Ravens: DeShon Elliott calls out Jack Doyle after late-game shove

DeShon Elliott, Ravens (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
DeShon Elliott, Ravens (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) /

The Baltimore Ravens beat the Indianapolis Colts in an overtime thriller in Week 5, but Lamar Jackson’s four touchdowns weren’t the only memorable moments from that game.

Safety DeShon Elliott recently targeted Colts tight end Jack Doyle on Twitter for a cheap shot Doyle took on Ravens cornerback Tavon Young in the fourth quarter.

For some context: Doyle pushed Young’s helmet into the turf while getting up from a tackle and tried to pass it off like nothing happened. Young immediately stood up and shoved Doyle, who flopped onto the ground.

The referees saw Young’s retaliatory push but not Doyle’s cheap shot, and Young was penalized for unnecessary roughness. Indianapolis gained a first down with 18 seconds left in regulation, but luckily the Colts couldn’t score and the game went to overtime.

Ravens safety DeShon Elliott proves he has his teammates’ backs

Elliott wasn’t the only one who called Doyle out on social media, as many Ravens fans joined in unified disgust at Doyle’s actions.

“Not in our house.” “Doyle is a marked man in Baltimore,” another says. He is indeed.

This is Elliott’s second run-in with Doyle — the last time their teams played each other, Elliott gave Doyle a concussion on a dangerous hit and received a $4,200 fine.

Young, for his part, apologized for the “dumb penalty” and reaffirmed his love for his teammates:

In the grand scheme of things, Doyle’s dirty play may not have been in itself dangerous or extremely vile, but his intentions were clear.

Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship missing the end-of-game go-ahead field goal may have been the magic of spiteful karmic gods who, unlike NFL referees, see everything.

We love Elliott for sticking up for his teammates like that, but his actions could be more productively directed toward improving a Baltimore defense that allowed 25 points to a team that ranks in the bottom third of the league in scoring.

Hopefully he’s able to return from injury in the team’s Week 6 game against the Los Angeles Chargers where he’ll also be able to have his teammates’ backs on the field.

Should the officials have penalized Doyle as well for his cheap shot? Probably.

Regardless, Young shouldn’t have taken an unnecessary penalty that could have cost the Ravens the game. Let the bait dangle, be the bigger man, and above all, believe in Lamar Jackson.

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Baltimore can’t depend on Jackson to do everything this season, though, so next time, hopefully Young doesn’t do anything rash. Payback can come in many forms.