Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

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The Ravens enter Sunday night’s showdown with the San Diego Chargers as one of the hotter teams in the NFL, having won four consecutive games and six of their last seven. The Ravens have been especially potent in the months of December and January under coach John Harbaugh, compiling a 12-4 record since 2008.

It’s been a roller coaster ride the past couple of years for Jared Gaither, who has gone from starting at left tackle in Baltimore, to recently taking over the position in San Diego– with stops in between– in John Harbaugh’s doghouse and Kansas City along the way.

The Baltimore Ravens have consistently been one of the better teams in the NFL since John Harbaugh took over as head coach in 2008, but the club has never won five straight games during his four-year tenure.

“I love it,” said Joiner, a Hall of Famer who’s the Chargers’ wide receivers coach. “I don’t think there’s a better person in the world to do it than Gatesy — great professional, great athlete, great player. All the good adjectives you can describe Gatesy … magnificent. He’s all of them.”

Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. breaks down the top tight ends available in next year’s draft. I think the Chargers will be looking at tight ends early as star Antonio Gates, 31, deals with nagging feet issues.

Headlining that Chargers’ unit is free safety Eric Weddle, whose team-leading seven interceptions are tied with Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson and New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington for the NFL lead.

Inside linebackers Takeo Spikes (back) and Donald Butler (foot) didn’t practice Thursday as the Chargers prepared for Sunday’s visit by the Baltimore Ravens.