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Ravens' Jimmy Smith: Leads team with nine tackles
Smith tallied a team-high nine tackles during Sunday's three-point loss to the Chiefs.
Not only was it a team-high, but Smith's nine tackles marked a season-high for the 30-year-old. The veteran is still searching for his first interception of the year, but he'll certainly be pleased with his impact Sunday against one of the league's most dynamic offenses.... See More ... See Less
Ravens' Justin Tucker: Perfect day at the office
Tucker knocked through his only field goal attempt from 28 yards and converted each of his three extra point attempts during Sunday's 27-24 loss to Kansas City.
It was a typical day at the office for Tucker who is now 26-for-28 on the season. Tucker's six points ended his streak of four consecutive games with at least 10 points, but that is more of a product of opportunity than anything else. The 29-year-old has used this season to prove loud and clear that he still has plenty left in the tank.... See More ... See Less
Ravens' Kenneth Dixon: Could see role grow
Coach John Harbaugh said he expects Dixon's role to grow, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.
Gus Edwards is doing solid work in the lead role with 4.8 yards per carry, but he only has one touchdown and one reception all season, with a long gain of 19 yards on 92 carries. Dixon has added an element of explosiveness in two games since his activation from injured reserve, taking 16 carries for 96 yards and a touchdown while adding two catches for 27 yards. With Ty Montgomery also getting some snaps -- especially on passing downs -- the Baltimore backfield is turning into a three-headed mess. Dixon might actually offer the best mix of skills, but there's no assurance regarding workload for Week 15 against Tampa Bay.... See More ... See Less
Ravens' Joe Flacco: Could steal snaps from Jackson
Coach John Harbaugh suggested Flacco (hip) will have a role Week 15 against Tampa Bay, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. "It stands to reason that if Joe's ready to go, he'll be part of the game plan," Harbaugh said Monday. "He's too good of a player not to be."
Harbaugh seems to be hinting at splitting snaps between his two quarterbacks rather than having Flacco replace Lamar Jackson (ankle) as the starter. The team needs Jackson on the field to run the ball effectively, but he does leave a lot to be desired in obvious passing situations, even after showing some progress on that front during Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Chiefs. Jackson's ankle injury adds another dimension to the situation, though both he and Harbaugh have downplayed the severity. If nothing else, Flacco should be available as the team's No. 2 quarterback after spending the past four weeks on the inactive list. This won't be the last we hear about the Ravens' quarterback situation this week.... See More ... See Less
Ravens' Lamar Jackson: Could lose some snaps to Flacco
Coach John Harbaugh suggested Jackson (ankle) could lose some snaps to Joe Flacco (hip), Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. "It stands to reason that if Joe's ready to go, he'll be part of the game plan," Harbaugh said Monday. "He's too good of a player not to be."
This isn't the first time Harbaugh has mentioned the possibility of using both quarterbacks, only this week there's actually a good chance Flacco will be ready to play. Meanwhile, Jackson is dealing with an ailment of his own, though Harbaugh expects the rookie to be okay for a Week 15 home game against the Buccaneers. Jackson reportedly walked around the locker room without a noticeable limp after missing the final two snaps of Sunday's 27-24 loss to Kansas City. The Ravens' quarterback situation will once again require close attention, with Jackson potentially losing a sizable portion of his fantasy appeal if the ankle is still an issue and/or Flacco is expected to get some snaps.... See More ... See Less
Ravens' Lamar Jackson: Expected to start again
Jackson (ankle) is on track for another start Week 15 against the Buccaneers, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Joe Flacco (hip) is expected to return from a four-game absence, but he'll likely serve as the No. 2 quarterback unless there's a complication with Jackson's ankle injury. The rookie first-round pick missed the final two snaps of Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss in Kansas City, but X-rays came back negative and he reportedly walked around the locker room without a limp after the game. His unparalleled reliance on running means any lingering ankle soreness would be problematic from a fantasy standpoint even if he's cleared to make another start.... See More ... See Less
Ravens' John Brown: Finally returns to end zone
Brown caught two of six targets for 23 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Chiefs.
Brown hit paydirt for the first time since Week 7, but he's still caught just four passes for 71 yards on 14 targets in four games with Lamar Jackson (ankle) starting at quarterback. A friendly Week 15 matchup with Tampa Bay probably won't make much of a difference unless Joe Flacco (hip) ends up starting.... See More ... See Less
Ravens' Michael Crabtree: Held in check again
Crabtree caught three of four targets for 31 yards in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Chiefs.
Crabtree moved the chains a few times with nice catches along the sideline, but he also had an offensive pass interference penalty that stalled a drive in the fourth quarter. He's largely been limited to run blocking since Lamar Jackson (ankle) took over at quarterback, averaging 2.5 catches for 23.8 yards the past four weeks. A friendly Week 15 matchup probably won't make much difference unless Joe Flacco (hip) ends up getting the start.... See More ... See Less
Ravens' Willie Snead: Leads team in receiving
Snead caught five of seven targets for 61 yards in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Chiefs.
