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Harbaugh doesn’t change much but feeds Rice, Pierce

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Harbaugh doesn’t change much but feeds Rice, Pierce

Coach John Harbaugh insisted he’d shift players around after the bye week, particularly on the offensive line which has given up 18 sacks of quarterback Joe Flacco which is five more than a season ago at this point.

He even hinted the Ravens might slow down the no-huddle offense.

He didn’t do any of that to start Sunday’s game at the Cleveland Browns, but the Ravens gave the ball to Ray Rice, who scored their first first-quarter touchdown since Week 2 and just their second touchdown on the road this season.

On the Ravens’ opening drive, Rice ran the ball six times for 32 yards, including from eight yards out for the score. In the Ravens' last game before the bye, a 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans, Rice only had nine total carries as Harbaugh admitted they abandoned the run too quickly.

Bernard Pierce, Rice's backup who averages more than 5 yards per carry, also got into the action early. On the Ravens' second drive, he carried the ball three times for 10 yards. He scored his first TD of the season on third-and-goal from 12 yards on a pitch back from Flacco.

With the Ravens in inside the Cleveland's 10-yard line, Pierce ran for a first down to the 3 but was called for a 15-yard penalty after the play. But he made up for it. 

Pierce ended the quarter with four carries for 25 yards. Rice had 11 for 58. 

Harbaugh’s change to the defensive line was out of necessity though expected because of a thigh injury to Pernell McPhee (thigh). His backup, Arthur Jones, got the start.

The Ravens forced the Browns into consecutive three plays-and-out possessions, stopping them twice on third-and-1 plays. 

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram ranked No. 2 in NFL for 'best rushing tandems'

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram ranked No. 2 in NFL for 'best rushing tandems'

Kick off your Thursday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram were ranked No. 2 in Pro Football Focus' 'best rushing tandems ahead of the 2019 NFL season.' Ravens fans are excited to see Jackson and Ingram work together on the field this season.

2. The Ravens are looking for help at left guard and with 2017 fifth-round pick Jermaine Eluemunor not getting many reps in, Coach Harbaugh put Eluemunor in the left guard spot. Although Harbaugh said Eluemunor will need to get in better shape, he acknowledged Eluemunor's work at left guard.


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 and Rotoworld for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

Kick off your Wednesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Chris Board is making a run for a starting spot at linebacker for the Ravens, according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. Board and Kenny Young will reportedly make a run for the starting spot opposite Patrick Onwuasor, but Board is pulling ahead of the pack Zrebiec says. The spot is up for grabs since the Ravens lost C.J. Mosley in free agency.

2. Also looking to earn a roster spot is wide receiver, Jordan Lasley. After training during the offseason with Lamar Jackson, many expected Lasley to show up to minicamp ahead of the pack, but after making some drops, Zrebiec says Lasley "will need to pick up his game" if he wants to get a spot on the Ravens roster.


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 and Rotoworld for news points.

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