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Remember the Rich Eisen-led campaign a few years back that “Punters Are People Too”?

Well Morgan Cox is making long snappers people too.

Cox was instrumental in changing the rules to allow for Pro Bowl voting for long snappers. Then he was chosen by his peers and coaches as the AFC’s representative.

That makes Cox one of the first two truly democratically voted Pro Bowl long snappers in NFL history. The Eagles’ Rick Lovato is the NFC’s representative.

“This is kind of a significant, historic event if you can call it that,” Cox said with a chuckle Thursday.

“For me be selected as the guy is overwhelming, to know that the other guys see me in that light. Our motto is that nobody knows who we are. To be noticed in a good light is really gratifying.”

Since 1996, every team in the NFL has had a dedicated long snapper. But until this year, the long snappers for each Pro Bowl team were hand-picked by the coaching staff of each Pro Bowl team rather than being voted on democratically.

Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona, who Cox formed a relationship with when Cardona was at Navy, approached Cox with the idea after Sunday Night Football on Nov. 3. Cox agreed, so he started up a group chat with the NFL’s other 31 long snappers to discuss it.

Eventually, the idea to have coaches and players vote for the best long snappers was brought to the NFL’s competition committee, which approved the change. They didn’t include fan voting because, really, what fan knows the long snapper for any other team but theirs?

Cox took his vote very seriously. He watched every single punt and field goal from every other AFC long snapper in the league before casting his vote.

Cox was selected to go to the Pro Bowl in 2015 and 2016 when the Kansas City Chiefs coaching staff picked him in back-to-back years. That felt great, but to be voted in by his peers is even better.

“It still meant a huge amount to me,” Cox said of his earlier honors. “But now, just like every other position, it’s an honor because you’re selected by your peers and those that pay attention to the trade.”

The Ravens are known for being a kicker factory, but they also have a history of churning out long snappers. The Bears’ Patrick Scales, Raiders’ Trent Sieg, Jaguars’ Matthew Orzech, Dolphins’ Taybor Pepper and more came through Baltimore at some point.

Cox has been the Ravens’ long snapper for 10 seasons. He signed a five-year deal with Baltimore in 2016, showing the team’s commitment to the best in the game and a key part of The Wolfpack trio.

“For somebody like a long snapper to not get any recognition for the life of the NFL, that’s kind of bull,” punter Sam Koch said. “You watch the snappers out there in the league, you realize who’s the best one. … He’s got the consistency, the willingness to learn and to actually block people.”

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The Ravens have a good punter in Sam Koch, but they hardly ever use him.

In fact, the Ravens have punted just 22 times in 11 games, putting them on pace to punt 32 times this season. That would be the fewest in NFL history for a 16-game season.

Since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, the only season when any team punted less than 32 times was in the nine-game 1982 season, which was shortened by a players’ strike.

The Ravens are punting rarely both because their offense is outstanding and because they’re aggressive on fourth downs. Baltimore has converted 13 of 17 fourth down attempts this season, which is both the most successful fourth down conversions and the highest conversion percentage in the league.

The Ravens’ last 24 drives with Lamar Jackson at quarterback have ended like this: touchdown, touchdown, kneeldown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, kneeldown, touchdown, touchdown, missed field goal, downs, touchdown, touchdown, kneeldown, touchdown, field goal, field goal, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown. Not a punt to be found.

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42 responses to “Ravens on pace for the fewest punts ever in a 16-game season”
touchdowndances says:
November 27, 2019 at 9:58 am
The most shocking part of that listing of drive outcomes is the missed field goal part. Like, wut?

nestrongsafety says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:05 am
Just incredible to watch this offence. It would seem the only thing that would stop them would be an injury to Lamar Jackson. Its fun to watch this scoring machine work defenses.

Avenging Cowboy says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:06 am
It’s been an amazing thing to watch this season. Imagine if Flacco was still their quarterback.

joetoronto says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:07 am
Jackson has been a massive surprise, he comes off as goofy and not particularly sharp but he’s the complete opposite on the field.

Unless he gets hurt, it’s hard to see anyone beating the Ravens in the Super Bowl.

cphpropertiesllc says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:09 am
Can we just cancel the rest of the season and just give the Ravens the title as we speak? Seems like that’s what everyone is doing. The Ravens do 2 things, the same 2 things they could do last year when the chargers sent them home. Until they actually do something they have done nothing.

I hate saying this but I like how Seattle is just quietly handling their business, and I am pretty sure Mahomes can out duel Lamar in a throwing match.

