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Bills sign former Cardinals OL Justin Murray, place OT Tommy Doyle on IR 

Bills sign former Cardinals OL Justin Murray, place OT Tommy Doyle on IR 

The Buffalo Bills are signing former Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Justin Murray to a one-year contract and placing OT Tommy Doyle (ACL) on injured reserve, the team announced Tuesday.

Murray started his NFL career in 2016, signing as an undrafted free agent with the Denver Broncos. The Cincinnati, Ohio native bounced around with four different NFL teams before signing with the Cardinals in 2019 where he started 12 games at right tackle.

Murray was on the Cardinals during both the 2020 and 2021 season, though had to be placed on season-ending IR in Week 3 of last season after suffering a back injury. He was let go by the Cardinals in August prior to the start of the season.

Doyle came in for the injured Ryan Bates in Week 3 at the Dolphins but Doyle tore his ACL in the team’s 21-19 loss. Doyle is in his second year with the Bills after appearing in 11 games last season.

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Bengals Get First Win Ahead of Thursday Date With Dolphins

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Cleveland Browns: No. 1-Ranked Run Game Takes Pressure Off Quarterback Jacoby Brissett

The Browns (2-1) have an offensive formula that’s working.

Cleveland has the NFL’s No. 1-ranked rushing attack through three weeks, averaging 190.7 yards per game. Nick Chubb leads the league in rushing (341 yards), taking pressure off backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who’s playing well as Deshaun Watson serves his 11-game suspension.

Chubb has been among the league’s top running backs for several years, but might be haiving his best start. Cleveland’s opponents have been unable to contain the one-two combination of Chubb and Kareem Hunt (151 yards, 4.2 yards per carry).

“If you can’t slow down Chubb, you can’t beat this group,” Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin said via Kevin Patra of NFL.com following last week’s loss to Cleveland. “Nick Chubb controlled the game. He was running through arm tackles and things of that nature, getting yards after contact.”

Brissett also deserves credit for being more than just a game manager during Watson’s absence. Over the past two games, Brissett has completed 74.1 percent of his passes with a quarterback rating of 106.2. He’s making plays and avoiding mistakes, and the Browns have a chance to win their third game this month when they visit the Falcons in Week 4.

“He’s done great for us. He’s just a charismatic, natural leader. He has a standard that he wants to play to and that he wants to hold guys to. It’s cool to see,” All-Pro left guard Joel Bitonio said via Mary Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal. “He’s been around some of the great quarterbacks in the game, and I think he just carries himself that way.”

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Players-Only Meeting Help Ravens Defense Get Redemption

Players-Only Meeting Fuels Fourth Quarter Close Out

As the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game in New England began, all eyes turned toward the Ravens’ defense clutching an 11-point lead over the New England Patriots. This is when the Ravens faltered against the Miami Dolphins one week ago when they allowed a 21-point comeback.

It’s why, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec, the team held a players-only meeting the day after the loss to go over the film and atone for their mistakes.

Players only meetings aren’t unusual, but as Zrebiec wrote, “calling one a the day after at Week 2 loss is quite telling, particularly for a veteran-laden team like the Ravens.”

“The players watched some film, and it predictably wasn’t pretty,” Zrebiec wrote. “Several veterans spoke and there was a clear effort made to ensure the young players understood that the Dolphins game was unacceptable and everybody needed to take accountability. The Ravens couldn’t put the loss completely in the past, because they still had to watch game film with the coaches the next day. However, the meeting represented an important step forward.”

One of the younger players referenced was safety Kyle Hamilton, who Zrebiec states was “forced to watch and hear about their defensive breakdowns during last week’s players-only meeting.” Hamilton responded with one of the biggest plays in the fourth quarter, punching out the football from wide receiver Nelson Agholor, which was recovered by cornerback Marcus Peters.

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What the Patriots Said After Week 3 Loss to Ravens

HC Bill Belichick

(*3*) (on the Ravens’ 70-plus yard drives)

“We had a couple opportunities to get off the field on third down, but they are a good first- and second-down team. That’s really where they hurt us the most. They had a couple of third down conversions that kept those drives going. We had some stops, we had some turnovers. We just weren’t able to capitalize on those when we got them. That’s really just total team football.”

