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Who will sign latavius Murray?

After injuries, Ravens sign Latavius Murray, who could lead revamped RB room. The Ravens signed Latavius Murray to a one-year deal Friday, bringing in the former Pro Bowl running back to stabilize a position in turmoil. ESPN reported that the deal is worth up to $2 million. Baltimore SunAfter injuries, Ravens sign Latavius Murray, who could lead revamped RB room

Did Gus Edwards get injured?

Gus Edwards Injury Impact: Torn ACL Ends Season; Fantasy Alternatives Limited. According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Ravens fear running back Gus Edwards tore his ACL in practice Thursday afternoon. Sports IllustratedGus Edwards Injury Impact: Torn ACL Ends Season; Fantasy Alternatives Limited

Did the Ravens sign Le'Veon Bell?

— Le'Veon Bell is signing with the Ravens practice squad, according to multiple reports. The addition of Bell comes after the Ravens lost a pair of running backs this offseason. Sports IllustratedReport: Le'Veon Bell Signs With Ravens Practice Squad

Raiders-Ravens Week 1 Injury Report

Big News Network 10 September, 2021 - 11:30am

The Raiders released their first injury report of the 2021 season ahead of their Monday night matchup against the Baltimore Ravens at Allegiant Stadium. Guard Richie Incognito did not participate in practice as he deals with a calf injury sustained in Training Camp.

"We'll see how he feels at the end of the week. We're still hopeful that he'll play," Head Coach Jon Gruden told the media.

Safety Roderic Teamer (shoulder/ankle) was the only other Raider who did not participate.

Meanwhile, running back Josh Jacobs and defensive end Carl Nassib were both limited in practice, due to a toe and pectoral injury, respectively.

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The Raiders released their first injury report of the 2021 season ahead of their Monday night matchup against the Baltimore Ravens at Allegiant Stadium. Guard Richie Incognito did not participate in practice as he deals with a calf injury sustained in Training Camp.

"We'll see how he feels at the end of the week. We're still hopeful that he'll play," Head Coach Jon Gruden told the media.

Safety Roderic Teamer (shoulder/ankle) was the only other Raider who did not participate.

Meanwhile, running back Josh Jacobs and defensive end Carl Nassib were both limited in practice, due to a toe and pectoral injury, respectively.

Game Preview: Raiders play host to Ravens for Monday Night Football Key Matchups: Darren Waller's season begins with a marquee matchup against his former team Raiders Mailbag: What's the secret recipe to stopping the 2019 MVP? 

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Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Absent from injury report

CBSSports.com 10 September, 2021 - 11:30am

Mariota (quadriceps) isn't listed on Thursday's injury report ahead of Monday night's matchup against the Ravens.

Mariota was held out during the preseason since the team wanted him to fully recover from a quad strain, but he appears to be back to 100 percent ahead of the season opener. He'll serve as the top backup to Derek Carr in 2021.

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Ravens vs. Raiders scouting report for Week 1 of 2021 season: Who has the edge?

Baltimore Sun 10 September, 2021 - 11:00am

The Ravens went from a low-volume, high-efficiency passing offense in 2019 to a low-volume, medium-efficiency passing offense in 2020. They’ll look to do better with quarterback Lamar Jackson operating behind a revamped offensive line and a receiving corps bolstered by free-agent addition Sammy Watkins. Tight end Mark Andrews (58 catches, 701 yards, 7 touchdowns) and wide receiver Marquise Brown (58 catches, 769 yards, 8 touchdowns) were Jackson’s favorite targets, and they’ll be at the center of the operation again. But much will depend on the offensive line, which will be different at every position from the unit that failed to protect Jackson in the team’s playoff loss to the Buffalo Bills last season. Left tackle Ronnie Stanley will try to show he’s back to All-Pro form after ankle surgery, and center Bradley Bozeman will try to bring stability to the middle after switching from left guard.

They’ll start out against one of the league’s worst pass defenses from 2020. The Raiders allowed opposing quarterbacks to average 7 yards per attempt, 27th in the league, and ranked 30th in third-down defense. They drafted safety Trevon Moehrig in the second round and added former Raven Yannick Ngakoue to rush off the edge, but they still lack high-end veterans in the secondary.

