Jan 16, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Baltimore Ravens free safety Jordan Richards (28) prior to an AFC Divisional Round game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ravens re-sign S Jordan Richards

The Baltimore Ravens have reached a one-year deal with veteran safety Jordan Richards, according to ESPN.

Richards, 28, emerged as a key special teams player since joining the Ravens in 2019.

The deal is reportedly worth $1.015 million, with $125,000 of that guaranteed.

Originally a second-round pick by the New England Patriots in 2015, Richards has 100 tackles and two fumble recoveries in 84 career games (19 starts).

–Field Level Media

Dec 14, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram (21) adjusts his face mask before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ravens to release RB Ingram

The Baltimore Ravens will release veteran running back Mark Ingram on Tuesday, according to a report from ESPN.

The move will save $5 million in salary-cap space for Baltimore, which was eliminated from the playoffs last weekend by the Buffalo Bills.

The 31-year-old Ingram was inactive for the game after slipping behind Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins on the depth chart. He rushed for 299 yards and two touchdowns in 2020 — one year after rushing for 1,018 yards and 10 touchdowns and earning his third career Pro Bowl selection.

In 132 career games (87) starts with the Ravens and New Orleans Saints, Ingram has rushed for 7,324 yards and 62 touchdowns. He also has caught 260 passes for 1,895 yards and 10 touchdowns.

New Orleans selected Ingram in the first round (No. 28 overall) out of Alabama in 2011.

–Field Level Media

Oct 4, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) hands off to running back Mark Ingram (21) against the Washington Football Team during the first quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ravens RB Ingram will be inactive vs. Bills

Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram will be a healthy scratch against the Buffalo Bills on Saturday night, according to a report from ESPN.

Ingram, 31, “is fully healthy and is said to understand that this is a business decision for Baltimore,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted.

The veteran has slipped on the team’s depth chart at running back behind Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins.

The Ravens could clear $5 million in salary-cap space if they release Ingram during the offseason. They would lose that option if Ingram were to get injured this weekend or in another playoff game before the end of the season.

The team’s decision to make Ingram inactive likely indicates that his time in Baltimore is coming to an end. He rushed for 299 yards and two touchdowns this season — one year after rushing for 1,018 yards and 10 touchdowns and earning his third career Pro Bowl selection.

In 132 career games (87) starts with the Ravens and New Orleans Saints, Ingram has rushed for 7,324 yards and 62 touchdowns. He also has caught 260 passes for 1,895 yards and 10 touchdowns.

New Orleans selected Ingram in the first round (No. 28 overall) out of Alabama in 2011.

–Field Level Media

Jan 10, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs with the ball while defended by Tennessee Titans cornerback Adoree' Jackson (25) during the third quarter in a AFC Wild Card playoff game at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Lamar Jackson runs into NFL record book

Quarterback Lamar Jackson etched his name in the NFL record book while leading the Baltimore Ravens to a 20-13 win over the host Tennessee Titans in an AFC wild-card game on Sunday in Nashville, Tenn.

“It feels great,” Jackson told ESPN about his first playoff win in three attempts. “I’m happy we got it done.”

Jackson’s 48-yard touchdown run was the second-longest for a score by a quarterback in NFL postseason history. It trails only Colin Kaepernick’s 56-yard sprint in the San Francisco 49ers’ game against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC divisional round in 2013.

Jackson now holds two of the top three rushing performances by a quarterback in NFL playoff history. His 136 rushing yards on Sunday are third-most by a quarterback in a playoff game, behind Kaepernick’s 181 against the Packers in 2013 and Jackson’s 143 he posted in last year’s loss to the Titans in the divisional round. Kaepernick rushed for 130 yards for the 49ers against the Seattle Seahawks in the 2014 NFC Championship game.

However, Jackson and Kaepernick are the only quarterbacks to eclipse the 100-yard rushing mark and score at least a touchdown. Michael Vick, who amassed 119 yards rushing against the then-St. Louis Rams in the 2005 divisional round, and Donovan McNabb, who rushed for 107 yards in 2003 against the Packers in the divisional round, each rushed for at least 100 yards but didn’t run into the end zone.