(on the fourth quarter turnovers)

“Yeah, you’re not going to win turning the ball over in the fourth quarter. You’re behind, you got to be aggressive. But still on those, we got to do a better job than we did on those plays, for sure.”

(on the Ravens’ run game with Lamar Jackson)

“I don’t think there were any new plays. They ran their C gap plays. Lamar did a good job on keeping some of those, not keeping those, the option choices that he made. We lost leverage, missed a couple of tackles there, so… Combination of all those things.”

OLB Matthew Judon

(on trying to tackle Jackson)

“I mean, we all see it in how shifty he is. The dipping and ducking, we all see it, and you respect a guy like that. He’s just slippery. When you get there, you got to get him down. [Deatrich] Wise [Jr.] did a hell of a job at that, we just have to be better on a couple more situations. Especially me, got to get him down when I get there.”

(on the Ravens’ three second half touchdowns)

“All three of those drives, they had explosive plays, running the ball and passing the ball. We’ve got to stop that. We’ve got to play better defense and execute better. We’ll watch it on film, but I know that’s the big thing, the explosive plays.”

DB Devin McCourty

(on sacking Jackson four times and intercepting him once)

“Yeah, I mean, that’s the thing when playing against him. Stat-wise, overall, can look like you did some good things, but he changes games with a couple different plays. Some of those QB run plays at the end of the game were huge for them, changing the field, big gains. That’s the thing, when you play against a team like this, an offense like this, we battled, we had some really good possessions, we had some good I would say back-to-back drives where we were able to get off the field. We had good moments. But against a team like this, an offense like that, it’s 60 minutes consistently of trying to show up, doing a good job with some of the sudden change opportunities we had. One of the things we’ll walk away with is just playing better in the red area.”

(on the Ravens’ tight end heavy offense)

“Yeah, I mean, it’s an offense – I said it earlier in the week. It’s like when you play the triple option in college, it’s an offense that you don’t see every week. It’s the play-action, it’s the threat of the QB run, the pistol formations you don’t see all the time, then it’s the tight end streaking across the middle. You have so much to look at, and that’s what makes it tough. You put a good player in the middle of it like Andrews, who is fast, puts a lot of pressure on the defense because of his speed at tight end. He’s a bigger guy. Especially in the red area. We talk about tight ends show up big-time in the red area. Lamar Jackson is also more dangerous in the red area to run the ball and score. That’s what I was saying, we’ll walk away and feel if we could have played a little bit better in the red area, turned some of those touchdowns into field goals, it could have helped us out a lot.”

(on limiting the Ravens’ big plays)

“Yeah, again, it goes back to the red area. When you play an explosive offense, you want to try to force them to drive the field. You got to show up in the red area when they do do that. Like I said, they’re going to make some plays, and they did that. Andrews had a catch over me that was tough. Duvernay had a tough catch in the corner of the end zone. I think just playing better in the red area, kicking field goals, you got to limit. Give up 37 points, it’s going to be tough to win in this league.”

DL Deatrich Wise Jr.

(on what the Ravens did to prevent more sacks after the Patriots’ hot start)

“They did a great job in their protection. They definitely made some game plan changes at the halftime with slides and extra guys chipping the ends which gave him just .2 more seconds to get the ball off. But I think that was probably it.”

WR Nelson Agholor

(on his fourth quarter fumble)

“That was tough. The most important thing is ball security. That loses games and I had an opportunity at the end to make a play and it could have been a big play. At the end of the day, a guy comes out of nowhere and makes a good play and it is the balls you don’t see so you have to make sure you are holding it secure enough where no one can dislodge it.”

(on losing the ball on a key play)

“That’s play mentality. You don’t play with fear, you play with confidence, and you play to be explosive. When you make explosive plays you just have to run away from everyone. That guy came out of nowhere and made a great play and I hate to be on the other side of a play like that, but I have to pay respect to a guy who can make a good play like that.”

WR Davante Parker

“Mac [Jones] was just putting the ball in the right spot. I’m just in the right area at the right time. I’m just coming down with it, making plays. Just doing what I can to help the team.”

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Defense Closes Out Game, This Time With Turnovers

Defense Closes Out Game, This Time With Turnovers

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After a disappointing loss in Week 2, Baltimore’s defense bounced back, producing timely fourth-quarter turnovers that sealed Sunday’s victory over New England.

