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Cam Newton gives food to homeless man in Baltimore

Cam Newton gives food to homeless man in Baltimore

BY KEVIN CONNELL (@_KevinConnell)

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton did more than just play in a football game during his team’s trip to Baltimore last week.

After he and several teammates finished having dinner at Sullivan’s Steakhouse the night before the Thursday game, Newton handed two bags of food to a homeless man sitting around the corner from the restaurant. According to witness Candace Gregory, the bags contained a full meal, not leftovers.

“A lot of people were like, ‘Oh my God! That’s Cam Newton!'" Gregory told ESPN.com. “The homeless guy had no idea who Cam was. He was just happy to have food. He was totally oblivious to everything."

Gregory, a Panthers fan who was in town for business, even captured the moment with a photo. (The man’s sign read “Homeless Please help hungry – food.”)


Gregory added that Newton didn’t appear to be doing it for attention as he handed the food in a “quick, smooth motion” and “didn’t talk” to the man.

Panthers backup quarterback Joe Webb, who also attended the dinner, said those random acts of kindness are not uncommon from Newton.

“It’s like second nature for him," Webb said. “It’s no surprise that he did it. A lot of people say, ‘What are you doing when people aren’t looking?’ It speaks volumes that he’s a great person."

The Panthers beat the Ravens, 22-19, in the preseason opener for both teams.


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Stock up, stock down: Defense steps up as Ravens demolish Texans 41-7

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Stock up, stock down: Defense steps up as Ravens demolish Texans 41-7

BALTIMORE — The Ravens are making a habit of ensuring the competitive parts of their games are over by the second half. 

In likely their most impressive win of the season, the Ravens dominated the Texans 41-7 at M&T Bank Stadium and took a crucial step to earning home-field advantage in the playoffs. 

Here are a few players whose stocks are up and down after the win:

Stock up: Pass rush

The Ravens defense nearly had half the sacks it had in the first nine games combined in the win against Houston. 

Baltimore finished with seven sacks and kept Houston’s offense at bay for the first three quarters. They also had 10 quarterback hits to keep Watson uncomfortable all day. 

Houston scored its first points with 7:10 left in the fourth quarter on a long Carlos Hyde run.

Matthew Judon and Tyus Bowser each had two sacks to lead the front seven.

With so much expected of both offenses on Sunday, the Ravens' defense was the star of the day as it shut down one of the best offenses in the NFL.

Stock up: The entire defense

When you play that well, it’s OK to literally call out the entire defense. The pass rush deserved its own section. 

The Texans came in with MVP candidate Deshaun Watson at quarterback and DeAndre Hopkins at wide receiver. That didn’t particularly matter. 

Watson finished just 18-for-29 and had 169 yards with an interception. The rushing attack wasn’t super impactful either, as the Texans rush offense couldn’t salvage an embarrassing performance. It was the best defensive performance of the season for the Ravens. 

Stock up: Seth Roberts

Roberts ended his long touchdown drought with a leaping grab in the end zone to put the Ravens up by seven early-on. 

His first touchdown of the year was his first since Week 8 of last season. 

Roberts came into the game with just 17 targets, but his touchdown grab put the Ravens ahead early in the blowout win. 

Lamar Jackson said he wanted to get Roberts’ first touchdown of the year earlier this week, something he didn’t need long to accomplish. 

Stock up: Lamar Jackson

Jackson is a perpetual stock up until further notice. There’s really nothing else to add. 

He went 17-of-24 passing for 222 yards and threw four touchdowns, but once again his legs made highlight reels as he made a few jaw-dropping runs through the Texans secondary. He finished with 86 yards on nine carries.

Against one of the league’s best defenses, with a terrible start, Jackson dominated once again. 

Stock down: Interference review

I mean, what are we doing here?

The Ravens stopped the Texans on fourth down in the first quarter, but a review revealed that Marlon Humphrey got to DeAndre Hopkins before the ball did. A review, however, stuck with the call on the field. 

Still, it was a pretty clear case of pass interference that the referees just missed. They had a chance to overturn it but elected not to. 

If it wasn’t already, it’s time to consider the pass interference reviews a total whiff.

Stock up: Mark Andrews 

Mark Andrews continues to be Jackson’s favorite target. 

With an 18-yard touchdown reception, Andrews moved into a tie for second all-time in touchdown receptions for a tight end in Ravens history with six. He trails Todd Heap and Dennis Pitta by one. 

Andrews’ season is slowly becoming one to remember for the second-year pro. 

Stock up: Mark Ingram

Mark Ingram didn’t have the most prolific day on the ground, but he had two excellent run-after-catches for touchdowns. 

Ingram, who has mostly been used as a bell-cow on the ground this season, showed his ability in the passing attack, too, with a season-high 37 yards receiving and two touchdowns. 

Stock up: Gus Edwards

Gus Edwards made his impact known late with a 63-yard run, his longest run of the season.

The touchdown put salt in the wound for Houston, which entered allowing less than 100 yards per game. 

He became the first person to rush for more than 100 yards against the Texans since Week 17 in 2017. 


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Another day, another jaw-dropping Lamar Jackson run

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Another day, another jaw-dropping Lamar Jackson run

Ravens fans are quick to turn to their "M-V-P!" chants any time Lamar Jackson does, well, anything. Sometimes, they're more deserved than others though.

For example, Jackson's latest defender-defying run against NFL players powerless to tackle him, set to the sounds of gleeful cheering from the Baltimore faithful.

Lamarvelous. BaltiLamar. Lamarkable.

Whatever fun, creative moniker you come up with for what's happening with Lamar Jackson and the Ravens right now, it probably doesn't do him full justice.

This was a record-setting run in a number of ways, per the NFL.

Not only does Jackson now hold the record for most consecutive games with at least 60 rushing yards as a quarterback, but he also has the most rushing yards for the first two seasons by a quarterback in league history.

As a reminder, Jackson has only started 17 games so far.

Every game, Jackson finds new ways to impress fans everywhere. This incredible run, in which he forces a half-dozen missed tackles, came just moments after he completed his 10th consecutive pass. When he's firing on all cylinders, there doesn't seem to be any way to stop him.

Even the best athletes in the world aren't supposed to be able to make other elite players look so helpless when trying to make tackles.

Just call him Lamartian, because he's not from this planet.