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AP Pro32 ballot from Brown

AP Pro32 ballot from Brown

Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Clifton Brown of Sporting News:

Week 15

CLIFTON BROWN (Sporting News)

1. New England Patriots - No doubt they are the team to beat after dismantling Texans.

2. San Francisco 49ers - Sunday night game against Patriots could be Super Bowl preview.

3. New York Giants - David Wilson is the newest big-play weapon in a potent attack.

4. Seattle Seahawks - It's not just about Russell Wilson. This team is solid and physical.

5. Denver Broncos - Knowshon Moreno is running like he's back in college at Georgia.

6. Houston Texans - The Texans should be concerned about their leaky secondary.

7. Baltimore Ravens - Can't blame Cam Cameron anymore. It's time for Joe Flacco to deliver.

8. Atlanta Falcons - Has any 11-2 team every gotten as little respect? Don't think so.

9. Washington Redskins - Alfred Morris is the latest back to love a Mike Shanahan offense.

10. Cincinnati Bengals - Their season could come down to beating Steelers in season finale.

11. Green Bay Packers - Packers have shown renewed commitment to running game lately.

12. Chicago Bears - They're fading down the stretch for the second consecutive season.

13. Indianapolis Colts - For such a young team, they play with impressive poise.

14. Pittsburgh Steelers - Steelers have been inconsistent, but loss to Chargers was shocker.

15. Dallas Cowboys - Can't say the Cowboys have stopped competing for Jason Garrett.

16. Minnesota Vikings - Even when opponents load the box, Adrian Peterson excels.

17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Momentum has been lost, and playoffs now look unlikely for them.

18. Cleveland Browns - I'll say it again. Pat Shurmur is making a strong case to keep his job.

19. St. Louis Rams - Jeff Fisher is showing why he was so coveted during offseason.

20. Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton looks like he's starting to blossom. That's crucial for franchise.

21. San Diego Chargers - They remain a tease under Norv Turner. Good wins, baffling losses.

22. Miami Dolphins - They face key decisions on several players, including Reggie Bush.

23. Detroit Lions - This team has flat-out underachieved. Lack of discipline has hurt.

24. New Orleans Saints - We can stop waiting for the playoff run. It's not going to happen.

25. New York Jets - Doubt if they make the playoffs. Who will they beat if they get in?

26. Buffalo Bills - If players keep griping, you have to wonder if Chan Gailey will stick.

27. Philadelphia Eagles - Playing out the string, but Nick Foles is gaining experience.

28. Kansas City Chiefs - With Dwayne Bowe gone, the Chiefs' offense really can get worse.

29. Arizona Cardinals - The Cardinals' season has disintegrated into a debacle.

30. Tennessee Titans - Jake Locker has not made the kind of progress they had hoped.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars - Some teams should be glad the season is almost over. This is one.

32. Oakland Raiders - Chiefs vs. Raiders in Week 15 won't be NFL football at its finest.

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For three Ravens WR's on bubble, returning punts could be key

For three Ravens WR's on bubble, returning punts could be key

The Ravens don’t know who their primary punt returner will be, but they have plenty of options heading into training camp.

Keenan Reynolds, Michael Campanaro, and Kaelin Clay should all get reps returning punts. All three of those wide receivers are on the roster bubble, making their contributions on special teams even more important.

Campanaro has shown he can contribute as a wide receiver when he’s healthy.  However, avoiding injuries has been a major issue for Campanaro during his first two seasons.

The Ravens would prefer their punt returner to help the 53-man roster in another capacity, which may give Campanaro an edge. But if Campanaro, Reynolds, and Clay are not among the top six wide receivers when final cuts have to be made, will the Ravens decide to keep any of them strictly for their ability to return punts?

Reynolds will be a popular storyline during camp, as he tries to make the transition from Navy quarterback to NFL wide receiver. If Reynolds shows promise as a receiver, it will increase his chances of making the team, because his speed and ability to change direction will likely translate well to returning punts. Meanwhile, Clay had an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Browns last season, so he has already shown explosiveness as a returner.

Figuring out their best option for returning punts is one of many things on the Ravens’ to-do list, with the first full-squad practice scheduled for Thursday.

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Keenum's concussion vs. Ravens likely played part in new NFL guidelines

Keenum's concussion vs. Ravens likely played part in new NFL guidelines

The concussion suffered last year by Rams quarterback Case Keenum against the Ravens, and the way it was handled, surely played a part in new punishment announced Monday by the NFL for teams violating the league’s concussion protocol.

The Players Association and the league made a joint announcement about the new standards.

Under the new policy, teams could be fined anywhere from $50,000 to $150,000 for a first violation of the concussion protocol, or suffer loss of draft picks. For a second violation, the minimum fine will be $100,000.

Major concerns about enforcing in-game concussion protocol were raised during a November game last year at M&T Bank Stadium between the Rams and Ravens.

With just over a minute left to play, Ravens defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan sacked Keenum, and the back of his head slammed violently against the turf. Keenum held his head while lying on the ground and initially had trouble getting to his feet.  

The Rams’ athletic trainer ran onto the field to check on Keenum, but he remained in the game. Keenum fumbled two plays later, and after the game, it was announced he had suffered a concussion.

The league investigated the Rams’ handling of the situation and the team was not fined. However, not everyone was satisfied, including NFLPA president Eric Winston.

“Show me someone that says, ‘No, the Rams did exactly the right thing,”’ Winston told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last year. “They didn’t. Everybody knows they didn’t.  So there has to be discipline, right? Because when a player doesn’t do something that he’s supposed to do, he gets fined for that when it comes to health and safety.”

As a result, the NFL and the Players Association have agreed on punishment that could help protect players who have been concussed.

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New commercial shows Flacco should just buy cars, not sell them

New commercial shows Flacco should just buy cars, not sell them

Fortunately for Joe Flacco, he was born with an arm meant for chucking footballs prodigious distances and a body destined to stand in an NFL pocket. That's because — if he wasn't in possession of these gifts and didn't have the work ethic to put them to good use — he may not be cut out for everyday life and a typical job.

Last year, a Pepsi and Tostitos commercial came out and showed that the Ravens quarterback was clueless when it came to party throwing. A recent Ford ad, meanwhile, is demonstrating that No. 5 should stick to purchasing vehicles as opposed to selling them.

Here's the spot in its entirety:

Trying to convince someone to buy a car because it's "like two motorcycles stuck together" is not exactly the best selling point. As the commercial concludes, letting Flacco focus on the field and the professionals take care of everything else is the most ideal use of everyone's time.

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