Eric Weddle questioned idea of Marlon Humphrey as an elite CB: "He has too many lapses in a game, and he knows it. I wouldn’t put him up there yet. He needs to be out there and play at a high level for the entire game, for a whole season. I love him. I think he can get there."
Just how good is Ravens rising star Marlon Humphrey? John Harbaugh: "I really think Marlon is becoming one of the top corners in the league." Safety Eric Weddle: "I wouldn’t put him up there yet." bsun.md/2DjIsKB (via @EdwardLeeSun )
Lamar Jackson said it took a while to learn how to relay play calls. Which makes sense when you consider Ravens QB coach James Urban’s example: “Red left switch tight close Z right sprint right G U corner half-back flat.” bsun.md/2ROH86u
“I think we’re all very hungry to break the drought,” senior and Big Ten Player of the Year Linnea Gonzales (Bel Air/Patterson Mill) said. “Maryland’s a program with a lot of pride and a lot of history, and I think we want to contribute to that and make some for ourselves.”
Jermaine Eluemunor paid the American equivalent of about 75 cents every Saturday for the newest edition of Captain America. “When I heard he passed away, I was like, ‘Damn,’" he said. "That’s a guy who helped me grow in my childhood and let my imagination run wild.”
Ravens OC Marty Mornhinweg is confident in Joe Flacco's readiness for Sunday, even if he doesn't practice: "He's got experience, he's a smart guy, he knows how to prepare, all of those things. ... I don't see any reason why he wouldn't play really well without any practice."
If the Ravens need an emergency QB, punter Sam Koch might be their best option. Said Joe Flacco last year: "He definitely has the ability to throw the football. Whether he has any idea as to what’s going on back there, who knows?” bsun.md/2FpzGNO
Ravens guard Marshal Yanda has bounced back from injury to reclaim his spot as one of the NFL's top guards. He'd rather talk about Geno Atkins than his contract situation. "Big-picture stuff, you’ll worry about that after the season." bsun.md/2QLT4FR (via @ChildsWalker )
“The one thing that excited us is that we knew they could step in as performers for us,” @Towson_MBB coach Pat Skerry said of the four transfers. “If we’re going to be good early, you’re going to lean a little bit more on those veteran guys."
“It’s very sad, and all week, I’ve been praying for the families,” said OL Hroniss Grasu, who grew up in the L.A. suburb of Northridge. "It’s scary because my stepmom still lives over there, my stepfather, my little brother,” said CB Robertson Daniel, who hails from San Jose.
OT James Hurst (back) will miss his fourth straight game, even after the bye week. S Tony Jefferson (thigh), OT Ronnie Stanley (ankle), OLB Tim Williams (ankle) and CB Tavon Young (ankle) are questionable. Young was a full participant in every practice this week.
The Ravens will be missing their starting RT Sunday, and maybe their starting QB. The Bengals will be missing two starting LBs, their starting TE, likely their top WR ... oh, and their top LB and No. 2 CB are questionable to play. bsun.md/2QN3Qfa