Top draft pick Kyle Hamilton made a heads-up play, stripping the ball away from Nelson Agholor to force a fumble that was recovered by Marcus Peters. Marlon Humphrey had a fourth-quarter interception, then Peters sealed the 37-26 victory with another pick.

It was a major response by a Baltimore defense that was forced to do some soul-searching after giving up 28 points in the fourth quarter in Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins and squandering a 21-point fourth-quarter lead. But with the game on the line against New England, the Ravens’ defense took charge with takeaways.

Inside linebacker Josh Bynes, who also had an interception in the second half, said the defense tuned out all the criticism after last week and just focused on doing its job.

“For us, it was just making sure we fight to the end, to make sure we finish the right way,” Bynes said. “We wanted to give the ball back to the offense as much as possible. It’s about overcoming adversity. This league, and this business, is all about adversity and how you overcome it. You can’t let last week get to you, otherwise it’s going to take you down. I think the guys did a really good job just taking this week as it is.”

Humphrey had the first interception of the fourth quarter, chasing down an errant throw by quarterback Mac Jones in the corner of the end zone. It was a poor decision by Jones on third-and-goal, as he threw the ball up for grabs after being pressured by Baltimore’s blitz. Instead of making sure he threw the ball out of play, Jones gave Humphrey a chance to make a play and he didn’t squander it.

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Five Thoughts on Ravens’ Win in New England, Week 3

Five Thoughts on Ravens’ Win in New England, Week 3

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Lamar Jackson and Greg Roman beat Bill Belichick.

 

Lamar Jackson’s elite playmaking ability has never, and will never, be questioned. Once again, he proved he’s the best athlete on the field. However, an early trend in the Ravens’ 2022 season is how Jackson is outwitting his competition too. Jackson has always been a smart player, but Head Coach John Harbaugh pointed to improved pregame preparation making a difference.

Last week, Jackson managed the game at an “A-plus” level, negating the Miami Dolphins’ Cover-0 blitz that gave Baltimore fits a year ago. This week, Jackson was going against one of the league’s preeminent wizards in Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick. Belichick can change up his defense every week, and he and the Patriots rush had Jackson on the run early in the game.

But in the game of chess, Jackson was the king who kept darting away from checks and throwing counter moves. The Ravens offensive line settled in, the ground game got going, and Jackson took over (he has a lot more moves than a king). Jackson said the Patriots used lots of man coverage and mixed in a fair amount of blitzing, trying to see if Jackson could handle the pressure in back-to-back weeks. Was Jackson expecting that? “I was.”

Jackson responded with five touchdowns – four through the air and one on the ground. Jackson became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw three touchdowns and run for 100 yards in back-to-back games. After the game, Harbaugh gave Jackson a game ball for “taking the game on his shoulders.” Jackson explained it with signature succinctness: “I just got to do what I do, play Lamar football.”

It’s also time to give Greg Roman his props. The Ravens’ offensive coordinator had a fourth-round rookie who has never played left tackle out there and he kept dialing up play-calls to keep the Patriots defense on their heels

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J.Okay. Dobbins Feels ‘Blessed’ Being Back in Action

J.Okay. Dobbins Feels ‘Blessed’ Being Back in Action

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When the day of his return finally arrived, J.K. Dobbins was ready to deliver.

Rushing for 23 yards on seven carries and catching two passes for 17 yards against the Patriots on Sunday, Dobbins added immediate punch to Baltimore’s offense in his first game back after major knee surgery.

Dobbins missed the entire 2021 season and the first two games this year, but now that his return is real, he’s looking to make a great impact as he rounds into form.

“If felt great, (I’m) blessed to be back out there,” Dobbins said. “I’m happy about that, but now it’s time for me to try to do what I do. And that’s run for 100 yards and stuff like that.”

It was no surprise that Dobbins wasn’t a workhorse back in Baltimore’s 37-26 victory, and the hot hand at running back was Justice Hill (six carries, 60 yards) as the Ravens’ run game had its most effective outing of the season.

For Dobbins, returning to what he loves to do was huge both physically and mentally.

“The emotions were very high,” Dobbins said. “When I got out there, I wasn’t even worried about taking that first hit; I was just worried about making a play. The night before, I was thinking about it, but it was good to get back out there.”

