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On Lee Evans And The Titans' Pass Rush

Ravens WR Lee Evans returned to practice today, and told local reporters "I plan on playing this Sunday, but we'll have to see. You've got to take it day-by-day and see what happens." Evans injured his left ankle during the preseason, which probably goes a long way towards explaining why he recorded zero catches against the Steelers despite being targeted four times by Joe Flacco. He was seen wearing a boot as recently as yesterday, so even if he plays you can pretty much bank on Evans not being 100%.

Given that he's carved out a career based largely on his speed, a hobbled Evans could give the Titans a break on Sunday. Last week Flacco's primary targets were WR Anquan Boldin (who is great at the short/intermediate stuff but not a consistent vertical threat) and RB Ray Rice, TE Ed Dickson and TE Dennis Pitta. Those guys shouldn't be big threats to stretch the field against the Titans, which should allow Jerry Gray to aggressively attack Flacco without as much fear of the deep bomb.

That's good news, especially since Flacco was the worst in the NFL about taking coverage sacks last year. Combine that with the return of Derrick Morgan and Jason Jones, and the Titans defense has a really good chance to make a statement with this game.

Hopefully that statement is capped with Flacco on his back, and the defense headed off the field.