Ravens highest and lowest rated players, week 3

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Sep 27, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; ) Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (89) celebrates after hits touchdown during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Highest rated offensive players

Steve Smith (3.9), Marshal Yanda (3.1), Crockett Gillmore (1.0), Lorenzo Taliaferro (0.5), Nick Boyle (0.4)

Is there any better story line in the NFL right now aside from Steve Smith’s absolute tear through the first three games?  For a guy who the Panthers deemed as finished over a year ago, this guy has proven to be far from our of gas.

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Even though he is the unquestioned leader of the offense, which has rewarded him with extra defensive attention, Smith Sr. has beaten opposing defensive backs like a drum each week.  Week 3 was his finest performance yet as Smith grabbed 13 of 17 targets for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Marshal Yanda is the only offensive lineman who has been consistently good this season, and his play didn’t let down in week 3.  Yanda was equally good as a run and pass blocker, and continues to prove that he is worth a new contract.

Gillmore only saw 3 targets this week but caught all 3 for 40 yards.  He probably should have seen more targets and has been pretty impressive in his sophomore year after bulking up this past offseason.

Taliaferro played only 6 snaps after missing two days of practice this week, but still managed 3 carries and 1 catch.  He is likely still nursing his way back to health, which is a bummer for a Ravens team that desperately needs to get the ground game going.

Nick Boyle made a brief appearance this week, playing 16 snaps and grabbing both of his 2 targets while recording 19 yards.  He, along with Gillmore, has earned more usage as every other pass catcher not named Steve Smith continues to struggle.

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