Mike Beranek says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:14 am
I don’t even want to look at how many times Pat O’Donnell has punted this season.

KoolAidFree says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:20 am
So did that stat equate to a Superbowl win for the team that holds the fewest punts in a full season? NO IT DID NOT!! The 1982 Chargers have the record for fewest punts in a full season, and they didn’t even make it to the Superbowl. The runner up is the Bengals that same year with 31 and they made it but lost to the 49ers. So what’s the point of this article? Oh that’s right to continue this hype that we’re watching something extraordinary from the Ravens, and they’re somehow reinventing the game of football. They’re playing really well right now big deal….Call me in February

harrisonhits2 says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:23 am
Ravens will be a tough out in the playoffs no question. Almost impossible if they end up with the #1 seed. A rematch in Foxboro I’ll take the Pats but its no guarantee that’s for sure.

thecape15 says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
Lamar Jackson has ‘it’.

Mahomes is the least of our problems now.

thejetssuck2001 says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
patriots fan here. what lamar jackson is doing right now is extremely impressive. hes a beast. and i love his team first mentality. he seems like a really great guy.

shutiggyupdotcom says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:27 am
So what you’re saying is that in the last two minutes of the AFC title game, the Ravens’ punter is going to shank a punt giving the Patriots great field position for the game winning drive.

ragnarthegreat says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:28 am
Well so much for popular wisdom about running quarterbacks.

8oneanddones says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:31 am
Wasn’t there a similar headline about the Rams a year ago?

i thumbs down your comment says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:31 am
Seattle or 49ers will win the SB based on which of them wins the NFCCG; that game depends on who is the home team and that will depend on which team wins the week 17 meeting in Seattle.

Should be a fun rest of the season.

endtimesparty says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:32 am
LOL. Remember how often manning’s Colts punted some years? What happened when they needed to punt from deep in their own territory in the AFCCG? The punter whiffed and the Patriots turned it into a pivotal TD.

redlikethepig says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:56 am
The Bengals are doing it too. But it’s fumble, fumble, interception, take over on downs,fumble . . .

Rick Martin says:
November 27, 2019 at 11:13 am
I guess when you go for it 4th and 4 leading 35-6 you have those type of stats. I thought it was a bush league to do that

obsession55 says:
November 27, 2019 at 11:17 am
I remember when the Colts didn’t punt for a long long time, then went to Foxboro for the AFC championship and went 3 and out on their opening drive. And it snowballed from there

I see something similar happening this year with Baltimore. And I hate the Pats…

msc4realeagles says:
November 27, 2019 at 11:17 am
Interesting that the Eagles traded away the Lamar Jackson pick to Baltimore. I wonder what could have been if the Eagles had Lamar and traded Carson? That would have been extremely unlikely back then, but makes me wonder what could have been today…..

kemp13 says:
November 27, 2019 at 11:23 am
“Unless he gets hurt, it’s hard to see anyone beating the Ravens in the Super Bowl.”

Dod Brady get hurt in 2007? Yet somehow the Giants stopped their perfect season in the Super Bowl.

#AssumeNothing

superfanentertainment says:
November 27, 2019 at 11:27 am
Because they have a QB who literally can go run for 10-15 yards basically whenever he feels like it. It’s not even fair. The dude is a Madden Cheat Code.

Meanwhile, you have poser stooges like Matt Nagy who think throwing the ball 60 times a game with a mobile QB is how you move the ball, LOL.

silentraven7 says:
November 27, 2019 at 11:28 am
Remember when people were calling Harbaugh a bad coach and delusional when he said the Ravens offense would be unlike anything we’ve ever see? That was funny.

indiapalealeblog says:
November 27, 2019 at 11:30 am
1. I credit the Ravens for creating a system that plays to his (and the teams) strengths rather than forcing a QB to act in a coaches ideal system

2. I credit Lamar Jackson for excelling in that system.

3. It helps having a good Oline, if this were the Jets then it wouldn’t work.

I can see the ravens winning the Super Bowl this year.
My question is how will the league adapt? How will teams change their defenses to deal with this?
I am looking forward to a Ravens – Patriots rematch. How will Belichick adjust?

Will this become a more common style of offense (if you have the right players)?
Will the league be able to come up with a counter?
2020 will be interesting because there will be more tape on the Lamar Jackson.

goldmansacks says:
November 27, 2019 at 11:31 am
Tampa can’t be far behind, for a different reason

r8rsfan says:
November 27, 2019 at 11:33 am
Love Jackson – wish he was on my team.
That said, with all the hype anything short of a SB win this season will be a huge disappointment.

