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Ravens safety Eric Weddle takes blame for Patriots' final touchdown

Ravens safety Eric Weddle takes blame for Patriots' final touchdown

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Ravens safety Eric Weddle took the blame for the 79-yard touchdown pass from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to Chris Hogan that helped seal the Patriots’ 30-23 victory Monday night.

Whoever was to blame, it was a huge coverage mistake by the Ravens. Hogan lined up in the slot against Ravens safety Matt Elam, and ran right past Elam. Weddle was caught too close to the line of scrimmage to help, and Hogan broke wide open. Tom Brady led Hogan in stride with a perfect pass, and the Patriots’ lead suddenly went from 23-20 to 30-20 with 6:18 left. It was a momentum swing from which the Ravens never recovered.

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“That was me, I should be there,” Weddle said in the locker room. “I told everyone play action was coming and I move around so much that it hurt me on that play. It’s just unfortunate that you have a chance to win the game and you give them a play like that. It wasn’t so much them it was us. They played a phenomenal game, we fought we just didn’t get it done.”

Ravens coach John Harbaugh backed Weddle, saying it was not Elam’s fault.

“It wasn’t Matt Elam’s play to make, before we starting pointing fingers,” Harbaugh said.

But it was another case where Brady was one step ahead of the Ravens. Another example of why the Patriots (11-2) have the best record in the AFC, while the Ravens (7-6) are fighting for a playoff berth.

“He (Hogan) was just kind of, not the primary receiver on that play, but he saw what I saw and kind of adjusted his route,” said Brady, who completed 25 of 38 passes for 406 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. “It was a big play.”

That was an understatement.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: 20 prospects linked to Baltimore at No. 22

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: 20 prospects linked to Baltimore at No. 22

We've made in to NFL draft week. Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. The 2019 NFL Draft is Thursday night in Nashville, Tn. While the chances of pundits predicting each team's first-round pick accurately is about the same as picking the Powerball numbers, we can't seem to stop ourselves from looking at them. Here's a look at 20 prospects mocked to the Ravens at No. 22, courtesy of the Ravens' website.  


2. One of the many exciting parts of the NFL draft is waiting to hear which organizations trade forward or backwards to acquire a pick. Just last year, the Ravens traded back from their No. 16 pick several times to select Hayden Hurst at No. 25, before trading back into the first-round to pick Lamar Jackson at No. 32. But which trade in Ravens history was the most impactful? ESPN's Jamison Hensley selected the Ravens' trade for running back Jamal Lewis.


"In 1999, the Ravens traded their second-round pick (No. 43) for Atlanta's first-round pick in 2000, which they used to land running back Jamal Lewis," Hensley wrote. "The Falcons selected tight end Reggie Kelly, and the Ravens got what turned into the No. 5 overall pick in the 2000 draft. Baltimore drafted Lewis, who carried the offense during the team's 2000 Super Bowl championship season and recorded the NFL's fifth 2,000-yard season in 2003."


3. As Marlon Humphrey enters his third year in the league, the cornerback will not only be expected to take on a leadership role within the Ravens' new look defense, but top his impressive sophomore season. In 2018, Humphrey contested 35% of targets thrown into his coverage marking the second-best rate in all the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. 


Looking Ahead:

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get long-term deal done with designated franchise tag player

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

One more week of the NFL offseason in the books. Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes:

1. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti donated $100,000 to help rebuilding efforts for three historically black churches in the Louisiana area that recently burned down by an alleged arsonists. An effort led by former tight end Benjamin Watson, Bisciotti reached out to him Sunday committing his donation. 

2. The GOAT gene has transferred from Justin Tucker to his son, Easton. The kicker posted a video on his Instagram Thursday of the little guy kicking a (mini) field goal right down the middle, just like his dad. 

Looking Ahead:

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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