot at defensive end and may have had a bit of an edge in the spring OTAs and mini-camps. The reason: McPhee had some minor knee surgery that kept him out.

McPhee had a good season last year, a mild surprise as he was a late-round draft pick. But he certainly showed hes a very good pass rusher, something the Ravens needed last year and will need once more this season especially with Terrell Suggs going to be out for a long stretch due to his off-season injury.

But Jones will be in his third year and has improved through each of his first two seasons. He wont be the kind of pass rusher that McPhee is, but will give the Ravens some power and strength at defensive end.

Jones is 6-foot-3 and 313 pounds, but the USA TODAY article talked about how hes gotten leaner and more muscular, something that will help him on the field this year.In the end, however, there might not be a winner in the sweepstakes for the starting spot.

They could actually both win.

The Ravens could very well use both players together in various situations. They like to do that to give them depth. That gives coach John Harbaugh and his assistants more options. If that works, the Ravens win either way.

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It's Friday and the Ravens still haven't announced who their starting quarterback is for Sunday

It's Friday and the Ravens still haven't announced who their starting quarterback is for Sunday

The suspense is killing us.

Will it be Lamar Jackson, Robert Griffin III or actually Joe Flacco starting for the Baltimore Ravens Sunday in the most important game of the season, in Week 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals?

Well, it's almost time for happy hour on a Friday and we still don't have a definite answer.

Flacco, who is nursing a right hip injury, did not practice this week and was listed as doubtful on the team's Friday injury report.

But the good news is that Jackson, who missed Thursday's practice with an illness, was a full participant Friday. When asked whether Jackson missing the most crucial day of practice is concerning, head coach John Harbaugh had us scratching our heads.

“It’s not ideal,” Harbaugh said. “Was it part of the plan? Apparently, it was.”

Jackson admitted that the possibility of his first NFL start Sunday would bring on a few butterflies but that once the ball was snapped,"it's on."

"You have to have trust with your guys," Jackson said Wednesday. "You have to have them believing in you to put points on the board. So, that’ll be my job if I’m out there.”

And in the latest version of 'The NFL is wild,' Robert Griffin III was the only Ravens quarterback who participated in a full week of practice.

The 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year hasn't started an NFL game since January 1, 2017, but has stayed up to speed in case a moment like this occurred. 

"That's my job. That's why they brought me here," Griffin III said Wednesday. "They brought me here to be a pro. They brought me here to help this team if need be. I try to help the defense every week on scout team and then do those [reps], and if my number's called I'll be able to go out there and lead this team."

Prior to this week, Flacco had only been on the team's injury report eight times and had missed only three regular-season practices. In 11 years, Flacco has missed just six games, starting the last 41. 

Guard/tackle James Hurst (back) has been ruled out for the fourth week as well as Tim Williams (ankle).

Cornerback Tavon Young (ankle), tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle) and safety Tony Jefferson (thigh) are listed as questionable. 


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Steelers players plunder Le'Veon Bell's locker a day after missed deadline


Steelers players plunder Le'Veon Bell's locker a day after missed deadline

Le'Veon Bell decided not to return to the Steelers this season, and his former teammates have apparently decided they can have his belongings. 

The All-Pro running back didn't sign his $14.5 million franchise tag by Tuesday's deadline, and thus is ineligible to play this season.

Steelers player were seen plundering his locker Wednesday in front of reporters. Defensive end Bud Dupree went right for Bell's cleats, thanking him for the Jordan brand shoes and saying he wishes Bell success.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told reporters he sent Bell his well-wishes, but got no response from his former backfield mate. 

It's unclear what Bell plans to do next, but it's crystal clear the Steelers have moved on, with his shoes in tow.