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Jarret Johnson wins AFC defensive player of the week award

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The Ravens’ defense overpowered the Jets on Sunday night, and a guy who usually doesn’t get noticed much has earned some recognition from the league office.

Linebacker Jarret Johnson has been named the AFC defensive player of the week for his role in the 34-17 victory.

Johnson returned a fumble 26 yards for a touchdown that put the Ravens up 27-7 in the second quarter.  He also had two hits on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and three tackles.

Of course, the touchdown shouldn’t have counted, since the ball came loose after defensive tackle Haloti Ngata put his helmet into Sanchez’s back, and roughing the passer should have been called.  But it wasn’t, and so the touchdown stood.  And in turn Johnson stands out in a significant way for the first time in his nine NFL seasons.

As Ryan Mink of the Ravens’ official website points out, three of the team’s linebackers have won the AFC defensive player of the week this year.  Terrell Suggs received the honor after a Week One win over Pittsburgh, and Ray Lewis was the recipient after a Week Three win at St. Louis.

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39 Responses to “Jarret Johnson wins AFC defensive player of the week award”
  1. sadskinsfan89 says: Oct 4, 2011 10:03 PM

    Why? Oprah could’ve returned that fumble. There wer many more deserving players

  2. gerard33 says: Oct 4, 2011 10:09 PM

    so he lucked into a fumble td and had 3 tackles… dominant

  3. kevo126 says: Oct 4, 2011 10:23 PM

    consistent and great player. and a good guy.

  4. djstat says: Oct 4, 2011 10:28 PM

    Funny. Since when is helmet to back contact a penalty you homer

  5. axespray says: Oct 4, 2011 10:51 PM

    The Ravens are playing some straight up nasty d so far this season…
    I wouldn’t be suprised if one of their players wins an AFC DP of the week award every week from here on out.

  6. Deb says: Oct 4, 2011 10:58 PM

    That’s a dominant defense overall this season, and it’s nice to see one of the unsung guys get recognition.

    But can someone tell me why the Ravens are wearing black uniforms? The Cards were wearing black, Sunday, too. Really don’t like these uniforms. Between the throwback uniforms and now these, it’s like teams are wearing something different every week. I wish they’d stop.

  7. heyzeus143 says: Oct 4, 2011 11:13 PM

    Roger must’ve bet on the ratbirds again this year

  8. rabidbillsfan says: Oct 4, 2011 11:21 PM

    I’m really sick of hearing about this hit. James Harrisons hit on Brees last year was essentially a head butt with no wrap up, you can’t even compare the two. Nagta hit sanchez with his face mask into the most padded part of his body, while wrapping up, sounds clean to me.

  9. rabidbillsfan says: Oct 4, 2011 11:23 PM

    Oh and btw, Brees had already thrown the ball.

  10. bmoreballers says: Oct 4, 2011 11:29 PM

    Not trying to sound like a homer but he is a little underrated

  11. raqaiw says: Oct 4, 2011 11:33 PM

    Haters gonna hate,winners gonna win. Keep balling JJ.

  12. icej802 says: Oct 4, 2011 11:53 PM

    roughing the passer, seriously?? that’s your spin on this? How about just report things without the editorial comments….thanks!

  13. conradantiestablishment says: Oct 4, 2011 11:56 PM

    Von Miller had 2 sacks and he received this? I know the Broncos suck, but damn.

  14. mistersmith22 says: Oct 5, 2011 12:32 AM

    Man, let it go about Ngata’s helmet. Until a year ago that was just called a “sack.” Seriously you guys, enough.

  15. nevermore52 says: Oct 5, 2011 12:40 AM

    Very deserving. This guy sets the edge for so many running plays to get blown up; It’s ridiculous. He completely goes unnoticed 90% of the time until he blows somebody up (Hines Ward) up or makes a game changing play. He is the unsung hero of the Raven defense. I’m glad to see he finally got some hardware. You go JJ.

  16. 7thlombardiontheway says: Oct 5, 2011 12:59 AM

    “Of course, the touchdown shouldn’t have counted, since the ball came loose after defensive tackle Haloti Ngata put his helmet into Sanchez’s back, and roughing the passer should have been called. ”

    LOL! Idiot…

  17. droksid says: Oct 5, 2011 2:01 AM

    Von Miller put up two sacks against Rodgers and nearly had two more that Rodgers avoided only by falling forward. He still notched 4 additional solo tackles.

    What a terrible choice when I can find a better performance off the top of my head.