Lightsabermetrics says:
November 27, 2019 at 11:59 am
Ravens beat reporters have taken to Twitter the last few games to still give humorous props to Sam Koch even though he almost never punts.

“Fantastic hold on that extra point attempt by Sam Koch.” – Ryan Mink

“Punter Sam Koch is getting paid $3.95 million this year to watch Lamar Jackson play.” – Baltimore Beatdown

Kolo Jezdec says:
November 27, 2019 at 12:21 pm
The Ravens are in a great position. Mr. Jackson is on his rookie contract, meaning they get 3 more years before being forced to pay him the big bucks. Meanwhile, he is leading that team toward a chance at a Super Bowl. Perhaps next year he will not be quite so dominant, but he will likely still be a force. Meanwhile, the team can afford to surround him with talent that might be impossible for a team with a QB past his rookie contract. If Mr. Jackson continues his amazing success for a few years, then the Ravens pay him.

I bet the Rams wish they would have waited another year to give Mr. Goff a “salary cap killer” contract.

Ravens fans need to enjoy the ride. Except for the Pats, success in the NFL of today passes quickly. Remember how giddy everyone was after Mr. Flacco’s amazing post-season in 2012?

RE LEE says:
November 27, 2019 at 12:40 pm
Frankly, the Ravens are SB bound. Teams need to out score them to win. It’s difficult when they are piling up scores and there’s no solution to stop their defense. I think airing the ball with precision will do it. Goff was able to move the ball but sputtered near the end zone. Precision and speed once the ball is caught. The Ravens defense are not quite good yet defending air balls but they will get there from the looks of it. Also they are physically well-conditioned. They’re fast, quick, and strong. They were on the field for what, almost 40 minutes and they’re not breaking a sweat. Lamar is mobile and can read the field and defense on the go. Accurate too. What’s the solution to the Ravens this year? Hopefully somebody can provide a “ blue print”. That being said, the Chiefs and the Rams looked unstoppable last year too.

freedomofspeechyesway says:
November 27, 2019 at 1:48 pm
“I guess when you go for it 4th and 4 leading 35-6 you have those type of stats. I thought it was a bush league to do that”

Call it what you want, but keeping your defense off the field will always be every coach’s top priority.

steelers58blog says:
November 27, 2019 at 1:53 pm
Anybody can be put in as a punter for them. Save almost $4 million in cap space.

Angel Valle says:
November 27, 2019 at 2:27 pm
So can we just give them the sb trophy now? why play the rest of the season they are unbeatable

ravensbob says:
November 27, 2019 at 2:38 pm
Most fun watching football EVER

moltensteelgumbo7 says:
November 27, 2019 at 2:51 pm
Smh. Fml. As much as I hate the Ravens, I’ve got a ton of respect and appreciation for that organization…and damn if this season’s team in Baltimore isn’t a ton of fun to watch. Hope they make the Super Bowl and put on for the AFC North. Anybody but NE…!

cb28031 says:
November 27, 2019 at 3:01 pm
Let’s stop the hype until the end of the year…..

LamarJacksonisElite says:
November 27, 2019 at 3:22 pm
Ravens beat reporters have taken to Twitter the last few games to still give humorous props to Sam Koch even though he almost never punts.

“Fantastic hold on that extra point attempt by Sam Koch.” – Ryan Mink

“Punter Sam Koch is getting paid $3.95 million this year to watch Lamar Jackson play.” – Baltimore Beatdown
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Not a bad gig! lol

fordbw says:
November 27, 2019 at 3:23 pm
New England Patriots so-called great defense can’t stop ’em!

idislikespeciousness says:
November 27, 2019 at 4:44 pm
Boy, they sure are good.

wintercoates87 says:
November 27, 2019 at 6:13 pm
Judas funny to read comments from people putting them in the Superbowl. Add that they themselves have already put themselves in the SB. Starting center done for the year now and we’re not even close to the playoffs yet. Keep counting your chickens.

davew128 says:
November 27, 2019 at 7:43 pm
And despite this, they still don’t have inside track on home field in the playoffs. Think about why that is.

yinzerssuck says:
November 27, 2019 at 9:42 pm
The Ravens traded BACK (twice!!) and still got Lamar. Hahahahaha. And Cowboys fans have Jerruh for their GM. Hahaha!!!

datwell600 says:
November 27, 2019 at 11:33 pm
The 4th down conversion rate is statistically very high. Unlikely to continue. Most conversion rates correct themselves over time.

