Last weekend, in a commanding 37–3 victory against the Seattle Seahawks, the Baltimore Ravens proved once more that they are more than a serious Super Bowl contender... while still unveiling new weapons every week.
Following the steps of surprising top-tier performers such as Geno Stone and the rejuvenated pairing of Kyle Van Noy and Jadeveon Clowney, undrafted rookie Keaton Mitchell emerged as the new star for the Ravens.
Another running back, this one a retired former Ravens legend, highly praised Mitchell after his breakout performance last Sunday. We're talking, of course, of Pro Bowl rusher Ray Rice
Mitchell's standout performance included running the ball for 138 yards on just nine touches. Notably, he had a 60-yard run in the fourth quarter and a touchdown-scoring 40-yard dash in the third quarter for his first TD as a pro.
Ray Rice, speaking on WJZ’s Purple Connection show, said “When he hits that burst of speed, he’s even getting more powerful and separating from defenders."
Added Rice, "You get a home run hitter, it’s scary.”
Despite standing at a tiny 5-foot-8, Mitchell showcased remarkable speed before going undrafted, completing the 40-yard dash in a swift 4.37 seconds.
Rice said, "If you blitz the Ravens and the Ravens pick it up, and they run away from the blitz or run into it, there is nobody there in the secondary," Rice explained talking about how Mitchell can demolish defenses in the NFL.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh expressed his surprise with Mitchell after Sunday's outing, saying "To see him take off like that, you couldn’t have predicted that… Between the tackles, breaking tackles, those kind of things — that was really great."
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Finally, quarterback Lamar Jackson also shared his thoughts saying “[Mitchell] was hitting the holes and making crazy runs!”