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Ravens' Steve Smith Sr. three catches away from reaching 1,000 career receptions

Ravens' Steve Smith Sr. three catches away from reaching 1,000 career receptions

OWINGS MILLS – With 997 career receptions, Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. should make his 1,000th career catch Sunday against the Cowboys.

Only 13 NFL players have reached 1,000 career receptions. When Smith becomes the 14th, it will be another testament to his excellence and longevity, as he winds down a brilliant career.

Smith is fully aware of the impending milestone, but says it won’t be a distraction Sunday.

“As it gets closer, yes, you think about it,” Smith said. “But you try not to focus on it too much, because then you find yourself either reception counting or yards counting. That is not what you need to do, because when the hard ones come, you catch them, and when the easy ones come, you take off running (and) you drop them. I’m just trying to narrow my focus, focus on every ball and every catch like it is the first one.”

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco says he marvels at Smith’s playmaking ability in his 16th NFL season. Smith has caught 36 passes this season for 417 yards and two touchdowns.

“Everything that guy does is incredible, athletically,” Flacco said. “The physical nature of him is…Everybody should look at him, and I don’t know if they should be jealous or what, but they should definitely take notice of how special of a person that they’re watching. I think he’s going to be a guy that we remember for awhile. I’m definitely a very proud person to say that I can play with him. With the things that he’s gone through, and the way that he’s come back this year, I’ll be telling stories about him for a long time, and this just adds to it.”

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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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