Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Wake-up caw: Ravens ready for Le'Veon Bell
By Jamison Hensley
Last month, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell ran for a season-high 93 yards in a 19-16 win over the Baltimore Ravens. This time, the Ravens say they're ready for him.
“He’s a patient runner,” defensive end Chris Canty told The Baltimore Sun. “Those blockers want to lay on you to create alleyways for Le’Veon Bell to take advantage of it. He does a great job of finding space, finding where you’re not and really being able to hit that hole and accelerate. It’s going to take all 11 hats to stop Le'Veon Bell.”
In the four games since playing Bell, the Ravens have given up more than 58 yards rushing to one back (Chicago's Matt Forte). Baltimore currently has the 11th-best run defense in the NFL.
Here's the rest of your wake-up caw ...
- Coach John Harbaugh handed out a lot of game balls after Sunday's win over the New York Jets. He gave them to wide receiver Jacoby Jones, the entire defense as well as the offensive line. "That's an offensive line that ran the ball and pass protected against what some consider the best front in the National Football League," Harbaugh said in the locker room. Here's the video, courtesy of the Ravens' official website.
- Clifton Brown, of Comcast SportsNet, believes backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor needs to get snaps every week. "Taylor’s speed is a dimension the Ravens need, and gives opponents something else to worry about," Brown wrote. "I’m not saying Taylor needs 10 to 15 snaps a game. But he deserves at least three to five snaps, considering how much the Ravens’ running game has struggled."
- A reporter asked Harbaugh whether it's tougher to get mentally or physically prepared on a short week. "It's probably both of those two things, balancing that out," Harbaugh said, via the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. "Physically, we have to get back. The turnaround's quick (considering) the physical football game that we were in. We were in a very physical game, so we've got to get our guys back and ready to play another physical game after that. The other challenge is being mentally prepared, just from the standpoint of what to expect X-and-O-wise, how to execute our schemes, timing in the passing game. Things like that are a challenge in a week like this."
- An interesting tweet from Ravens' official twitter account: "The Steelers drafted WR Antonio Brown one pick after the #Ravens took Ramon Harewood in 2011. I just died a little inside." Brown has caught 231 passes for 3,106 yards and 13 touchdowns. Harewood started five games before being released by the Ravens in late August. The tweet has since been deleted.