Welcome to another installment of Out to Lunch! Today, we have lots of Lamar Jackson love and some news surrounding the team, including some rather depressing things. But don’t worry, we’ll get that out of the way first and get to some happier material to make sure we don’t ruin our day.
First things first, Ronnie Stanley is done for the season after undergoing ankle surgery once again. This procedure was done on the same ankle that he hurt a year ago and it will once again end his season before it even got a chance to begin. Stanley has been plagued with the injury bug for seemingly most of his career and it’s such a shame because he’s so talented and likeable.
Check out Stanley’s Twitter thread giving his thoughts about everything:
(1)As I sit here in my hospital bed post surgery, I have a lot of mixed emotions. On one hand I’m angry, sad, upset, depressed knowing things could’ve been different. I should be gearing up for our superbowl run but instead I’m back in the same hospital I was in almost a year ago
— Ronnie Stanley (@megatronnie) October 20, 2021
We’re wishing you a fast and safe recovery, Ronnie. We love you so much and we couldn’t be happier to have such a talented and humble young man like yourself in our organization!
Some love from another injured Raven, this time in the form of one Marcus Peters. A long-time fan of the Baltimore Ravens, Brie Brown, was taking some engagement photos with her fiancé including some of them wearing their Ravens jerseys. Brie was rocking her #24 Peters jersey in hopes that her favorite player would notice. Well, he sure did:
— Marcus Peters (@marcuspeters) October 19, 2021
You just absolutely love to see players interacting with the fan base like this. Peters has become an absolutely beloved player in Baltimore and it’s not hard to see why. Get well soon, Marcus!
Here’s a little nugget from The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec:
Ravens won't get a single snap this yr from top two RBs J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards; starting CB Marcus Peters and ILB L.J. Fort. All Pro LT Ronnie Stanley was one game and done. Standout blocking TE Nick Boyle and starting DT Derek Wolfe have still yet to play. And they're 5-1.
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) October 19, 2021
That’s beyond stating what we already know. This is truly a testament to how unbelievably dialed in this Baltimore Ravens team is. There are plenty of players and coaches to give credit to for all the success the team has enjoyed; too many to name in such a short and sweet article.
While we will definitely continue playing the “what if all these players were healthy?” game in our heads, we also have to wonder if the team would be as passionate. Would they be more talented? With a doubt. However, these Baltimore Ravens are playing with a massive chip on their shoulders and are out to prove doubters wrong. Injuries are anything but an excuse for this team right now and any team who dares oppose them on the gridiron is in for a rude awakening and a likely butt-kicking game.
A former Super Bowl champion and Pro Football Hall of Fame Baltimore Raven had some high praise for our own John Harbaugh yesterday:
Shannon Sharpe said if he got to choose to play for an NFL coach, he’d probably choose John Harbaugh.
“Because you see how he is with Lamar Jackson? … The level of respect he has for [players]. And the players reciprocate that.” pic.twitter.com/iG7npAnQbp
— Sarah Ellison (@sgellison) October 19, 2021
Shannon Sharpe has had some outrageous takes throughout his career in the media, but he gives the Baltimore Ravens credit more often than not. Sharpe cites how he loves how much Harbaugh believes in his guys like Lamar Jackson and you see it on the field every single week. The connection Harbs and Jackson has is rare, borderline historic. It’s nice to see someone with the accolades that Sharpe has can see this as well as the fans can.
… it also helps his case that he was a stud for the Ravens during their Super Bowl XXXV run back in 2000-2001.
Psssssst… in case you’ve been sleeping under a rock, here’s a quick reminder for you courtesy of The Exit 52 Podcast:
THE Baltimore Ravens:
– 1st in the AFC North
– 1st in the AFC
– most players on IR in the NFL
– SEVEN (7) picks in the first 4 rounds
next year pic.twitter.com/L6Ayu5cNxW
— The Exit 52 Podcast (@Exit52Podcast) October 19, 2021
Man, oh man does it feel GOOD to be a Baltimore Ravens fan. This team is one of the five best teams in football and are serious contenders for a championship this year. The future looks great, too, between returning players from injury, young developing stars, and a ton of draft capital to continue reloading. All in all, who’s got it better than us?!
Real quick, before we get to our grand finale, here’s some serotonin for you:
In honor of it being Bengals week for the Ravens, here’s a video of a moment where Lamar Jackson showed proof that “he is Houdini” pic.twitter.com/ljRZNEh8hi
— Kevin Oestreicher (@koestreicher34) October 19, 2021
“He is Houdini!” … what an amazing call for an amazing play. See you Sunday, Bengals.
There’s no better way to end this edition of Out to Lunch than with this…
— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) October 19, 2021
That’s right; you just saw ESPN’s Mina Kimes SLAM Stephen A. Smith on his own show after he was disrespecting Lamar Jackson. Mina came out guns blazing and shutdown any arguments that SAS dared to make. The dude was stunned so bad that he simply sat there and listened, which anyone who watches his show knows that’s far from the norm.
It was so satisfying to see someone who actually pays attention to football annihilate someone who simply says things for clout. Thank you so so much, Mina! The Ravens Flock loves you for this segment.