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Ravens News 9/18: Lamar’s usage, Yanda’s diet and more

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“I’ve learned how much I love this game. It’s just more important to me every year so I just continue to grind out every little thing that’s gonna make me better, whether that’s eating, sleeping, lifting, whatever I can do. A great meal for me has changed. I’m into quinoa now for my carbs. So I’ll eat quinoa, and my protein is chicken, and then I use a Vitamix blender and I blend up spinach and kale for my vegetables.

“Kale is ruthless. It is! I don’t like drinking it. I put a little hot sauce in there too, to try and give it some zing so you can drink it.

“I eat brown and white rice, a mixture. I bought a rice cooker a couple of years ago, and you can cook the quinoa in there too. Also, I drink a gallon of water every day.

“Sleep is huge. Sleep is my P.E.D., my performance-enhancing drug. I’m usually asleep by 9:30. Sleep experts say you want to stay on a schedule. You want to try to go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time.

“For pain management and flexibility, I picked up yoga this offseason. I did it twice a week. For stretching and range of motion, like range of motion in my hips, it’s good. My hips are looser. In my stance, I just feel a little bit loose and a little more spring in my steps. With my shoulders too … stretching my shoulders is big now. We lift all these weights all the time and it’s always build and build and build and they get you to stretch, but usually I stretch after I lift and I’m fatigued from my lift, I don’t want to necessarily stretch like you should. I kind of go through it fast because I’m tired and I just want to get to the shower and relax. But now I literally spend an hour on stretching, deep stretches, and I definitely feel like I’ve gotten more range of motion and I feel better in my hips and my knees and my shoulders.

The second best offensive lineman in franchise history is a consummate professional. Taking care of his 34-year-old body could allow Yanda to extend his career.

Studs and Duds From the Ravens’ Week 2 Loss - Joe Schiller

Kenny Young

Filling in for a Pro Bowl linebacker like C.J. Mosley is never an easy task – especially for a rookie – but Kenny Young stood out in his first consistent game action. He finished with eight total tackles, one for a loss and recorded one quarterback hit on Andy Dalton.

Young flashed in the preseason and showed that his play wasn’t a fluke in a larger sample size. Depending on Mosley’s timetable, Young will likely be the starter going forward until his teammates’ return.

John Brown

Through two games, John Brown is panning out to be an absolute steal. The Ravens signed the 28-year-old to a one-year, $5 million, “prove it” deal in the offseason and it’s paid dividends. Brown totaled 92 receiving yards on four receptions, including a 21-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.

Brown is more than just a flyer down the field, he’s shown sharp route running and the ability to find open pockets against defenses. Michael Crabtree was labeled as the trustworthy receiver coming into the season but Brown has earned that honor thus far.

With 136 yards, two scores and a 19.4-yard average per reception, John Brown has been the Ravens best offensive player through the first two games. The front office would be wise to offer a generous contract extension well before free agency begins.

How Baltimore Ravens used Lamar Jackson in first 2 games -- and whether the plays worked - Aaron Kasinitz

If we eliminate the 25 snaps Jackson took at quarterback in Week 1 after Baltimore sat Flacco while holding a 40-point lead, we have 10 plays to evaluate with the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner on the field. Here’s how the offense has fared with Jackson in the game:

Total: 10 snaps, 34 yards (3.4 average); 6 rushing attempts, 4 passes

With Jackson lined up at quarterback: 4 plays, 20 yards (5 average); 4 rushing attempts, zero passes

With Jackson lined up as a receiver: 6 plays, 14 yards (2.33 average); 2 rushing attempts, 4 passes

Jackson’s presence is supposed to keep opponents off balance. Through two games, it’s often done the opposite. If Jackson lines up out wide and runs a deep route downfield once or twice or if throws a pass from behind center, it could keep defenses from anticipating the Ravens’ movements like the Bengals did on the toss to Allen.

The coaching staff may find better results with their Lamar Jackson package if they remove Joe Flacco from the field. Lining either quarterback up at receiver has not created much deception.

Take it to the Bank Podcast

A complete review of the Week 2 loss in Cincinnati, along with forward-looking schematic and personnel suggestions.