Continuing every week to recollect, Ravens inside linebacker Roquan Smith was named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press on Friday.
Smith, who on Tuesday signed a five-year contract extension reportedly value $100 million, compiled 169 tackles, 4 1/2 sacks and three interceptions this season and was voted to his first Pro Bowl final month. He was additionally named the group’s Most Valuable Player by native media on Wednesday after enjoying in simply 9 video games.
“He’s even better than we thought,” coach John Harbaugh mentioned.
Kicker Justin Tucker and lengthy snapper Nick Moore had been positioned on the second group behind the Las Vegas Raiders’ Daniel Carlson and the Minnesota Vikings’ Andrew DePaola. Tucker, a five-time first-team All-Pro choice, led the league in area objectives made with 37, however his 86% conversion fee (37-for-43) trailed Carlson’s 91.9% fee (34-for-37), and the latter set an NFL single-season report with 11 area objectives from 50 yards or extra.
Harbaugh was reminded that the Ravens protected Moore from being signed off their apply squad for no less than three straight weeks through the 2020 season.
“That’s what we did, and it paid off,” he mentioned. “He’s really good. I think Nick is one of the best snappers in the National Football League. Probably the other one is [former Raven and current Tennessee Titan] Morgan Cox. Remember him? We’re proud of that. We’re proud of Nick. He’s done a great job. Looking forward to him having a great game on Sunday night.”
Ravens tight finish Mark Andrews, left guard Ben Powers, cornerback Marlon Humphrey and kick returner Devin Duvernay additionally acquired votes from a nationwide panel of fifty media members who recurrently cowl the league.
Former Ravens center linebacker C.J. Mosley, now with the New York Jets, and Buffalo Bills extensive receiver Stefon Diggs (Maryland) joined Tucker and Moore on the second group.
Optimism for rookie tight ends
Tight finish Charlie Kolar loved the most efficient outing of his rookie season when he caught 4 passes for 49 yards — three of which gained first downs — in Cincinnati on Sunday. But the third of six fourth-round picks in April’s NFL draft rued not pulling in an 8-yard cross ultimately zone from fellow rookie quarterback Anthony Brown within the third quarter that was thrown behind Kolar.
“Got to convert more in the red zone,” mentioned Kolar, who sat out the primary 9 video games of the season as a result of he was on injured reserve recovering from a sports activities hernia. “I had a chance myself. So I’ve got to get better on situational football. Overall, I just want to play more and play faster.”
The play of Kolar and fellow first-year tight finish Isaiah Likely (eight catches for 103 yards) was one of many few highlights for the Ravens from that loss to the Bengals. Their performances had been particularly welcomed with three-time Pro Bowl choice Mark Andrews getting every week off to be more healthy for the playoff sport.
Kolar mentioned he and Likely belief offensive coordinator Greg Roman to make use of them to enhance Andrews, who praised each rookies.
“I’m very proud of the way they competed,” he mentioned. “They went out there and played against a really good defense. So, I think they both have continued to learn all year.”