Ravens’ Revamped Offensive Line Is Ranked Among NFL’s Best
Revamping the offensive line was a priority for the Ravens this offseason, and Sharp Football Analysis’ positional rankings indicate that General Manager Eric DeCosta has succeeded in doing so. Baltimore’s offensive line was ranked as the sixth-best in the league.
“We’re betting on good health for the Ravens’ offensive line because it was one of the league’s worst units a season ago,” Sharp Football Analysis’ Ryan McCrystal wrote. “Ravens quarterbacks were pressured in 2.5 seconds or less at a league-worst rate of 28%. The return of Ronnie Stanley and the additions of Tyler Linderbaum and Morgan Moses should get the unit back on track.”
To McCrystal’s point, drafting center Linderbaum in the first round (with the pick they received from the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for Marquise Brown) and signing dependable and durable right tackle Moses in free agency were key offseason moves.
As for Stanley, there is optimism the All-Pro left tackle will be ready for Week 1 after an ankle injury limited him to seven games over the past two seasons.
Despite missing so much time, Stanley was No. 8 in Pro Football Focus’ offensive tackle rankings.
“Everything came together for Stanley’s fourth season out of Notre Dame in 2019,” PFF’s Ben Linsey wrote. “He was the most impressive pass protector in the league with a position-best 92.8 PFF pass-blocking grade and 1.4% pressure rate allowed that was less than half the next closest left tackle. Part of that can be attributed to Lamar Jackson’s unique skill set at quarterback and the hesitancy shown by defenses to pin their ears back and send pressure. Nonetheless, Stanley deserves a lot of credit for his play, as well.”
Two Free-Agent Edge Defenders the Ravens Could Target
The Ravens bolstered their pass rush by signing veteran outside linebacker Justin Houston, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if they added another veteran at the position.
Baltimore Beatdown’s Joshua Reed identified several edge defenders still available in free agency who would benefit the Ravens. Here’s a look at two potential options:
“The Ravens brought in the three-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion for a visit last month. This could’ve been them kicking the tires and doing their due diligence on a veteran at a position of need. However, adding the 12-year veteran, who has plenty of big game and playoff experience as well as championship pedigree, could be a tremendous asset at the RUSH spot or as a designated pass rusher. Pierre-Paul recorded fewer than seven sacks for the first time since 2015 with just 2.5 last year for the Tampa Buccaneers, but he is still just in his early-30s and can contribute at a high level opposite or alongside [Odafe] Oweh.”
“With Tyus Bowser recovering from a torn Achilles and neither [Daelin] Hayes nor [Vince] Biegel possessing a wealth of experience at playing the SAM spot, signing the four-time Pro Bowler would provide a great insurance policy and excellent depth. Barr is a player that has proven he can rush the passer, set the edge, play the run and make plays in coverage. He recorded 2.5 sacks, three interceptions, five pass breakups and a pair of fumble recoveries in 2021 with the Minnesota Vikings. The former first-round pick possesses the kind of diverse skill set that the Ravens traditionally covet on defense and especially at outside linebacker. Having another versatile asset and veteran presence for a young position group would be greatly beneficial.”
Jalen Ramsey Joins the Outcry Over Lamar Jackson’s Snub From QB Rankings
Add All-Pro Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the growing list of people who have had Jackson’s back after he was snubbed from ESPN’s top 10 quarterbacks rankings, which were determined by votes of more than 50 league executives, coaches, scouts and players.
ESPN’s Ryan Clark took to Twitter to double down on his support of Jackson, and Ramsey agreed with him.
People might say I’m caping for @Lj_era8, but to me it’s common sense. Any other qb with his impact, his success, his overall statistics would be worshipped. Yet, we are discussing why he isn’t in the top 10 QBs. The 3 other former MVPs are in the top 4. Guess I’m dumb though!
Nah you talkin RC, this no 🧢! Lamar LIKE THAT! https://t.co/tOn1Q6WHzQ
“I feel like so many of the opinions about Lamar Jackson year after year are just based on people’s priors rather than reflecting reality or context,” ESPN’s Mina Kimes said. “The notion that he has not played like a top 10 quarterback in the NFL is just ridiculous and I’m getting a little tired of it at this point.”
Lamar Jackson isn’t immune to criticism, but much of what’s said feels like it was written before he entered the NFL and never edited. It’s tiresome! pic.twitter.com/KU3OUm90la
Most games with 5+ Pass TD and 0 INT over last 3 seasons
Lamar Jackson 3
Tom Brady 2
Patrick Mahomes 2
Russell Wilson 2 pic.twitter.com/AOQYK5fF7D
Lamar Jackson in his first 4 NFL Seasons
He’s started 49 games-(3 seasons—He didn’t start the first 10 games of his career and missed the last 6 last season)
So that’s 12 wins a season, 4300 yds per and 35 TDs per season. That’s elite. That’s win because of.
