Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has a healthy respect for Lamar Jackson, and that has not waned even though the speedy Baltimore Ravens quarterback has been slow out of the blocks to start this season.
Schwartz will hope to keep Jackson in neutral -- or perhaps at least in a slower gear -- on Sunday afternoon when the Ravens (4-1) visit the Eagles (1-3-1) in Philadelphia.
"Jackson is probably the most dangerous player in the league," Schwartz said. "Because there are times you can do everything right on defense and can't catch him, or he can throw a ball sidearm underneath of a free rusher and complete a pass.
"I think that you've got to have a resilient attitude when you play him, and you know that a playmaker like him is going to make some plays. You just have to limit his big plays, and you have to stay resilient. You can't hang your (head) if he ends up making a play."
Jackson completed just 19 of 37 passes for 180 yards in Baltimore's 27-3 romp over Cincinnati last Sunday. Perhaps the more important numbers to digest were that the reigning NFL MVP rushed two times for a career-low 3 yards, although those numbers came on the heels of him missing two practices last week with a sore knee and a stomach bug.
"I'm good. I'm way better than I was last week," Jackson said Wednesday.
Coach John Harbaugh said he isn't overly concerned with the team's offense, however.
"We're just trying to move the ball and score points by any means necessary," Harbaugh said. "There really are no rules in terms of what direction we go. We just want to find ways to get it done and we're searching for those things on offense right now and we always will."
While Baltimore's 31st-ranked passing offense has barely gotten off the ground, its NFL-best scoring defense (15.2 points per game) has stepped up -- namely rookie Patrick Queen. The AFC Defensive Player of the Week had a pair of fumble recoveries last week, including one that he returned 53 yards for a score.
Queen also had one of the Ravens' seven sacks versus the Bengals, and that probably is a sore spot for Carson Wentz. The Eagles quarterback, after all, has been sacked an NFL second-most 19 times this season.
Wentz wasn't spared in last week's 38-29 setback to Pittsburgh, as he was sacked five times. In addition, he was picked off twice to boost his interception total to a league-high nine on the season.
A makeshift offensive line is partly to blame, and the Eagles didn't exactly receive good news on that topic with three-time Pro Bowl right tackle Lane Johnson this week soliciting a second opinion on his surgically repaired ankle. His status for this Sunday's game remains in question.
Philadelphia's offense saw both highs and lows last week. Wide receiver Travis Fulgham recorded career-high totals in receptions (10) and receiving yards (152), although three-time Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz had just one for 6 yards.
Perhaps the return of some familiar faces will aid the Eagles, and we're not talking players. A limited capacity of 7,500 fans will be allowed inside Lincoln Financial Field.
"We have been working very closely with state and local officials, public health experts, and the National Football League on a number of scenarios to safely bring Eagles fans back to Lincoln Financial Field," Eagles president Don Smolenski said. "After many thoughtful and active discussions, we are thrilled to announce that the fan experience will return to Lincoln Financial Field this Sunday."
Eagles wide receivers Alshon Jeffery (foot) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) joined cornerback Avonte Maddox (ankle) and tight end Richard Rodgers (neck) in being limited in Wednesday's practice.
Three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay (concussion) joined Johnson, defensive tackles Fletcher Cox (personal) and Hassan Ridgeway (illness) in sitting out practice on Wednesday.
Ravens cornerbacks Marcus Peters (thigh) and Jimmy Smith (knee) joined defensive end Calais Campbell (not injury related) and offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley (shoulder) in failing to practice on Wednesday. Wide receiver/special teamer Chris Moore (finger/thigh) was limited.
--Field Level Media
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- KneeMid Nov | out
Sanders suffered a knee injury, and he is expected to be sidelined until at least the middle of November.
- KneeOut indefinitely | I-R
Seumalo will be on the injured reserve list with a knee injury and is expected to miss significant time.
- ToeQues Sun | I-R
Peters has been ticketed for the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list with a toe injury. The team has three weeks to take him off the IR.
- KneeProb Sun | probable
Johnson departed the last game due to a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his knee, but he is likely to line up Sunday versus the Cowboys.
- BicepI-R | I-R
Ridgeway has been assigned to the injured reserve list due to a torn biceps.
- ThumbProb Sun | I-R
Reagor has been added to the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list as he is recovering from surgery to repair a torn UCL in his right thumb. He is likely to be activated prior to Sunday's game versus the Cowboys.
- AnkleQues Sun | I-R
Goedert has wound up on the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list due to a left ankle fracture, and the team has three weeks to activate him.
- AnkleOut indefinitely | I-R
Jackson has been moved to the injured reserve list due to a non-displaced fracture in his right ankle. He is without a definitive timetable for recovery.
- AnkleProb Sun | probable
Smith is hobbled by an ankle injury, but it is not anticipated to interfere with his status against the Vikings on Sunday.
- ConcussionProb Sun | probable
Wolfe sat out the last contest due to a concussion and a neck injury. It is anticipated that he will take on the Steelers on Sunday.
- HandProb Sun | probable
Phillips exited the last game with a hand injury, but he is likely to be active for Sunday's matchup against the Steelers.
- IllnessProb Sun | probable
Williams has been activated from the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and he is expected to be ready for Sunday's contest versus the Steelers.
- AchillesQues Sun | questionable
Smith has an Achilles injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up Sunday against the Steelers.
- FingerProb Sun | probable
Moore is sidelined due to a broken finger and a thigh injury, but he is expected to return to action Sunday against the Steelers.
- AbdominalQues Sun | questionable
Levine Sr. has an abdominal injury and missed the previous game. It is unclear if he will play Sunday against the Steelers.
- AnkleDoub Sun | doubtful
Ingram II exited the previous game with a left mid-to high-ankle sprain, and he is unlikely to face the Steelers on Sunday