Jackson completed 17 of 24 passes for 179 yards with an interception against the Titans.

“We finished. We finished,” Jackson told ESPN after the game. “We finally finished.”

Last week, Jackson became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in multiple seasons while leading the Ravens to their third straight AFC playoff berth with a 38-3 win over the host Cincinnati Bengals. The victory enabled Jackson to become the fastest quarterback in league history to win 30 games, doing so in his 37th start.

Jackson rushed for 1,005 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season.

Jackson rushed for an NFL quarterback-record 1,206 last year in his first full year as a starter, en route to becoming the youngest quarterback to be named NFL MVP.

The mark eclipsed Vick’s record of 1,039, which he set in 2006 — the only season in which he broke 1,000 yards.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Germaine Pratt (57) pushes Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews (89) out of bounds in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Jackson sets QB rushing record as Ravens handle Bengals

Lamar Jackson became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in multiple seasons while leading the Ravens to their third straight AFC playoff berth with a 38-3 win over the host Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

The Ravens (11-5) enter the postseason as a wild card on a five-game winning streak, while Cincinnati ends the season 4-11-1.

Jackson rushed for 97 yards on 11 carries to give him 1,005 yards for the season. He also went 10-for-18 passing for 113 yards and three touchdowns and an interception before being pulled late in the third quarter.

The Ravens finished with 404 rushing yards, which was the fourth most by a team since 1950, trailing only the New York Giants (423 on Nov. 19, 1950), Cincinnati (407 on Oct. 22, 2000) and Chicago (406 on Nov. 6, 1955).

Rookie J.K. Dobbins scored on touchdown runs of 4 and 72 yards en route to rushing for a career-high 160 yards on 13 carries, while Gus Edwards and Mark Ingram added 60 and 39 yards on the ground, respectively.

Marquise Brown had five catches for 41 yards and two touchdowns.

Cincinnati quarterback Brandon Allen was 6-for-21 passing for 48 yards and two interceptions. Trayveon Williams rushed for 74 yards on four carries and Samaje Perine had nine carries for 51 yards.

The Ravens took control early. After Justin Tucker’s 34-yard field goal gave Baltimore a 3-0 lead on its first possession, the Ravens found the end zone on their next one when Jackson threw a 43-yard touchdown strike to Miles Boykin for a 10-0 lead with 3:54 left in the first quarter.

The Ravens extended the lead to 17-0 when Jackson found Brown over the middle for an 18-yard touchdown with 4:30 left in the half.

The Bengals pulled to within 17-3 on Austin Seibert’s 38-yard field goal with 36 seconds left before intermission.

Baltimore extended its lead to 24-3 when Dobbins’ 4-yard run capped a five-play, 70-yard drive with 9:55 left in the third quarter.

Brown found the end zone when he caught a 9-yard pass from Jackson with 3:44 left in the third quarter and Dobbins provided an exclamation point with a career-long 72-yard touchdown run with 1:45 left in the third quarter for a 38-3 lead.

Jackson rushed for an NFL quarterback-record 1,206 last year in his first full year as a starter. The mark eclipsed Michael Vick’s record of 1,039, which he set in 2006 — the only season in which he broke 1,000 yards.

–Field Level Media

Dec 27, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens  wide receiver Devin Duvernay (13) runs for a first quarter gain defended by New York Giants linebacker Cam Brown (47) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens stifle Giants for fourth straight victory

Lamar Jackson tossed two touchdown passes and the Baltimore Ravens notched their fourth consecutive victory with an impressive 27-13 win over the visiting New York Giants on Sunday.

Marquise Brown and Dez Bryant caught scoring passes and J.K. Dobbins rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown for Baltimore (10-5), which bolstered its AFC playoff hopes. Jackson completed 17 of 26 passes for 183 yards and also rushed for 80 yards while Gus Edwards added 85 yards on the ground.

New York (5-10) was outclassed from the start while losing its third straight game and scoring fewer than 20 points for the fifth consecutive outing. Graham Gano kicked two field goals to stretch his streak of consecutive makes to 29, matching the franchise record set by Josh Brown (2014-15).

