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Studs and Duds From the Ravens’ Week 5 Loss to the Browns

October 08, 2018 - 11:57 am
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By Joe Schiller

Studs

Sam Koch

Koch was busier than normal due to offensive struggles but fantastic when called upon. He averaged 45.8 yards on eight punts and pinned the Browns inside their 20-yard line six times. The veteran is part of the best special teams trio for a reason and he continually put the opposition in horrible field position.

 

Justin Tucker

Tucker provided all nine points for the Ravens on Sunday by way of three field goals. He finished 3-for-4 on the day and the blocked kick by Denzel Ward wasn’t his fault. Given how reliable he continues to be, Tucker is a candidate to make the studs list just about every game he plays in.

 

Tony Jefferson

Don Martindale becoming defensive coordinator is the best thing that could have ever happened to Tony Jefferson. He’s being utilized to his strengths and led the Ravens with nine total tackles, including one for a loss. His ability against ball-carriers at the line of scrimmage and in the box is uncanny and this seems to be the player the Ravens envisioned in Jefferson when signing him to a major contract.

 

Tavon Young

With just four healthy corners, Young was one of the standouts. His diving interception in the first quarter set up the offense with fantastic field position and he helped keep one of the league’s best slot receivers in Jarvis Landry relatively quiet.


Duds

Michael Crabtree

While he led the Ravens with 66 receiving yards on six catches, Crabtree comes in as the biggest dud. He dropped multiple passes, including a potential game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter. It’s been a stale start to his first season with the Ravens and the drops are becoming a legitimate concern at this point.

 

Buck Allen

As if Alex Collins’ ball security problems weren’t enough, Buck Allen coughed up a fumble against the Browns early in the third quarter. The run game has been virtually non-existent through five games and neither back is showing much to be confident about.

 

Tim White

Similar to Allen, White fumbled on a punt return that was fortunately recovered by Kenny Young. Mishaps like those got Janarion Grant quickly pulled from the starting job and White could face a similar fate if he continues to struggle to hold onto the ball.

 

Honorable Mention: Marty Mornhinweg

Mornhinweg was praised for his play-calling efforts so far this season but the offseason lacked rhythm and looked rather predictable against a much-improved Browns defense. Abandoning the run after a strong start by Alex Collins on the first drive was questionable and the final three-play, zero-yard drive was inexcusable.