Oct 3, 2021; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;  New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh hugs quarterback Zach Wilson before the game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin R. Wexler-USA TODAY Sports

Jets prepare Joe Flacco for potential Week 1 reunion with Ravens

Joe Flacco could get the call in Week 1 if second-year quarterback Zach Wilson fails to receive medical clearance following knee surgery.

Flacco, 37, will be the primary quarterback in practice and for the final two preseason games after Wilson tore his meniscus and was diagnosed with a bone bruise requiring arthroscopic surgery.

“Joe’s a pro. He’s been there, he’s done that. He’s been a Super Bowl MVP, a world champion. He’s gotten the big contracts. He checks about all the boxes you can check,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said of the prospect of not having Wilson for the regular-season opener against the Baltimore Ravens. “I think he’s going to be fine, especially for the remainder of the preseason. We’ll see everything else with Zach’s knee, but we have all the faith in the world in Joe.”

Wilson’s non-contact injury occurred during the first preseason game last week against the Philadelphia Eagles. His recovery timetable provided by the team was 2-4 weeks.

The regular season begins Sept. 11.

Flacco won a Super Bowl as the starting quarterback of the Ravens but was unseated by Baltimore’s current starter, Lamar Jackson. Flacco is 0-5 as the Jets’ starter, including four starts in 2020. He said he will prepare the same way he always has, focusing on one day at a time.

“I’m happy with my role. I love being here, being completely focused on whatever I’m doing right now,” he said. “After practice, I want to be able to say I had the best day that I’ve ever had. Right now that’s what I’m focused on. I’m happy with what I’m doing, helping out a young guy. I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t have the desire to be good at what I do and didn’t believe I could play this game.”

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Aug 11, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) walks on the sidelines during the first half Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Lamar Jackson: Contract negotiations end when season starts

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson on Saturday announced a deadline for the end of his contract negotiations: the team’s season-opening game.

“We’re coming up to it. It’s coming up,” Jackson said when asked about a hard deadline. “The season’s coming up. We’re going to be good for the season.”

When asked if he hoped contract talks would be completed by the season opener, Jackson said, “Yeah, for sure.”

Jackson, 25, didn’t provide any updates on the status of the negotiations, however. He is one of the few high-profile NFL players who does not have representation.

Jackson is entering his fifth-year option, which will pay him $23.016 million this season. Should the sides fail to reach an extension prior to the start of the season, the Ravens can still use their franchise tag on Jackson in the offseason.

“The business part of it’s the business part of it. I’m very confident that it will get done when it gets done,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “You can’t really rush it. I don’t think either side wants to rush anything; both sides want to be happy when it’s all said and done, and probably both sides unhappy when it’s all said and done, to some degree, right? That’s kind of how it works.

“But he’s doing a great job. He’s practicing well; he’s a great leader; on the sideline, he’s right into the game. So, everything, thumbs up.”

The quarterback market evolved over the course of the year, to the point where Arizona Cardinals star Kyler Murray received a five-year, $230.5 million extension last month with $160 million guaranteed.

Jackson had a combined 18 interceptions over his first three seasons before throwing 13 picks in 12 games during 2021. He had 16 touchdown passes last season, a steep decline from his 2019 MVP total of 36.

He had 767 rushing yards and two touchdowns last season after back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

The Ravens open the season on Sept. 11 against the host New York Jets.

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Aug 22, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; New York Giants linebacker Trent Harris (93) tackles Cleveland Browns tight end Connor Davis (86) during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens sign former Giants LB Trent Harris

The Baltimore Ravens signed outside linebacker Trent Harris on Saturday.

Harris, 26, adds depth at a position that lost Vince Biegel to a season-ending Achilles injury earlier this month.

He has 34 tackles and two sacks in 19 games (five starts) with the Miami Dolphins (2019) and New York Giants (2020-21).

The Ravens also released defensive back Denzel Williams and wide receiver Devon Williams.

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Jul 27, 2022; Owings Mills, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver James Proche (3) runs with the ball during day one of training camp at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Jessica Rapfogel-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens WR James Proche to miss 1-2 weeks

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver James Proche will miss “a week or two” with a soft-tissue injury, head coach John Harbaugh said Friday.

“It’s not going to be too long,” Harbaugh said.

Proche, 25, did not play in Thursday night’s 23-10 preseason victory against the Tennessee Titans.

The 2020 sixth-round pick has 17 catches for 216 yards and no touchdowns in 14 career games with the Ravens.

Fellow wideout Tylan Wallace exited Thursday’s game with what Harbaugh called a minor knee sprain after catching one pass for 3 yards.

Wallace, 23, was a fourth-round pick in 2021 and caught two passes for 23 yards in 17 games last season.

In the club’s first official depth chart released Aug. 5, Proche and Wallace were listed as the backups to starters Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay.

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Aug 11, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Richie James (80) celebrates with quarterback Tyrod Taylor (2) after scoring a touchdown against the New England Patriots during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

NFL preseason roundup: Graham Gano’s FG lifts Giants over Patriots

Graham Gano made a 24-yard field goal as time expired to lift the New York Giants over the New England Patriots 23-21 on Thursday night in a preseason game in Foxborough, Mass.

New England had taken a 21-20 advantage with 4:51 left to play in the fourth after quarterback Bailey Zappe connected with wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey for a 20-yard touchdown. But the Giants responded with vengeance, putting together an 11-play, 69-yard drive to get well within field-goal range for Gano.

Gano made all three field goals he attempted, with the longest coming from 40 yards out. Daniel Jones attempted just 10 passes, handing the offense over to Tyrod Taylor, who completed 13 of 21 pass attempts for 129 yards and a touchdown. Running back Antonio Williams also added a touchdown and rushed for 61 yards on nine carries.

