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A group of Pro Football Hall of Famers led by Eric Dickerson is demanding health insurance coverage and a share of NFL revenues or else those former players will boycott the induction ceremonies.
In a letter sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and Hall of Fame President David Baker — and obtained by The Associated Press — 21 Hall of Fame members cited themselves as “integral to the creation of the modern NFL, which in 2017 generated $14 billion in revenue.”
Among the signees were Dickerson, who is listed as chairman of the newly created Hall of Fame Board the group has formed, Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Joe Namath, Lawrence Taylor, and Sarah White, the widow of Reggie White.
One name on the list of 22 signees including Mrs. White was Carl Ellard, but no one by that name has played professional football. Former Vikings defensive end Carl Eller, however, is a Hall of Famer.
“The time has come for us to be treated as part of a game we’ve given so much to,” the letter states. “Until our demands are met, the Hall of Famers will not attend the annual induction ceremony in Canton. It’s well known that the NFL is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020, and while we are proud of our role in building this league, we don’t believe 100 years of player exploitation is something to celebrate.”
The strongly worded letter called out the league for paying Goodell $40 million, saying “there are better uses for that money.” It also criticized Smith for his salary and the lack of a former player on the players’ association executive board. But there have been two former players on that executive board since 2009.
Kurt Warner, whose name is also on the letter, released a statement on Twitter that said he wasn’t made aware of the letter and his name was mistakenly put on it. He said he supports the efforts for better benefits for all retired players and doesn’t believe in boycotting the Hall of Fame.
NFL players have received a pension since the Bert Bell Plan, named after a former league commissioner, was created in 1959. In the 1993 collective bargaining agreement, a 401K plan to which players also could contribute was established, and in 1998 an annuity program.
“There have been significant increases in the pension with every collective bargaining agreement in the history of this sport,” said Miki Yaras-Davis, the NFLPA’s senior director of benefits.
“The normal retirement age is 55 for former players, and those players can leave in their pension (funds) and at 65 they have almost a 300 percent increase. This is one of the few defined benefit plans left in the country. It’s a program which isn’t seen much anymore that defines the benefits at a certain age.”
During the 2011 labor dispute and lockout, one of the main issues was establishing a fund for pre-1993 players. In that CBA, a “Legacy Fund” was established, with a $620 million increase in benefits, with team owners contributing out of their share of revenues for the first time. The union and the league have increased pensions three times for former players since 2011.
But the letter calls the Legacy Fund “little more than cynical public relations ploys that fail to help those who desperately need it.”
“The total cost for every Hall of Famer to have health insurance is less than $4 million — less than that of a 30-second Super Bowl ad, or about 3 cents for every $100 the league generates in revenue,” Dickerson’s letter states.
“Paying Hall of Famers an annual salary works out to about 40 cents for every $100 in annual revenue, a figure that will increase dramatically in the near future with legalized gambling.”
The disgruntled former players also took aim at the expansion of the Hall of Fame into a village that Baker has estimated will eventually cost $1 billion. The NFL provides significant funding for the hall, but equally significant costs for the project are funded elsewhere.
Also, the Hall of Fame village plans a player care center called Legend’s Landing that provides independent and assisted living for retired hall of famers as well as “members of the NFL’s legends community, along with coaches, officials and administrators,” according to the Hall of Fame’s website. A health care center also is part of the expansion.
The letter’s demands cover the 318 members of the Hall of Fame, but says it hopes to create “a template for active players in the next round of (labor) negotiations.” Those talks would come in 2021 when the current CBA expires.
Other Hall of Famers listed on the letter:
Marcus Allen, Mel Blount, Derrick Brooks, Earl Campbell, Richard Dent, Marshall Faulk, Mike Haynes, Rickey Jackson, Ronnie Lott, Curtis Martin,
John Randle, Deion Sanders, Bruce Smith and Jackie Smith.
Rockies shortstop Trevor Story suffered an injury to his right elbow on Monday against the Dodgers.
Story likely has ligament damage in his right elbow, according to report on Tuesday.
Here’s how people reacted on Twitter to Story’s injury:
hopefully that's not that's the end of Trevor's……………..
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LOS ANGELES — Trevor Story likely has ligament damage in his right elbow, according to a report by Ken Rosenthal.
