Jaylon Ferguson made a huge play against the Washington Football Team Oct. 4 with an 18-yard sack on quarterback Dwayne Haskins during the Ravens’ 31-17 win. He also one other solo tackle and assisted on a tackle to help guide the Ravens to victory in Landover, Md.
Ferguson, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound outside linebacker, has played in 18 games during his first two seasons with the Ravens, recording 35 tackles, 3.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss, 11 quarterback hits and two fumble recoveries. But prior to the game against Washington, Ferguson had not yet recorded a sack this season.
“Just get him down,” Ferguson said on Glenn Clark Radio Oct. 5 when asked about his mindset before finishing the sack. “Whatever it takes, just get him down.”
Ferguson, 24, played college football at Louisiana Tech and amassed 45 sacks, 122 solo tackles, 75 assisted tackles, 67.5 tackles for loss and seven forced fumbles. He broke Terrell Suggs’ FBS career sack record during the 2018 Hawaii Bowl. Ferguson was drafted by the Ravens in the third round (85th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft, with Baltimore hoping his pass-rushing skills translated to the next level.
The Ravens have racked up nine sacks this year but failed to sack Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes in Week 3. When asked how the front seven prepared for the game against Washington, Ferguson said, “We worked all week. We were just waiting for the next opponent to show that work, and it just happened to be Washington.”
Although the Ravens were able to secure a Week 4 win against Washington to go to 3-1, there is still room for improvement moving forward, even after the Ravens’ nine quarterback hits and three sacks against Washington.
“It feels good to advance to 3-1,” Ferguson said, adding that, “we all have smaller goals. We take today, we take the next day, and we keep on stacking days until game day. Then we get to take the win, then we keep stacking the victories.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, players and coaches are required to wear masks at all times, are tested every day and are required to maintain social distancing whenever possible. The Ravens have their own extensive set of guidelines to keep players safe, including the use of barriers to separate the players’ lockers.
“We won’t step outside or violate the rules. … Everyone keeps their distance from each other, keeps their mask on. If you walk around without a mask on it’s like what you doing? … Nobody wants to be that guy,” Ferguson said.
“Over the course of this coronavirus, we all had a lot of personal time, and a lot of time to be inside,” he added. “So since we get to be outside the house, just enjoy everything because you never know what’s going to happen. … Tomorrow we might be stuck inside.”
For more from Ferguson, listen to the full interview here:
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