  18. elwaysbrain says: Oct 5, 2011 3:07 AM

    People don’t understand how good he is against the run, setting the edge, taking on 2 blockers each time and forcing the run back to the inside so that other players on that defense can make plays. If you don’t understand football you’ll say he only had 3 tackles and a fumble return TD. If you understand football you’ll say he’s the key to Baltimore’s entire run defense. Their CB (Webb) had more tackles and returned a pick for a TD. So obviously there was something the press saw that made Johnson stand out more, even though on paper he didn’t make many plays or tackles.

  19. tyler200829 says: Oct 5, 2011 5:58 AM

    Calm down, just because the redskins are too overrated to win any award doesn’t mean you need to hate on the ravens……..wouldnt wanna whooop that a$$ just like the jets, steelers, and rams

  20. ppdoc13 says: Oct 5, 2011 6:41 AM

    If you’d have watched the game you’d know but you’d rather pop off about stuff you know nothing about. Typical foreskin fan

  21. jeepin08 says: Oct 5, 2011 8:33 AM

    Wonder who week # 6 defensive player of the week for the Ravens will be ? They already own defensive player of the week for the first 3 out of 4 weeks. This defense is something to wreckin with.
    Opposing QB’s should be scared. Just ask dirty if he was hitting the turf well before the D got there.

  22. mswravens says: Oct 5, 2011 8:51 AM

    Statistically there may be more deserving guys…I’ll consider this a lifetime achievement award for a true lunch-pail guy who is under-appreciated, works his butt off & does a great job. Always been one of my favorite Ravens…a little self-indulgent back story:

    when he came out of ‘Bama I had a chance to speak to Mel Kiper. I get Kiper’s draft guide every year, and his write up on JJ had me wanting the Ravens to draft him. He wrote about JJ’s relentless motor, and we needed a DE at the time. I asked Mel about the Ravens drafting him (and Oz’s ‘Bama connection never hurts), and Mel said he didn’t think he fit the Ravens defense. My recollection (which is spotty) was that he said he was too small for D-line & too big for LB. Well, we drafted him anyway. Took him a while to crack the regular rotation, and he doesn’t get a lot of media hype. But the guy is the definition of an unsung hero. We’ve been lucky to have him here…he will be missed when the inevitable comes to pass. Glad he got some much deserved recognition!!!

  23. psuravens19 says: Oct 5, 2011 9:01 AM

    droksid says:
    Oct 5, 2011 2:01 AM
    Von Miller put up two sacks against Rodgers and nearly had two more that Rodgers avoided only by falling forward. He still notched 4 additional solo tackles.

    What a terrible choice when I can find a better performance off the top of my head.

    __________________________________

    You will never get Defensive Player of the Week if your team gave up 49 points and that same QB that got sacked twice accounted for 6 touchdowns. Get a clue.

  24. bmorelikeme says: Oct 5, 2011 9:06 AM

    Agree with everyone here that JJ is the unsung hero of our Defense, he does all the ugly, important things that don’t show up on the stat sheet…so Ray, Ed and Co and run around making the highlights.

    And @Deb Our black unis are awesome. There’s nothing cooler than being in an almost blacked out M & T stadium for a primetime game. And thats probably the only time you’ll see them this year, they’re for special occasions only

  25. ravensfan4life52 says: Oct 5, 2011 9:11 AM

    you can’t just look at his stats from the game, you have to look at the tape. he set edges all night allowing other players on the D to make big plays. This dude is a dominant LB who gets no recognition. It’s about time he got some praise.

  26. ravensfan4life52 says: Oct 5, 2011 9:15 AM

    Gotta love how PFT always has to put an asterisk on everything the Ravens do or take a cheap shot at the Ravens at every opportunity.

  27. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 5, 2011 10:18 AM

    The Baltimore Raven are cool, but the Baltimore Colts are cooler.

  28. sadskinsfan89 says: Oct 5, 2011 10:40 AM

    @ppdoc13. First of all im not bashing ur ravens so chill. Second I would’ve given the award to haloti for causing havoc and forcing the fumble. Third I did watch the game fyi. Fourth u saying foreskin is sooooooo original perhaps u invented a new joke I’ve never heard. @tyler200289 if im not mistaken didn’t kerrigan win rookie of the month? And it takes jj what nine years to get a weekly honor?

  29. sadskinsfan89 says: Oct 5, 2011 10:58 AM

    @tyler200289 o and just announced orakpo is NFC def player of the week. So the overrated skins got some awards. O yea and what team leads the nfl in sacks? Ah the overrated redskins. Im completely happy with the skins dnt make me out to be jealous bro.

