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Ravens report card for Chargers game: Defense, special teams

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Ravens report card for Chargers game: Defense, special teams

We've already handed out report cards to the offense after the Ravens' 29-26 win over San Diego. Now it's time to grade the defense and special teams ...

DEFENSIVE LINE: C

The Ravens were at times pushed around up front by a makeshift Chargers offensive line that lost three players to injury during the game. The Chargers finished with 81 rushing yards on 26 carries, a pretty respectable number given their injury issues. Timmy Jernigan broke through for a sack, but overall it was a fairly mundane day for this group. Brandon Williams was as quiet as he's been all year.

LINEBACKERS: C

Daryl Smith had 14 tackles, including two for losses, but the Ravens linebackers mustered no sacks of Rivers, who had been sacked 18 times coming into the game and was playing behind a patched-together offensive line. Courtney Upshaw was credited with a pair of quarterback hits. Ravens linebackers, particularly C.J. Mosley, continue to struggle in pass coverage.   

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SECONDARY: C

The Ravens had another disastrous breakdown in the secondary, leading to a 70-yard touchdown grab as Malcolm Floyd got five yards behind Kyle Arrington with no safety help. Coverage was good on Keenan Allen's fabulous touchdown catch. Jimmy Smith did a nice job neutralizing Allen early, but Philip Rivers still found targets even after Allen left with an injury. This group went yet another game without a takeaway; that makes five in a row. Rivers was 11-for-12 at one point, often throwing underneath, but soft coverage made it look too easy, too often.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A

Coach John Harbaugh gave the game ball to special teams, and with good reason. Justin Tucker went 5-for-5, including the game-winner, and punter Sam Koch made one of the plays of the game with his 62-yard punt to the Chargers' 3-yard line. (It helped greatly that a tentative Jacoby Jones let the punt bounce and roll.) That punt and ensuing three-and-out flipped the field position at a critical juncture in the fourth quarter. Asa Jackson blocked a Chargers PAT attempt, his second blocked kick in as many weeks. Even Raheem Mosert got involved, with a 33-yard kickoff return on his first chance of the season.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

Kick off your holiday weekend with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. One of the most obvious needs for the Ravens is help rushing the passer, and they're hoping to find some of that help on the interior in the form of free agent Gerald McCoy. The longtime Buccaneer DL visited Cleveland last week, but left town without agreeing to a contract.

Reportedly interested in playing for a contender, the former top-five pick is scheduled to visit the Ravens on Tuesday.

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson is still struggling to throw the ball, as he noted things aren't right yet when it comes to accuracy. Media members noticed the ball wobbling through the air on many throws, and Jackson told them he thinks his hand is too high on the ball. If he's going to successfully run Greg Roman's new offensive scheme, Jackson will eventually need to be able to hit his receivers in stride with greater regularity.

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: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including how quarterback Lamar Jackson has fared during OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Following a January surgery on his left ankle, safety Tony Jefferson remains sidelined after the first week of OTAs. Originally, Jefferson was expected to return 4-6 weeks after surgery. However, now that it's 5 months later, his return timetable is becoming more and more concerning. 

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson spoke with Ravens media Thursday about his progress not only learning the new offense implemented by Offensive Coordinator, Greg Roman, but learning the names of his new teammates as well. After another day of OTAs, Jackson was his biggest critic despite a solid day of running plays namely passing drills. “I’d say my first day, I sucked,” Jackson said to Ravens media. “Second day, I did better. Today was alright, but it could have been better. I always try to be perfect in practice. It was alright for the first week.”

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: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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