“Kenneth Dixon has had a run each week where you thought he was down for five seconds and he gets 6, 7, 8, 9 more yards out of it,” Flacco said.
"You can see in practice how shifty he is and how well he sees things and some of the cuts he makes. I think he has been pretty impressive transferring that over to the games.”
Dixon leads the Ravens running backs in rushing yards (66) and yards per carry (4.1) through the first two preseason games.
Dixon's ADP has dipped into the 15th round, so he's a cheap way to buy a share of the Ravens' backfield lottery.
Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman says he feels as fast as ever – if not faster – since returning from a knee injury that held him out for two months. (He says he may be faster now that he’s lost three or four pounds from cutting off his dreads).
While that’s good news, there was never any doubt that Perriman would add some major speed to the Ravens’ wide receiver corps once he got back on the field. After all, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.24 seconds at his pro day.
In perhaps better news, Perriman has improved in other parts of his game during his extended time away from the football field, and Offensive Coordinator Marc Trestman has already noticed in Perriman’s first few practices.
“I think his hands and his concentration have even got better since he first got here,” Trestman said Wednesday. “He is much more sure-handed – not that he wasn’t – but he has become even more sure-handed. I think that goes with confidence.”
Due to the opportunity in the Ravens' receiving corps, Perriman looked like a nice sleeper prior to his injury. The Ravens signed Mike Wallace, while Steve L Smith is back and Kamar Aiken emerged as a viable WR2, so Perriman is not guaranteed starter's snaps even though he brings deep speed to the receiving corps. He's a worthwhile late-round flier given the fluidity of his situation.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman participated in his first practice in over two months on Tuesday, and it didn't take long for the 2015 first-round pick to take his first shot of the year.
"Who is the new guy," linebacker Terrell Suggs said when spotting Perriman. "Can he play?"
Perriman, the No. 26 overall player taken a year ago, was on the field for the first time since partially tearing the anterior cruciate ligament on June 9. Not wearing a brace on that left knee, he showed little effects from the knee injury in running routes and making cuts.
Though he wasn't running at full speed, he showed no hesitation in any of the drills. It did appear that Perriman had a slight limp when he was walking in between drills, the story said. He only took part in individual drills, the story said.
Tight end Dennis Pitta has a broken finger stemming from his practice fight with rookie linebacker Kamalei Correa on Aug. 1 and he will continue to miss time as the bone heals, Head Coach John Harbaugh announced Monday.
Pitta suffered the injury during the open practice at M&T Bank Stadium Aug. 1, and it was initially believed to be a strain. But further testing revealed he had a fracture, and he has not practiced since getting hurt.
“It’s absurd that it happened,” Harbaugh said. “We need to get him back as soon as we can, but it’s not going to be this week. A bone has to heal.”
It's tough luck for Pitta who is working his way back from a second hip surgery. In addition to losing the veteran tight end for nearly all of training camp, there is also a concern with that the injury could linger once he does get back on the field. The Ravens are deep at TE with Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced today that Perriman, the team's first-round pick in the 2015 draft, has been activated from the physically unable to perform list.
Perriman missed his entire rookie season with a knee injury and then he sustained a partially torn ACL in his left knee during the final week of organized team activities. Perriman is supposed to be the team's deep threat but Mike Wallace has drawn lots of praise so far in camp in that role. Steve L Smith is back and Kamar Aiken appears to be a solid WR2, so where Perriman fits in remains a question.
Sunday, August 21, 2016, 9:47am
Ryan Mallett led the Baltimore Ravens to an upset victory over the rival Pittsburgh Steelers eight months ago. He has a 99.5 quarterback rating and a 74 percent completion rate through two preseason games.
Despite that success, Mallett could lose the backup quarterback job to surprisingly electric journeyman Josh Johnson, according to coach John Harbaugh.
In Baltimore's 19-18 preseason win at the Indianapolis Colts, Johnson led the team in passing and rushing, showing great touch on his throws and the ability to scramble for yards. His best moment came when he directed a near flawless two-minute drill before halftime, driving the Ravens 79 yards with poise and hitting Jeremy Butler for a 12-yard touchdown.
"[Johnson] is making a case to make this team," Harbaugh said after the game. "There is a competition for that spot. It's been on-going through training camp."
The story said it's been long assumed that Mallett is the primary backup to Joe Flacco. He took all the first-team reps in the spring when Flacco was sidelined while recovering from knee surgery, and he started both preseason games.
Saturday, August 20, 2016, 9:42am
Coach Ron Rivera didn’t just say he wanted three series out of Panthers QB Cam Newton and the first-team offense. He said he wanted three "good" series. Whether that means Rivera is willing to risk the NFL MVP and other starters past that remains to be seen.
The starters typically don’t see extensive playing time until the third preseason game. Rivera didn’t expand on what he meant by "good," but you can bet he’ll want to see more out of the running game.
The Panthers rushed for only 81 yards in their preseason opener at Baltimore, and 39 of that total came from third-string quarterback Joe Webb (22) and starting wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (17). Starting running back Jonathan Stewart didn’t play, so look for him to get a few carries. But most of the focus will be on second-year back Cameron Artis-Payne, who had only 10 yards on five carries against the Ravens.
Baltimore signed Mike Wallace in free agency because his speed complemented Joe Flacco's strong arm. But he has been more than a "one trick pony," a nickname playfully given to him by Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.
Wallace has caught passes on fade routes in the end zone. He has pulled in tough catches on back-shoulder throws. He has been a frequent target on underneath routes.
"Mike is awesome," Flacco said. "I think he is going to be a really big hit for us."