Story, the Rockies’ all-star shortstop, exited Monday’s series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers due to pain in his right elbow following a first-inning throw.
Rosenthal is reporting Story potentially has UCL damage in that elbow, with the exact diagnosis to be determined.
#Rockies’ Trevor Story facing potential UCL damage in right elbow, sources tell The Athletic. Exact diagnosis not yet known.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 18, 2018
That sort of damage could elicit Tommy John surgery, which has the possibility of keeping Story out for the rest of this season and all of 2019.
This story will be updated.
PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin doesn’t like talking about the way his players use social media. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach would prefer to stick to football.
Antonio Brown, however, isn’t giving his boss much choice.
Tomlin said he plans to speak to the All-Pro wide receiver “directly” after Brown caused a bit of a commotion — again — by taking to Twitter to vent after a former team employee suggested Brown’s stardom is a result of playing with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Brown responded by tweeting “trade me let’s find out.” When asked Tuesday if one of the NFL’s most dynamic players has asked to be moved, Tomlin responded “no, no” and laughed.
Still, Tomlin believes the seemingly incessant inquiries about Brown’s online behavior is growing tiresome.
“It’s important that we understand our position, the light that shines on us and the responsibility that comes with it,” Tomlin said.
Tomlin plans to provide Brown with a reminder on Wednesday when the team returns to practice. He wasn’t able to on Monday because Brown did not show up for work.
Tomlin declined to say whether Brown’s absence was excused, though in the past Tomlin has typically offered an explanation when a player is out.
Brown caught nine passes for 67 yards in a 42-37 loss to Kansas City on Sunday that dropped Pittsburgh to 0-1-1. He has 18 receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown through two games, a pace that would easily have him top 100 receptions for a sixth straight season.
Yet Brown has struggled at times to keep his emotions in check, be it on social media or on the sideline. Cameras caught him venting in the second half against Kansas City, and when Roethlisberger dived into the end zone for a 3-yard score that drew the Steelers within five points on Sunday, Brown walked slowly off the field while his teammates celebrated.
Tomlin downplayed Brown’s sideline behavior, calling “negative exchanges” the byproduct of not playing well as a whole. The Steelers are off to their worst start since 2013, when they dropped their first four games and missed the playoffs.
Brown’s in-game behavior has long been a flashpoint. He famously punched a Gatorade bucket in Baltimore last September and more than once had semi-heated exchanges with former offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Roethlisberger isn’t worried about Brown’s outburst on Sunday .
“I think it was just frustration,” Roethlisberger said during his weekly appearance on 93.7 The Fan. “He’s a competitor, and he wants to be the best in the world, and he probably is the best in the world. So he wants to make every play and catch every ball and every touchdown, which is what every player wants to do.”
Every player, however, has not regularly forced the Steelers to either reprimand him — Brown drew a strong rebuke from Tomlin after livestreaming a locker room celebration following a playoff victory over Kansas City in 2017 — or issue an apology, as the club did last week when Brown threatened an ESPN reporter on Twitter for the way he was portrayed in a story .
Tomlin suspended former wide receiver Martavis Bryant for a game last season after Bryant went on Instagram and said he should be playing ahead of rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Tomlin said that situation is different because it was one player going after another as opposed to Brown’s latest episodes.
Brown will almost certainly be available next Monday when Pittsburgh travels to surprising Tampa Bay (2-0).
“He’s been a significant reason why we’ve been successful around here,” Tomlin said of Brown. “He’s going to continue to be.”
NOTES: RG David DeCastro (fractured right hand), CB Joe Haden (hamstring) and DT Tyson Alualu (shoulder), who all sat out last week, could return to play against the Buccaneers. … RT Marcus Gilbert (hamstring) and LG Ramon Foster (knee) will be monitored throughout the week. … Tomlin said it’s possible the team could work out punters with Jordan Berry struggling. Berry has a net average of 34.8 through two weeks, a full 5 yards lower than his net average in 2017.
Three months ago, right winger Logan O’Connor had every intention to return to the University of Denver and play out his senior season as the Pioneers’ captain.
Tuesday night he will instead make his NHL preseason debut with the Avalanche and play on a line with two guys who are assured of making the opening-night roster.