  30. bunkmcnulty says: Oct 5, 2011 11:00 AM

    @msw – great point of view. Love the lifetime acheivement award thing. Guy worked his way in to his role. Was great on special teams early in career. Then into special packages Rex developed. Then just a fulltime OLB, edge setter, tough guy. A couple of years ago, had his best year and probably should have been a Pro Bowl selection. This dude eyes are scary! Gets that crazy wild look about him. Perfect Line backer mentality. Plays smart too. Rarely in wrong position, but still aggressive.

    @Deb – you are such a fan of the game and not just a Steelers homer. You never fail to impress me being fair to other good players. I am not a huge fan of the black uni’s because it seemed like we always used them on national games and got beat in them. I have heard there will be even a different black jersey (Black with black numbers and gold trim) later this year. We’ll see. Don’t forget Bisciotti is a Maryland guy…could we see some of the U of M uni styles coming????

  31. geemoney713 says: Oct 5, 2011 11:22 AM

    tyler200829 says:
    Oct 5, 2011 5:58 AM
    Calm down, just because the redskins are too overrated to win any award doesn’t mean you need to hate on the ravens……..wouldnt wanna whooop that a$$ just like the jets, steelers, and rams
    ___________________________________

    Ummm… Orakpo got NFC defensive player of the week.

  32. Deb says: Oct 5, 2011 11:22 AM

    @bmorelikeme …

    Thanks so much for answering the question on the unis. Knew I’d take a thumbs-down hit on that, but really wanted to know. I like the purple uniforms. Will say, though, they’re better than the throwback uniforms. The chocolate and yellow things they have the Steelers wear are hideous.

    Good grief, was so focused on the uniforms that I completely forgot Jarret Johnson was one of our Alabama guys! ROLL TIDE!!!!!

  33. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Oct 5, 2011 11:43 AM

    Doesn’t the QB have to throw the ball to get a roughing the passer call? Otherwise, isn’t it called a tackle? Or if they’re behind the line, a sack?

  34. jsalis13 says: Oct 5, 2011 11:47 AM

    For those saying he didn’t deserve this…you are right. Ladarious Webb was much more deserving of this award. Thrown at 5 times and allowed 1 completion for 9 yards, no YAC, and an INT returned for a TD(against the Jets best WR). That is dominance.

  35. mistersmith22 says: Oct 5, 2011 12:11 PM

    @Deb…yeah, black-on-black is our alternate, I think (might be wrong) teams are allowed to wear the alternate twice a year if they want, can’t remember the exact rule. It’s like Miami and Denver in orange, Jets blue-and-yellow throwbacks, Raiders occasionally wear silver…etc. Wikipedia has a “Third Jersey” page that lists them all.

    They might not look to familiar to you because it was reported that for the last two or three years Harbaugh had banned the black-on-black, so Ravens went white pants/black jerseys on blackout days. Don’t know what changed. But I know they’re awesome unis!

  36. crunchyclam says: Oct 5, 2011 12:37 PM

    The Ngata hit wasn’t a penalty. The Jets punter getting hit twice with no flag however… I don’t think I’ve ever seen that call missed in a NFL game, let alone twice.

  37. Deb says: Oct 5, 2011 12:58 PM

    @mistersmith22 …

    Thanks for the info on the Third Jersey page–will check out everyone’s alternates. The black unis remind me of Nike’s NCAA Combat unis, which I hate–except for the gloves. Fla. and LSU’s Combat unis haven’t premiered yet and aren’t as bad as Ga. and Oregon’s. But their gloves are awesome. I think the only part of the uni Bama wears is the gloves.

    Wonder why Harbaugh originally banned the black. They look intimidating, but great defenses always look intimidating. Amazing how the Lions suddenly look scary in blue :)

  38. purplereign52 says: Oct 5, 2011 1:56 PM

    Hey moron who wrote this!!!!! lET ME ASK YOU WHAT A CLEAN HIT IS? If you cant hit them in the head and you cant dive at there feet…..where do you? Ngata put his helmet directly in the number. Not sure why that would be a penalty……..Also you cant pile drive the QB into the ground…….if you watch it, he actually went to the side. So not sure why you make such a statement? Really do u wanna see the nfl put flags on the QB and take there man card away?

  39. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Oct 6, 2011 11:36 AM

    @Deb, I’d prefer that the Ravens kept their black as their standard home and use the purple as an alternate, similar to the Falcons switch up years back.

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