The Raiders moved efficiently through the air in 2020, with quarterback Derek Carr completing 67.3% of his passes and averaging 7.9 yards per attempt in the best statistical season of his career. Former Raven Darren Waller (107 catches, 1,196 yards, 9 touchdowns) is an elite weapon at tight end, and the Ravens will see another familiar face in slot receiver Willie Snead IV. The Raiders hope Henry Ruggs III, their top pick in 2020, takes a step forward after a disappointing rookie year.

The Ravens will take on Las Vegas with one of the deepest defensive backfields in the league but without their top ballhawk in cornerback Marcus Peters, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in practice Thursday. They limited opposing quarterbacks to 5.6 yards per attempt in 2020, and cornerback Marlon Humphrey made the Pro Bowl for a second straight year. With his outside-inside versatility, Humphrey could be their best option for shadowing Waller. Anthony Averett will likely step in for Peters, and coaches have expressed confidence that he’s a starting-caliber cornerback. The Ravens have questions to answer on the edges, where they lost Ngakoue and Matthew Judon, their top pass rusher from recent seasons. Will veteran Justin Houston and first-round pick Odafe Oweh give them consistent sack production? Or will they again rely more on the creative blitz designs of defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale?

The Ravens have produced more on the ground than any team in the league since Jackson stepped in as their starting quarterback halfway through the 2018 season. He surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for a second straight season in 2020. Jackson’s impact will be tested like never before after the Ravens lost their top two running backs, J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, to season-ending knee injuries. They’ll turn to training camp breakout Ty’Son Williams, who spent most of last season on the practice squad, and hastily signed veterans Le’Veon Bell, Devonta Freeman and Latavius Murray, one of whom will likely be asked to contribute in Las Vegas. The Raiders ranked 30th in run defense in 2020, allowing opponents to average 4.6 yards per carry. They don’t have a standout interior run defender, which could be a problem if the Ravens run Edwards and Williams out of power sets. They signed longtime Seattle Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright to shore up the middle tier of their defense.

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Running back Josh Jacobs is probably the Raiders’ second most dynamic playmaker behind Waller, but he averaged just 3.9 yards per carry in 2020 after averaging 4.8 in his rookie season. The Raiders ranked 14th in rushing last season, and they added former Arizona Cardinals starter Kenyan Drake to back up Jacobs. They’ll at least try to keep the Ravens honest with their ground attack, but their best interior blocker, guard Richie Incognito, could be hampered by a calf injury he suffered in training camp. The Ravens’ run defense peaked in the playoffs last year, shutting down Tennessee Titans superstar Derrick Henry and holding the Bills to just 32 rushing yards in the AFC divisional round. They’ll look to replicate the same formula this year, with nose tackle Brandon Williams plugging the middle and an array of defensive ends and outside linebackers setting the edge. They’ll also count on improvement from second-year linebackers Patrick Queen and Malik Harrison.

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker remains the NFL’s gold standard after he made 26 of 29 field-goal attempts last season. Tucker did miss two attempts in difficult weather conditions in the team’s playoff loss to Buffalo. Sam Koch will return for his 16th season as the team’s punter after ranking eighth in the league in net punting average in 2020. Long snapper Nick Moore will replace Morgan Cox as the long snapper in a unit known for its stability. The Ravens excelled on both kickoff and punt coverage in 2020, and Devin Duvernay helped them immediately as a rookie returner. Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson had an excellent 2020, making 33 of 35 field-goal attempts, including all four of his tries from 50 yards or beyond. Hunter Renfrow was one of the league’s most consistent punt returners, averaging 11.5 yards on 23 runbacks, but the Raiders gave up 330 more yards than they gained on kickoff returns.

Quarterback Derek Carr put together an impressive season in 2020, but the Raiders finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. Coach Jon Gruden is facing added pressure to win after a head-scratching draft, with the team focused on rebuilding one of the league's worst defenses. According to Vegas sportsbooks, the Raiders' over/under win total is 8, and they have 66-to-1 odds to win the Super Bowl. (Jack Dempsey/AP)

The Raiders will be hyped to play before their first home crowd at Allegiant Stadium. They’ll want to prove their late fade in 2020 was not indicative of the franchise’s direction under Jon Gruden, who’s 19-29 since he returned to coaching in 2018. They’ll get their shot at a Ravens roster severely depleted by injuries. The Ravens have come out hot in recent seasons, winning their last two openers by a combined score of 97-16. Coach John Harbaugh has led them to the playoffs each of the last three years and nine times in his 13 seasons with the franchise. Jackson is 30-7 as a starter in the regular season.

