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Halftime observations

Some observations at halftime of the Ravens preseason game with Jacksonville, with the Ravens leading, 13-3:

--- Rookie kicker Justin Tucker continues to do everything he can to win the job. He nailed a 53-yarder in the second quarter that would have been good from 60. One knock on incumbent Billy Cundiff: He has made one of his last 10 tries in the regular season from 50-plus. Tucker, who is handling all kicking duties tonight, has also hit from 33 and recorded a tackle on a kickoff.

--- Joe Flacco and the Ravens hurry-up offense looked in command throughout the first half. Flacco looked sharp, with a lot of zip on his sideline passes. He finished the half 20 of 27 for 194 yards with one touchdown and one interception (on a heave on the final play of the half). Torrey Smith, who missed the Detroit game with an ankle injury, has been the top receiver, with five catches for 56 yards.

--- After stalling in the red zone once, Flacco hit Anquan Boldin with a 5-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter. That's just the second touchdown by the Ravens starting offense this preseason.

--- Ray Rice has played only sparingly, with two carries for 30 yards, including a 28-yarder. Bernard Pierce (4 carries, 4 yards) and Bobby Rainey (2-7) have gotten most of the work at running back. That doesnt bode well for either Anthony Allen or Damien Berry making the roster, though both worked on the first kickoff unit.

--- Lardarius Webb leads the Ravens with six tackles, and has looked strong against the run as well as the pass. The Ravens other corners, Cary Williams and Jimmy Smith, have looked uneven again. Jaguars rookie Justin Blackmon has four catches for 72 yards thus far.

--- Its been a tough night for linebacker Paul Kruger, who failed to set the edge on a 13-yard run, has been pushed around a lot and was whistled for a defensive holding penalty.

--- Haloti Ngata has the Ravens lone sack, and the Ravens need to amp up the pass rush or the cornerbacks not named Lardarius Webb could be in for a long season.

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Orlando Brown Jr.'s late father predicted his future with the Ravens

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Orlando Brown Jr.'s late father predicted his future with the Ravens

Rookie offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr.'s future with the Baltimore Ravens was predicted long before he was drafted in the third-round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

His father Orlando "Zeus" Brown, who played the same position for the Ravens from 1996-98 and again in 2003-05, saw in Brown Jr. what he saw in himself.

In an NFL Films feature 'Son of Zeus,' Brown Jr. recalls being at the Ravens' training facility with his father at a young age.

"We were leaving and he was just like, you know, 'you're going to end up back here' and 'it's gonna happen dog' and 'i just foresee it,' Brown Jr. said.

Initially, "Zeus" was not for his son playing the game, wanting him to focus his attention on his education. Brown Jr. convinced his father otherwise but was taught at a young age that nothing less than dominating every single play would be accepted. 

And nearly 15 years after predicting his son's future and seven years after his sudden death, "Zeus's" epiphany came true when Brown Jr. received a phone call from Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome in April.

"The first thing he said, 'you're not kidding me are you? Is this for real?,' Newsome said on how Brown Jr. reacted. "And I go, 'yes, it's for real.'"

It was almost like a higher power was involved in the connection.

“Hey, your dad’s smiling down right now,” Newsome added.

"It was like almost like emotionally overwhelming you know just for the situation," Brown Jr. said.

During his six years with the Ravens, "Zeus" helped Jamal Lewis hit 2,000 rushing yards and even turned down larger offers to stay in Baltimore to be closer to his children.

Now 10 games into the season, Brown Jr. is playing in a way his late father would be proud of. He started four games and is proving to be a valuable addition to the offensive line.

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Ravens' John Harbaugh wants it known Lamar Jackson can and will throw the ball more

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Ravens' John Harbaugh wants it known Lamar Jackson can and will throw the ball more

BALTIMORE -- In a league that relies heavily on the forward pass, the Baltimore Ravens have gone old-school in their bid to reach the NFL playoffs.

With quarterback Lamar Jackson leading the way , the Ravens rushed for 265 yards Sunday in a 24-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Jackson ran 27 times for 117 yards, Gus Edwards garnered 115 yards on the ground and both rookies rushed for seven first downs.

There's a good chance Jackson will start for the injured Joe Flacco again Sunday when the Ravens (5-5) host the Oakland Raiders (2-8). If Jackson is the starter, it's unlikely he will again slither, slide and scramble with the ball 27 times.

"Yeah, you don't want your quarterback getting hit that much," coach John Harbaugh said Monday. "It's not going to last that way. So, that's pretty self-evident."

That said, Harbaugh mocked those people concerned about Jackson's workload.

"Oh, he had 27 carries," Harbaugh said. "You know what he did? He won the game. He played his tail off. Celebrate that, and move on."

Whatever it takes to win.

"It's not what we're going to be shooting for by any stretch, but if it takes that many, Lamar will do it," Harbaugh said. "But, no, he took some hits. I think they knew the quarterback was going to run the ball. They were going after him a little bit, as you would expect. That's something that we have to look at going forward."

Selected 32nd overall in the 2018 draft, Jackson was thrust into the starting lineup because Flacco has a right hip injury that has been slow to heal and could keep him sidelined against the Raiders.

"He has a chance," Harbaugh said, without much conviction.

Jackson ran 655 times at Louisville and won the 2016 Heisman Trophy for his ability to carry the ball, not throw it. On Sunday, his carries accounted for more than a third of Baltimore's 73 offensive plays, and the Ravens finished with 54 rushing attempts compared to 19 passes.

Harbaugh bristled when someone asked him about Jackson's ability to throw the football, and where that fits into the game plan moving forward.

"Yeah, we're going to throw the ball more down the road," Harbaugh insisted. "All this veiled stuff, `Is he really a thrower?' I got news for you: He's a thrower. He's a quarterback. I don't appreciate the insinuation of the question. Lamar Jackson is a quarterback."

He's a quarterback with 256 yards rushing -- second on the team behind Alex Collins -- and 237 yards passing. Collins scored a touchdown against the Bengals, but his playing time was sheared by Edwards, an undrafted rookie free agent who got 17 carries and played most of the second half.

Edwards, who scored his first NFL touchdown , got the call because of the way he's excelled in the days leading up to game day.

"He's been practicing great," Harbaugh said. "It has been a goal to get him more carries before this."

Baltimore's 265 yards rushing against Cincinnati was tied for the fifth most in franchise history, and it marked the first time in NFL history that a team had a rookie quarterback and rookie running back each top 100 yards rushing.

After he was done, Jackson made one final run -- after the referee to snag the game ball.

"However you move the ball is good. You do it based on your personnel," Harbaugh said. "You want it to be a mix, but in the end, the players deserve the credit for running the ball so well."

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