Ravens QB Lamar Jackson and WR Devin Duvernay connect for incredible play in Week 4 vs. Bills

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson escaped a sack and threw a pass to wide receiver Devin Duverany against the Buffalo Bills

The Baltimore Ravens welcomed the Buffalo Bills to M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday for a Week 4 matchup. Through the first two quarters, the Ravens looked nearly unstoppable on offense and made plenty of stops on defense. One of the more sensational plays in the game came from a familiar name connecting with one of the team’s breakout stars.

With under nine minutes left in the second quarter, Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson escaped the arms of two Bills defenders and completed a pass to wide receiver Devin Duvernay. Aside from Jackson escaping the sack, his pass was deflected off tight end Mark Andrews and a Buffalo defender, which eventually found its way into the hands of Duvernay for a 20-yard completion.

Jackson is often credited with making plays happen when nothing is there, and this play will be added to his highlight reel. Duvernay had incredible concentration to haul in the pass that was tipped up in the air, and the two combined for a sure-fire play of the year candidate.

Lamar Jackson with another mind-boggling play for Ravens

Lamar Jackson simply works miracles for the Ravens

The Buffalo Bills had Lamar Jackson, one, two, or maybe three times.

However, the Baltimore Ravens quarterback is a different kind of player.

You better wrap him up or else he will gift everyone with a highlight play.

Check out the magical Jackson as he somehow keeps the play alive long enough to throw a pass that is somehow completed.

Mark Andrews attempted to catch the pass but he simply bobbled it into the air, where Devin Duvernay snatched it for a gain of 21.

Ravens TE Mark Andrews scores two incredible touchdowns vs. Patriots in Week 3

Ravens tight end Mark Andrews scored two touchdowns prior to halftime in Week 3 matchup vs. the Patriots

The Baltimore Ravens went into halftime in a Week 3 matchup vs. the New England Patriots with a 14-13 lead. Both of the Ravens’ touchdowns came from one of quarterback Lamar Jackson’s favorite targets.

Baltimore would score first touchdown of the game, as Jackson threw a five yard shovel pass to tight end Mark Andrews for a score to break the shutout tie. Andrews caught the ball behind the line of scrimmage on a third-and-one and ran his way up the middle to put the Ravens on the board.

The other Baltimore touchdown in the first half came in the closing seconds of the second quarter. Jackson threw a 16-yard pass to Andrews to put the Ravens ahead 14-10. Andrews snagged the ball in the middle of the end zone over New England defensive back Devin McCourty.

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Lamar Jackson torching New England Patriots

Lamar Jackson is doing it all for the Ravens against the Patriots

One if by land … oh, forget it.

Different times in New England.

In this case, Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens is tormenting the New England Patriots with his legs and arm on Sunday in Foxborough.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Ravens quarterback was leading the team in rushing with 79 yards.

He was also being incredibly efficient with his passing game, throwing for 4 touchdown passes on only 125 passing yards.

Jackson had found Mark Andrews twice for scores, Josh Oliver, and Devin Duvernay as the Ravens were up double digits early in the fourth quarter.

 

Ravens TE Mark Andrews says QB Lamar Jackson is focused on winning

Ravens tight end Mark Andrews said quarterback Lamar Jackson is focused on and cares about winning

The Baltimore Ravens’ regular season kicks off on Sunday when they travel to take on the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. One of the biggest storylines facing the team leading up to the season is the contract situation of quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Jackson is entering the final year of his rookie contract, with some speculating that the fifth-year quarterback would hold out of training camp until a deal was reached. However, that’s been far from the case, as Jackson has been active with the team and working hard.

During an episode of ESPN’s “Get Up,” Ravens tight end Mark Andrews spoke with former Baltimore linebacker Bart Scott. When asked if Jackson’s contract situation was a distraction, the tight end said Jackson is focused on and cares about winning.

“Lamar approaches football in a different light. He’s a focused dude, he cares about winning. Everything that has happened this offseason with the contract and stuff like that, no one’s even heard anything about it from him. So, he’s a true pro, treats us the right way, he cares about this team, this year and what we can do. So, I know Lamar’s locked in, I know he’s focused and he’s not going to let any of that contract stuff or anything like that affect his play.”

Jackson hinted at Week 1 being an initial deadline for an extension. It’s apparent that Jackson cares for Baltimore and wants to bring the city another Super Bowl, as he promised when he was drafted in 2018. The situation doesn’t appear to be a distraction in terms of what’s happening on the football field, but it is one to monitor as it continues to play out.

