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Harbaugh no fan of Flacco's pop-up slide with knee brace

Harbaugh no fan of Flacco's pop-up slide with knee brace

OWINGS MILLS – Conversation about Joe Flacco, and his difficulty sliding with his knee brace, continues... This time it comes from his coach, John Harbaugh.  

“You don’t slide on your knee,” Harbaugh said during his Monday press conference. “He and I have had that conversation. So Joe, he can be mad at me now because I say it publically. But we all played baseball. He wants to talk about a pop-up slide. Maybe that’s what he did in high school. You can’t do a pop-up slide on a knee brace. It’s just as simple as that… It’s not the first time he will have heard that.

“I just want to see him not drive his brace into the ground. It’s kind of how he’s always slid, he’s kind of slid that way, what he would describe as a pop-up slide. But it’s not working with the knee brace. I see the same thing everybody else sees and he knows it.”

Flacco admitted Sunday that he needed a new sliding style, after his brace got caught in the grass for the second time this season. Flacco does not want to break the brace, nor does he want to injure himself.

The good news is that Flacco is still mobile enough to escape pass rushers after major knee surgery. That means Flacco will have more occasions to slide. But if he doesn’t find a new technique, Flacco will hear from his coach.

 

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Lamar Jackson admits he cried after seeing himself on Madden 21 cover

Lamar Jackson admits he cried after seeing himself on Madden 21 cover

Like most of us, Lamar Jackson grew up playing Madden. He spent his childhood busting big runs with Michael Vick, carving up defenses with Peyton Manning and Tom Brady or dominating on the ground with LaDanian Tomlinson.

Most of us worshipped the players on the Madden cover. For an entire year they popped up on our TV screens as the game loaded, not to mention they were likely the most exciting player to use in that particular season. Jackson is one of the few who can say he's one of them, which is a reality he admitted brought him to tears. 

“They revealed to me the cover early,” Jackson told Steve Smith. “I don’t cry about stuff. I didn’t cry when I won the Heisman, I didn’t cry when I won all the other accolades. But when I seen the cover, I actually shed tears, like, ‘What the? It’s unreal.’”

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Most players in the past would probably think winning the Heisman is more worthy of tears than being on the Madden cover, but that generation of players didn't grow up with the game as Jackson did.

This isn't to say the Madden cover is a bigger accomplishment than the Heisman trophy, but you can no longer downplay the significance it holds to players dominating the league now. 

When you hear Jackson's response to gracing the cover, it's easy to understand why he was able to shake off an underwhelming Madden rating. Ratings change, but the Madden cover won't. 

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Report: Ravens add Kenjon Barner to crowded running back room

Report: Ravens add Kenjon Barner to crowded running back room

The Ravens running back room has suddenly become a tad more crowded.

Baltimore has reportedly signed seven-year veteran Kenjon Barner, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The addition of Barner likely has little to do with Baltimore's plan on offense, as Mark Ingram and rookie J.K. Dobbins are expected to carry the bulk of the Ravens' rushing attack.

Barner, a former star at the University of Oregon, spent the past year with the Atlanta Falcons as the team's primary returner. For Baltimore, bringing in a guy like Barner makes sense, as one of the team's primary return men from a year ago, De'Anthony Thomas, decided to opt-out of the 2020 season.

The signing of Barner is a low-risk, high-reward one for Baltimore. Rookie James Proche is also expected to be in the mix in the return game.

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