Leman Russ says:
November 28, 2019 at 12:46 am
And despite this, they still don’t have inside track on home field in the playoffs. Think about why that is.

Because they dont play in the AFC East

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Special teams doesn’t often get its due, but every once in a while, there’s a play that’s so special it makes you gasp.

Sure, kickers get lifted onto shoulders after game-winning kicks – like Justin Tucker did following his 49-yard game-winning field goal to beat the 49ers on Sunday. Returners, like former Ravens Jacoby Jones or Jermaine Lewis, are beloved.

But guys like Chris Moore – a gunner streaking down the field to make a tackle or down a punt – is often invisible. That is until he made this ridiculous play in the third quarter of Sunday’s game.

The game was tied at 17 when Sam Koch punted from the Ravens’ 37-yard line. The 49ers were going to have a chance to take the lead and momentum was already on their side following Lamar Jackson’s fumble that the 49ers turned into three points the other way.

Koch, who had punted just twice in the previous three games, hit an absolute beauty that was (as he calculated) slowed down by the rain-soaked field. That gave Moore just enough time to save it from trickling into the end zone.

The ball must have bounced an inch from the goal line, and been just a couple inches off it when Moore, with a flip, tossed it back into the field of play, where Anthony Levine Sr. touched it down at the 1-yard line.

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Harbaugh said it was one of three “game-changing” plays the Ravens had on special teams, alongside Tucker’s game-winning kick and Marlon Humphrey’s blocked field goal.

“Chris Moore was just, he was high-tailing it down the field. He was flying,” Harbaugh said. “And he has such a great awareness. You see how many guys make mistakes – they slide, they get on the ground, they fall. He knew how to keep his feet on this side of the white line, tapped that ball – just a great play.”

A fourth-round pick in 2016, he’s carved out a niche as a special teams ace in Baltimore. His offensive role hasn’t grown as much as he would probably like (he has three catches for 21 yards this season), but he’s made countless crucial special teams plays.

Was this his best ever though?

“Ever? Dang. I don’t know. It was the coolest one,” Moore said. “I think the most important one I ever made though was when we played the Steelers a few years ago and I blocked the punt and I scooped and scored that one. That one actually turned into points. But this is definitely the coolest one I ever did for sure.”

It wasn’t the first time Moore made that play, but it was the first time in a game. In college at Cincinnati, while practicing downing punts, Moore did a flip toss backwards.

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Moore was mobbed by his teammates after making the play and the TV broadcasters gave him some major props.

“That is just outstanding. Wow. That is beautiful,” said FOX play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt.

Turns out, Moore has some big-time fans. Check out this tattoo a fan got of Moore’s face. It was done by a tattoo artist in Brazil and (my Portuguese isn’t great), but sounds like it took 22 hours and won an award for realism.

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Moore has a lot of tattoos, but said it’s better than any he’s had put on his own body.

“That’s one of the best tattoos I’ve ever seen,” he said. “I got hyped this morning when I saw it. Hopefully I can get some work done by the artist. I will find a way to get some work done. If I have to go down there [to Brazil], I will.”

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One of the Ravens’ top run defenders is back to face the San Francisco 49ers, who love running the football.

Defensive tackle Michael Pierce (ankle) is active after a two-game absence and will rejoin the defensive line rotation. Pierce leads all Ravens defensive linemen in tackles and his presence will be welcomed against the 49ers (10-1), who have the NFL’s second-ranked rushing attack (145.6 yards per game) behind only the Ravens.

Rookie wide receiver Miles Boykin (ankle) is active and will be in the lineup after testing his ankle briefly during pre-game warmups in the rain. The third-round pick (11 catches, 185 yards, two touchdowns) has not missed a game this season. Boykin leads the Ravens in yards per catch (16.8) and is an excellent downfield blocker.

Everyone who was listed as questionable for the Ravens is active, including left guard Bradley Bozeman (ankle), defensive tackle Domata Peko (knee) and outside linebacker Matthew Judon (ankle). All of them were full participants in Friday’s practice.

Offensive lineman Parker Ehinger is also active after being brought up from the practice squad Saturday Ehinger is likely to backup undrafted rookie center Patrick Mekari, who is expected to make his first career start. Mekari is replacing veteran center Matt Skura, who suffered a season-ending knee injury on Monday.

