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Intrigued by Ezekiel Elliott before the draft, Ravens hope to stop him Sunday

Intrigued by Ezekiel Elliott before the draft, Ravens hope to stop him Sunday

Had the Cowboys not taken running back Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth pick in the draft, would the Ravens have taken him at No. 6 if he was still available?

That question was posed to Ravens coach John Harbaugh this week, and he did not deny the Ravens had strong interest in Elliott. They took left tackle Ronnie Stanley with the No. 6 pick, and have been very pleased with that choice. But Elliott is a special player, leading the NFL in rushing as a rookie. Was he special enough to have been the Ravens’ choice over Stanley?

“It would have been a very tough call,” Harbaugh said following Wednesday’s practice. “I think I know which way we would have gone. I was in the room. I did see the (draft) board. I don’t have clearance to be the leak. I’m an unauthorized leak on that. (General manager) Ozzie (Newsome) wouldn’t appreciate it. He’s a guy we thought a lot of. He’s a guy that would have gotten very serious consideration if he had been there.”

The Ravens will face Elliott and the Cowboys on Sunday — an intriguing matchup between the NFL’s leading rusher and the league’s No. 1 run defense.

Not only does Elliott gain yards on his own, but he runs behind a Cowboys offensive line that is generally considered the best in football. However, the Ravens interior defensive line, led by Brandon Williams, Timmy Jernigan and Michael Pierce, is hyped for the challenge.

“I think we are a lot more disciplined than teams they have played,” Jernigan said. “I am just putting it out there. I think we are more disciplined up front. It is going to be a different kind of challenge for them. Only time can tell how everything is going to play out.”

The Ravens didn’t get the chance to draft Elliott. But on Sunday, they will be determined to stop him.  

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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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