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Jones brothers clash for bragging rights

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Jones brothers clash for bragging rights

At least Arthur Jones has some bragging rights going into his game with the Ravens on Sunday.

He announced he'd defeated his brother, Chandler Jones of the New England Patriots, late Thursday night in Madden 13, a popular football video game they played online.

Arthur wrote on Twitter: "Just beat @Chan95Jones in Madden 4437 RAVENS > patriots. Haha we will see who gets bragging rights after Sunday night. Lets goo!!"

He even included a picture that showed the scoreboard.

Arthur Jones, 26, a 6-foot-3, 313-pound second-team defensive end for the Ravens, doesn't have the high profile of his younger brothers. He was a 2010 fifth-round draft pick. He backs up Pernell McPhee for a Baltimore line that has had trouble generating pressure on the quarterback.

"We talked a little junk back and forth. Nothing too serious," Arthur said Friday. "We're both excited for the weekend. It's a huge weekend for our family."

Chandler, 22, is a 6-foot-5, 260-pound rookie defensive end who already has forced two fumbles and has a sack for New England. A starter, he was a first-round pick.

I call Arthur 'Mommy's little big baby.' And there's 'Mommy's little tiny baby,' Chandler, their mother, Camille Jones, told AP. I'm torn about what team I'm going to root for.

Both attended Syracuse. Their other brother, Jon "Bones" Jones, 25, will be defending his UFC light heavyweight title on Saturday night in Toronto.

Camille, who is blind, will attend the cage match and be at M&T Bank Stadium.

"We tore up a lot of furniture growing up. Now we're happy we're in a unique situation that we can give that back to our parents," Arthur said.

Chandler has been short and sweet with his answers. He won't be hitting his brother, however, since they both play defense.

"Main thing is just focusing on this game," Chandler, who has two forced fumbles and a sack, told CSNNE.com. "Trying to get this game plan down and coming up with a win."

Arthur isn't worried about the fighter in the family.

"I know Jon is going to take care of business," he said.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens place Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson on reserve/NFI list

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens place Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson on reserve/NFI list

With training camp just six days away, here is the latest news surrounding the Baltimore Ravens.

1. Ian Rapoport reported that the Ravens have placed Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson and two others on the reserve/NFI list. He later added that Brown is still recovering from Lisfranc surgery but is "progressing well" and Ferguson is dealing with a "minor hamstring" injury.

2. The entire Baltimore Ravens class is officially under contract after the signing of wide receiver Miles Boykin. Boykin was a third-round pick out of Notre Dame.

3. Michael Vick joined The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan Friday morning and when asked which young quarterbacks in the NFL most emulate his style, he answered: "Lamar Jackson" along with Kyler Murray and Cam Newton.

Looking Ahead:

July 24: Ravens training camp begins. Rookies are set to report a week earlier on Wednesday, July 17. 

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: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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A big Year 2 ahead, Lamar Jackson isn’t worried about Madden ratings

A big Year 2 ahead, Lamar Jackson isn’t worried about Madden ratings

The number eight is sports royalty in the city of Baltimore thanks to Cal Ripken Jr.

If Lamar Jackson has the career many are hoping for, he’ll be another reason for that one day down the road.

For now, he’s a young, athletic quarterback entering his second season in Charm City. But his successful rookie year hasn’t been reflected in Madden NFL 20’s newest ratings.

Jackson came in with an overall rating of 76, tied for 24th among all quarterbacks. Unsurprisingly, his athleticism is highly-regarded, as he leads all signal-callers in speed, acceleration, agility, and elusiveness.

Questions abound about his throwing abilities, leading to the low rating. But that’s not a concern for Jackson himself.

“I can’t feel no way,” the quarterback told media members prior to throwing out the first pitch at the Orioles-Nationals game Wednesday night. “You know, I don’t make Madden. That’s them. But I feel like our team, we’re going to show ‘em this season.”

Jackson continued to praise the Ravens roster. When asked about the high ratings for teammates like Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and Earl Thomas, Jackson put his thoughts quite succinctly: “We look stacked!”

Of course, with speed and acceleration ratings like Jackson has, it’s fun to imagine how he might fit in on a baseball diamond as well.

“Whew, somewhere in the middle, to make a play,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde decided when asked where the Ravens quarterback might play on his roster.

“I’m looking forward to meeting him. I’m a big football fan, so watched him play a lot. And if he wanted to play center field or up the middle, it’d be great,” Hyde continued.

The speedy quarterback agreed, though it came with a caveat.

“Probably,” Jackson quickly answered when asked about his best fit being center field. “But you know, I’m the Ravens QB right now, so I’m good.”

He doesn’t know what his walk-up song would be if he played baseball, but Jackson was definitive about one thing at least: his hot dog preferences.

“I don’t really eat mustard,” he emphasized. “So I just put ketchup, relish...I just go from there. Pretty standard.”

When he’s not eating hot dogs, Jackson is working hard to build chemistry with his new receiving corps, and he seemed optimistic about the results it will bring on the field.

“Looking pretty good,” he described. “You’ll have to see for yourself.”

Knowing how many dual Orioles and Ravens fans there are in Baltimore, Jackson was also happy to provide a little hope as the city’s attention starts to shift from baseball to football. He gave a message to O’s fans who have sat through months of losing baseball and are looking to the Ravens to bring winning back to the city.

“Look forward to us coming out and balling,” he said. “Can’t say too much right now, [the] season’s not here!”

The Ravens season will be here soon enough, and when it is, Jackson will be ready to go out and show both local and national fans what he can do, regardless of what his Madden rating says.

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