Ravens TE Mark Andrews believes TE Isaiah Likely is going to ‘shock the world’

Ravens tight end Mark Andrews showered plenty of praise on tight end Isaiah Likely

The Baltimore Ravens have been historically strong at drafting tight ends, and that didn’t change in 2022. The team drafted both Charlie Kolar out of Iowa State and Isaiah Likely out of Coastal Carolina in the in the fourth round, adding to their already talented tight end room. Kolar missed all of training camp and the preseason with an injury and was placed on injured reserve, but Likely has made a name for himself throughout the last few weeks.

Ravens tight end Mark Andrews was asked about Likely and what makes him so slippery as a player. The veteran talked about how he’s able to find zones, is a willing blocker, and is will shock the world by making a name for himself outside of Baltimore.

“He [Isaiah Likely] has got a great feel. He’s got a great feel, he’s got quick feet, he wins his one-on-ones, he finds the zones – there’s really not much he can’t do – and he’s a very, very willing blocker. He’s going to continue to get better and better at that. So, he’s a complete tight end. In Baltimore everybody knows him, but he’s going to shock the world.”

If Likely can continue to take his game to the next level, the Ravens will have hit on another playmaking tight end in the draft with Andrews as one of the top tight ends in the NFL. Learning behind Andrews will benefit Likely tremendously, and both will be able to feed off of each other on the field as well.

Lamar Jackson deserves the fully guaranteed contract the Ravens are so worried about

Jackson is one of the NFL’s most dynamic players. The Ravens would be lost without him.

Since the moment Lamar Jackson took snaps as the Ravens’ unquestioned starter, it’s almost always been full steam ahead. When Jackson wants to take control of the game — or close it out — the Ravens don’t hesitate. They usually empower No. 8 in purple and ask, in essence, “Lamar, do you want to go for this?” Baltimore is built around and for Jackson. They would be nowhere without him.

Yet, for whatever reason, they don’t want to pay their franchise player, their purple talisman, what he’s worth. Come again?

The Ravens and Jackson have been locked in contract negotiations all summer long for the superstar’s next deal. Jackson is in the fifth and final year of his rookie contract as he seeks a payday in line with his fellow talented peers. Given recent developments, it’s starting to seem like those negotiations resemble more of a tug of war than anything cordial and pleasant.

In late August, FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reported the Ravens had offered Jackson more money than Kyler Murray’s recent five-year, $230.5 million contract extension. That’s a lot of smackeroos! Signed, sealed, delivered, right? Wrong. There’s one problem: Jackson wants a fully-guaranteed contract. According to Over The Cap, such an agreement would give Jackson the most guaranteed money in NFL history, above a certain Cleveland player ($230 million), and way above Murray ($160 million) as well as four-time MVP in Aaron Rodgers ($150.6 million).

Aside from Jackson being more accomplished than everyone there sans Rodgers, the Ravens — rather curiously — don’t want to give Jackson that chest of cash. My question for them is: Why? What on earth could be holding them back from paying an arguable top-10 player, someone whom their entire current operation would fall apart without, what he wants?

Someone, please enlighten me.

Jackson keeps adding milestones to his resume, like becoming the fastest quarterback in NFL history to reach 3,000 career rushing yards. He’s only 25 and has already accomplished so much with his entire playing career ahead of him.

Jackson has a robust career average of 7.5 yards per pass attempt to go with six yards per carry, and it’s scary! Imagine how defensive coordinators and poor linebackers who are assigned as quarterback spies feel.

Jackson frequently plays at an MVP level while lifting the Ravens mostly pedestrian complementary offensive pieces, year in and year out. He took the 2019 Ravens to a 14-2 record and the No. 1 seed in the AFC — despite his best receiver being Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. Lest we forget, that year earned Jackson only the second unanimous MVP in league history, behind Tom Brady in 2010. Ho-hum.

Jackson’s been one of the more efficient quarterbacks in the league since he became the starter in late 2018.

On an Expected Points Added (EPA) basis, — which measures how much a quarterback contributes points-wise on every play — Jackson is in the top 10 in the NFL over the last four years. Given the dearth of pass weapons around him, you could make the argument some of the guys ahead of Jackson in EPA — who have started roughly the same amount of time — such as Jimmy Garoppolo (sixth), Aaron Rodgers (third), Drew Brees (second) and Patrick Mahomes (first), are ahead of the Ravens’ QB more so because of superior support rather than them being better players.

Taking it a step further, since 2019, Jackson’s completion rate over expected (CPOE) — which measures how many plays a quarterback makes with their arm above expectations — is 3.1 percent in the fourth quarter. That is better than other notable names such as Tom Brady (2.8 percent), Josh Allen (2.5 percent), Patrick Mahomes (1.3 percent) and Russell Wilson (0.8 percent) in the same span. When the game’s on the line, Jackson’s better than four other superstars who are often perceived as “better” than him. (Note: That includes his “down” season last year.)

