Ravens release second injury report for Week 13 matchup vs. Broncos

The Ravens release the second injury report in preparation for Week 13 against the Broncos

The Baltimore Ravens host the Denver Broncos in a Week 13 showdown at M&T Bank Stadium.  Baltimore is looking to bring their overall record to 8-4 on the season and stay atop the AFC North Standings, while Denver is looking to improve to 4-8 on the year.

The second injury report for the Ravens was released on Thursday, and the list of players increased from the first report put out on Wednesday. The good news is the quarterback Lamar Jackson was a full participant on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday, as was rookie tight end Isaiah Likely.  The only player that didn’t practice who wasn’t dealing with an illness or given a rest day was outside linebacker Del’Shawn Phillips who is dealing with a quad injury.

Hopefully getting back offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley and safety Kyle Hamilton back and ready for Week 13 is huge. Both have logged two limited practices over the course of two days, with Friday’s practice session being telling as to whether either will play on Sunday.

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Ravens announce inactives for Week 12 matchup vs. Jaguars

The Baltimore Ravens announced the inactive players for Week 12 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Baltimore Ravens are set to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 12 of the 2022 season. The team is looking to improve to 8-3 and stay in first place in the AFC North division while extending their winning streak to five games.

Before the contest, Baltimore announced their inactives for the game, which include safety Kyle Hamilton, running back Mike Davis, inside linebacker Josh Bynes, tight end Charlie Kolar, and outside linebacker David Ojabo.  Head coach John Harbaugh mentioned throughout the week that Hamilton would be “day to day” after getting injured last Sunday, but it didn’t seem likely for him to play due to not practicing all week.

Offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley, tight end Isaiah Likely, and cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis were already ruled out for the Ravens beforehand, as they were announced before traveling with the team.

Rookie linebacker David Ojabo is once again inactive.  He’s been added to the 53-man roster, but still hasn’t had the opportunity to make his Ravens debut.  I’m sure they are doing everything they can to not rush him back, but this week is the best week to activate him and play him against the Jaguars in sunny Florida.

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Ravens TE Isaiah Likely downgraded to out for Week 12 vs. Jaguars

Ravens tight end Isaiah Likely has been downgraded to out for Week 12 against the Jacksonville Jaguars

The Baltimore Ravens travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars in Week 12 of the 2022 season.  It was announced earlier in the week that cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis and offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley would be out for the game, but another player has since joined them in not suiting up for the contest.

Rookie tight end Isaiah Likely won’t travel with the team as his status was downgraded to out on Saturday. Likely wasn’t on the injury report until Friday, when he made his appearance on the list with an ankle injury that limited him in practice.

Without Likely, it’s possible that fellow rookie tight end Charlie Kolar could make his NFL and season debut. Even though Likely is extremely talented, the Baltimore tight end department won’t have to worry about a lack of depth at the position without Likely, as the team still has veterans Mark Andrews, Nick Boyle, and Josh Oliver on the roster along with Kolar.

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Ravens TE Josh Oliver continuing to impress in larger role

Ravens tight end Josh Oliver is impressing in a larger role

Going into the 2022 season, the Baltimore Ravens tight end position was overflowing with talent. The team had Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle to go along with rookies Isaiah Likely and Charlie Kolar. Josh Oliver seemed like the odd man out in the room, but has shown his perseverance of working hard and doing what he could to make the team and thriving in an increased role.

Oliver’s teammates and coaches have been impressed with what the tight end has achieved as well and are giving him his flowers. Before Baltimore’s Week 11 matchup with the Carolina Panthers, offensive coordinator Greg Roman was asked about Oliver and couldn’t say enough good things about him.

“First of all, I have to say Josh [Oliver] just flat out won a job; he won a roster spot in training camp. It was definitely not a sure thing, and he just won it. For him to not be on the team for us would have been ridiculous with how he was improving. So, he’s a classic example of someone who came into training camp, looked at the depth chart and said, ‘Wow, they have a lot of tight ends.’ He just made us put him on the team, and he continues to make us play him. As far as his blocking, it is so much improved from a year ago, probably as much as any player I’ve ever worked with over one year’s time. It’s a credit to him. I definitely think teams that are getting ready to play us around the league, they’re probably … I can envision them watching us and looking at him saying, ‘Holy cow, who is this guy?’ and then they start shuffling through their papers to dig down on him because he’s doing an excellent job. We want to continue that trend.”