Baltimore’s inactives are quarterback Trace McSorley, wide receiver Jaleel Scott, safety Bennett Jackson, guard Ben Powers, defensive tackle Zach Sieler, and cornerbacks Anthony Averett and Iman Marshall.

Matt Breida and Joe Staley Inactive for 49ers

San Francisco’s leading rusher Matt Breida (542 yards) is inactive (ankle), which is a big loss for the 49ers. With Breida out of the lineup, the bulk of San Francisco’s running load is likely to be carried by Tevin Coleman (448 yards) and Raheem Mostert (393 yards).

The 49ers are expected to rely heavily on their running attack in Sunday’s rainy conditions, and Breida is averaging five yards per carry.

Veteran left tackle Joe Staley (finger) is also inactive, which could also negatively impact San Francisco’s offense. Staley has played just three games this season but had hoped to play against the Ravens.

Other inactives for the 49ers are premier pass rusher Dee Ford (6.5 sacks), who was ruled out on Friday, quarterback C.J. Beathard, wide receiver Dante Pettis, kicker Chase McLaughlin and tight end Levine Toilolo.

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A collision between Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith and an Erie Country Sheriff Office’s reserve deputy during Sunday’s Buffalo Bills game has landed 46-year-old Jason Macken in the trauma intensive care unit at Erie Medical Center.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Macken’s injury was suffered during the Bills game.

Macken, who was working security at the game, had surgery, according to The Buffalo News.

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Video of the incident shows Smith, who was covering Bills receiver Cole Beasley on a play that resulted in a successful two-point conversion, run into Macken at full speed. The defensive back’s momentum carried him deep into the sideline, where he made contact with Macken’s back with his right arm.

“Working the sidelines of an NFL game can be rewarding but can be dangerous too. With the speed and size of players, paired with the dozens of game day staff along the sidelines, there are many opportunities for collisions and staff to get injured,” said Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard, per WKBW. “Today, we are just concerned about Deputy Macken’s health and recovery and I have offered my full support.”

Macken remains in the hospital after surgery and is now resting and recovering, per the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

The Ravens released this statement:

“We hope the police officer is recovering and doing well. We’re just learning of this and we’re trying to learn more.”

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CINCINNATI — The Bengals have secured the top pick in next year’s draft. All that’s left is a send-off for the quarterback who had a hand in their best — and most frustrating — moments in the past decade.

Andy Dalton gets to wrap up his tenure as the Bengals’ franchise quarterback on Sunday when Cincinnati (1-14) hosts the Cleveland Browns (6-9). The Bengals are expected to take a quarterback in the draft — they’ll get the first shot at Heisman winner Joe Burrow of LSU — and give Zac Taylor a chance to mold his offense heading into his second season as head coach.

Dalton has one year left on his contract. Even if the Bengals choose to keep him to mentor the rookie next season, his days leading the franchise are finished.

On Sunday, Miami got a field goal in the final seconds of overtime for a 38-35 win that clinched the NFL’s worst record — and its top draft pick — for the Bengals.

RB Lynch, Seahawks on verge of reunion

RENTON, Wash. — The Seahawks could be reuniting with former star running back Marshawn Lynch, coach Pete Carroll said during his radio show Monday.

Carroll said Lynch is flying to Seattle and will undergo a physical later Monday. Seattle is in desperate need of running backs after Chris Carson (hip) and C.J. Prosise (arm) both suffered season-ending injuries in Sunday’s 27-13 loss to Arizona.

Carroll said reports are that Lynch is in good shape, but whether Seattle signs him will depend on the physical. Lynch has not played in more than a year.

Cardinals QB Murray to have MRI

TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona rookie quarterback Kyler Murray was scheduled to have an MRI on Monday on his sore right hamstring that he injured in the team’s 27-13 win over Seattle.

Murray left the game in the third quarter on Sunday and was replaced by Brett Hundley. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury called Murray’s status “day to day.” .

Top-seed Ravens to rest Jackson, Ingram

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Having already accomplished all their goals for the regular season, the Baltimore Ravens will play the finale against Pittsburgh this Sunday without quarterback Lamar Jackson, eight-time Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda and several other key starters, including injured running back Mark Ingram.

The Ravens (13-2) extended their winning streak to 11 games and clinched the top seed in the AFC playoffs with a 31-15 win over Cleveland on Sunday. Ingram left in the fourth quarter with a calf injury, but should be ready when Baltimore opens the playoffs at home during the second weekend in January.

