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Dak Prescott overlooked by many in draft, but Ravens won't overlook him Sunday

Dak Prescott overlooked by many in draft, but Ravens won't overlook him Sunday

OWINGS MILLS – The NFL underestimated Dak Prescott in this year’s draft.

The Ravens say they won’t underestimate Prescott on Sunday when the two teams meet in Arlington, Texas.

When Prescott fell to the Cowboys in the fourth round, the successor at quarterback to Tony Romo fortuitously fell into their lap. Prescott entered the league with a chip on his shoulder, determined to prove that he should have been selected much higher.

After Romo suffered a back injury during the preseason, Prescott seized the reins of the Cowboys’ offense and has refused to look back.

“I can’t tell you the theories of why everybody bypassed me,” said Prescott during a conference call.

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“I think it could be a couple of different things. But yes, I am a guy that always had a chip on my shoulder. I feel like I have always been doubted all the way throughout my life – at the quarterback position, specifically, yes, especially coming into the league. I am thankful to have the opportunity to play, but it definitely made that chip grow.”

Leading the Cowboys to an NFL-best 8-1 record, Prescott is having a terrific season, not just for a rookie quarterback.

Prescott has completed 66.8% of his throws, with 14 touchdown passes, two interceptions, and a 106.2 quarterback rating.  After watching film of Prescott this week, Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees hopes to contain Prescott, but he does not expect to rattle him.

“I don’t know after nine games if he’s considered a rookie anymore,” Pees said. “You can say he’s a first-year player. But I don’t think he’s a rookie anymore. This guy’s seen a bunch of stuff. They’ve played three (AFC North) divisional teams that you know throw everything they have to throw at him, and nobody’s rattled him.”

Several weeks before the draft, Prescott was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, a red flag for some teams. However, Prescott was found not guilty of the charges in July, and the Cowboys have sworn by Prescott as a leader, both on and off the field.

“Those are the reports that we got from people at Mississippi St. who were around him every day,” said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett in a conference call. “The coaches that coached him there were just so impressed by the approach that he took, how much he loves football, how much he is a natural leader.”

Prescott hopes to lead the Cowboys to their ninth victory on Sunday. The Ravens know they can’t approach Prescott like a typical rookie quarterback.

“No, and then he’s a big kid on top of that, and he is strong,” said Ravens defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan.

“He can run. They are doing a great job at putting him in positions to make plays. He definitely has to be accounted for.”  

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Ravens' Sam Koch teaches celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay how to punt

Ravens' Sam Koch teaches celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay how to punt

Sam Koch teaching celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay how to punt at M&T Bank Stadium isn't exactly the football highlight you'd expect to find in late February. 

But hey, here we are. 

Ramsay is pretty good at punting based on this clip, though we don't know exactly how many attempts and cuss-word filled rants went on before it. 

His connection to the Ravens? Glad you asked. Ramsay opened a restaurant in Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in 2017. He met a few players and toured the stadium back then, so he's returned to get more action on the field. 

Maybe now Ramsay can teach some Ravens players to make his perfect burger. 

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Lamar Jackson's college teammate recounts the time he tackled the elusive QB

Lamar Jackson's college teammate recounts the time he tackled the elusive QB

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is hard enough to bring down during live action, but that task is impossible during practices when he's donning an alternate, no-contact jersey in practice. 

But during a live scrimmage when he was at Louisville, linebacker Jonathan Greenland claims he did what many NFL defenders struggled to do in 2019: Tackle the ever-elusive Jackson. 

"I actually tackled him one time. I think that was our freshman year when he was live for like one time," Greenland said at a podium appearance during the NFL combine. "He probably ain't gonna tell you that. But I always got the video and all that."

Greenland and Jackson were both members of Lousiville's 2015 recruiting class.

Greenland may have tackled him once, but on another play, Jackson showed he was on a different level than most others on the field. 

"He took it for like 60-70 yards," Greenland said. "I'm running down the field, but I'm not catching him, No. 1. But, two, it's just like 'this kid gonna be special.'"

The two former Cardinals played together from 2015 to the 2017 season, which was Jackson's Heisman Trophy year before the quarterback entered the draft. 

Meanwhile, Greenland returned to Louisville in 2018 but suffered a season-ending wrist injury on the first series of the season. He transferred to Florida for his final season of college. During his only season as a Gator, Greenland racked up 52 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. 

That production alone is enough for teams to covet the pass rusher in the draft. But if you're an NFL team that Jackson terrorized in 2019, a proven ability to tackle the Ravens star quarterback is an added reason to select Greenland.

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