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Even after contract extension, Baltimore Ravens’ Marshal Yanda takes ‘one year at a time’ approach - Aaron Kasinitz

“You still have to take it one year at a time — reassess, re-evaluate — just because I don’t know injury-wise and how my body is going to feel,” Yanda said.

If he suffered a major injury last season, it could’ve ended his career.

“If I did end the season on IR, I probably was going to retire,” Yanda said, “just because you don’t want to push your body too much.”

“I’ve worked really hard, and it’s a great relationship with the Ravens,” Yanda said. “And I just feel really fortunate to be drafted by them and just have a chance to finish it here.”

2018 Adjusted Games Lost: Part I - Vincent Verhei

The Baltimore Ravens got through 2018 with the least amount of damage, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered the most carnage. In the Ravens’ case, this is a relative term -- they fail to make the top 100 healthiest teams on record, and just last year they would have finished fourth. Specific Ravens who battled injuries last year include offensive linemen Alex Lewis (6.9 AGL), James Hurst (6.3), and Ronnie Stanley (1.9); defensive backs Tony Jefferson (2.9) and Marlon Humphrey (2.9); and quarterback Joe Flacco (4.0 between being injured as the starter and officially returning as the backup to Lamar Jackson).

FMIA: The 2019 NFL Power Rankings, Taking Stock of Offseason Movement - Peter King

12. *BALTIMORE RAVENS (10-7)

This is how close Baltimore, Cleveland and Pittsburgh were in the fourth quarter of the final Sunday of the 2018 season. In Cincinnati, the Steelers and the Bengals were tied at 13 with six minutes to play, and the Steelers had the ball, minus Antonio Brown, at their 25-yard line. In Baltimore, the Browns, trailing 27-26, had the ball first-and-10 at the Ravens’ 39-yard-line with 1:18 left. A first down and a field goal would win the game for Cleveland. Imagine, for a moment, if Cincinnati and Cleveland walked off with wins that Sunday. Records of the top three teams in the division: Baltimore 9-7, Cleveland 8-7-1, Pittsburgh 8-7-1. I only mention that because the division is pretty close, and the Ravens, who got Lamar Jackson two new receiving toys (Marquise Brown (they’re hoping he can be in the Tyreek Hill-factor league and Miles Boykin), are a fascinating team to watch. They could win 11. They could win six. The offense had better score, because the defense has holes.