O’Connor, 22, went from an Avs’ development-camp invite in June to signing a maximum, two-year free agent contract July 23. He will play on a line with second-year center J.T. Compher and newcomer Matt Calvert Tuesday night when the Avs host the Vegas Golden Knights at the Pepsi Center.
“It is a little surreal, being in the locker room here,” O’Connor said after the morning skate. “But I’m happy for the opportunity and looking forward to going out there and just playing hockey, and not worrying about it too much. Despite it being a higher level, it’s just a game and I have to go out there and enjoy it.”
— Mike Chambers (@MikeChambers) September 18, 2018
Compher is in position to become the Avs’ third-line center and Calvert — a free-agent signee from the Columbus Blue Jackets on July 1 — is Colorado’s fifth-highest-paid forward. The Avs wouldn’t put O’Connor with Compher and Calvert if they didn’t believe in the former Pioneer.
“I really didn’t know what to expect coming in to this, but obviously fortunate to be with these two guys,” O’Connor said of his linemates. “They’ve helped me with some things. Good leaders out there. It’s been nice to sort of rely on them with questions and stuff.”
— Mike Chambers (@MikeChambers) September 18, 2018
Slow starts in the NFL can have disastrous consequences. Since the league expanded its playoff field to 12 teams in 1990, just 28 out of 223 teams (13 percent) during that time have recovered from an 0-2 start to make the playoffs. Since 2002, when the league expanded and reorganized into eight divisions, the rate of teams making the playoffs after a 0-2 start is even lower (14 out of 133 teams, 11 percent). And overall, teams starting 0-2 average less than six wins over the course of the season, with almost two-thirds (61 percent) of those teams winning six games or fewer.
That’s not an encouraging sign for the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks, because after Week 2, each team has less than a five percent chance at making the playoffs.
Seattle Seahawks, projected 6-10 record in 2018
Seattle has losses against the Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears, the latter an uninspiring 24-17 defeat in front of a national audience on “Monday Night Football.” Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was sacked five times in the first half and six total in the game plus threw a pick-six, his first interception returned for a touchdown since his rookie season. And those sacks? The game charters at Pro Football Focus put all but one of those on Wilson. Otherwise, Seattle’s offensive line gets good marks for their pass-blocking ability; they rank eighth heading into Week 3.
The team’s run-blocking, on the other hand, is dismal. PFF has Seattle’s offensive line ranked fourth to last through two games and their rushers have 138 yards for the season. Just 29 of those yards occurred after contact, per Sports Info Solutions, indicating nothing is working on the offense early in the season.
Perhaps the defense, which has allowed a below-average 1.8 points per drive this season (15th in NFL), will improve after the return of linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright. If so, maybe the Seahawks can make a run at the wild card.
Houston Texans, projected 6-10 record in 2018
Houston’s starting quarterback, Deshaun Watson, was an MVP candidate in 2017 before a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee cut his season short. Before the injury Watson was the most valuable passer per ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating (83.5 QBR), meaning his performance was good enough for the team to win better than 83 percent of the games he played in. In 2018 he ranks 23rd with a QBR of 44.0.
The Texans’ defense is also struggling, allowing more than two points per drive (ninth-most) despite forcing opponents to go three-and-out more than a third of the time (39 percent, eighth). At least J.J. Watt has returned to the team; the 2012 defensive player of the year has been credited with six total pressures and five stops at or behind the line of scrimmage, making him the sixth highest-rated defensive end in the NFL.
Buffalo Bills, projected 5-11 record in 2018
Based on the down, distance and field position of each pass or rush attempt, we would expect the Bills to have 51 points scored through two games. Instead, they have 23 points for, scoring less than one point per drive. Only the Arizona Cardinals are worse this season.
The good news for Buffalo’s defense: It can’t get any worse. The Bills are allowing a league-high three points per drive in addition to a whopping 90 percent conversion rate in the red zone.
New York Giants, projected 5-11 record in 2018
It might be time to move on from quarterback Eli Manning. The 37-year-old has a high completion rate, 69 percent, but a career-low 4.8 adjusted net yards per pass, an updated form of the more well-known passer rating. His QBR rating is also in its third year of decline, indicating his performance is 2018 is good enough to win just 33 percent of games played, which roughly translates to a 5-11 record over a full regular season.
