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Ravens' Steve Smith Sr. after tossing helmet: No time for 'kumbayah'

Ravens' Steve Smith Sr. after tossing helmet: No time for 'kumbayah'

OWINGS MILLS – After throwing his helmet in disgust during an early drill at Thursday’s practice, Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. said this was the time of year for intensity. Smith’s focus is simple. He wants to help the Ravens (7-6) make the playoffs.

“Very feisty,” Smith told CSN exclusively following practice, when asked about the team’s mindset. “A very feisty mood. We understand what’s at stake. I don’t think anything’s a happy-go-lucky, kumbayah kind of atmosphere. It’s very up front. We know what’s at stake.”

Asked about the up-and-down nature of the offense this season, Smith said the Ravens need to find consistency.

“What we want to be is high-flying, and scoring a lot of points,” Smith said. “What we don’t want to be is pedestrian. Somewhere in the middle we got to find a rhythm.”

Smith (58 catches, 646 yards, three touchdowns) has 1,019 career catches, and is expected to retire this season, closing a brilliant career at age 37. But despite spraining his ankle earlier this season, Smith said his body was holding up well.

“I’m actually starting to feel better now,” Smith said. “I’m finally getting my legs under me. My ankle’s pretty much healed up. I didn’t get a lot of opportunities (Monday night). They (the Patriots) did a lot of things to neutralize me and Mike (Wallace). But I felt really good, and I feel like I’m getting my speed back. I’m excited about that.”

With the Ravens still in control of their playoff destiny, Smith wants the team to look forward, forget the past, and just concentrate on winning.

“We need to have short-term memory,” Smith said. “Just peddle to the metal. Not allow what has happened, the negative things in the season, to paralyze us. Not rely on all the positives either. Just take everything we’ve had, throw it out the window, and balls to the wall.”

Even if that means Smith occasionally tosses a helmet.

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NFL analyst Warren Sharp bullish on Lamar Jackson headed into season

NFL analyst Warren Sharp bullish on Lamar Jackson headed into season

Warren Sharp held nothing back when discussing Lamar Jackson’s 2018 season. 

In a blog post on his website, Sharp posted an article titled ‘You’re Wrong About Lamar Jackson’ that detailed why he thinks Jackson isn’t only underrated but poised for a breakout year. 

Sharp, a former engineer, is a football analyst who specializes in advanced statistics in relation to football. And when it comes to the Ravens second-year quarterback, he’s as high as ever. 

On The Daily Line, Sharp said, “I just think he’s severely underestimated with what people saw last season. What people don’t realize is that out of the 11 rookie quarterbacks in the NFL who started when they were 21-years older or less, Lamar Jackson had the best passer rating in NFL history.”

Jackson, who started the last seven games of the Ravens season last year, finished 6-1 as a starter, but left some doubting his ability to sustain that success. Notably, it was his passing touch that left analysts and fans questioning whether or not he was the right quarterback for the Ravens.

But Sharp is one analyst who is confident in what Jackson’s skillset can do for the Ravens, who are expected to run the ball more than any team in the league. 

Jackson also posted a snippet of the blog to his Instagram story on Tuesday, too. 

The Ravens open up the season on Sept. 8 against the Dolphins, where Jackson will begin his quest to prove his doubters wrong — and Sharp right. 


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Ray Lewis is bringing his swagger and creativity to Dancing with the Stars

Ray Lewis is bringing his swagger and creativity to Dancing with the Stars

Evacuate the dance floor. Ravens Hall of Famer Ray Lewis will be taking his talents to ABC's Dancing with the Stars, Good Morning America announced Wednesday.

After two Super Bowl, Vince Lombardi trophies, Lewis has his eyes set on winning the coveted Mirror Ball trophy, awarded to the winning dance duo on DWTS.

New York Giants Hall of Famer and now GMA host contributor Michael Strahan, set the bar high for Lewis, who was known for his creative touchdown celebration dances during his 17-year career with the Ravens.

"I know you're going to bring some swagger to the ballroom man, because you brought it on the field," Strahan said.

Lewis is not the only DMV football player to join the DWTS cast, Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman was one of three finalists last year.

Lewis joins other notable cast members such as The Bachelorette's Hannah Brown and NBA's Lamar Odom.

You can watch Lewis compete on DWTS season 28 beginning Monday, Sept. 16 on ABC.