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8. Mark Ingram

2019 stats: 3 games | 43 att | 257 rush yds | 6.0 ypc | 5 rush TDs | 6 rec | 62 rec yds | 0 rec TDs

Ingram has been a great complement for Lamar Jackson in the backfield, and he more than did his part against the Chiefs (16 carries for 103 yards and three TDs). As good a runner as Jackson is, Ingram is the reason the Ravens have the No. 1 rushing offense right now.

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Gus Edwards and Mark Ingram earned 86.0-plus overall grades against Kansas City, combining for 156 yards, eight first downs, three touchdowns (all Ingram) and eight forced missed tackles in the process. Both backs averaged more than 4.7 yards after contact per attempt, as well. The duo’s efforts weren’t enough to pull off the win, but they still lead a Ravens rushing attack that ranks second in the NFL in expected points added (EPA) per rush at 0.181.

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If Stanley wants to morph from reliable and steady to dominant and ultra-wealthy, he’ll need to shine against the league’s most fearsome pass rushers. Garrett, the No. 1 overall pick in 2017, has quickly ascended into that category; he racked up 13.5 sacks in a second-team all-pro season in 2018 and already has six sacks through three games this year.

Added Stanley: “With a lot of pass rushers, you’ll see guys that are really good with speed or guys that have a lot of power or technical rushers, but [Garrett] is kind of a mixture of all of those.”

If Stanley contains Garrett, he might do more than just keep fans from complaining; he might draw praise and celebrity. He could also inch closer to his first Pro Bowl appearance, too. Yanda, a Pro Bowl regular over the past decade, said he’s seen Stanley move toward that goal.

“He’s doing the right things to take those steps,” Yanda said.

Thomas says Ravens got tired of Browns hype - Jamison Hensley

“The media was talking about OBJ and that tandem and Baker Mayfield, the next savior,” Thomas said Wednesday. “Then, to add on to that, Coach [John Harbaugh] talked about it a couple of times in meetings. So guys kind of got tired about it.”

“That’s just what it is -- it’s hype,” Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams said. “You can’t really buy into it. You don’t really know what a team is until you see them on Sunday. When somebody gets hit in the mouth, what’s the plan then?”