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Pressure on Rivers helped Ravens sink San Diego

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Pressure on Rivers helped Ravens sink San Diego

When Philip Rivers picked apart the Ravens last year in San Diego, two stats really stood out.

First, Rivers never got sacked in the game. Second, the Chargers never even had to punt. People over-analyze football stats on a regular basis, but it's not hard to figure out the meaning of those two things. The Chargers had the ball a lot, didn't have problems moving it, and the Ravens couldn't stop them.

The Ravens made things different when the two teams met again on Sunday. They sacked Rivers six times and made it tougher for him to throw the ball at times, a big reason they rallied for a 16-13 victory in overtime.

Arthur Jones played a big role in that. He came up with two sacks, his first two this season, and continued his recent stretch of good football. Jones has been coming on of late, something that coach John Harbaugh talked about at his Monday press conference when speaking with the media. 

“I’ve just seen in the last three, four weeks, he’s taken a huge leap technique-wise," Harbaugh said. "His feet and his hands are tied together way better now than they were, and that’s a credit to [defensive line coach] Clarence Brooks and to Arthur in just deciding that he wanted to play with great technique. It’s really heartening for a coach to see a guy playing that well and to make the strides that he’s made, and it’s huge for our defense.”

Paul Kruger continued his good work with another sack. His pass-rushing is becoming a force. Terrell Suggs got one also and is showing some his power and force. They showed a lot of that on Sunday, which proved crucial because teams can't just let Rivers sit back there in the pocket and pick them to pieces. 

That's what happened last year. The Ravens seemed determined to make sure it wouldn't happen this year. 

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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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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens announce 2019 open training camp dates

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens announce 2019 open training camp dates

Kick off your Tuesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. The Ravens have announced 2019 training camp dates that will be open to the public. 2,000 fans will be able to attend the 14 open practices at the Owings Mill Underarmour Performance Center. Additionally, the Ravens will hold their annual open practice at M&T Bank Stadium July 27 with Fireworks Night to follow.

2. Wide receiver Jaleel Scott has had a standout offseason thus far after spending his entire rookie season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. According to Ravens media, Scott has been a big playmaker at OTAs and mandatory minicamp and is looking forward to the start of training camp. “I think I had a great practice to end minicamp, and now I’m going to get ready for the start of training camp,” Scott said to Ravens media. “I want to show people I can be a deep threat, that I can make big plays and do things in the red zone, help us score points. That’s my goal.”


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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