On an overall playmaking and clutch performance basis, there’s enough to say that Jackson very well might have accomplished the most with the least of any quarterback since 2018. And there’s enough to say that defenses have certainly not figured out the explosive, efficient playmaker as the next phase of his career begins.

The only reservation I might understand from the Ravens’ perspective is that fully-guaranteed contracts, especially for quarterbacks, are still more or less unprecedented. Only two have ever been handed out — one to Kirk Cousins in 2018, who hasn’t made the most of the Vikings’ investment, and one recently to an alleged serial sexual harasser in Cleveland. But it’s not Jackson’s problem there’s a limited history behind his ask. He’s merely trying to make the most of his career as he becomes a vested veteran.

Even if giving Jackson a fully-guaranteed deal would essentially still be breaking new ground, he’s one of the few players worthy of such trust as a pioneer. Jackson, who is negotiating the deal himself without an agent, would be the poster boy for a shift in contract negotiations and salary work behind the scenes. The standard he’d establish on that deal might be the skeleton teams work with in the future around their respective superstar signal-callers.

The previous teams to hand out fully-guaranteed contracts to quarterbacks did so because they were desperate, not because they were worth the money. Their decisions weren’t rooted in clear-headed thinking or logic. And neither player had as much of a history of success — especially in big games — as Jackson does. Nor were they as embedded all around into their respective franchise and city as Jackson is with Baltimore and the Ravens.

Jackson is worth the money. The Ravens’ clear-headed, logical answer is to give him the contract he deserves. The only question they should be asking themselves for the foreseeable future is: “Lamar, do you want to go for this?”

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Three Ravens players land on NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2022 list

The Ravens had three of their players make the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2022 list

The Baltimore Ravens went through a rollercoaster over the course over the 2021 season. The team’s continuous ability to play in competitive games throughout the year after losing so many players due to injury showed why they are considered one of the best franchises in the NFL.

The NFL Network released its annual list of the top 100 players of 2022. This year’s version of the list saw three players on the Ravens ranked on the list, all of whom were expected to make an appearance While some believe they were their spots are too low, they made the list and deservingly so after putting up great performances during the 2021 season.

Renfrow in elite NFL company

Hunter Renfrow had a career year in his third NFL campaign last season, when the Las Vegas Raiders receiver recorded career highs with 103 receptions, 1,038 receiving yards and nine receiving touchdowns en route to his first Pro Bowl nod. But just …

Hunter Renfrow had a career year in his third NFL campaign last season, when the Las Vegas Raiders receiver recorded career highs with 103 receptions, 1,038 receiving yards and nine receiving touchdowns en route to his first Pro Bowl nod.

But just how good was the Clemson legend in 2021?

Renfrow’s production last season put him in elite company, as you can see in the following tweet from CBS Sports HQ:

To put just how impressive that is in perspective, consider the players that Renfrow shares the aforementioned list with:

Adams is a two-time first-team All-Pro, five-time Pro Bowler and led the NFL in receiving touchdowns in 2020, while Hill is a six-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro. Jefferson has earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors in each of his first two NFL seasons, and Kupp was the NFL Offensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl MVP last season. Diggs has a couple of Pro Bowl selections to his name and led the NFL in both receptions and receiving yards in 2020, while Andrews is a two-time Pro Bowler and was a first-team All-Pro last season.

If he keeps performing like he did last season, Renfrow figures to add plenty more accolades himself as he continues throughout his career. It will certainly be fun to watch him this season and see what he does as an encore to his impressive 2021 campaign.

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Chargers EDGE Joey Bosa represented in NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2022 list

Find out where Joey Bosa lands on NFL Network’s Top 100 Players list.

The (likely) final Charger has been revealed on the NFL Top 100 list.

Edge defender Joey Bosa was named the league’s 30th best player Sunday, as part of NFL Network’s annual reveal of the top 100 players as voted on by their peers. It’s the sixth season in a row Bosa has been named to the list and continues his streak of making the list every season he has been eligible. It’s also his highest ranking, having previously been named the league’s 32nd best player last season.

Bosa had another stellar season in 2021, racking up double-digit sacks for the 4th time in his career en route to a fourth Pro Bowl appearance. With former Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack now his running mate, Bosa ostensibly will only get more opportunities to affect plays. The emergence of second-year rusher Chris Rumph II will also help Bosa stay fresh and make a bigger impact when he takes the field.

The Chargers now have a league-leading seven players on the list. Bosa joins offensive linemen Rashawn Slater and Corey Linsley, running back Austin Ekeler, safety Derwin James, quarterback Justin Herbert, and wide receiver Keenan Allen, all of whom have already been announced. Bosa’s younger brother Nick also joined him on the list at No. 25 after a one-year absence.

The top 20 players will be revealed in a three-hour special next Sunday on NFL Network, although it will almost certainly not feature any Chargers players now that Bosa’s placement has been revealed.