Ragland totaled 52 tackles, one sack, one pass breakup and one forced fumble over 16 games in 2020.
While Detroit's linebacking corps was arguably the worst in football in 2020, Ragland flashed as someone who could set the edge and also put pressure on the quarterback in pass-rush situations. While he topped 50 percent of snaps in only six games, there's certainly a case to be made that Ragland should have seen more playing time as Detroit, game after game, instead tried to justify its investment in 2019 second-round pick Jahlani Tavai. In any case, Ragland seemingly did all that he could in 2020, and the unrestricted free agent shouldn't have a problem landing another contract this offseason.
Ragland (ankle) is active for Thursday's clash against Houston.
Ragland entered Thursday with a questionable tag, but he'll be available for the Thanksgiving battle. The linebacker has yet to miss a game in his first season with Detroit, registering 32 tackles (20 solo), one sack and a forced fumble thus far.
Ragland reached an agreement Friday to sign with the Lions, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Selected by Buffalo in the second round of the 2016 draft, Ragland suffered an ACL injury during his first training camp and was traded to Kansas City a year later. He went on to start 32 of his 42 games the past three seasons, but he largely served as an early down specialist, recording 160 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one interception. The 26-year-old linebacker isn't likely to establish IDP value in Detroit, but he could push Jarrad Davis, Christian Jones or Jalen Reeves-Maybin for playing time. Jamie Collins is the only Lions linebacker that can safely be projected for a three-down role.
Ragland finished the 2019 regular season with just 30 tackles (23 solo), though he did post a career-high 2.0 sacks.
Ragland recorded a career-low 237 defensive snaps in his third professional campaign, a massive drop-off from the 581 he played a season ago. Ragland did play a significant role in the Chiefs' first two playoff games and may explore opportunities with other clubs as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Ragland had two solo tackles, a sack and returned a fumble five yards for a touchdown in Thursday's win over the Broncos.
The Chiefs terrorized Joe Flacco all evening as the team racked up nine sacks, and Ragland's scoop-and-score during the second quarter was about as easy as they come. The 26-year-old played only 25 of 67 defensive snaps Thursday, which is the first time he's played double-digit snaps on defense this season.
Ragland notched 86 tackles (46 solo), a half-sack and an interception during 2018.
Ragland was limited to just 12 games and 323 defensive snaps as a rookie, but those numbers increased to 16 and 581, respectively, in 2018. He's still removed from the field when the defense utilizes nickel and dime packages, preventing Ragland from matching the likes of Anthony Hitchens, who totaled 945 defensive snaps. With both likely returning in 2019, prospective fantasy owners shouldn't anticipate another jump in production during Ragland's third season.
Ragland (hip) has returned to Sunday's game against the Raiders, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports.
Ragland briefly left the field during the second quarter due to a hip injury, but has retaken the field to begin the second half. The third-year linebacker slots back into his usual starting role.
Ragland is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Raiders due to a hip injury.
Ragland left the field with a hip injury during the first half. As long as the third-year pro remains sidelined, Ben Niemann will benefit from increased defensive snaps.
Ragland recorded 10 tackles (four solo) during Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Seahawks.
Ragland logged double-digit tackles in a single game for the first time this season. The third-year linebacker benefited from a matchup against Seattle's run-heavy offense, and he now has 80 tackles across 15 games this year.
Ragland (knee) returned to practice Sunday.
Ragland opened up training camp on the non-football injury list after his knee swelled up, and he missed the first eight days of training camp as a result. The injury was never believed to be that serious, so Ragland should begin being a full participant in training camp this week.
Ragland was placed on the Non-Football Injury list Thursday, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports.
According to head coach Andy Reid, Ragland's knee puffed up on a flight, leading to his placement on the NFI list. The team doesn't believe the issue is serious and Ragland isn't expected to miss an extended period of time. Look for Terrance Smith or Dorian O'Daniel to get some extra run with the first-team defense while Ragland is out.
Ragland is enjoying a healthy offseason, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Selected by Buffalo in the second round of the 2016 draft, Ragland suffered a torn ACL in training camp as a rookie, and then was traded to Kansas City last preseason. He started 10 of his 12 games with the Chiefs in 2017, but logged only 322 snaps and 44 tackles while working in a two-down role. Listed at 6-foot-1 and 252 pounds, Ragland is unlikely to ever be anything more than adequate in coverage, though it isn't totally out of the question that he competes for a three-down role in training camp. The Chiefs did sign Anthony Hitchens to replace Derrick Johnson, ensuring that they have at least one inside linebacker capable of handling snaps on passing downs.
Ragland notched nine tackles (eight solo) during Sunday's loss to the Bills.
Ragland has now posted two consecutive weeks with nine tackles and eight solos, more than doubling his total for the season over that span. If he continues his current trend, the second-year linebacker could sneak his way onto the fantasy radar as an IDP option.
Ragland recorded a season-high nine tackles (eight solo) in Sunday's 12-9 overtime loss to the Giants.
Ragland's previous season high in tackles was four, so he more than doubled that output. The 24-year-old made the most of his 47 defensive snaps (68.0 percent). He will look to carry that momentum into the Chiefs' Week 12 game versus the Bills.
Ragland (knee) was a full participant at Chiefs practice Thursday.
Ragland has yet to see game action this season but did practice on a limited basis last week and on Wednesday, so he looks to be ready for Sunday's game against the Chargers. The 2016 second-round pick isn't expected to play a major role on the Chiefs defense right away, and will likely only be a reserve linebacker and special teams player if he even suits up.
Ragland (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Eagles, BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com reports.
Ragland's debut as a Chief will have to wait until at least next Sunday after being ruled out, despite practicing in limited fashion throughout the week. Derrick Johnson and Ramik Wilson figure to start at inside linebacker with Dee Ford and Justin Houston on the outside.
Ragland (knee) is listed as doubtful ahead of Sunday's game against the Eagles.
Ragland did not play Week 1 against the Patriots and was a limited participant in practice this week. Even with the extra rest following the Chiefs' season opener last Thursday, the 23-year-old will likely need to wait until at least Week 3 to make his debut with his new team.
Ragland (knee) is inactive for the Chiefs season opener against the Patriots on Thursday, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
It comes as no surprise since he was listed a doubtful earlier this week. Ragland just arrived to Kansas City in late August and also missed his entire rookie season, so a bit of a learning curve is to be expected.
Ragland (knee) is listed as doubtful ahead of Thursday's season opener in New England.
Ragland practiced in full Wednesday, but the 23-year-old is still fairly new to the team and has yet to get fully acclimated to the way Kansas City goes about things defensively. Assuming he is kept on the sidelines, Ukeme Eligwe could be used as the primary reserve at inside linebacker.
Ragland (knee) practiced in a limited fashion Monday.
Ragland figures to be one of the Chiefs' primary reserve linebackers this season. Whether his presumed role will begin in Thursday's season opener is still up in the air, however. His Week 1 status should become clearer over the next several days.
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|Sun 09/20||@ GB||L 21-42||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 09/27||@ ARI||W 26-23||1||1||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/04||vs NO||L 29-35||4||2||6||1||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/25||@ ATL||W 23-22||2||2||4||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/01||vs IND||L 21-41||1||1||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/08||@ MIN||L 20-34||3||2||5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/15||vs WAS||W 30-27||4||2||6||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/22||@ CAR||L 0-20||3||0||3||0||0||0||1||0|
|Thu 11/26||vs HOU||L 25-41||2||1||3||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/06||@ CHI||W 34-30||2||2||4||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/13||vs GB||L 24-31||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/20||@ TEN||L 25-46||2||3||5||0||0||0||0||0|
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