Oliver has made the most of his time as a Raven this season.  He’s been solid at blocking and has made plays when called upon in the receiving game as well. He’s stepped up in the absence of injured players, and the front office appears to have gotten another underrated high-impact player via trade, sending just a 7th-round selection to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for him during the 2021 offseason.

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Ravens rookies making an impact so far in 2022

The Ravens’ rookie class is making an impact early on

The Baltimore Ravens drafted 11 talented rookies in the 2022 draft, each having plenty of potential. So far through nine weeks of the year, they’ve seen multiple different rookies make an impact in a massive way, contributing to wins while making phenomenal plays.

Head coach John Harbaugh was asked about the rookies prior to the team’s Week 9 matchup with the New Orleans Saints, and he expressed his pleasure with how the young players have been performing. He talked about first-round picks safety Kyle Hamilton and center Tyler Linderbaum, as well as others such as tight end Isaiah Likely.

“Yes, I do. They’re all playing kind of at a high level for where they’re at. They’re just starting out; I know they’re young guys. They’re halfway through their rookie season now. All three of those guys – in their own right – are doing some really good things out there. To see Isaiah [Likely] step up finally … Not that he wasn’t playing well, he was playing well, but now he had some real opportunities to make some plays and made them for us, not the least of which was recovering the onside kick at the end of the game. We don’t take any of that lightly. _(laughter)You got that, see? Someone got that. Thank you. [Tyler Linderbaum], give [Tyler] a lot of credit; he blocked really well in a lot of ways. He’s going up against one of the best nose guards in football, and I think he might have gotten him one time, but [Tyler] settled down and played great, blocked on the second level [and] was excellent. Then, the unsung part to me, all the snaps were right there, all the stuff that Lamar [Jackson] was doing with the ball handling. Those snaps were right there with a really good nose guard lined up over him, so he played exceptionally well. Then, Kyle [Hamilton]’s role continues to expand. You can see him kind of growing into … We’re kind of figuring out where he fits in what we’re doing, and he stepped up and made some excellent plays. That coverage on the goal line where he knocked the ball away, it just can’t be done any better than that. So, we’re happy with all those guys.”

The Ravens will need their rookies to continue contributing, especially during the stretch run. So much of their 2022 draft class has been instrumental, and if the team wants to go far in the playoffs they’ll need that trend to continue.

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Fantasy Football: 10 utilization stats to know after trade deadline

The NFL’s trade deadline created some shakeups in fantasy football utilization trends.

After a record-setting 10 trades were completed on deadline day last week, 12 players are now set to finish the 2022 NFL season with new teams.

This week’s list of utilization stats to know is highlighted by the trade deadline, with seven of the 10 players mentioned now playing in new cities.

Let’s get to the list!

Ravens update status of TE Mark Andrews for Week 9 vs. Saints

The Ravens updated the status of tight end Mark Andrews for Week 9 against the New Orleans Saints

On Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens put out a big update surrounding the availability of tight end Mark Andrews for their Week 9 matchup against the New Orleans Saints. The team announced that he has been downgraded from doubtful to out, an will not be traveling with the rest of the team.

Rookie tight end Isaiah Likely will likely get ample opportunities in place of Andrews, marking his first career start if he’s deemed as such.  Likely stepped up big time when Andrews left Week 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ending up with six receptions for 77 yards and his first career touchdown.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson is going to need to spread the football around without Andrews in the lineup. Jackson and Andrews have a special connection, so hopefully others can step up such as Likely, Devin Duvernay,  James Proche and more.

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Fantasy Football: 11 utilization stats to know from Week 8

The most important utilization stats to know from Week 8 action.

With eight weeks of NFL action in the books, several intriguing players are starting to show signs of life as well as create developing trends.