Chiefs peaking in all phases as playoffs near

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs were dominant in all phases of their 26-3 victory over the Bears on a cold Sunday night at Soldier Field .

Their defense, now with veteran pass rusher Terrell Suggs in the mix, held their fifth straight opponent to 17 points or fewer, and Patrick Mahomes threw for 251 yards and accounted for three TDs, becoming the fastest quarterback to eclipse 9,000 yards and hit 75 TD passes by reaching the mark in 30 games .

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Moments after Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey made a game-altering play during Sunday’s 20-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers, he pushed himself up off the soggy ground at M&T Bank Stadium, ran toward special teams coach Chris Horton and leapt into his arms.

This wasn’t a random embrace. After deflecting a field goal attempt at the end of the first half to preserve a three-point lead in an eventual three-point win, Humphrey didn’t simply want to hug the first warm body he could find. He darted to Horton for a reason.

This moment, like so many others that unfold over the course of a game, had a backstory.

A few weeks earlier, Horton asked Humphrey to begin playing on the field goal block team. Humphrey, one of the Ravens’ best defensive players, said he was skeptical at first because he’d never had any success in that role.

“It was strange,” Humphrey said. “When Chris put me on the block team, I was like, ‘I’ve never blocked a kick in practice, high school, college — any of that.’ … He was like, ‘Oh, we’re going to put you on there anyway.’”

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A first-year special teams coach, Horton spent time working with Humphrey individually last week. He showed him how to dip his inside shoulder to take the most direct angle from the edge of the line to the front of the kicker.

Sunday, while the 49ers moved in position to send Robbie Gould onto the field for a 51-yard field goal try on the final play of the first half, Horton reminded Humphrey about the techniques he’d been teaching.

Humphrey took the coaching, zipped around the edge of the 49ers’ line and lunged to get his hand on Gould’s kick. The ball fluttered and fell well short of the goalposts.

“[Horton] tells me from the sideline, ‘Dip that edge, like we talked about in practice and you can go get it,’” Humphrey said. “That was really an exciting moment for me — not an interception or a touchdown or anything, but it was definitely one of the most exciting moments of the year for me.”

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Local media voted Humphrey as the Ravens’ MVP last season, and he’s produced more big plays this year. He’s intercepted two passes. He scored a touchdown against the Patriots. And in a rivalry game victory over the Steelers, Humphrey forced and recovered a fumble in overtime that set up a game-winning field goal.

Still, the deflected kick held great significance. It did for Horton, too. He’s a young coach who felt fulfilled when he guided Humphrey toward a new goal.

“It was Marlon’s first blocked kick,” Horton said. “We prepared, we talked about it, we said we’d have an opportunity if we got in that situation and then I was really excited for him. That was our first blocked kick as a staff, so it was just a really exciting moment. And I think it was deserving of a big hug.”

Humphrey felt the same way about Horton.

“He believed in me, even though I was like, ‘Yo, I don’t think I can,’” Humphrey said. “He was like, ‘Yes, you can. You can do it.’”

And he did.

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With 189 consecutive starts, Brandon Carr is leaving a legacy as one of the most durable defensive backs in NFL history.

However, Carr is also doing important work beyond football as a selfless person who uses his platform to impact lives. Carr has been named the Ravens’ Walter Payton Man of the Year, presented by Nationwide, nominee for 2019.

It’s the third time in his career that Carr has been his team’s recipient. He was the Ravens’ nominee for the national award in 2018, and in 2015 when he played with the Dallas Cowboys.

The Walter Payton Man of the Year award recognizes an NFL player for his excellence on and off the field. The award was established in 1970 and was renamed in 1999 after the late Chicago Bears running back. Each team announces one winner of the award, and as the Ravens’ winner, Carr will be eligible to win the 2019 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, which will be revealed at NFL Honors the night before the Super Bowl.

The winner of the award receives $250,000 donated to the United Way, and up to $250,000 donated to the winner’s charity of choice. As the Ravens’ recipient, Carr receives $50,000 to be donated to the charity of his choice.

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Walter Payton Man of the Year: Brandon Carr

Brandon Carr’s commitment to the community may arguably have an even bigger impact than his great plays on the field.

“This is a true honor,” Carr said. “This is nothing but a reflection of my upbringing. I love playing this game, but I also love the platform that it gives us as athletes do something positive. I know all of us have passions, we do amazing things in the community. It’s not about me. It’s about us, the Ravens organization and all that we do for the Baltimore community and your community that supports you.