Zappe threw for 205 yards on 19-for-32 passing with one touchdown and an interception. Brian Hoyer also delivered a 2-yard touchdown to rookie receiver Tyquan Thornton, and Kristian Wilkerson finished with eight catches for 99 yards.

Ravens 23, Titans 10

Tyler Huntley completed 16 of 18 passes as the Baltimore Ravens cruised by the visiting Tennessee Titans 23-10 in both teams’ first preseason game.

Huntley finished with 109 yards and one touchdown. Shemar Bridges was on the receiving end of Huntley’s touchdown pass, and went on to post 62 yards on four receptions.

After Mike Davis found the end zone in the first quarter on a 4-yard rush to open the scoring, Titans quarterback Malik Willis answered less than a minute into the second. He scrambled to the right, quickly cut back, spun and maneuvered through a pair of Baltimore defenders to find the left side of the end zone.

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Tennessee Titans quarterback Malik Willis (7) throws a pass during a training camp practice at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.

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Reports: QB Malik Willis starting preseason opener vs. Ravens

Rookie Malik Willis will be the starting quarterback when the Tennessee Titans open the preseason against the host Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night, according to multiple reports.

Willis, a third-round pick out of Liberty, is competing with Logan Woodside for the backup job behind starter Ryan Tannehill.

Willis, 23, is viewed as the team’s quarterback of the future.

Willis had a solid 2021 season at Liberty as he passed for 2,857 yards, 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also rushed for 878 yards and 13 scores. It was his second season as the starter for the Flames after transferring from Auburn.

Woodside, 27, was 1-for-3 passing for 7 yards in 2020 for the Titans. Those are the only NFL passes he has thrown since signing for a second stint with Tennessee in 2019.

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Dec 19, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker (9) before the game against the Green Bay Packers  at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens sign K Justin Tucker to 4-year extension

The Baltimore Ravens signed kicker Justin Tucker to a four-year extension through the 2027 season on Monday.

The total value of the deal is $24 million, including an $11.5 million signing bonus and $17.5 million guaranteed, multiple outlets reported.

Tucker, 32, once again becomes the NFL’s highest-paid kicker at $6 million per season.

The Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed Chris Boswell for $5 million per season last week, briefly tying Tucker for that honor.

Heading into his 11th season with the Ravens in 2022, Tucker is the most accurate field-goal kicker in NFL history with a career conversion rate of 91.1 percent.

Last season, he broke the NFL record with a 66-yard field goal as time expired to beat the Detroit Lions 19-17 in Week 3.

Tucker has converted 326 of 358 FG attempts and 382 of 386 extra-point tries (99.0 percent) in 161 games since making his debut in 2012. He is a five-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection.

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May 7, 2022; Owings Mills, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens center Tyler Linderbaum (64) in action during rookie minicamp at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens rookie C Tyler Linderbaum out 1-2 weeks

Baltimore Ravens rookie center Tyler Linderbaum is expected to miss one to two weeks due to an injury sustained in practice, coach John Harbaugh said Friday.

Multiple media outlets reported the injury is to the left foot of Linderbaum, who limped off the field on Thursday.

MRI results indicated Linderbaum averted serious injury, however the team will play it safe as a means to “just let it settle down,” Harbaugh said.

Linderbaum was selected by the Ravens with the 25th overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft out of Iowa. He was the recipient of the 2021 Rimington Trophy, which is awarded to the nation’s premier center in college football.

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Jul 29, 2022; Owings Mills, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens linebacker Vince Biegel (47) practices at the Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens LB Vince Biegel (torn Achilles) to miss season

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Vince Biegel sustained a torn Achilles tendon during Thursday’s practice and was carted off the field.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters that this is the third time Biegel has had a season-ending injury. It also is the second torn Achilles of his career.

Harbaugh said the 29-year-old Biegel was enjoying a strong training camp.

“Vince was fighting to make the team,” Harbaugh said. “He would have had a great chance to make it, because he’s just a solid, tough, talented guy who does everything exactly right as hard as he can.”

Biegel has 81 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one interception in 43 games (10 starts) over four NFL seasons. All of his starts came for the Miami Dolphins in 2019, when he had a career-high 59 tackles in 15 games.

Biegel was a fourth-round pick by the Green Bay Packers in 2017 after he played for Wisconsin. He played one season with the Packers and one season with the New Orleans Saints (2018) before being traded to the Miami Dolphins for linebacker Kiko Alonso shortly before the start of the 2019 season.

Biegel sustained his first torn Achilles injury during the 2020 preseason. He played in five games for Miami last season.

Biegel signed with the Ravens in May.

Also, center Tyler Linderbaum limped off the field with a lower left-leg injury and an X-ray ruled out a serious injury. Harbaugh said another test is forthcoming on the team’s first-round draft pick from Iowa.

“They’ll do an MRI on it to make sure, but all indications are it’s nothing serious at all,” Harbaugh said.

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Sep 16, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe (95) celebrates the win over the Oakland Raiders at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Former Broncos, Ravens DE Derek Wolfe retires

Former Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday at age 32.

He won a Super Bowl during his eight seasons in Denver (2012-19) and played for the Baltimore Ravens in 2020.

Wolfe missed the entire 2021 season with a hip injury and was released by the Ravens last month in an injury settlement.

“After 10 seasons in the NFL, I’ve decided it’s time to step away from the game,” he said in a video posted by the Broncos on Twitter. “Time for a new beginning.”

In 122 career games (116 starts), Wolfe notched 350 tackles, 34 sacks, 81 QB hits and three fumble recoveries. The 2012 second-round draft pick won his ring with Denver in Super Bowl 50.

–Field Level Media