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Oct 01

Know Your Opponent: Cleveland Browns (Week 5)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Cleveland Browns come to LP Field this Sunday for only the second home game for the Titans this season. The Browns are coming off of a Week 4 bye with a 1-2 record. The win …

Oct 01

Browns QB Brian Hoyer on Jurrell Casey: “He has Stood Out”

BROWNS QUARTERBACK BRIAN HOYER (on the bye week) It was good. Obviously, you don’t want to have your bye week in week four. You don’t really, at least I didn’t myself, need the recovery. It’s good…

Oct 01

Browns Coach Mike Pettine on Jake Locker: “He’s an Intense Competitor”

BROWNS HEAD COACH MIKE PETTINE (on coming off of a bye week) Even though it was early, it was a good spot for us. We were a little nicked up. We’ve got a couple of guys back. It was a good time fo…

Oct 01

First quarter Ravens memorable moments and top plays

Every Ravens play is great, but not all of them memorable.

This is compilation of my favorite, game-changing plays from Weeks 1 through 4.

I documented them and produced a mash-up for your viewing pleasure.

Do you remember them all? Here are a few to watch out for:

Week 1 vs. Bengals

1. Jimmy Smith bats touchdown pass intended for Brandon Tate.

2. Steve Smith Sr. stiff arms Adam “Pacman” Jones and scores.

Week 2 vs. Steelers

1. Haloti Ngata tips Ben Roethlisberger’s pass to himself and intercepts the ball, wiping out all hopes for a Steelers comeback.

2. Justin Forsett torches the secondary for a 41-yard scamper.

Week 3 vs. Browns

1. Kyle Juszczyk crosses the goal-line and LeBron James’ pregame ritual AKA “The Chalk Toss” ensues.

2. A moment of silence for Dennis Pita.

3. Billy Cundiff’s field goal is blocked.

4. Smith Sr. beats Joe Haden on a quick-fade route, perfect throw made by Joe Flacco.

Week 4 vs. Panthers

1. Steve Smith Sr.’s second touchdown catch even better than his first. #twICEUPson

2. Un-catchable pass intended for tight end Owen Daniels is tipped and lands into the hands of No. 89 in stride.

3. Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs come off the edge to make a Cam-Sandwich.

Watch the rest!

Oct 01

Wednesday Ravens-Colts injury report: Chris Canty, Terrell Suggs miss practice

Both defenders are likely on track to play Sunday though.

Last week, Terrell Suggs sat out the first two sessions.

It looks like the same could be taking place as the Ravens prepare for the Colts. Suggs, due to a thigh injury, missed practice on Wednesday. However, after missing two practices and returning on Friday in preparation for the Panthers, Suggs was able to give it a go on game day. There’s nothing to worry about at this time.

Here’s the full injury report:

RAVENS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DE Chris Canty (illness), DT Timmy Jernigan (knee), T Eugene Monroe (knee), LB Terrell Suggs (thigh)

FULL PARTICIPATION: CB Chykie Brown (neck), RB Bernard Pierce (thigh)

PANTHERS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: RB Ahmad Bradshaw (not injury related), LB D’Qwell Jackson (not injury related), DT Arthur Jones (ankle), OG Jack Mewhort (ankle), WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION: LB Jerrell Freeman (hamstring)

FULL PARTICIPATION: S Colt Henderson (groin), LB Andy Studebaker (hamstring), OG Hugh Thornton (ankle)


Oct 01

Wesseling: Ravens’ offensive line, Steve Smith Sr. top surprises at quarter mark

Once again, Around the NFL’s writer Chris Wesseling has the Baltimore Ravens at the tips of his fingers, this time as he types out his top 10 list of surprises.

“Age is nothing but a number,” I’d say to the beautiful, VCU seniors. Being a freshman, they’d reject me, and I’d think, someday Steve Smith Sr. will know exactly how I feel. He does.

After four Football Sundays (one Thursday night), the electrifying, healthy, 5-foot-9 Mighty Mouse has 25 catches, 429 yards and three touchdowns with the Baltimore Ravens.

The 35-year-old is ranked behind NFL receiving yardage leader Jordy Nelson (459), who turned 29 earlier this May, and trails the young Julio Jones, 25 and in his fourth season, by 18 yards. Here’s what Wesseling had to say:

We expected Smith to lead Baltimore in receiving this season. We just didn’t envision him getting off to the best start in history for any wide receiver over age 35. On pace for 100 receptions and a career-high 1,700 receiving yards, Smith has been one of the NFL’s most dangerous deep threats this year after 135 players caught more passes of 20-plus yards in 2013.

Much credit is owed to the Ravens’ offensive line for buying Flacco ample time to plant and step into throws. The unit actually landed on Wesseling’s Top 10 list at seventh-surprising of the season.

