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Ravens News 9/25: OL rankings, shadowing Beckham and more

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NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

PFF NFL Offensive Line Rankings following Week 3 of the 2019 NFL season - Michael Renner


Highest-Graded Offensive Lineman: G Marshal Yanda, 81.5

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but even at 35 years young, right guard Marshal Yanda is dominating on the football field once again. He’s allowed only two pressures so far and has the third-highest grade among guards.

Offensive Line Scoring Week 3 vs. Chiefs - Ken McKusick

Brown: Orlando had a mixed game. For the second consecutive game, he was beaten for a sack, this time by an inside spin move from Frank Clark (Q4, 7:29). He surrendered portions of 7 pressures (3 full and 4 half) with no consistent theme. In terms of the action verb for each of those 7, he was bulled by Okafor, gave up on Ogbah to outside, beaten outside by Clark (twice), beaten inside by Clark, bulled by Ogbah, and failed to pick up Jones’ stunt. He missed 2 blocks, 1 of which was a loss at the LoS. He had 2 blocks in level 2 and 1 pancake. I did not record a highlight.

Scoring: 78 plays, 68 blocks, 2 missed, 5 (3 + 4 x 1/2) pressures, 1 sack, 52 points (.67 per play). That’s a C- with adjustment.

PFF Rankings: NFL Quarterback Rankings following Week 3 - Steve Palazzolo


Week 3 saw a big regression for Jackson, who came into the week ranked ninth in adjusted completion percentage (79.2%) and left ranked 26th (71.7%). Still, it’s been a fine start to the season for the Louisville product, who has already completed eight deep passes after completing only five all last year. Jackson’s rushing ability puts the defense in a bind, and that should always lead to a high percentage of open throws, but overall accuracy is still a question mark as he has the third-highest percentage of uncatchable throws on passes targeted at least five yards downfield, even after the hot start.

Quiet corner: Ravens’ Marlon Humphrey must slow down boisterous OBJ - Jamison Hensley

On Sunday, the Ravens’ quietest and most recluse superstar must stop the NFL’s brashest receiver. Considering how Humphrey doesn’t like talking, those in the Ravens secondary spoke up for him, saying he’s up to the task of shadowing and slowing down Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

”I call him the $90 million man, and he’s probably going to make more than that,” safety Earl Thomas said of Humphrey. “He’s a great competitor. He’s a great tackler. He can be one of the better corners that I’ve ever played with.”

Humphrey has been the biggest bright spot for the NFL’s No. 27 pass defense. He is just one of two cornerbacks who have allowed a zero passer rating when thrown against (Atlanta’s Desmond Trufant is the other), according to Pro Football Reference.

The Ravens traditionally have their cornerbacks stick to lining up on one side of the field for the entire game. With Anthony Averett filling in for the injured Jimmy Smith (knee), it wouldn’t be surprising if Baltimore asked Humphrey to follow Beckham all over the field.