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Week 3 Rookie Report: Duvernay shines in the darkness

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The Week 3 game between the Ravens and Chiefs was incredibly disappointing for both Ravens fans and those expecting the game of the year. The 20-34 Baltimore loss was heartbreaking for many, but we’re not here to grovel in our own sorrow.

Let’s take some tabs on the new kids on the block.

Devin Duvernay

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Duvernay is probably the best thing to come out of this game with his incredible kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter of the game. Coming into this game, he’d been shaping up to be a solid return man for Baltimore, just shy of averaging 24 yards per return. Today he blew the doors off and gave the Ravens their first kick return for a touchdown since 2017. The play seemed to provide a bit of a spark into the Baltimore team, however fleeting that may have been, and ended up being the major highlight of the day. Other than returning kicks, Duvernay caught two passes, but only one was for positive yards (7).

Patrick Queen

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Patrick Queen overall had an average day, which for him is disappointing, though you can’t blame much on the rookie starting his third game in the NFL when the entire defense looked out of sorts. His passing defense was once again not great, allowing five receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown, per PFF. He was only able to pick up four tackles on the day, a career low for him. We can expect great things from Queen, but this was not his game by any means.

Tyre Phillips

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Phillips had a hard job this week, mostly being responsible for containing the terrifying Chris Jones, and was not perfect, but did a better job than what would be expected for a 3rd round pick starting his 3rd NFL game. Per PFF, Phillips only allowed two quarterback pressures, though you could certainly see it wasn’t easy for him on most of those plays.

J.K. Dobbins

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Dobbins had an extremely quiet night on the ground, only getting a single rush for six yards. His impact on the passing game, however, was the best on the team. Andrews and Brown had extremely rough games, only catching a combined five catches for 35 yards combined on 14 targets. Dobbins himself was able to get open consistently down the stretch and catch every ball targeted his way. He made four catches, the best on the team, for 38 yards, also the best on the team.

Malik Harrison

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Harrison was only on the field for 11 defensive snaps, but despite that lack of action he was able to get three combined tackles, successfully making an impact with limited appearances.