Daniel Jones returned from hamstring and ankle injuries for the Giants to complete 24 of 41 passes for 252 yards, including a touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard (nine receptions, 77 yards). The Ravens sacked Jones six times with Chris Board recording two.

Baltimore outgained New York 432-269 while possessing the ball for 35:09. The Ravens converted 8 of 11 third-down conversions while the Giants were 1 of 10.

Baltimore ran 44 plays for 282 yards in the first half while building a 20-3 lead. The Giants possessed the ball for just 7:32 and had 95 yards on 18 plays.

The Ravens set the tone by opening the contest with a 13-play, 82-yard drive that took 8:12. Jackson capped the excursion with a 6-yard scoring pass to Brown.

Baltimore moved 65 yards on 10 plays the second time it had the ball. Dobbins scored from the 2 to make it 14-0 with seven seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Justin Tucker kicked field goals of 20 and 28 yards in the second quarter, the latter coming on the final play of the half. New York’s second-quarter points came on Gano’s 31-yard field goal with 1:08 left.

Gano booted a 42-yard field goal with 3:54 remaining in the third quarter to cut Baltimore’s lead to 14.

Jackson connected on an 8-yard scoring pass to Bryant on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 27-6. The Giants posted the game’s final points on Jones’ 3-yard scoring pass to Shepard with 8:40 to play.

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) celebrates with  guard Ben Powers (72) and guard Bradley Bozeman (77) after scoring a third quarter touchdown  against the Jacksonville Jaguars  at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens trounce Jaguars, move closer to playoff berth

The Baltimore Ravens had little trouble moving one step closer to earning their third straight trip to the playoffs with a dominating 40-14 home victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon.

The Ravens (9-5) never trailed against the Jaguars (1-13), whose longest losing streak in franchise history continued against Baltimore, which won its third straight game.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson passed for 243 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 35 yards and another score. J.K. Dobbins finished with 14 carries for 64 yards and a touchdown, which marked his franchise-record fourth straight game in which he found the end zone.

Marquise Brown added six receptions for 98 yards, with Mark Andrews making five catches for 66 yards and a score.

Defensively, the Ravens sacked quarterback Gardner Minshew five times, including once in the end zone, and held the Jaguars to 267 yards of total offense. Minshew went 22-of-29 passing for 226 yards and two touchdowns. James Robinson was held to 35 yards rushing on 16 carries, though he also had three catches for 18 yards and a touchdown.

The Ravens scored first in an odd turn of events. Jackson was intercepted by Josh Jones in the red zone, giving Jacksonville the ball at their own 1-yard-line. After Robinson ran for 2 yards, Minshew dropped back to pass from the end zone, where he was sacked by Matthew Judon for a safety, giving the Ravens a 2-0 lead less than four minutes into the game.

The Ravens extended their lead on their next two possessions. Jackson threw a 4-yard scoring pass to Miles Boykin to cap a seven-play, 68-yard drive to push the Ravens’ lead to 9-0.

Dobbins extended the lead to 16-0 just 42 seconds into the second quarter when his 2-yard run finished off a 6-play, 49-yard drive in which the Ravens capitalized on good field position by sacking Minshew on a fourth-and-5 from the Ravens’ 47-yard line.

Justin Tucker extended the lead on the next drive with a 46-yard field goal before Jackson capped the first-half scoring with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Dez Bryant for a 26-0 lead. The touchdown reception was Bryant’s first since December 2017 and the Ravens’ 26 first-half points were their most in the first half of a game since scoring 28 against the Los Angeles Rams in a 45-6 win on Nov. 25, 2019.

Jacksonville got on the board in the third quarter when Minshew threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Robinson, but Jackson scored on a 5-yard run on the Ravens’ ensuing possession to make it 33-7 with 4:38 left in the quarter.

Jackson’ threw his third touchdown pass of the day when he found Andrews from three yards out with 9:50 left in the game.

Jackson was replaced by Tyler Huntley on the Ravens’ next possession to give the rookie some time on the field.

–Field Level Media