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Clark gets first NFL tackle

Former King’s Fork High School football standout Chuck Clark got his first NFL tackle last Sunday.

Clark, who plays for the Baltimore Ravens, logged the milestone in the game against the Cleveland Browns. Clark was drafted by the Ravens in the sixth round of the 2017 draft in May and has impressed ever since.

A lot of Clark’s production this season will come from special teams. However, Clark did earn playing time at the safety position in the first game of the season, when a starter went to the sidelines for a play.

“He’s a very instinctive player,” Ravens Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz said about Clark. “He’s aggressive as a blitzer; he’s physical; he’s a good form tackler. Just watching him, he always seems to be around the ball and in the right position to make plays.”

Ravens Assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta said this about Clark when asked about players who stood out to him during training camp.

“Later-round draft pick, we liked him on tape, but he’s really shown to us … we liked him on special teams in college quite a bit, but he’s shown to us that he’s really a viable safety, and he’s going to be a guy that pays dividends for us down the road. We’re excited about him and think he has a really good chance to help us.”

At King’s Fork, he played under Joe Jones and was a first-team All-Eastern Region selection at defensive back and was the Southeastern District Defensive Player of the Year both his junior and senior seasons. He went on to Virginia Tech and became an All-ACC defensive back.

The Ravens will play the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday in London. Suffolk natives can check local listings for the game, which starts at 9:30 a.m. The game can also be streamed online at Yahoo.com. Clark wears No. 36.