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How is Ravens' rookie class looking so far?


How is Ravens' rookie class looking so far?

With the Ravens getting a day off Sunday, here’s a quick look at how their draft class is shaping up so far:

WR Breshad Perriman

Having missed 11 straight practices with a knee injury, it’s time to wonder how ready Perriman will be for Week 1. The Ravens are still hoping Perriman will be their primary deep threat. But the time he’s missing could slow his development.

Perriman still not at practice, no timetable for return

TE Maxx Williams

He delivered a highlight play Thursday night, barreling over a Saints defender to pick up a key first down. Williams is showing the hands and route-running ability to make some plays this season, although his blocking needs to improve.

DT Carl Davis

He got plenty of work Thursday night, and it looks like he’ll be in the defensive line rotation. A promising run-stuffer who can provide depth behind Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan.

OLB Za’Darius Smith

He had the Ravens’ only sack Thursday, and they need him to help their pass rush. However, Harbaugh also said Smith needs to stay more disciplined when rushing the quarterback, or he’ll leave running lanes open that could hurt the defense.

RB Buck Allen

Allen has shown flashes in practice, but running back Lorenzo Taliaferro was impressive Thursday night. Allen will need to step up, or Taliaferro will win the battle for backup running back behind Justin Forsett.

CB Tray Walker

Not showing enough coverage skills so far to show he should be on the field every Sunday. Has the size (6-foot-2) to be a quality corner, but this may be a development year for him.

TE Nick Boyle

Boyle has looked good in practice and had four catches Thursday. With Crockett Gillmore, Williams, and Boyle, the Ravens have depth at tight end.

G Robert Myers

He has missed time lately with a concussion. Myers will be a backup who won’t see much time unless the Ravens have injuries up front.

WR Darren Waller

His size (6-foot-6) is intriguing, although his route running needs to improve. I think Waller will make the final 53, and will be given this year to develop.

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Dominant defense earns Ravens' Za'Darius Smith AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors

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Dominant defense earns Ravens' Za'Darius Smith AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors

The defensive performance on display by the Baltimore Ravens Sunday against the Tennessee Titans in a 21-0 shutout win was flat out historic. So historic that it's earned linebacker Za'Darius Smith AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

A franchise-record 11 sacks were laid on quarterback Marcus Mariota during the Week 6 matchup, with Smith leading the way with three of them.   

So far this season the 26-year-old has 20 combined tackles, 5.5 sacks, and one forced fumble. As someone who is in the final year of his rookie NFL contract, he's certainly proving he is worthy of getting paid this offseason. 

"It feels great, man. It's big," Smith said of the honor during media availability Wednesday. "I know when I first found out I called my mom and she was already looking at it. But I called her and she was trying to congratulate me and was like 'who would've ever thought the guy that played one year of high school football would be where he at now and making so many goals.'"

But earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week isn't the only goal Smith has in mind. His performance through the first six weeks and assisting the No. 1 ranked scoring defense is just a stepping stone to the ultimate honor.

"I was telling her, 'Ma you know this is a good self-goal but my main goal is to get us to the Super Bowl.'" 

The road to the Super Bowl for Smith and the Ravens continues this Sunday vs. Drew Brees and the Saints. 


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Peter King awards two Ravens with weekly honors for defensive performance vs.Titans

Peter King awards two Ravens with weekly honors for defensive performance vs.Titans

The Baltimore Ravens' Week 6 dominate performance over the Tennessee Titans is gaining national attention. 

A historic game that displayed the offense and defense firing on all cylinders, it's hard to pinpoint who had the biggest impact. 

So in his latest edition of Football Morning in America, NBC Sports' Peter King awarded not one, but two Ravens with weekly honors.


Against the Titans, Smith led the Ravens defense with three sacks and five tackles in their historic 11-sack game. On of three Defensive Players of the Week, King explained why Smith's performance stood out.

In the most dominant defensive performance of this ultra-offensive season, the Ravens shut out Tennessee 21-0 and had 11 sacks. Another one of GM Ozzie Newsome’s draft gifts that keeps on giving, Smith (2015, round four, Kentucky) contributed three sacks of Marcus Mariota and five tackles in a virtuoso game. Net passing yards for Mariota: 51.

Smith, who's entering the final year of his rookie NFL contract, has shown over six games he deserves to get paid in the offseason. So far this season the 26-year-old has 20 combined tackles, 5.5 sacks and one forced fumble. 

COACH OF THE WEEK: Don "Wink" Martindale

In his first season as defensive coordinator, Don "Wink" Martindale has seamlessly made the transition from linebackers coach to leading the NFL's No. 1 scoring defense (12.8). But what impressed King the most from the 21-0 shutout was how Martindale's squad got to Mariota from every direction. 

When a unit records more sacks (11) than completions allowed (10), the leader gets an award. Those are the rules. Martindale’s pass rushers got to Marcus Mariota every possible way—up the middle, around the edges, in the pocket, on bootlegs, you name it. The total set a new franchise record and was one short of the single-game NFL mark of 12. And it came with a familiar face watching: Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees used to hold the same position in Baltimore. Shout out to the Ravens social media team for renaming the account RavenSSSSSSSSSSS, one ‘S’ for each sack.

This Ravens defense, who has always been known for its dominance, is ranked first in points allowed (12.8), first in yards allowed (270.8), second in passing yards allowed (188.0) and third in rushing yards allowed (82.8) heading into Week 7. In addition, they have yet to surrender a second half touchdown all season. Trusting of the talent this roster holds, the respect "Wink" has for his players is equally reciprocated. 

"It was really emotional when they told us we had 11 sacks," linebacker Patrick Onwuasor said postgame. "We just went out there and we were like, ‘We have to get Coach Wink . We have to put the Gatorade on him.’ So, we tried to turn him around so he couldn’t see it coming, and we had to get him real good."

Martindale will now face the No. 1 scoring offense in the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.