“This is for the Carr Cares Foundation. This is for us. We’ve got more work to do. Let’s continue to rock this world.”

Last week, Carr won the Ed Block Courage Award, voted on exclusively by the players on each team. It is presented to the player who exemplifies a commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage, while also recognizing a player’s efforts on the field and his ability to overcome adversity.

Since Carr entered the NFL in 2008, the 33-year-old defensive back has dressed for every game. Whatever adversity he was going through, whichever team he was playing for, Carr has never taken a game off. His consecutive starts streak is the longest active streak among NFL defensive players, a testimony to his dedication. This season, Carr has played both cornerback and safety and his versatility as a steady presence in the secondary has helped the Ravens (11-2) win nine straight games.

Off the field, Carr leads the Carr Cares Foundation, founded in 2012 to improve child literacy around the country. This year, Carr launched the LitBuddies program at Glenmount Elementary School in northeast Baltimore. The boxes will be filled with books and educational games for elementary school-aged kids. More than 100 boxes will be distributed to students in the Baltimore area and will be available for purchase for customers nationwide.

Along with literacy initiatives, the foundation encourages children to lead healthy lifestyles through nutrition and physical fitness. Carr has opened reading centers in his hometown of Flint, Mich. and he is extremely active in social initiatives around Baltimore.

Carr is also extremely dedicated to breast cancer awareness after losing his mother, Kathy, to the disease in 2014. This season, Carr is donating $12,500 per game ($200,000 total) to fund free screenings and diagnostic mammograms through the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

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NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that the preliminary belief is Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice suffered a MCL sprain during Sunday’s loss to the Packers. Pelissero adds that further testing will determine the full extent of the knee injury.

Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan suffered a calf injury, while cornerback Quinton Dunbar exited with a hamstring injury.

» Tampa Bay Buccaneers wideout Mike Evans was knocked out against the Colts with a hamstring injury on a 61-yard touchdown reception. Bucs coach Bruce Arians said of Evans’ hamstring injury, “It’s not good.”

Arians added after the game that quarterback Jameis Winston had a tiny fracture in his throwing hand that caused him to miss a second-half series.

» New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook suffered a head injury and did not return against San Francisco. Defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins suffered an ankle injury.

» New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was seen at the postgame podium following their loss to Kansas City with a wrap and an ice bag on his right elbow. Brady said he got hit on the elbow during the game and the injury might show up on the injury report. However, it won’t keep him out of next week’s game against Cincinnati.

» Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will undergo X-rays on his right hand after playing through an injury in their win over New England. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Mahomes had trouble gripping the ball during the game, and Mahomes added that the hand still “doesn’t feel great.”

Chiefs guard Andrew Wylie suffered a shoulder injury against the Pats.

» Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker and receiver Albert Wilson were knocked out with concussions against the Jets.

» Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (shoulder) was officially inactive vs. the Titans. He’s scheduled to have an MRI this week, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source.

Raiders tight end Foster Moreau (knee) was ruled out against Tennessee.

» Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant did not return against Carolina after suffering a forearm injury. Rapoport reported that Trufant broke his forearm and will miss the remainder of the season. Wideout Calvin Ridley did not return with abdominal pain.

» San Francisco 49ers pass rusher Dee Ford exited against New Orleans with a hamstring injury and did not return. Neither did enter Weston Richburg (knee/ankle).

» New York Jets tight end Ryan Griffin left against the Dolphins with an ankle injury. Running back Bilal Powell (ankle) and defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (neck) also left their win over Miami with injuries. Jets coach Adam Gase told reporters that running bell Le’Veon Bell, who was inactive with an illness, has the flu.

» Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny was ruled out against the Rams after suffering a knee injury in the first quarter. After the game coach Pete Carroll told reporters he suffered a sprained ACL and it’s “significant.”

» Denver Broncos defensive end Dre’Mont Jones (ankle) and tight end Noah Fant (foot) exited early vs. the Texans.

» Baltimore Ravens wideout Chris Moore (stinger), tight end Mark Andrews (knee) and cornerback Anthony Levine Sr. (ankle) exited early against Buffalo.

» Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Montravius Adams (illness) left their game against the Redskins.

» Detroit Lions defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson (shoulder) and tackle Rick Wagner (knee) exited early vs. Minnesota.

» Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Jake Ryan is questionable to return with a hamstring injury. Wide receiver D.J. Chark suffered an ankle injury late vs. the Chargers.

» Tennessee Titans safety Kenny Vaccaro was ruled out against Oakland with a concussion.

» Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Rodney Gunter suffered an ankle injury against Pittsburgh.

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Life after C.J. Mosley figured to be a difficult road for the Ravens to maneuver. The middle linebacker was a linchpin on defense for five seasons, manning the center of units that consistently ranked among the league’s best.

So when Mosley, a first-round draft pick in 2014, left in free agency this past spring, signing a five-year, $85 million contract with the New York Jets, a transitional period was expected.

Mosley won’t make his return to face his former team when the Ravens host the Jets on “Thursday Night Football.” He suffered a groin injury in the season opener and later aggravated the injury. The Jets placed the 27-year-old on injured reserve in November, ending a season in which Mosley will miss more games in New York (14) than he did in five seasons with the Ravens (three).

When asked if he was disappointed with not being able to reunite with his ex-teammate, cornerback Jimmy Smith on Wednesday playfully said, “Not really.”

“He’s a good player, great player for us, but stay on the sideline,” Smith said of the four-time Pro Bowl selection.

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After struggling to fill Mosley’s void early in the season, the Ravens have adjusted, using a three-man rotation at the center of a surging defense.

Instead of drafting an inside linebacker or signing one in free agency, the Ravens hoped Patrick Onwuasor, fresh off a breakout season playing next to Mosley, and a combination of second-year players Kenny Young and Chris Board would suffice.

Onwuasor was next in line to fill Mosley’s role in the middle of the defense and received communication duties to start the season. But after Onwuasor and Young — who beat out Board in training camp for the weak-side linebacker position — struggled to defend the run in the team’s only two losses to date, the position group received a shakeup.

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In the following weeks, veterans Josh Bynes and L.J. Fort were signed, and Young was sent to the Los Angeles Rams in the trade that brought in cornerback Marcus Peters.

Bynes entered with a level of comfort in the defensive system, spending his first four seasons in the league with the Ravens. Defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale, then serving as linebackers coach, oversaw the development of Bynes, who delivered the game-sealing tackle in Super Bowl XLVII.

While Bynes didn’t spend time in any team’s training camp over the summer, he made an immediate impact four days after his signing, intercepting a pass in a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers that kick-started the Ravens’ nine-game winning streak.

Since his arrival, Bynes has played the most defensive snaps of any inside linebacker on the team.

“It was really easy,” Martindale said of inserting Bynes into the lineup. “He came right in and really didn’t skip a beat. I knew from before when he played how he good he was and how smart he is, how instinctive he is, and all those things that go with it. Right away, he calmed down the middle of the defense with his communication and experience.”

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The Ravens had targeted Fort in free agency, but he opted to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles. After roster maneuvering forced Philadelphia to release Fort, the Ravens fortuitously landed the eight-year pro days later.

“It’s really playing catch-up, first couple days you’re here,” Fort said. “It’s straight football. You can’t do anything else but study. After that, it’s just learning the little nuances because you can’t learn it all at one time. There are so many different ways to play different schemes and stuff like that. Over the course of the year, I’ve been picking up all the little details and getting better and more comfortable with it.”

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According to analytics website Pro Football Focus, Bynes (39 tackles) has performed well defending the run, while Fort (two sacks) has stood out as an inside pass rusher.

Onwuasor, who isn’t as highly regarded by the website, has made an impact as well, recording two sacks and a key forced fumble against the New England Patriots since his return from a midseason high-ankle sprain.

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Week-to-week defensive snaps have fluctuated for the three linebackers depending on matchups, with Martindale saying he prefers to have them all playing about 30 snaps per game. At times, Martindale has used personnel without a true inside linebacker, deciding to place safety Chuck Clark as a dime linebacker.

The combination of Onwuasor, Bynes and Fort — Onwuasor and Fort providing speed, Bynes bringing a veteran savviness — have helped negate the loss of Mosley.

The team’s long-term outlook at the position remains bleak. Weeks after signing a one-year contract with the team, Fort was rewarded with a modest two-year extension through the 2021 season. Both Bynes, 30, and Onwuasor, 27, are unrestricted free agents at the end of the season.

But for the time being, the ever-changing defense is adjusting on the fly, slotting pieces where they work best.

“Our philosophy is to put the best 11 on the field for whatever situation it is,” Martindale said.