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Winners and losers


Winners and losers

It's getting downto crunch time for the Ravens this training camp, with one more preseason game before the final roster cutdown to 53 players next Friday. Here are threeplayers whose stock either rose or fell in the Ravens' 48-17 win over Jacksonvilleon Thursday night:WINNERSS Omar Brown --For the first time this preseason, Brown did not recover a turnover. In fact,he had a fairly quiet game, with two tackles. But with Emanuel Cook (brokenleg, likely out for season) and Sean Considine (concussion) both hurt againstJacksonville, safety depth is suddenly a major concern. This greatly helpsBrown's chances of making the team. RB Bobby Rainey -- The undrafted rookie from Western Kentucky made another strong push for a roster spot with two rushes, three receptions -- including a 48-yard touchdown -- and one punt return. He seems to have vaulted past Anthony Allen and Damien Berry and into position as the No. 3 running back.
K Justin Tucker-- The rookie from Texas was given all the kicking work last night and, as hehas done all camp, he delivered again. Tucker was 2-for-2 on field goals,including a 53-yarder that might have been good from 63. He also kicked fivetouchbacks and even made a special teams tackle. He continues to do everythingpossible to win the job.
LOSERSRB Anthony Allen-- Four running backs had carries last night, and Allen wasn't one of them,which seems to speak volumes about where he now stands in the pecking order.Allen did have a key block on special teams, but it will take more than that tomake the roster. Assuming he makes it through the Monday cutdown to 75 players,he will have one last chance to make his case on Thursday against the Rams.K Billy Cundiff-- Cundiff lost ground by doing nothing at all. He could only watch from thesideline as his competition, Justin Tucker, continued his impressive camp.Coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens needed to know how Tucker would handle thepressure of being the guy for four quarters. They got their answer: Tuckerhandled it extremely well. So where does that leave Cundiff?TE Davon Drew --With both Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson sidelined, the job for the No. 3 tightend job was there to be had this camp. Billy Bajema ran with the first unit against Jacksonville andhad three catches for 26 yards. Drew, listed ahead of Bajema on the depthchart, appeared late in the game and was not targeted at all as a receiver.

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Steelers players plunder Le'Veon Bell's locker a day after missed deadline


Steelers players plunder Le'Veon Bell's locker a day after missed deadline

Le'Veon Bell decided not to return to the Steelers this season, and his former teammates have apparently decided they can have his belongings. 

The All-Pro running back didn't sign his $14.5 million franchise tag by Tuesday's deadline, and thus is ineligible to play this season.

Steelers player were seen plundering his locker Wednesday in front of reporters. Defensive end Bud Dupree went right for Bell's cleats, thanking him for the Jordan brand shoes and saying he wishes Bell success.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told reporters he sent Bell his well-wishes, but got no response from his former backfield mate. 

It's unclear what Bell plans to do next, but it's crystal clear the Steelers have moved on, with his shoes in tow. 


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Lamar Jackson, Robert Griffin III prepared to start if hip injury sidelines Joe Flacco


Lamar Jackson, Robert Griffin III prepared to start if hip injury sidelines Joe Flacco

Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson has had his fair share of life changing moments. 

Winning the Heisman Trophy in 2016, being drafted by the Ravens in the first-round of the 2018 NFL Draft, and come Sunday, possibly his first NFL start.

With Joe Flacco nursing a hip injury suffered against the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 9, the 21-year-old could be leading the Ravens for a full 60 minutes against division rival Cincinnati Bengals in what could be a defining moment of their season.

"I'm just going into it like any other week," Jackson said Wednesday. "Just preparing for whatever."

While Jackson has appeared in all nine games going 7-for-12 for 87 passing yards and one touchdown, he is the only first-round quarterback out of the 2018 draft that has yet to start this season. 

When asked how he would feel if his name is called Sunday, Jackson said he would have butterflies at first but added once the ball is snapped, "it's on."

Through the Ravens' first half of the season, how and when Jackson is utilized at either quarterback or receiver, has lacked consistency. Add in the lack of highlight reel passes from him and many are concerned he's not ready for an NFL start. 

The fast style of NFL play compared to that of college football was something Jackson admittedly struggled with throughout the preseason. But with nine regular season games under his belt, Jackson feels that is the area where he's taken the biggest strides. 

"Calling the plays," Jackson said. "Before I'd have to ask coach a hundred times, 'say it again, say it again,' but now he says it one time to me. Don't get me wrong, sometimes if [the call] is long or whatever I have to ask [coach to] say it again, but other than that I'm getting better with that."

Head coach John Harbaugh offered no insight on who would be their starting quarterback on Sunday and it can be expected he'll keep hush up until the last moment. Flacco was not on the practice field during media availability Wednesday, either. 

But let's not forget the other veteran quarterback on their roster; Robert Griffin III

For the first time since 2009, the Ravens decided to keep three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster for this very reason.

After sitting out of football for a year, RGIII was given a second chance in Baltimore, but has been a gameday inactive since the start of the season. If the week progresses and neither Flacco or Jackson seem ready, it could be the comeback of the once Offensive Rookie of the Year. 

"That's my job. That's why they brought me here," Griffin III said Wednesday on if he feels prepared to possibly start. "They brought me here to be a pro. They brought me here to help this team if need be. I try to help the defense every week on scout team and then do those [reps], and if my number's called I'll be able to go out there and lead this team."

Both RGIII and Jackson said that it would be "awesome" if they were named the starting QB on Sunday, but that no matter who it ends up being they're all here for one another.

"I'm going to continue to help [Lamar] just like I have all season because we're about the Ravens here," Griffin III said. "It's not about individuals. We've got a pretty daunting task ahead with this Bengals team and then just with the rest of our schedule, so we've got to make sure we make the most of every opportunity."