Held to one catch for eight yards over the previous two weeks, Snead led the Ravens in catches, targets and receiving yards in Sunday's narrow defeat. He's still averaging just 2.8 catches for 30 yards per game with Lamar Jackson starting at quarterback, compared to 5.0 catches for 49.8 yards with Joe Flacco (hip) under center. Jackson's ankle injury might open the door for Flacco to rejoin the lineup, but it otherwise seems the Ravens are content to utilize a run-heavy game plan with the rookie taking snaps. Snead does at least get a favorable Week 15 matchup against the burnable Tampa Bay secondary.... See More ... See Less
Ravens' Ty Montgomery: Barely contributes
Montgomery took two carries for one yard and caught one of three targets for one yard in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Chiefs.
Montgomery played 19 of 71 snaps (27 percent) on offense, splitting work with Gus Edwards (31 snaps) and Kenneth Dixon (23). While he seems to be the preferred running back for obvious passing situations, Montgomery has averaged just 4.3 carries and three catches the past three weeks, and he still hasn't scored a touchdown with the Ravens. He's unlikely to see a major boost in workload Week 15 against Tampa Bay.... See More ... See Less
Ravens' Lamar Jackson: X-rays return negative
X-rays on Jackson's injured ankle conducted after Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Chiefs returned negative, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The rookie believes he'll be ready to play Week 15 against the Buccaneers.
For the second week in a row, Jackson was removed from a game with an injury that didn't turn out to be serious. He once again proved shaky as a passer -- he completed 13 of 24 attempts for 147 yards and two touchdowns -- and lost a fumble, but he carved up the Chiefs on the ground for 71 yards on 13 carries. The fact that the Ravens nearly scored a road upset against the AFC's top team is probably enough to earn Jackson another start Week 15, despite longtime starting quarterback Joe Flacco (hip) trending toward being available for that contest.... See More ... See Less
Ravens' Gus Edwards: Facing competition from Dixon
Edwards took 16 caries for 67 yards in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Chiefs.
Though still effective in his role as the Ravens' lead back, Edwards finished with four-week lows for both carries and rushing yards while once again failing to catch a pass. Kenneth Dixon was ultimately more productive with less work, taking eight carries for 59 yards and a touchdown and adding one catch for 21 yards. Between his lack of pass-catching contribution and Dixon's recent emergence, Edwards makes for a risky play in Week 15 against the shaky Tampa Bay defense, though his role does also come with a reasonable weekly ceiling.... See More ... See Less
Ravens' Kenneth Dixon: Makes most of opportunity
Dixon had eight carries for 59 yards and a touchdown with one catch for 21 yards on his lone target in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Chiefs.
Gus Edwards once again led the way with 16 carries for 67 yards, but Dixon continued to make his case after gaining 37 yards on eight carries the previous week against Atlanta. Limited by injuries and suspension to this point in his career, Dixon is finally getting a chance to show why the Ravens keep giving him opportunities. Granted, his timeshare role will make it tough to produce on a consistent basis, with Ty Montgomery also getting backfield snaps in Baltimore. The Ravens do get a favorable Week 15 home matchup against Tampa Bay.... See More ... See Less
Ravens' Lamar Jackson: Downplays ankle issue
When asked about an ankle injury he suffered late in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs, Jackson replied, "I'm good," Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.
The issue caused Jackson to miss the end of Baltimore's 27-24 loss Sunday, but it doesn't appear to be something that will affect his Week 15 availability. It remains to be seen, however, if his practice participation will be impacted at all. The Ravens' QB situation will thus be worth monitoring in the coming days, with the health of Joe Flacco (hip) improving.... See More ... See Less
Ravens' Lamar Jackson: Exits game late
Robert Griffin finished up Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Chiefs after Jackson exited the game late in overtime with an unspecified injury.
Prior to being forced out of the game, Jackson completed 13 of 24 passes for 147 yards and two TDs and ran 13 times for 71 yards. His status will be worth monitoring in the coming days, especially with the health of fellow QB Joe Flacco (hip) improving.... See More ... See Less
Ravens' Tavon Young: Will play Week 14
Young (groin) is active for Sunday's tilt against Kansas City, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Young has played through a few injuries this season and appears in line to do so again against the Chiefs. He'll operate as the primary backup at left cornerback behind Brandon Carr, as the Ravens look to slow down Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City offense.... See More ... See Less
Ravens' Anthony Levine: Active Sunday
Levine (ankle) is active for Sunday's matchup with the Chiefs, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Levine played through his ankle injury the past couple weeks and will do so again Sunday. With Tony Jefferson (ankle) out Sunday, Levine will operate as the Ravens' only backup safety behind Eric Weddle and Chuck Clark.... See More ... See Less
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