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Lamar Jackson lands at No. 30 in Chris Simms' Top 40 QB Rankings for 2019

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Lamar Jackson lands at No. 30 in Chris Simms' Top 40 QB Rankings for 2019

During his rookie season, Lamar Jackson went 6-1 with the Ravens and provided a late-season spark that resulted in a trip to the playoffs. That, combined with snippets and his uber-athleticism may have been enough to convince some that he has the ability to be one of the better quarterbacks in the game. However, some deficiencies in the passing game have others wanting to see more before they make that statement.

NBC Sports' Chris Simms falls in the latter, ranking Jackson No. 30 in his Top 40 Quarterbacks for the 2019 NFL season rankings on his podcast "Unbuttoned." For Simms, it was a mixture of positives mixed with multiple "what ifs?" that led to the analyst putting him where he did.

Starting with the positives, Simms, like many others, is impressed with Jackson's athleticism. His ability as a runner is a plus, but Simms also believes that Jackson has the arm talent as well.

"There's of course the athleticism I love. Some of the throws I love," Simms said. "He shows potential to be a special passer at times."

Simms also gave Jackson credit for leading Baltimore to a second-half surge and an appearance in the postseason, viewing it as an impressive feat for any rookie in any situation. Yet even with his early success on paper, Simms sees some glaring problems in his passing game tape.

"There are major issues with technique and consistency in his throwing," Simms said. "That's my big concern with Lamar Jackson."

Evident in some of his performances, specifically the AFC Wild Card Round against the Chargers, Jackson is still somewhat raw as a passer.

As Simms sees it, a few of the main issues lie in his footwork. Citing that Jackson keeps his feet too narrow and locks his right leg, Simms believes those techniques need to be fixed in order for Jackson to avoid costly mistakes.

Like many, Simms sees the potential in Jackson. However, that alone doesn't fully sell him on the quarterback just yet.

"The reason I don't have him rated higher, because I think if you look at 6-1, went to the playoffs as a rookie, all good I get it," Simms said. "But, I just gotta see more in the passing game first before I can put him there."

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Report: Ravens extend defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale to three-year extension

Report: Ravens extend defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale to three-year extension

According to a report from Ian Rapoport, the Ravens have made another move to keep their defense intact long-term. 

Defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale has reportedly signed a three-year contract extension that will make Martindale the highest paid defensive coordinator in the NFL. But as for the future, the team expects him to be a head coaching candidate after the 2020 season. 

Martindale, 56, has been in Baltimore since 2012 where he started as the team’s linebackers coach. He held that position through 2017 and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2018. 

In 2018, his first season as coordinator, he led the Ravens defense to a league best 292.9 yards allowed per game and was runner-up for Associated Press Assistant Coach of the Year.

The Ravens lost some significant pieces after 2018 season and were without Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley, Eric Weddle and Za’Darius Smith in 2019. After struggling in three of the first four weeks of the season, the revamped defense eventually took shape. 

Baltimore allowed just 15.1 points per game after the Week 4 loss to Cleveland, where it allowed 40 points — their most all season. 

Through the whole season, the Ravens allowed 300.2 yards per game, which ranked fourth in the league. They also ranked third in total points with 17.6 points allowed per game. 

The unit took shape with some key mid-season acquisitions — most notably Marcus Peters, Jihad Ward and Josh Bynes — and lifted the unit to one of the best in the league along with its NFL-best offense.

In a season of new contracts for the Ravens defense, they’ve now extended cornerback Tavon Young, linebacker L.J. Fort, defensive lineman and linebacker Patrick Ricard, Peters and, most recently, safety Chuck Clark in the last year.

Now, the man leading the defense will be in the fold for a few more years, too. 

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Ravens' left guard Bradley Bozeman dominates 72-ounce steak challenge

Ravens' left guard Bradley Bozeman dominates 72-ounce steak challenge

Baltimore Ravens’ starting left guard Bradley Bozeman showed off one of his many talents earlier this week as he dominated a 72-ounce steak dinner. 

Bozeman accomplished this feat at The Big Texan Steak Ranch while traveling with his wife. The restaurant is famous for this eating challenge, which involves eating over 4 pounds of steak, shrimp cocktail, baked potato, salad topped off with a butter roll in under an hour. 

Although Bozeman is an absolute unit of a person, this was still no small feat. Bozeman strategized during the meal in order to ensure success as he switched from steak sauce to honey. Yet, Bozeman still questioned his ability to successfully finish with just 2 ounces of steak left. He even instructed his wife who was filming in the audience to shut the camera off in fear of getting sick on camera.

“I knew it was going to be tough, but I didn’t think it was going to be that tough,” Bozeman told ESPN. “The last bite was rough.”

Bozeman pushed on and not only finished the steak, but even had a little carrot cake for dessert. His prize? Free dinner, a t-shirt, and most likely a massive stomach ache. 

Despite his claim that this was “the toughest food thing” he’s ever done, Bozeman flashed a big smile holding the prized shirt which read “I ate it all!”

Bozeman is now one of only approximately 10,000 people who have successfully finished the meal, with over 110,000 people having tried. 

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