Big Blue’s defense, on the other hand, is playing well. PFF ranks their secondary and pass rush as the 12th best in the league through two games, resulting in a below-average adjusted net yards (5.5) and passer rating against (81.6).
Detroit Lions, projected 5-11 record in 2018
Detroit’s offense has sputtered (nine fewer points than expected) and quarterback Matt Stafford ranks 29th out of 32 qualified passers in QBR thanks to a league-leading four interceptions. But that’s not even the team’s biggest concern: the holes in the defense are big enough to drive a truck through, literally.
The Lions’ run defense is allowing 5.6 yards per carry, second-most in the NFL, with 3.1 yards per carry occurring after contact. Defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois and linebackers Christian Jones and Jarrad Davis each have received a low, negative grade by PFF for their run defense this season.
Oakland Raiders, projected 5-11 record in 2018
Oakland’s pass rush has suffered mightily since trading 2017 defensive player of the year Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears. The Radiers defenders have been credited with 17 total sacks, hits and hurries in 2018, four more than Mack has in two games for his new team.
On offense, Jon Gruden’s system relies on quarterback Derek Carr making short and intermediate routes in addition to getting the ball out as quickly as possible, but that hasn’t worked out for Oakland early in the season. On throws where Carr holds the ball for 2.5 seconds or less he is 42 for 50 (84 percent) with four interceptions and a 74.3 passer rating. When he holds the ball for longer than that his passer rating jumps to 115.7. If Carr can get comfortable throwing the ball quicker, as he did last season (96.5 passer rating), the Raiders could start to crawl their way back to contention.
Arizona Cardinals, projected 4-12 record in 2018
Division leaders a few years ago, Arizona is being outscored by 16.4 points per game after adjusting for strength of schedule. If that level of mediocrity is sustained, it would be the second-worst campaign in franchise history, slightly behind the 1944 squad, a team created via the merger of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Cardinals.
Using more traditional metrics, the 2018 Cardinals rank last or second to last in net yards per pass (3.6), scoring rate (5 percent of offense drives end scoring points), yards per drive (17.5), points per drive (0.4), first downs allowed (54), net yards per pass allowed (8.8), rushing attempts allowed (75), average time per drive allowed (3 minutes and 37 seconds), plays allowed per drive (7.2) and yards allowed per drive (43).
Phillip Lindsay’s path to the Denver Broncos is truly incredible. He has the women in his life to thank.
The Denver Post’s extensive oral history (including 20 interviews) of Lindsay’s football life paints a winding journey to the NFL that showcases deep family connections to his mother, Diane, and two older sisters, Sparkle and Cheri — both of whom received full-ride college athletics scholarships.
“It shaped me in a lot of ways,” Lindsay said. “Mostly as a young man to understand a woman’s side of how things are. It makes you respect and understand that everybody is equal. Back in the day, my sisters, we looked up to them.”
Lindsay continues to spend much of his free time at his parents’ home in between time at team headquarters. He wouldn’t have it any other way.
“It feels good to be able to go home and talk to my family,” Lindsay said. “To know the whole city, the Aurora and Denver area, and to drive through there and be thankful for the opportunities I’ve been given but also thankful for the opportunities I’m able to give to other people.
“My family is my rock, they’re my backbone and they keep me going when I’m down,” Lindsay said. “There’s nothing that you can’t do when you have a strong family with you. That’s like having one stick and being able to break it or having 10 or 15 sticks together that you can’t break. When I’m with them, I feel like I can’t be broke.”
— Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post
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Question: What’s the bigger concern for the Rockies: Jon Gray or slumping bats?
Kiz: In the final days of a tense playoff race, I’m glad I’m not Rockies manager Bud Black. He has a slumping offense that goes down 1-2-3 more often than it goes deep and a starting pitching rotation that’s barely 50 percent reliable. I don’t know how Colorado manages to reach the postseason unless something quickly changes for the better. How much confidence can Black have in giving the baseball again to Jon Gray for a pressure-packed start?
Saunders: Kiz, the confidence level has got to be nearing zero right now. Gray’s ERA over his last three starts is 10.80 and he has not pitched past four innings in any of them. Worse, Black knows that the bigger the moment, the worse Gray performs. I thought the meltdown in last year’s wild-card playoff game at Chase Field was an aberration, but clearly it was more than that. Gray looks to me like a pitcher who does not trust himself.
