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Pollard laments poor tackling


Pollard laments poor tackling

Safeties Bernard Pollard and Ed Reed are locker-room neighbors, but their moods on the plethora of missed tackles in Sunday's 31-29 win against the Dallas Cowboys differed slightly.

The Ravens allowed a franchise-record 227 yards rushing as DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones gained most of the yardage by bouncing off the first contact. That came a week after allowing Jamaal Charles to erupt for 140 of the Kansas City Chiefs' 214 yards on the ground.

Pollard was dejected with his play in particular. Reed, however, brushed off the mistakes in their poor tackling as correctable. Problem is, they've become common for a defense that's starting to realize that its a far cry from what it was just a year ago with Terrell Suggs (Achilles), who is expected to return soon.

"Not at all," Reed said when asked if he was concerned about the Ravens' tackling. "We know that's about fundamentals and technique and wrapping up. That's what it comes down to. We know everybody here has the attitude to tackle. It's just a matter of putting it all together."

Pollard allowed Murray to get out of his grasps several times for big gains. Linebacker Jameel McClain crashed into Murray but he didn't go down. He simply absorbed the contact and kept going. To compound matters, cornerback Lardarius Webb is out for the season because of a torn ACL in his right knee. Webb is noted as an excellent tackler who is exceptional in run support.

The Cowboys averaged just 67.8 yards per game rushing going into Sunday's game. That was third-worst in the NFL, only ahead of the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans. The Ravens' play made their suspect offensive line and running game look born again.

"It's just mistakes. It's not about us being physical because this is a physical football team," Pollard said. "We're going to go out there and fight with the best of them. We're going to win some battles. We're going to lose some. We got guys wrapped up in the backfield and they escape. … We got guys on the edge one-on-one -- me -- I got to make that tackle. I'm a little pissed off."

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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.