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Baltimore Beatdown Nov 16, 2015

Ravens vs Jaguars Final Score: Offense spreads the ball around without Steve Smith Sr.

With veteran wide receiver Steve Smith going down with a torn Achilles tendon week 8, the question was how the Ravens would bounce back from such a major blow and who would become the next man up. The Ravens sort of figured things out against the Jacksonville Jaguars, as they spread the ball around to pretty much everyone that could catch the ball. Quarterback Joe Flacco hit 10 different receivers for a total of 316 yards. Early in the game, the man that caught Flacco's eye was Kamar Aiken, as he would end the game with 7 receptions for 73 yards. Without Smith, the Ravens had talked about...
Baltimore Beatdown Nov 11, 2015

Steve Smith Sr. nominated for award

Fifth Annual "Salute to Service Award presented by USAA has nominated Steve Smith Sr. Steve Smith Sr. has been officially nominated for the Salute to Service Award presented by USAA. The award is to honor league members who demonstrate exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community. Steve Smith Sr., has been nominated for hosting a number of football camps around the world for children of military members ; All being free of charge to the families. Excerpt from NFL.com regarding Steve Smith Sr. and his efforts: By his estimation, Smith Sr. has held 12 youth football...
Baltimore Sun Nov 4, 2015

After learning from Steve Smith Sr., Ravens receivers plan to make most of opportunity without him

When Chris Givens made a 39-yard, over-the-shoulder catch in the second quarter of the Ravens' victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, he leaned on lessons learned from teammate Steve Smith Sr. during recent practices. Smith has been trying to get Givens to use leverage more in his routes...
Baltimore Sun Nov 4, 2015

Jacoby Jones' release wasn't on John Harbaugh's radar, Ravens could discuss him Wednesday

Former Baltimore return man/wide receiver could get a look after being cut loose by Chargers
Baltimore Sun Nov 4, 2015

John Harbaugh held injured offensive line out of practice, sends players home with warning

Ravens coach John Harbaugh practiced his team in full pads on Wednesday, the final day before their mandatory four-day break for the bye week, though he gave many of his banged-up starting offensive linemen the day off to avoid contact. “It was a physical practice,” Harbaugh said. “There were certain...
Baltimore Sun Nov 4, 2015

New Ravens wide receiver Joe Morgan at home in position group, Ravens offense

New Ravens wide receiver Joe Morgan, who was signed after a tryout Tuesday, said after his first practice with the team that he’s already fit right into a position group composed of several undrafted free agents who fought for a role just like he has. “I was told that before I got here, [and] I’ve...
Baltimore Sun Nov 3, 2015

NFL Power Rankings for Week 9

After the trio of undefeated teams atop these rankings, there’s a big run of NFC teams. The AFC seems to be a race to the middle for all but a few teams. So dare I say there could, in a perfect universe for locals, be a space for the Ravens in here before long? There’s certainly evidence that they’d...
Baltimore Sun Nov 3, 2015

John Harbaugh on one of Joe Flacco's best games, trade deadline, Matt Elam suspension

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco “had one of his best games” that coach John Harbaugh has seen Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, with touchdowns on the ground and through the air, a 67.5 percent completion rate, and 319 passing yards in the 29-26 win over the San Diego Chargers. “He carried us...
Baltimore Sun Nov 3, 2015

Ravens' news, notes and opinions on Steve Smith Sr., Joe Flacco, defense

There will surely be plenty of reports and speculation in the days, weeks and months ahead about Steve Smith Sr.’s future plans following his season-ending Achilles’ injury on Sunday. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine that Smith’s final trip off an NFL field as a player will be with his arms draped...
Baltimore Sun Nov 2, 2015

As Steve Smith Sr. prepares for surgery, Ravens prepare to move on without him

There is no ambiguity about wide receiver Steve Smith Sr.'s short-term plans. After tearing his right Achilles' tendon in the Ravens' 29-26 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, Smith will undergo surgery early next week, performed by renowned foot surgeon Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte,...
Seattle Times Nov 2, 2015
Take 2: Why injury to Seahawks Ricardo Lockette hits Seattle fans so hard

Take 2: Why injury to Seahawks Ricardo Lockette hits Seattle fans so hard

Diana J. Noble, aka Bandwagon Mama, writes about why she and other Seahawks fans are so concerned about Ricardo Lockette, and makes him an offer he can't refuse.
Baltimore Beatdown Nov 2, 2015

Steve Smith Sr. injury allows Ravens to test their young talent

When Steve Smith Sr. went down with his Achilles injury, everyone immediately thought the worst. I can attest that the staff here at Baltimore Beatdown began a fit of rage and bad words. Part of that is because of the expected loss of a valuable member of this team for the season, the expected end of a great career in a terrible fashion, and because the Ravens lack talent behind Senior. Yet, the Ravens were able to muster up some serious offense despite Smith being in the locker room. Now that the Ravens know for certain that they won't have Steve Smith Sr. for the remainder of the season,...
Baltimore Sun Nov 1, 2015

For the first time this season, Ravens defense stiffens in fourth quarter

With a pair of methodical, 80-yard touchdown drives already ceded to the San Diego Chargers and the prospect of a third straight home loss facing the Ravens, defensive coordinator Dean Pees laid out a fiery challenge to his beleaguered unit at halftime Sunday. Pees told the Ravens defense they...
Baltimore Sun Nov 1, 2015

Steve Smith Sr.'s season-ending injury saddens players from both sides

Some Ravens don't believe Smith's career is over
Baltimore Sun Nov 1, 2015

Ravens win as time runs out, but lose Steve Smith Sr. for rest of season

They approached Steve Smith Sr. at his locker one by one, players and coaches stopping by to pay their respects to their injured teammate. They hugged him, patted him on their shoulder and told him how they felt and how sorry they were. This wasn’t supposed to be the locker room scene after the...

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