Week 9 brings “bye-mageddon” with six squads on vacation, and gamers will be digging deep to fill key roles in their lineups. That means we’ll be forced to gamble a little more, and assessing some recent utilization data can help mine the waiver wire for a few unconventional plays.

Tunnel Vision

Tunnel Vision – a look back at Sunday for fantasy free agents, injuries and notable performances.

SUNDAY SALUTES
Quarterbacks Pass-Rush TD
 Tua Tagovailoa  382-19 3
 Kyler Murray 326-36 3
 Jalen Hurts 285-10 4
 Dak Prescott 250-34 3
 Marcus Mariota 253-43 3
Running Backs Rush
Receive
TD
Derrick Henry 33-219
1-9
2
Alvin Kamara 18-62
9-96
3
Tony Pollard 14-131
1-16
3
Christian McCaffrey 18-94
8-55
3
D’Onta Foreman  26-118 3
Wide Receivers Yards TD
A.J. Brown 6-156 3
Jaylen Waddle 8-106 2
DeAndre Hopkins 12-159 1
D.J. Moore 6-152 1
Tyreek Hill 12-188 0
Tight Ends Yards TD
Tyler Conklin 6-79 2
Kyle Pitts 5-80 1
Isaiah Likely 6-77 1
Evan Engram 4-55 1
George Kittle 3-39 1
Placekickers XP FG
Nick Folk 1 5
Younghoe Koo 4 3
Chase McLaughlin 1 3
Jason Meyers 3 2
Mike Badgley 3 2
Defense Sack – TO TD
Seahawks 5-2 0
Cowboys 4-1 1
Eagles 6-2 0
Vikings 4-3 0
Falcons 1-1 1

Bumps, Bruises and Bowouts

RB Mark Ingram (NO) – Knee
WR Christian Watson (GB) – Concussion
WR Cooper Kupp (LAR) – Ankle
WR DeVante Parker (NE) – Knee
WR Richie James (NYG) – Concussion
TE Irv Smith (MIN) – Ankle
TE Tyler Higbee (LAR) – Neck

Chasing Ambulances

After 26 years of writing this article every Monday, I honestly cannot recall a Sunday with so few notable injuries. That’s a wonderful thing to say.

WR Cooper Kupp (LAR) – Twisted his right ankle and left the loss to the 49ers.  According to Kupp, the ankle feels “pretty good.” and the hope is that he avoided any serious injury. The next few days will be key with how he responds to treatment. The Rams already had their bye in Week 7, and three of the next four games are on the road. If he misses any time, it increases the targets for Allen Robinson, Van Johnson, and Ben Skowronek.

RB Mark Ingram (NO) – Ingram injured his knee in the win over the Raiders after just one reception. There was no immediate word as to how badly is was hurt, though he was ruled out of the game. Dwayne Washington filled in but Alvin Kamara needed no help on Sunday.

WR DeVante Parker (NE) – Left after the first offensive play with a knee injury that was initially termed “questionable” to return and then he was ruled out. His status will be known when the Patriots have to issue injury reports on Wednesday.

Free Agents, Flops and Other Notables

WR Van Jefferson (LAR) – Was finally taken off injured reserve after he  healed his knee. He was active in the loss to the  49ers and listed as a starting wide receiver. Jefferson was slated to have “a normal workload” but was never thrown a pass. With Cooper Kupp banged up, he needs to show up this week in Tampa Bay. If Kupp is injured with any severity, it sparks the chance that the Rams would trade for another receiver like Brandon Cooks.

TE Isaiah Likely (BAL) – Back on Thursday, Mark Andrews left with a shoulder injury and Isiah Likely filled in with six catches for 77 yards and a score to lead the Ravens. HC John Harbaugh said that the shoulder injury for Andrews wasn’t serious but practice this week will confirm it. And Andrews has from last Thursday until this Monday to heal. But Likely is already impressive as a rookie and ends up as a great handcuff for the Andrews owner. And worth stealing if you have a dead roster spot.

