PressBox photographer Kenya Allen shares his eight favorite photos from the Baltimore Ravens’ 2020 season and explains why he chose each one.
Ravens rookie wide receiver Devin Duvernay turns the corner en route to a 93-yard kickoff return touchdown during the “Monday Night Football” matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3. The return was Duvernay’s first career touchdown and also marked the first kickoff return touchdown by anyone in the NFL this season.
As I always say, you can always count on tight end Mark Andrews to give you at least one high-flying photo each season. During the Week 5 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, Andrews goes airborne (and flips) after being upended by a Bengals defender. Afterward, Andrews jumped up unfazed and delivered his customary first-down celebration.
During the Week 9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Lamar Jackson finds rookie receiver Devin Duvernay open down the middle of the field early in the fourth quarter. Duvernay laid out for an amazing 39-yard catch.
Outside of music and light crowd noise being piped into the stadium, the games were eerily quiet this season. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the Week 9 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers was one of the few in which fans (roughly 4,000) were permitted to attend. At some point during the game, I looked up into the stands and captured a shot of two fans sitting alone in a section completely surrounded by the cardboard cutouts. It was definitely a contrast from the typical game day environment at M&T Bank Stadium.
Derrick Henry is known for throwing punishing stiff arms, but J.K. Dobbins displays his power and gets in on the action. He viciously stiff-arms Titans safety Amani Hooker during the Ravens’ 24-30 loss to the Titans in Week 11. During the entire sequence, Hooker grabs on to Dobbins’ facemask for dear life.
Speaking of Derrick Henry … he is a massive and athletic running back who is hard to get down. But in the third quarter of the Week 11 matchup against the Titans, Ravens safety DeShon Elliot lays the wood and brings Henry to his knees; the running back had just hurdled a Ravens defender. Henry fumbled the ball (later ruled down) and had to leave the game for a few plays afterward. I can still hear the pop from that hit vividly in my mind.
The Jacksonville Jaguars’ abysmal season continued as they visited the Ravens in Week 15. Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew is sacked in his own end zone by Matthew Judon to give the Ravens a 2-0 lead early in the first quarter. The Jaguars would go on to finish the season 1-15, earning them the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
In one of the most entertaining plays of the season, Ravens offensive lineman Tyre Phillips (340-plus pounds) picks up a Lamar Jackson fumble and bulldozes his way through the Jacksonville Jaguars’ defense for a 22-yard gain and a first down during the second half of the game. The run drew an epic reaction from the Ravens’ sideline and earned Phillips a game ball.
Photo Credits: Kenya Allen/PressBox