The Ravens have used three different players in the lead-back role, yet still rank first in runs over 20 yards, second in first-down percentage and seventh in rushing yards. That’s quite a bounce back for a ground attack that was historically inept in 2013. It’s also worth noting that Andy Dalton is the only starting quarterback sacked fewer times than Joe Flacco (three) through four games. New offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak deserves plenty of credit.

Flacco’s been sacked three times through four games. The man, who we all ought to thank for running the show behind the curtains, is Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak.

Steelers workhorse Le’Veon Bell nearly fell through the roof and landed into the pile of Wesseling’s honorable mentions. He earned his stripes from Day 1 and Bell’s total rushing yards (378) places him second, behind current league leader, Cowboys’ DeMarco Murray (534).

Another pleasant surprise, Lorenzo Taliaferro, was featured last week in Marc Sessler’s assessment. How the heavens did Giants tight end Larry Donnell end up on this list?

Justin Forsett — who’s been running lights out — would make a strong case for Wesseling to revise his evaluation.

Oct 01

Jake Locker Practices with Injured Wrist

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jake Locker practiced Wednesday for the Tennessee Titans, and now the quarterback will see how his right wrist responds to a full session of throwing the ball. Locker isn’t…

Oct 01

Coach Whisenhunt’s Wednesday Practice Report

TITANS HEAD COACH KEN WHISENHUNT (on Jake Locker returning) It’s always good to have your quarterback return, but we’ll see how it feels tomorrow, that’s the key. That’s what we’ve been consistent …

Oct 01

Browns Not Looking Past Titans

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Beginning with Sunday’s game at Tennessee, the Cleveland Browns’ next five opponents have a combined 4-16 record, and two of those teams, Oakland and Jacksonville, are winless. …

Oct 01

Steve Smith: Dave Gettleman said ‘I’m a shadow of the player I used to be’

Given the opportunity to speak out after the Panthers released him, Steve Smith didn’t hold back his thoughts now that Baltimore’s Week 4 game against Carolina is behind him.

Now that Baltimore’s demolition of the Panthers is finished, receiver Steve Smith was finally able to speak his mind on his perception of how his tenure ended in Carolina.

And assuming it’s an accurate depiction, Smith makes general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Ron Rivera look like even bigger idiots for releasing him this offseason.

Appearing on the radio show Bustin’ Loose on WFNZ 610 AM The Fan in Charlotte, Smith, irked by a recent report he read, came out firing at the Gettleman-Rivera duo. Smith started talking about what it was like in March, while in Salt Lake City on an academic scholarship at the University of Utah, when he first began hearing trade and release rumors through friends and social media.

Reports began to surface that Smith was a nuisance in the locker room and that the Panthers were moving on no matter what. By the time Smith met with Gettleman, the two engage in a not-so-pretty conversation.

He tells me, basically, that I’m a shadow of the player I used to be,” Smith said on-air. “I can’t run and jump like I used to. I’m jealous of Cam [Newton]. And I say, ‘Is this about a pay cut?’ He laughs and says, ‘No, it’s not about a pay cut. But thanks for asking.’ And then says, ‘We’re going to trade you.’ And I say, ‘Well my wife’s pregnant, what happens if I don’t get traded?’ He said, ‘We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.’ So we go through that process. I pick up myself and walk out, shower, call my wife and say, ‘We’re done here. I’ll either be traded or released.’”

Smith also hated the fact that a narrative was written that he craved attention and didn’t like that Newton was in the spotlight. In his mind, he just wanted to line up and play football with the Panthers.

“I want to win championships,” he said.

He was asked if it was personal with Gettleman.

His response:

“It was personal with me and Dave Gettleman,” Smith said. “Obviously I did something that got under his skin. And you know what? I’m not a perfect person. There are people I run into that get under my skin.”

Smith also refuted a report from NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, which cited a team source, stating that the veteran receiver asked for his release. He said it was an inaccurate report and that it was likely leaked by the Panthers to “justify why I’m not here.”

Smith also took a shot at other Panthers players — namely defensive end Greg Hardy — that the organization has stuck with that carry some off-field baggage.

“Now that I play well you’re going to try and say that I’m a distraction … I’ve always been a distraction, but I didn’t beat my wife,” Smith said. “Yeah I hit some teammates six or seven years ago but I never beat my wife.  I didn’t get arrested for DUIs.  I didn’t fall off no motorcycles.”

Of course, after playing the season-opener, Hardy was placed on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list and will be there until his domestic violence legal issue resolves.

During the Ravens‘ 38-10 rout over the Panthers, Smith had this moment that was caught on camera:

Smith said he was “stabbed in the back” by the organization, though he still holds the utmost respect for owner Jerry Richardson. While Smith was done wrong by the Panthers, the Ravens have become primary beneficiaries of an utterly stupid move by the folks running the show in Carolina.


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