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Ravens need better pass rush


Ravens need better pass rush

The toughest thing to watch in Sundays 24-23 loss to the Eagles was the way Michael Vick kept making plays.
Vick repeatedly dropped back and waited. And waited. And waited. The bottom line is he had a lot of time to make plays and throw the ball. He completed 23 of 32 for 371 yards and one touchdown, and it often seemed like the left-hander had all day to throw.
So, the issue thats been bothering many who follow the Ravens reared its head once morethe pass rush. Or lack thereof. The Ravens got four sacks in the season opener against the Bengals but much of that came in the second half when Cincinnati knew it would have to throw on every play. So the Ravens could kind of cut loose there.
They didnt do nearly as well against Vick. Now, hes not an easy quarterback to get to. Vicks one of the most mobile quarterbacks anywhere. He can roll to either side and find a way to throw from just about anywhere.
But the Ravens sacked him just twice. The good thing they did was hitting him time and again. You have to do that against a guy like Vick. However, youve also got to get to himand the Ravens again couldnt do that.
And, as weve said before, a poor pass rush just puts more pressure on the secondary. The reason? If the quarterback has all day to throw, he will find someone. In the NFL, you can count on that.
The loss of Bernard Pollard to a rib injury in the first half didnt help matters in that area. Vick carved up the secondary time and again.
The defense was able to keep the Eagles close and actually lead for a good part of the game thanks to the four turnovers they caused. Without that, Philly could have run away with it early.
But youre not going to get four turnovers every week. Plus, the Eagles have shown a tendency for thattheyve got nine of those in the first two games despite winning both.
The Ravens need to do something to improve their pass rush because theyll be seeing a lot of good QBs in the coming weeks.

If they cant get more pressure, then well be watching a repeat performance of yesterday a few more timesstarting with next Sunday against the Patriots.

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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.