Head Coach John Harbaugh saw enough from Dobbins during the week in practice to feel that Week 3 was the right time for him to return.

“We were looking at last week and just felt like this week would be the kind of week, and it just kind of made sense this week in terms of how he looked,” Harbaugh said.

With this game under his belt, Dobbins is looking forward to fulfilling the promise he showed prior to his injury when he rushed for 805 yards as a rookie. His rehab was long and difficult, but getting back on the field made it all worthwhile.

“It’s made me a better person, a better man, and I keep chipping away, keep getting better each week,” Dobbins said.

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Lamar Jackson Gives Another Virtuoso Performance

Lamar Jackson Gives Another Virtuoso Performance

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Lamar Jackson has been locked in this season, a great player coping with any circumstances that surround him.

When the Ravens suffered another injury at left tackle Sunday, Jackson wasn’t fazed. When he threw an interception in the second quarter, he wasn’t frustrated.

In the end, Jackson prevailed with another signature performance that will keep him in the early conversation for MVP.

Accounting for five touchdowns and rushing for over 100 yards (107) for the second straight week, Jackson completed 18 of 29 passes for 218 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for another touchdown, leading Baltimore to a 37-26 victory over the Patriots.

Jackson became the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era with three or more passing touchdowns and 100-plus rushing yards in consecutive games. After the game, Head Coach John Harbaugh gave Jackson a game ball for “taking the game on his shoulders.”

Through three games in 2022, Jackson has played at a consistently high level with poise that has seemed almost unshakeable. His teammates feel it and Harbaugh sees it. To Harbaugh, anyone who can’t see that Jackson is a special player isn’t watching,

“No one has to tell me about Lamar Jackson,” Harbaugh said. “I believe in him. I love him. I just believed him the first day we drafted him, the first day we talked about drafting him. Felt like he could be everything he is.

“I just think it’s a natural next step in terms of like finding his rhythm during the week, what he’s looking at, how he studies defenses, how he breaks defenses down. It’s not a lightbulb thing, it’s an evolution of studying the game that you see quarterbacks go through.

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Justin Houston and Michael Pierce Exit With Injuries

Justin Houston and Michael Pierce Exit With Injuries

The Ravens entered Week 3 in pretty good shape with injuries, but that didn’t last long in New England.

Left tackle Patrick Mekari exited with an ankle injury on Baltimore’s second offensive drive, then veteran defenders Justin Houston (groin) and Michael Pierce (arm) went down later in the first half. Pierce was ruled out at halftime.

The Ravens were already thin at outside linebacker with just Houston, Odafe Oweh and Malik Harrison as the only outside linebackers on the depth chart. The Ravens also activated Brandon Copeland from the practice squad.

Baltimore agreed to terms on a one-year deal with veteran Justin Pierre-Paul late this week but he won’t be joining the team until Monday.

Pierce went down after Houston and walked off the field holding his arm. He’s part of a deep defensive tackle rotation with Justin Madubuike, Broderick Washington and rookie Travis Jones, who is making his debut. Jones is behind Pierce on the depth chart.

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Patrick Mekari Suffers Ankle Injury, Ravens Down to Fourth-String Left Tackle

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The Ravens’ depth at left tackle took another hit as Patrick Mekari exited Sunday’s game in the first quarter with an ankle injury.

Mekari was carted to the locker room with a left ankle injury and declared questionable to return.

The Ravens are now down to fourth-round rookie Daniel Faalele, who is their fourth string left tackle.

Ronnie Stanley is still coming back from last year’s ankle surgery and Ja’Wuan James suffered an Achilles injury in Week 1. Mekari, who is the team’s 6th man, stepped in the past two games.

Stanley has been practicing for the past three weeks but has yet to be a full participant. He went back-to-back days for the first time this week but sat out Friday as a recovery day. Stanley was ruled out Saturday and didn’t make the trip to New England.

“I really think it’s kind of getting to the point where it’s kind of week-to-week, day-to-day-ish,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said Friday.

“Again, it comes back to him feeling like he’s going to be playing at his best. That’s really what it boils down to. … When he feels like he’s ready to go out there and be Ronnie Stanley at his best, then he’ll be out there.”

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