Kiz: Where did Gray get hit harder? In Dodger Stadium or in his Twitter mentions? Rockies fans don’t trust Gray, and I can’t blame them. He shrinks in big moments, overthrowing every pitch, falling behind in the count and getting rocked when forced to groove a fastball. After Kyle Freeland makes his start Tuesday night in L.A., seven of Colorado’s final 11 games in the regular season will require Tyler Anderson, Antonio Senzatela or Gray to take the mound. Yikes!
Saunders: Yikes is right. In regard to Twitter, I’m really starting to hate it. The constant negativity exhausts me. Some “fans” can’t wait for a player to fail so they can sink their Twitter teeth into them. But I digress. Right now, the Rockies have only two reliable starters — German Marquez and Freeland, who was set to pitch Tuesday night against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. If Freeland can match Kershaw, Colorado’s division hopes are still alive.
Kiz: I believe 89 victories will get the Rockies in the playoffs. With only two truly reliable starters in the rotation, however, Colorado is going to have to win some games 8-7. But I’m not sure this batting order can be trusted to score big in Coors Field, much less on the road. If the Rockies go out with a whimper because of poor hitting, it will be embarrassing for a team that makes its home at 5,280 feet above sea level. Which hitters have the most pressure to step up?
Saunders: Kiz, I’m thinking it’s going to take 90 wins to get in, which means the Rockies must finish 8-4 down the stretch. I’m not optimistic, not only because of the wobbly rotation, but because of the Jekyll-and-Hyde offense. In my mind, two players have to step up: Charlie Blackmon at leadoff and Nolan Arenado in the heart of the order. The duo carried the club to the wild-card last season, but are their shoulders wide enough to carry the team again? We’ll see. Regardless, this offense will go down as one of the worst in franchise history. Go figure.
Phillip Lindsay’s performance against the Raiders on Sunday garnered some national attention as the Broncos rookie was nominated for two weekly NFL awards.
Lindsay on Tuesday was named a finalist for the Rookie of the Week and the FedEx Ground Player of the Week awards. This is his second straight Rookie of the Week nomination.
The 24-year-old running back had 14 carries for 107 yards, including a 53-yard run, and a catch for 4 yards in Week 2. He became the first undrafted rookie in NFL history to produce at least 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his first two games.
Lindsay’s competition for the Rookie of the Week award include Giants running back Saquon Barkley, Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, Chargers safety Derwin James and Colts linebacker Darius Leonard — all four were drafted in the two first two rounds of the 2018 NFL draft.
For FedEx Ground honors, Lindsay is up against running backs Matt Breida of the 49ers and Tevin Coleman of the Falcons. Quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes of Kansas City, Ryan Fitzpatrick of Tampa Bay and Blake Bortles of Jacksonville are the finalists for the FedEx Air Player of the Week.
Coach: John Harbaugh (11th year with Ravens — 95-67 regular season, 10-5 postseason).
Record: 1-1 (second in AFC North).
Last week: Lost 34-23 at Cincinnati.
Next week: at Pittsburgh.