"We all know he can run," Flacco said. "But just the way he runs his routes and how good is he at the top of it and coming back to you, and how sure his hands have been. I don't know if I've seen him drop a pass."
Steve L Smith is coming off of an Achilles injury, Breshad Perriman has already had a knee scare, while Kamar Aiken continues to fly under the radar. Wallace finished #74 in PPR formats last season as it turned out that he wasn’t a good fit with Teddy Bridgewater’s deep ball inaccuracy. Joe Flacco can wing it, so his arm would seem to be a good match for Wallace’s deep speed. Prior to last year, Wallace had five straight top-25 finishes, though his age and his production in 2015 has scared most owners away. This is a camp battle to monitor this summer: if Wallace wins a starting job -- and it appears that he will -- then he’ll be firmly on the fantasy radar.
It will be interesting to see how much the 37-year-old Smith is able to handle next week at practice. If he's a full go in the next couple of weeks then he'll begin to move up our rankings.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco didn’t need any time on the physically unable to perform list to ease himself into training camp after spending the offseason recovering from a torn ACL, but that doesn’t mean everything has returned to the way things were before the injury.
That’s not a problem for Flacco, however. He’s taken every snap the team has wanted him to take during practice even though he doesn’t feel like his knee has fully recovered from the injury.
“My knee is not 100 percent, but it feels great,” Flacco said, via ESPN.com. “I don’t think about it when I’m out there. It’s not perfect. I can feel it standing here right now a little bit. It’s not totally normal. But, as far as going out there and operating on the field, running around and doing things, I don’t pay attention to it.”
Flacco didn’t play in the preseason opener and there’s been no word from the team at this point about whether he’ll be playing against the Colts this week. If he doesn’t, that would likely leave the third preseason game as his only opportunity for live action before the regular season. Flacco is OK if that’s the case, saying it “doesn’t take too long” for him to regain the feel for game speed, the story said.
Flacco didn’t want to say he’s surprised by how good Wallace has been, because he didn’t know much about Wallace, but he’s certainly happy.
“Mike is awesome,” Flacco said Tuesday. “I think he is going to be a really big hit for us.”
Unlike last year, Flacco has another option in Wallace with Breshad Perriman still out. On Tuesday, Flacco lofted a deep pass for Wallace. The throw was a bit short and tipped by cornerback Jimmy Smith, but Wallace still ran underneath it for the score.
It’s been more than a deep-ball connection, however, that has impressed Flacco so much.
“We all know he can run,” Flacco said. “But just the way he runs his routes and how good is he at the top of it and coming back to you, and how sure his hands have been – I don’t know if I’ve seen him drop a pass. That stuff has been great.”
The Ravens have not had a deep threat since Torrey Smith moved on to the 49ers, and this isn't the first time Flacco has praised Wallace. According to the story, Wallace has also run a lot of intermediate and even shorter routes that could lead to higher reception totals and a place among the Ravens’ top-two receivers. Prior to last year, Wallace had five-straight top-25 finishes, though his age and his production in 2015 has scared most owners away. This is a camp battle to monitor this summer – if Wallace wins a starting job, then he’ll be firmly on the fantasy radar.
Asked if there was any update on Perriman, coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday, "I don't. I wish I did."
Harbaugh was told Perriman would return by the middle of August after he partially tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee two months ago. But, at this point, Baltimore doesn't have a time frame on when Perriman will get back. The Ravens have until Sept. 3 to determine whether to keep Perriman on PUP. If he remains on the list, he would miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season.
Monday, August 15, 2016, 8:34pm
The longest reception by an Eagles wideout went for 10 yards in their opening preseason game. It belonged to Paul Turner, an undrafted rookie from Louisiana Tech, who also was the team's leading receiver for the evening, with six catches for 34 yards.
The two longest receptions went to tight ends - 19 yards to Zach Ertz and 16 to M.J. McFarland. With Jordan Matthews sidelined by a knee injury, the field was wide open for 2015 No. 1 pick Nelson Agholor, 2014 third-round pick Josh Huff, former Giants second-round pick Rueben Randle, or former Rams and Ravens starter Chris Givens to step up and make a case.
None of them did. Turner was the lone bright spot. Eagles quarterbacks passed for 114 yards, with several drops.
The Eagle receivers couldn't get a lot of separation against the Bucs. Randle played uninspired, admitting camp has taken a toll on him. Agholor played 32 snaps and was target twice but didn't catch a pass. This is an area to watch for potential fantasy owners to hopefully see some improvement in their next contest. Outside of Matthews, there isn't a lot of excitement from a fantasy standpoint right now.
Monday, August 15, 2016, 4:29pm
That’s the plan for now at least. That’s because we’ve seen anything can happen when it comes to Luck and the Colts.
Most people thought Luck would play a series or two against Buffalo last weekend.
Owner Jim Irsay had other ideas. He tweeted out about two before kickoff that Luck would sit the game out and took a subtle shot at Bills coach Rex Ryan’s aggressive approach in the preseason.
Training camp injuries to Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams, Daniel Brown and Pitta have left the Ravens with three healthy tight ends at times, including two, Darren Waller and Nick Boyle, who will miss the first four and 10 games, respectively, for violating the NFL drug policy.
It hasn't stopped offensive coordinator Marc Trestman from calling plays for his tight ends.
The tight ends responded with 11 catches for 105 yards, including five for 48 yards by Waller, a converted wide receiver, the story said. Watson has been one of quarterback Joe Flacco's favorite targets throughout training camp. Watson will likely open the season as one of the starting tight ends, along with Gillmore, who returned to practice Monday after missing most of training camp with a hamstring injury. Pitta remains sidelined with a sprained finger, the story all said.
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