THATS TOP 10
Most QB wins before turning 25 since the merger
Lamar Jackson 37
Dan Marino 34
Drew Bledsoe 32 pic.twitter.com/sOluWD9PDh
Orlando Brown Jr. Not Close on Extension With Chiefs, Holdout Expected
Former Ravens offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. and the Kansas City Chiefs are not expected to come to an agreement on a long-term extension before Friday, and he is likely to hold out of training camp, reported NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, who added that “even Week 1 is in question.”
OT Orlando Brown, Chiefs not close to extension ahead of Friday deadline for franchise-tagged players; camp holdout expected and "even Week 1" is in question, per @MikeGarafolohttps://t.co/z8WgfI4yHr pic.twitter.com/Zb1AGGjFhs
The Ravens granted Brown’s request for a trade last offseason after he stated his desire to play exclusively at left tackle, sending him to Kansas City in a deal that included Baltimore getting the Chiefs’ 2021 first-round pick (No. 31 overall), which they used to select Oweh.
The Chiefs have applied the franchise tag to Brown, but has yet to sign it. The deadline for tagged players to sign long-term deals is Friday at 4 p.m. ET. Brown would be paid $16.2 million this season if he plays on the franchise tag.
“Brown is aiming for top-of-the-market money at [left tackle] (roughly $23 million), but Garafolo reports the Chiefs’ offers have been consistent with top money for a right tackle ($19 million),” NFL.com’s Grant Gordon wrote.
The Ravens signed Stanley to a five-year contract extension in 2022 with an average annual salary of $19.75 million.
Always great nuggets in this. Two that stick out with the Ravens:
📉Lamar's EPA per drop-back vs. man coverage, usually elite, was the lowest of any QB in the past 3 years
🗑️Pass defense was great vs. regular plays but a tire fire vs. play-action (9.6 yards allowed per attempt) https://t.co/hLd8gBxPTC
Twelve Ravens thoughts moving closer to training camp: https://t.co/77s80fSEZn
The highest win % in NFL History 🏆 pic.twitter.com/RS1ohK7626
AFC North 2022 Position Rankings: Wide Receiver
Le'Veon Bell not playing football this year: “This year, I know I’m not going to be playing this year because I want to focus on boxing.” Says it's not a one-off fight.
Congratulations Coach Franklin @CoachFranklin48 on an amazing opportunity with the Baltimore Ravens! @pennfb @Ravens pic.twitter.com/pwMEmGqG64
Pundits call out voters who left Jackson out of top 10 quarterbacks rankings. Calais Campbell wants to be a champion in football and poker.
Justin Tucker enters ‘Superstar Club’ but Mark Andrews is denied. Marcus Williams and Patrick Queen are recognized in the survey. The Marquise Brown trade is lauded as the Ravens’ best offseason move. The Ravens make Sports Illustrated’s list of realistic Super Bowl contenders.
Reunion with Justin Houston is ‘an excellent move that should not fly under the radar.’ Mark Andrews is predicted to be the Ravens’ non-QB MVP. The Ravens are No. 10 in CBS Sports’ roster rankings. Baltimore’s 2017 draft class gets a B+ grade.
The cases for and against signing a veteran wide receiver. The Ravens get a B+ offseason grade. Marcus Williams and Chuck Clark are among the NFL’s most underrated players.
Is James Proche poised for a breakout season? Will Justin Tucker finally make the NFL Top 100 Players list? The Ravens select Davante Adams in a mock draft of active NFL players.
Tyler Badie could be a rookie surprise. Pundit picks Rashod Bateman to be the Ravens’ MVP. Should the Ravens consider trading Chuck Clark?
Ravens are considered a ‘sleeper team’ that could ‘win it all.’ John Harbaugh ranks Top 5 in CBS Sports Head Coach Rankings. Rashod Bateman nearly didn’t play football in college.
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The Ravens are outside of the top 10 in ESPN’s roster rankings. A Pro Bowl nod is predicted for Odafe Oweh. Pundits advocate for the Ravens to sign Will Fuller and Justin Houston.
Kyle Hamilton and Jordan Stout are snubbed from NFL.com’s All-Rookie Defensive/Specialist Team. Marcus Williams is among the players most likely to make his first Pro Bowl. Two members of the Ravens organization are named to The Athletic’s 40-under-40 list. The Ravens’ first-round picks in a 2021 redraft are the same (yet different) as their actual picks.
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