Play caller: Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
Analysis: Mornhinweg, 56, is in his third year running Baltimore’s offense. The Ravens are his fourth coordinator post (San Francisco, Philadelphia and the Jets). He has a West Coast Offense background, having coached for Mike Holmgren, Steve Mariucci and Andy Reid. … Through Week 2, the Ravens rank third in scoring (35.0), eighth in yards (397.0), 23rd in rushing (91.5), seventh in passing (305.5), sixth on third down (43.3 percent) and first in red zone touchdown rate (100.0). … The Ravens used seven personnel groupings against the Bengals before settling on 3WR-1RB-1TE when they fell behind. … The Ravens drafted QB Lamar Jackson in this spring’s first round, but Joe Flacco, 33, remains the franchise passer. Flacco is 93-63 as a regular season starter (205 TD/132 INT). This year, he has five TD and two INT. Not very mobile, Flacco knows how to slide around the pocket to buy time. … Jackson has played 10 snaps in two games (nine carries for 45 yards). One of his plays in Week 2 was an old fashioned down-the-line option when he decided to keep the ball for a short gain. … RB Alex Collins and RB Buck Allen split the carries after RB Kenneth Dixon (knee) was placed on injured reserve last week. … The Ravens’ run game is averaging only 3.3 yards per carry. … FB Patrick Ricard will play in short-yardage situations, but a tight end will also be used as a blocking back. … The Ravens overhauled their WR depth chart during the offseason, signing Michael Crabtree (Oakland), Willie Snead (New Orleans) and John Brown (Arizona). The goal is to create more big plays. Last year, the Ravens averaged only 8.9 yards per catch; their average is at 11.0 through two games. … Brown is the speed threat (19.4 yards per catch) and Crabtree knows how to stay out of traffic on crossing routes. … Another area of focus was tight end. They already had Nick Boyle and Maxx Williams, but drafted Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews. Hurst (foot) is out. The Ravens ran 17 snaps of at least two tight ends last week at Cincinnati. … Williams and Andrews have six catches apiece and Boyle has five. … The offensive line is LT Ronnie Stanley, LG Alex Lewis, C Matt Skura, RG Marshal Yanda and RT James Hurst. Yanda is one of the league’s best guards, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection. Stanley is in his third year after being a 2016 first-round pick. … The Ravens have allowed six sacks.
Play caller: Coordinator Don Martindale.
Analysis: Martindale, 55, is in his first year as the Ravens’ coordinator, having spent the previous six years as their linebackers coach. He was the Broncos’ linebackers coach in 2009 and defensive coordinator in 2010. … The Ravens run a 3-4 base scheme, but rush LB Terrell Suggs will often line up in a three-point stance. … Through Week 2, the Ravens are tied for sixth in scoring (18.5), second in fewest yards allowed (263.0), 15th against the run (95.5), third against the pass (167.5), second on third down (25.0) and tied for 17th in red zone defense (60.0). … ILB C.J. Mosley, who calls the defensive signals, sustained a bone bruise (knee) against the Bengals and his status is uncertain. If he can’t play, S Eric Weddle will relay the play call. … Also out is No. 1 CB Jimmy Smith, serving a four-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. … Reserve CB Maurice Canady (quad) was put on injured reserve on Monday. … The Ravens rushed five men on 13 Andy Dalton drop-backs last week. … In terms of Week 2 playing time, the top defensive linemen are DE Brent Urban, DT Brandon Williams, NT Chris Wormley and NT Michael Pierce. … Suggs turns 36 next month and remains a productive player in his 16th season. He has seven double-digit sack seasons and 126 1/2 in 215 regular season games. Suggs played 46 snaps last week. … If Mosley can’t play, fourth-round rookie Kenny Young (team-high 11 tackles) would likely take his place. The other every-down ILB is Patrick Onwuasor (nine tackles). … OLB Za’Darius Smith has two tackles for lost yardage. … Former first-round CB Marlon Humphrey leads his group, followed by veteran Brandon Carr, second-year man Tavon Young and rookies Anthony Averett and Darious Williams. … The Bengals went right after Young last week and had success (two TDs by WR A.J. Green). … Humphrey played all 76 snaps against the Bengals. … Weddle (free safety) and SS Tony Jefferson are every-down players. … Jefferson has a team-high 13 tackles and Weddle is familiar with the Broncos. Weddle, 33, has 75 tackles and two interceptions in 17 career games against the Broncos. … On sub package downs, the Ravens will use FS Chris Clark and SS Anthony Levine.
Coordinator: Jerry Rosburg.
Analysis: Rosburg, 62, has been with the Ravens for all of John Harbaugh’s tenure, which started in 2008. Rosburg was formerly a special teams coordinator with Cleveland (2001-06) and Atlanta (2007). … Through Week 2, the Ravens rank ninth and 15th in kick and punt return, respectively. On coverage they’re 19th on punts and 23rd on kickoffs. … K Justin Tucker is elite, a two-time All Pro (2013 and ’16). Tucker has missed only four field goal attempts since the start of 2016 and has made all 212 of his career extra-point attempts. He is 3 of 3 on field goals this year. … P Sam Koch has a solid 45.4-yard net average in two games. He is in his 13th year with the Ravens. … The Ravens are leaning on undrafted rookie free agent Janarion Grant to handle punts (7.4 average) and kick returns (28-yard average).