The Raiders will attack the Ravens with a dangerous passing offense and try to ride the emotional lift provided by their home crowd. But the Ravens are a better all-around team, even without Peters and Edwards. They expect to win games like this, as they almost always have with Jackson at quarterback. They’ll move the ball against a lower-tier defense and rely on their still-deep secondary to keep Carr and Waller in check. This won’t be a laugher like their last two openers, but it won’t be a nail-biter either. Ravens 31, Raiders 20.

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Ravens vs. Raiders scouting report for Week 1 of 2021 season: Who has the edge?

NBC4 Washington 10 September, 2021 - 11:00am

The Ravens went from a low-volume, high-efficiency passing offense in 2019 to a low-volume, medium-efficiency passing offense in 2020. They’ll look to do better with quarterback Lamar Jackson operating behind a revamped offensive line and a receiving corps bolstered by free-agent addition Sammy Watkins. Tight end Mark Andrews (58 catches, 701 yards, 7 touchdowns) and wide receiver Marquise Brown (58 catches, 769 yards, 8 touchdowns) were Jackson’s favorite targets, and they’ll be at the center of the operation again. But much will depend on the offensive line, which will be different at every position from the unit that failed to protect Jackson in the team’s playoff loss to the Buffalo Bills last season. Left tackle Ronnie Stanley will try to show he’s back to All-Pro form after ankle surgery, and center Bradley Bozeman will try to bring stability to the middle after switching from left guard.

They’ll start out against one of the league’s worst pass defenses from 2020. The Raiders allowed opposing quarterbacks to average 7 yards per attempt, 27th in the league, and ranked 30th in third-down defense. They drafted safety Trevon Moehrig in the second round and added former Raven Yannick Ngakoue to rush off the edge, but they still lack high-end veterans in the secondary.

The Raiders moved efficiently through the air in 2020, with quarterback Derek Carr completing 67.3% of his passes and averaging 7.9 yards per attempt in the best statistical season of his career. Former Raven Darren Waller (107 catches, 1,196 yards, 9 touchdowns) is an elite weapon at tight end, and the Ravens will see another familiar face in slot receiver Willie Snead IV. The Raiders hope Henry Ruggs III, their top pick in 2020, takes a step forward after a disappointing rookie year.

The Ravens will take on Las Vegas with one of the deepest defensive backfields in the league but without their top ballhawk in cornerback Marcus Peters, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in practice Thursday. They limited opposing quarterbacks to 5.6 yards per attempt in 2020, and cornerback Marlon Humphrey made the Pro Bowl for a second straight year. With his outside-inside versatility, Humphrey could be their best option for shadowing Waller. Anthony Averett will likely step in for Peters, and coaches have expressed confidence that he’s a starting-caliber cornerback. The Ravens have questions to answer on the edges, where they lost Ngakoue and Matthew Judon, their top pass rusher from recent seasons. Will veteran Justin Houston and first-round pick Odafe Oweh give them consistent sack production? Or will they again rely more on the creative blitz designs of defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale?

The Ravens have produced more on the ground than any team in the league since Jackson stepped in as their starting quarterback halfway through the 2018 season. He surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for a second straight season in 2020. Jackson’s impact will be tested like never before after the Ravens lost their top two running backs, J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, to season-ending knee injuries. They’ll turn to training camp breakout Ty’Son Williams, who spent most of last season on the practice squad, and hastily signed veterans Le’Veon Bell, Devonta Freeman and Latavius Murray, one of whom will likely be asked to contribute in Las Vegas. The Raiders ranked 30th in run defense in 2020, allowing opponents to average 4.6 yards per carry. They don’t have a standout interior run defender, which could be a problem if the Ravens run Edwards and Williams out of power sets. They signed longtime Seattle Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright to shore up the middle tier of their defense.

