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Ravens QB Lamar Jackson on His Effort Against Miami: “Not Bad for a Running Back”

Of all the record-breaking, hair-raising, paradigm-shifting stats that could explain the Ravens’ season-opening 59-10 win Sunday over the Miami Dolphins — and there were seemingly as many as there are blades of grass here at Hard Rock Stadium — consider instead quarterback Lamar Jackson’s postgame news conference.

In by far the best game of his young career, in just his eighth NFL start, he had finished with exactly zero standout runs. No mad dashes, no looping scrambles, no And1-level feints. The only running-adjacent highlight he’d provide would be a sound bite. And it was a rebuke of everything he came to represent last season, the idea that he was an uber-athletic quarterback who couldn’t execute the position’s most basic responsibility.

After maybe the Ravens’ greatest passing performance ever, a reporter asked Jackson: Had he proved himself to the skeptics, to the haters? “Probably not,” he said, and he cast his eyes downward, as if recalling every last barb he’d endured. “But not bad for a running back.” He grinned thinly.

He’s definitely better,” said coach John Harbaugh, who improved to 5-1 (including the playoffs) against the Dolphins in his career. “He’s worked really hard. I think he’s only going to continue to improve because he wants to work at it. He was a rookie last year. He hadn’t practiced much throughout the course of the year. He’s had a chance to be with the No. 1 offense on a daily basis and did a great job. But, again, this is just the start. It’s one game.”

Lamar Jackson Lighting it Up in the First Half Against the Dolphins

The Ravens are laying it on the Miami Dolphins up 35-3 in the second quarter, a lot of it thanks to the play of QB Lamar Jackson – who has four touchdowns in the first half.

Needless to say he’s quieting the critics today.

Ravens vs Dolphins NFL Week One Inactives

Ravens

LB Otaro Alaka
LB Jaylon Ferguson
DT Daylon Mack
QB Trace McSorley
OG Ben Powers
WR Jaleel Scott
OT Greg Senat

Dolphins

OG Shaq Calhoun
RB Myles Gaskin
DE Trent Harris
RB Patrick Laird
OT Isaiah Prince
OG Chris Reed
CB Ken Webster

Ravens Release RB Dixon with an Injury Settlement

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Ravens have released running back Kenneth Dixon with an injury settlement according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic.

Dixon is an elusive and talented runner when healthy but, unfortunately for the Ravens, he has very rarely been healthy since being drafted in the fourth round out of Louisiana Tech in 2016.

He missed the entire 2017 season and has carried the ball only 148 times in 18 games in his three-year NFL career. The Ravens really had little choice but to finally throw in the towel.

It seems unlikely he will quickly resurface as he is rehabbing a fractured knee but should be back on NFL radars next spring.

The Ravens will move forward with veteran Mark Ingram, 2018 discovery Gus Edwards, and electric rookie Justice Hill.

Ravens Ink Former Bears Kicker Elliott Fry

The Ravens have a new kicker, as the team picked up recently released Chicago Bears kicker Elliott Fry.
Pro Football Talk has the details of the move, which sounds like depth to give Justin Tucker a break before the season:

His presence will presumably allow Justin Tucker to take some time off ahead of the regular season.

Fry was competing with Eddy Pineiro at Bears camp this summer and he made 1-of-2 field goals he tried during the exhibition season. He also made both extra points he tried before getting a pink slip in Chicago.

Fry made 51-of-70 field goals with a long of 55 yards over three seasons at South Carolina.

Watch LB Kenny Young Take Out Jags QB Gardner Minshew with a Massive Hit

Ravens LB Kenny Young is looking to be a playemaker in 2019, and that promise got off to a huge start Thursday night against the Jaguars.

The linebacker delivered the hit of the night, launching into Jags QB Gardner Minshew in the end zone, smashing him and forcing him to lose his helmet.

It looked like a safety but the QB dropped the ball at the three-yard line. No matter it was a hit worth taking a second or third look at.

Sporting News Picks the NFL 2019 Division Winners – Where Do the Ravens Land?

It’s that time of the year when national pundits start to look ahead and pick records for teams around the league, as well as pick the winners of the divisions.

Sporting News is out with their 2019 predictions, and they have their picks in for the AFC North.

The longtime company picks the Browns, who made a ton of offseason pickups as the team to beat, as they say they will go 11-5.

Next up would be the Steelers, who still will win double-digit games, but fall a game short in the division to Cleveland going 10-6.

The third place team will be the Baltimore Ravens, who will end the year at 8-8. Last are the Bengals, who will win just five games going 5-11.

Here’s the complete rundown of who Sporting News likes along with the Super Bowl teams.

Ravens Expected to Ink Former Packers QB Joe Callahan

The Ravens are in need of a quarterback after Robert Griffin III suffered a hairline fracture in his right thumb and is expected to be out four to eight weeks.

With that, the team is expected to ink former Green Bay Packers backup QB Joe Callahan.