Tight Ends are not dead – The position experiences a major difference between Mark Andrews and Travis Kelce, as compared to all other NFL tight ends. This week had six tight ends not named Andrews or Kelce lead their team in receiving – Isaiah Likely, Greg Dulcich, Evan Engram, Kyle Pitts, T.J. Hockenson, and Pat Freiermuth. The position typically gets weaker as receivers as the season progresses. But this may well be yet another way this season is just different.

RB Travis Etienne (JAC) – James Robinson did not play in Week 7 and was traded away. And for two weeks, Etienne is on fire with his larger workload. He rushed for 114 yards and one score on 14 runs versus the Giants and  Sunday, he gained 156 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries in London. He added three catches for six yards. Etienne keeps improving as a runner which played into letting Robinson go to the Jets.

RB D’Onta Foreman (CAR) – He ran for 118 yards on 15 carries in Week 7 after Christian McCaffrey left. On Sunday, he again rushed for exactly 118 yards only on 26 carries. And he scored three times. McCaffrey only totaled three scores over his first six games this season. Foreman was a capable replacement for Derrick Henry last year and gained over 100 yards in three games when he took over in the second half of the season in Tennessee.

RB Tyler Allgeier – Caleb Huntley (ATL) – This is a free agent idea for Week 9 with six NFL teams on bye. The Falcons like to run the ball. Maybe it is because they don’t pass that well, but they prefer to run. Against the Panthers, Tyler Allgeier ran for 39 yards on 14 carries and caught three passes for 46 yards and a touchdown. Caleb Huntley gained 91 yards on 16 carries. It will remain a committee approach, but consider their next opponents and where they rank against running backs – Chargers (28), Panthers (23) again, and Bears (31).

RB Tony Pollard (DAL) – With Ezekiel Elliott out, Tony Pollard took over as the primary back with spectacular results. He ran for 131 yards and three scores that included a 54-yard touchdown as the final score in the game. And that was with the Cowboys giving Malik Davis eight carries and two receptions in his NFL debut. Jerry Jones quickly mentioned that Ezekiel Elliott remains the primary rusher when he is healthy. Pollard’s fine performance happened at home against the No. 31 defense versus running backs, but it was still thoroughly impressive.

TE Dalton Schultz (DAL) – Even though he’s been playing injured for the last two weeks, reuniting with Dak Prescott resulted in 11 catches for 123 yards over those two games and he didn’t even finish Week 7. There is at least one fantasy owner in your league who was not a fan of Cooper Rush.

RB D’Andre Swift (DET) – After missing five games, Swift returned against the Dolphins. He only ran for six yards on five carries, and caught five passes for 27 yards and one fantasy-salvaging touchdown. Jamaal Williams gained 53 yards and two scores on his ten runs and added three catches for 23 yards. By this point, Williams is not the handcuff for Swift. It is Swift being just a throw-in for the Williams’ owner.

WR Rondale Moore (ARI) – Marquise Brown has been gone for two games, and Robbie Anderson was acquired but has yet to catch a Kyler Murray pass despite four targets. DeAndre Hopkins has been back for two weeks and topped 100 yards in each as an instant upgrade for the passing attack. But Moore has stepped up too and benefits from the defensive focus on Hopkins. He caught seven passes for 92 yards and a score in the loss to the Vikings and even gained 12 yards on two rushes.

RB Alvin Kamara (NO) – He’s gained around 100 total yards per week, but hadn’t scored for 2021. He fixed that against the Raiders when he rushed in one touchdown (18-62, TD) and scored twice as a receiver (9-96, 2 TD) which is how it was always supposed to be. It’s good to see the Saints turning to Kamara as the primary receiver since Jarvis Landry and Michael Thomas cannot stay healthy.

QB Zach Wilson (NYJ) – This changes everything.  At least it did on Sunday. The Jets’ first game without Breece Hall did not go nearly as well as hoped. Instead of a guaranteed 100 yards and a touchdown, the Jets backfield sputtered between Michael Carter (7-26) and James Robinson (5-17) but that forced Wilson to pass for 355 yards and two scores – but three interceptions. And that let Garrett Wilson finally come back to life with  six catches for 115 yards. Wilson was held to around 25 yards per game while Wilson was just handing off to Hall. And Tyler Conklin had been held to nearly no catches for the last month. He gained 79 yards and scored twice on his six receptions. The Jets team fell back a step with the loss of Hall, but at least it is perking the fantasy values of Wilson and Conklin back up.

