Player News - Ravens

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Ravens LG Alex Lewis (neck) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice.

Lewis is dealing with a pinched nerve in his neck. He's unlikely to play this week, according to ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley. Look for sixth-round rookie Bradley Bozeman to fill in at left guard Sunday against New Orleans.
Oct 18 - 1:38 PM

Ravens OLB Za'Darius Smith was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 6.

Smith and the Ravens tormented Marcus Mariota last Sunday, shutting out the Titans in their own yard and sacking him 11 times while allowing just 10 completions. Smith had three of those sacks himself and also forced a fumble. The 2015 fourth-rounder has already matched a career high with 5.5 sacks.
Oct 17 - 9:45 AM

Ravens LG Alex Lewis (neck) is day to day.

Lewis was sent to the hospital during Sunday's rout of the Titans, but testing revealed no major issues. Lewis has not been effective this season. Sixth-round rookie Bradley Bozeman is the next man up.
Oct 15 - 2:41 PM

Joe Flacco completed 25-of-37 passes for 238 yards, one touchdown, and one pick in the Ravens' big Week 6 win over the Titans.

Flacco wasn't needed as the Ravens took a 14-0 lead into the half and never looked back. Baltimore's defense sacked Marcus Mariota a whopping 11 times on the day, inevitably allowing Flacco to stand around and handoff to Alex Collins (19/54/2) until the final whistle. The Titans quietly boast an efficient pass rush, so an outing such as this was expected. Have no fear in turning right around and starting/streaming Flacco everywhere across all formats in Week 7 against the Saints.
Oct 14 - 9:23 PM

Javorius Allen rushed just one time for one yard and caught all three of his targets for 18 yards in the Ravens' Week 6 mauling of the Titans.

Only one week after out-touching (14-13) and out-snapping (50-27) teammate Alex Collins, Allen fell victim to Baltimore's early lead and ensuing run-heavy game script. Collins inevitably out-carried Buck 19-1 on the day. In a closer game, perhaps Allen would've been used more, but his week-to-week usage is a legitimate dice roll at this point given coach Jon Harbaugh's recent statement about just "keeping Collins fresh." Allen has a higher floor (and will be needed) as the team's only pass-catching back in Week 7 against the Saints.
Oct 14 - 8:49 PM

Willie Snead hauled in a team-high 7-of-10 targets for 60 yards in the Ravens' Week 6 victory over the Titans.

His catches and targets were both team-highs, with Michael Crabtree (6/93/1) leading the Ravens with 93 receiving yards. Snead has established himself as the club's possession wideout, but even finished with the second-most air yards (123) among Baltimore's receivers Sunday. It was all at the expense of John Brown, who recorded just two catches for 23 yards. Crabtree and Brown will still rank higher in Week 7 against the Saints.
Oct 14 - 8:35 PM

John Brown hauled in 2-of-3 targets for 28 yards in the Ravens' Week 6 win over the Titans.

Brown's two-catch day wouldn't have been so bad had he not seen 14 targets just last week. Instead it was Michael Crabtree (6/93/1) who finally broke out, with Willie Snead (7/60) quietly leading all in targets (10) and catches (7). There are better days on the horizon for Brown, who's still the team's primary deep threat and second on the Ravens with a 17% target share. Consider both he and Crabtree simultaneous WR2's against New Orleans' porous secondary in Week 7.
Oct 14 - 8:23 PM

Michael Crabtree caught 6-of-9 targets for 93 yards and one touchdown in the Ravens' Week 6 victory over the Titans.

The volume had been there all along, but Crabtree still hadn't recorded more than 70 yards in a single game prior to Sunday. He finally turned in a terrific outing against Tennessee, hauling in the team's only receiving score on the day. John Brown (2/28) still profiles as the Ravens' deep threat, but both wideouts are capable of WR2-type outings on any given week. Pending who the Saints stick Marshon Lattimore on, both wideouts have a chance for monumental performances against New Orleans' shoddy secondary next week.
Oct 14 - 7:56 PM

Alex Collins rushed 19 times for 54 yards and two scores in the Ravens' Week 6 trouncing of the Titans.

Finally handed the utmost perfect game script on a silver platter, Collins notably out-carried teammate Javorius Allen 19-1 on the day. It only amounted to a measly 2.8 YPC, but Collins benefited by punching in one of his two carries inside the five-yard line for a score. His other touchdown came on a scamper from 13-yards out. His volume was still tremendously encouraging given that he played just 27-of-87 snaps last week, his lowest mark of the season. He'll again be a touchdown-dependent RB2 in what should be a faster paced game in Week 7 against the Saints.
Oct 14 - 7:45 PM

Ravens declare QB Robert Griffin III, FB/DL Patrick Ricard, WR Jordan Lasley, C Hroniss Grasu, OLB Tyus Bowser, DT Zach Sieler and CB Anthony Averett inactive for Week 6 against the Titans.

As expected, the Ravens will again roll with just two active quarterbacks (Joe Flacco, Lamar Jackson) on game day. It's a slightly better spot for their offense than initially expected given the absences of LB Wesley Woodyard and S Kenny Vaccaro for the Titans.
Oct 14 - 3:09 PM

Ravens OC Marty Mornhinweg talked up Hayden Hurst on Thursday.

"He was knocking a little bit of rust off last week, and then, man I was excited, because he practiced really well (Wednesday)," Mornhinweg said. Mornhinweg characterized Hurst as "on the rise." Hurst played just 21-of-87 snaps in his Week 5 debut. He might need to double that number before becoming a legitimate TE2.
Oct 11 - 4:22 PM

Responding to questions about Alex Collins' workload, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said "a fresh running back is a good thing."

"We need to spread the load," Harbaugh said. Collins played just 27-of-87 snaps in the Ravens' dispiriting loss to the Browns. His 31 snap percentage was his lowest of the season. Harbaugh might be keeping Collins fresh, but he's doing so at the cost of Buck Allen averaging 2.82 yards per carry and 6.2 yards per catch. Those are wasted plays in the National Football League.
Oct 8 - 2:54 PM

Javorius Allen played 50-of-87 snaps (57 percent) Week 5 against the Browns.

He out-snapped Alex Collins by 23 and won the touch battle 14-to-13 including six catches. Getting work at the goal line and in the passing game, Allen might be the safer fantasy option of the pair moving forward despite being the inferior talent. He will be a FLEX option next week against the Titans.
Oct 8 - 9:15 AM

Hayden Hurst caught 1-of-2 targets for seven yards in Sunday's Week 5 loss to the Browns.

Hurst got in the action early, catching a seven-yard pass on the second drive of the game, but failed to reel in another pass on the day. Tight ends Mark Andrews (three targets) and Nick Boyle (two) each were involved as much as Hurst. This is likely going to be a frustrating split for the short term until Hurst claims a grasp on the job, leaving him as a TE2 Week 6 against the Titans.
Oct 7 - 5:23 PM

Willie Snead caught 5-of-7 targets for 55 yards in Sunday's Week 5 loss to the Browns.

Snead was fourth on the team in targets as he's established himself as the possession receiver for the Ravens. Snead has four or more catches in four of five games this season, but has yet to reach 60-yards in any game to this point. The Ravens play at Tennessee in Week 6.
Oct 7 - 5:17 PM


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