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Running back Josh Jacobs is probably the Raiders’ second most dynamic playmaker behind Waller, but he averaged just 3.9 yards per carry in 2020 after averaging 4.8 in his rookie season. The Raiders ranked 14th in rushing last season, and they added former Arizona Cardinals starter Kenyan Drake to back up Jacobs. They’ll at least try to keep the Ravens honest with their ground attack, but their best interior blocker, guard Richie Incognito, could be hampered by a calf injury he suffered in training camp. The Ravens’ run defense peaked in the playoffs last year, shutting down Tennessee Titans superstar Derrick Henry and holding the Bills to just 32 rushing yards in the AFC divisional round. They’ll look to replicate the same formula this year, with nose tackle Brandon Williams plugging the middle and an array of defensive ends and outside linebackers setting the edge. They’ll also count on improvement from second-year linebackers Patrick Queen and Malik Harrison.

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker remains the NFL’s gold standard after he made 26 of 29 field-goal attempts last season. Tucker did miss two attempts in difficult weather conditions in the team’s playoff loss to Buffalo. Sam Koch will return for his 16th season as the team’s punter after ranking eighth in the league in net punting average in 2020. Long snapper Nick Moore will replace Morgan Cox as the long snapper in a unit known for its stability. The Ravens excelled on both kickoff and punt coverage in 2020, and Devin Duvernay helped them immediately as a rookie returner. Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson had an excellent 2020, making 33 of 35 field-goal attempts, including all four of his tries from 50 yards or beyond. Hunter Renfrow was one of the league’s most consistent punt returners, averaging 11.5 yards on 23 runbacks, but the Raiders gave up 330 more yards than they gained on kickoff returns.

Quarterback Derek Carr put together an impressive season in 2020, but the Raiders finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. Coach Jon Gruden is facing added pressure to win after a head-scratching draft, with the team focused on rebuilding one of the league's worst defenses. According to Vegas sportsbooks, the Raiders' over/under win total is 8, and they have 66-to-1 odds to win the Super Bowl. (Jack Dempsey/AP)

The Raiders will be hyped to play before their first home crowd at Allegiant Stadium. They’ll want to prove their late fade in 2020 was not indicative of the franchise’s direction under Jon Gruden, who’s 19-29 since he returned to coaching in 2018. They’ll get their shot at a Ravens roster severely depleted by injuries. The Ravens have come out hot in recent seasons, winning their last two openers by a combined score of 97-16. Coach John Harbaugh has led them to the playoffs each of the last three years and nine times in his 13 seasons with the franchise. Jackson is 30-7 as a starter in the regular season.

The Raiders will attack the Ravens with a dangerous passing offense and try to ride the emotional lift provided by their home crowd. But the Ravens are a better all-around team, even without Peters and Edwards. They expect to win games like this, as they almost always have with Jackson at quarterback. They’ll move the ball against a lower-tier defense and rely on their still-deep secondary to keep Carr and Waller in check. This won’t be a laugher like their last two openers, but it won’t be a nail-biter either. Ravens 31, Raiders 20.

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John Harbaugh Shares Thursday Update On Le'Veon Bell

The Spun 09 September, 2021 - 11:25am

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The Baltimore Ravens lost a pair of dynamic running backs to injuries this offseason in J.K. Dobbins and Justice Hill. In an effort to bolster their backfield, the front office signed Le’Veon Bell to the practice squad.

Bell is no longer an All-Pro tailback at this stage in his career, but the Ravens are very familiar with his skillset. After all, he spent most of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

On Thursday afternoon, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh shared his thoughts on the Bell signing. He also provided an update on how Bell looks so far at practice.

“Le’Veon’s a guy I think we’re very familiar with,” Harbaugh said. “Obviously, played against him so many times and so many highly competitive, emotional games. It was fun to have him in for the workout. He had a good workout. Practiced yesterday, did a good job. So, yeah, we’ll have a process with him. He’s excited, he’s learning, and we’ll see where it goes.”

"Le'Veon is a guy I think we're very familiar with obviously." pic.twitter.com/e7pQ6qLm8X

— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 9, 2021

During the 2020 season, Bell had 254 rushing yards and 99 receiving yards for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Although he’s not on Baltimore’s active roster, Bell could actually suit up for the team’s season opener on Monday night.

Harbaugh told reporters “there’s a chance” Bell could be activated for the Ravens’ showdown with the Raiders. The bulk of the carries, however, will go to Gus Edwards and Ty’Son Williams.

Chris is a writer at The Spun.

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