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Will Chris Moore Make An Impact In 2017?

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Questions remain on every NFL roster at this point as analysts and fans alike predict what each team will do to prepare for the 2017 season.  The Baltimore Ravens have just as many questions as answers on both sides of the football going into 2017.

One recurring concern for Baltimore’s roster is what the receiving corps will look like in Week One.

Will they sign a veteran receiver as they’ve done in years past?  Probably so.

Will they draft a wide receiver in the first two days of the draft?  A likely possibility as well.

The main scope of discussion has been who’s not on the roster already, rather than who is already on it.  And, of course, any talk of receivers already on the team largely focuses on Breshad Perriman and Mike Wallace.  But, there is more to think about than just those two.

Chris Moore was drafted as a part of Baltimore’s glorious 4th-round in the 2016 draft.  The 4th-round brought in starters Tavon Young and Alex Lewis, as well as Kenneth Dixon, who played more as the season went on.

Moore saw less time on the field than the other three (but more than fellow 4th-rounder Willie Henry), but he plays in a more crowded position.  It would’ve been hard to play him over Steve Smith Sr., Wallace, Perriman, and 2015 standout Kamar Aiken.  Young, Lewis, and Dixon were needed at their positions as the season went on.

But now, with Smith Sr., and presumably Aiken gone, Moore’s door to the field is open.  If the Ravens suited up for a game today, Moore would realistically be the No. 3 receiver behind Perriman and Wallace and in front of oft-injured Michael Campanero.

He has the physical attributes that receivers can’t be taught.  He’s 6’1”, 206 lbs., and owns a 4.53 40-yard-dash time.  He’s built to succeed at the pro level.

Moore had a problem with drops in his first season, but showed the ability to gain separation and find the open spot in a secondary.  Drops are a fixable problem.  Many receivers are accused of bad hands early in their careers.  And, many overcome that problem.  Catching the ball is what they get paid to do, overall.

Throughout John Harbaugh’s tenure with Baltimore, a renowned route to seeing the field on offense/defense is through special teams.  Moore made his mark in that are, scoring two touchdowns off blocked punts in two consecutive games.  He forced a fumble and recovered it in the endzone in a loss in New York, and recovered a block for a score in a victory over Pittsburgh.

Moore has everything he needs to carve his own role into this Baltimore offense.  He must work this offseason to gain as much chemistry with Joe Flacco as possible, work on his drops, and climb the depth chart.

If he wants to beat out a veteran or rookie brought in for competition, now is the time to do it.

22-year-old Writer out of Baltimore, Maryland. Towson University Alum- Class of 2016. I've been a Ravens fan for as long as I can remember and will defend them for life. I love Football in general, and I am getting more and more into Basketball and Baseball everyday. I aim to inspire the most out of people through my writing. Dream Big.

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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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