QB Malik Willis (TEN) – Ryan Tannehill is likely to return this week, but Willis had his debut as the guy that gives the ball to Derrick Henry (32-219, 2 TD). Willis only completed 6-of-10 for 55 yards and one interception. He ran for 12 yards on five rushes as well. It was Henry’s day, as it always is when they face the Texans. Willis gets a mulligan on that start.

QB Sam Ehlinger (IND) –  His debut included  201 passing yards and no scores. To his credit, the top three receivers were all wideouts so he didn’t just check down to a running back or tight end.  He even ran for 15 yards on six rushes. The Colts lost to the Commanders, but only in the final seconds. Ehlinger played far better than a rookie (see above, Malik Willis).

RB Ronnie Rivers (LA) – The Rams backfield ranks No. 32 in the NFL for fantasy points and adding Rivers only mixed up the mediocrity with eight rushes for 21 yards. Darrell Henderson (4-16) and Malcolm Brown (5-10) also spent time not helping. Kyren Williams wasn’t taken off injured reserve, but they still have a couple of weeks to make that decision. He fell in the draft as being too small (5-9, 194 pounds) and slow (4.65) but was highly productive as the two-year starter in Notre Dame. The Rams say that they may welcome Cam Akers back when he discovers that no other team wants him. It’s all a mess and only getting worse.

Huddle player of the week

Alvin Kamara –On a day that saw several monster games – Christian McCaffrey, A.J. Brown, Derrick Henry, etc., Kamara stands on top. He had not scored a touchdown this season, but when he faced the visiting Raiders (or whatever that was in silver and black on the field), Kamara ran for 62 yards and caught nine passes for 96 yards along with three total touchdowns. He looked like the same Kamara that wrecked opponents back when Drew Brees played.

Salute!

Drama 101 – Somebody has to laugh, somebody has to cry

Comedy Yards TDs Tragedy Yards TDs
QB Taylor Heinicke 308 2 QB Derek Carr 100 0
RB D’Onta Foreman 118 3 RB Brian Robinson 20 0
RB Nyheim Hines 49 1 RB Josh Jacobs 53 0
WR Damiere Byrd 67 1 WR Davante Adams 2 0
WR Zach Pascal 57 1 WR Courtland Sutton 13 0
WR Devin Duvernay 64 1 WR DeVonta Smith 23 0
TE Isaiah Likely 77 1 TE Mark Andrews 33 0
PK Nick Folk  1 XP   5 FG PK Daniel Carlson nope
Huddle Fantasy Points = 130 Huddle Fantasy Points = 18

Now get back to work… and keep your helmet on…

Ravens HC John Harbaugh shares team’s mentality at halftime in Week 8 win vs. Buccaneers

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh talked about the team’s mentality heading into halftime of their Week 8 win

The Baltimore Ravens beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-22 on Thursday night, but the victory didn’t come easy.  The first half was a struggle for the offense that saw quarterback Lamar Jackson throw the ball 30 times compared to just seven runs. However, the unit adjusted at halftime and played a phenomenal second half, with the whole team looking confident.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh talked to the media after the game and was asked about the mentality of the team during halftime of the game. He mentioned how it was disappointing, but there was no one yelling or screaming in the locker room.

“I think it’s disappointing, frustrating, whatever you want to say, but there’s nobody in the locker room screaming; nobody’s upset. Everyone just kind of locks in, [we] talk about what we need to do and come out and try to do it in the second half. We were able to finish again. Fourth quarter, we talked a little bit about that; that was nice to see. So, I’m proud of our guys. Lamar [Jackson], to your point, probably does lead the charge on that.”

The game plan changed after halftime and the Ravens were able to score 24 second-half points without key members of their offense. The performance gives hope that the team can take the momentum from their two-game winning streak into their Week 9 game with the New Orleans Saints.