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Keeping Lardarius Webb Is Best Decision For Secondary

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As of now, the Baltimore Ravens are 28th in the NFL in total cap room going into the 2017 season.  Per ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, Baltimore can more than double its current cap space with a few noteworthy cuts, including Lardarius Webb.

Elvis Dumervil, Shareece Wright, Jeremy Zuttah, Kyle Arrington, Kendrick Lewis, and Webb can all be cut to create $20.3 million in cap space, per Hensley.

Personally, I believe it would be beneficial for Baltimore’s 2017 roster to release each of those players, aside from Webb.

Wright descended through the depth chart as the year went on.  Zuttah was the weakest link on the starting offensive line and was prone to penalties.  Arrington and Lewis were afterthoughts from the horrendous 2015 secondary.

Dumervil has been a great Baltimore Raven when healthy and on the field.  It would be tough to let go a player who is only one sack away from 100, but the Front Office must decide if it can rely on younger, less proven pass rushers going forward.

Webb is the one player on the list who I deem indispensable to the 2017 roster.

Webb and counterpart Eric Weddle started all 16 games side by side in 2016.  Weddle is the ultimate team player and a great coach to have running a secondary.  Being that it was Webb’s first year playing full time safety in the NFL, Weddle was an asset to Webb’s development.

Webb noticeably became more comfortable in his new position as the year went on, and Weddle played one of the best seasons of his fine career.  The safety position was a strong point for the defense throughout the season.  Why mess up a good situation between two veterans who have established chemistry, and can only get better?

Cutting Webb would be a mistake, and it would only cause more problems than solutions.  Who would replace him?  A first-round rookie?  Baltimore has multiple holes on the roster already, self-inflicting themselves with another would be counter-productive.

As I stated in a past article, this secondary is one stud away from becoming elite.  That’s with the services of Lardarius Webb.

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Ravens’ Lamar Jackson Posts Perfect Passer Rating

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Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback continues to make a strong argument for MVP honors this season, and Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals only strengthened his case.

Jackson became the second player in NFL history to produce a perfect passer rating (158.3) in multiple games in a single season, joining Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who accomplished the feat twice back in 2007.

Jackson posted a perfect rating in the Ravens’ season opening victory against the Miami Dolphins, becoming the sixth player in league history to post perfect ratings in multiple career games.

Jackson fueled the Ravens’ rout of the winless Bengals on Sunday, a game that resulted in a 49-13 final score.

“I’m a quarterback at the end of the day,” Jackson said, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “I want to prove that each and every day I go out and practice. I treat it like it’s a game. If I miss a pass at practice, I’m ticked off.”

“I mean, jeez, you go out there and he’s whipping the ball and putting it in awesome spots,” Ravens tight end Nick Boyle said. “You saw his awesome passes today. That’s something he can do that people don’t think he can do or didn’t think he could do. That’s what makes him so dangerous. He could do everything.”

Jackson entered the 2019 season with plenty of questions regarding if he could be the long-term NFL quarterback for the Ravens, given his style of play.

Jackson has answered those questions, and then some.

“He’s one of the most exciting players I’ve ever seen,” Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said. “(He’s) dynamic. I’m interested to see what teams do down the road here to stop him, because he certainly is hitting on all cylinders right now.”

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Ravens’ Earl Thomas Celebrates Victory Over Seahawks

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Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas was extra motivated when playing his former team, the Seattle Seahawks, on Sunday, and the victory over Seattle meant a little bit more than a normal regular season win.

Thomas spent his first nine seasons with the Seahawks, including their Super Bowl championship back in 2014, but had a rather sour departure from the team, highlighted by a rift with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.

Thomas and the Ravens won the game 30-16 at CenturyLink Field.

“I definitely came in here with a purpose, and we got it done,” Thomas said following the game, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley.

While Thomas had his issues with his former head coach, he has the utmost respect for his former teammate, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who has the same respect for Thomas.

“I hold Earl in high regard, man,” Wilson said. “I really love him. Just how much he’s meant to my family, his family and everything else, and what that means and then also just to the Seahawks organization and what he’s meant … he played really good today, he played great, he was battling out there, back-and-forth … Earl’s one of the best to ever do it.”

Throughout the game Thomas could be seen talking trash to the Seahawks sideline.

“You knew I was going to say something,” Thomas said. “I definitely said what I had to say. It was between me and them.”

Thomas played a big part in keeping the Seahawks offense in check, chipping in five tackles of his own, in an impressive, and convincing victory.

“Earl had a great game,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. “And it meant a lot to Earl. Earl didn’t have much to say. He just wanted to go ‘do.’ I think he played great. No big plays. Nothing over the top, Earl and Chuck both. Earl was back there, patrolling the back end. A couple of critical tackles. I mean, sometimes you forget about the safety when he’s doing his job so well.”

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Ravens’ Lamar Jackson Says ‘I hate running’; I’d rather pass

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson worked all offseason to change the perception of him that he is a running quarterback, intent on changing the narrative about his style of play and vowing that he would be running less.

Three games into the season and Jackson is showing his preference of throwing as opposed to taking off for a run.

“I hate running,” Jackson said, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “Only if I have to, but my job is to get the ball to the receivers, the tight ends, running backs. If I have to run, I’ll do it, but I’d rather just sit back and pass it. I like throwing touchdowns instead of running them.”

Thus far this season, Jackson is averaging 33 passes and just nine rushes per game, which is a considerable drop from his 17 carries per game during his rookie season.

Jackson did tuck the ball and run for a score during Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, but he insists that running the ball was his only option on the play.

“I only could run it. There was no one open,” Jackson said. “I had to make him miss. I’m one-on-one. I like my chances over anyone one-on-one.

Currently, Jackson is on pace for over 900 yards on the ground, and his ability to create highlight-reel runs often amazes his teammates.

“He’s wild, man. He’s amazing,” Ravens’ running back Mark Ingram said. “I don’t think there is anything like him in the league, as far as just extending plays and being able to juke defenders. He’s special. He can extend plays and buy time for us to get open, receivers to get open, or him take off and run at the last resort and juke people, spin around people, make people fall.”

But even more impressive than his production on the ground has been Jackson’s improvement as a passer, and he carries a 113.9 passer rating s the Ravens enter their Week 4 tilt against the division-rival Cleveland Browns.

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