Lamar Jackson certainly showed enough promise as a rookie. What he needs to do now is prove that he can excel as a passer, not just get the jobs done.
Ingram is an upgrade over the Ravens backs from the last 5 years. Justice Hill should be the second back by the end of the season and siphon away 10-12 touches each game.
Protection & Blocking
I'm concerned about their center and left guard spots.
It looks like they'll be starting 2 rookies at receiver. Mark Andrews and Hearst give them some potential at tight end, and both Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin should have bright futures. Baltimore is completely deficient here otherwise.
Big Play Ability
Red Zone Success
Skills Analysis Notes
There's not a lot of talent here, although their are 6 offensive skill players in either their first or second years that should develop for the future. For now I expect a ball control system, short on excitement and touch downs, but one that is efficient in the red zone given their tight end depth.
Baltimore's defense depends on blue collar defensive linemen and that's exactly what they have.
An historic strength looks like a glaring weakness for the Ravens, at least in terms of experience.
4 deep at cornerback and a solid group of safeties make the Ravens defensive backfield the strength of this team, unit wise. What happens when Thomas misses time though? They probably drop a letter grade.
Passing Game Defense
Stopping the Run
Controlling Field Position
Stopping The Big Play
Skills Analysis Notes
They'll miss CJ Mosely and Terrell Suggs at linebacker. The backfield has enough athleticism and depth to generate some turn overs but the pressure will need to come from somewhere in the front 7, and I don't see a consistent stud on their roster.
Special Teams and Coaching
Overall Unit Analysis
Tucker is one of the best kickers in the game. I'm curious if Marquise Brown will be in the mix at punt returner but expect Justice Hill to play a role early on kick offs.
Overall Coaching / School Analysis
Harbaugh still likes to coach a style that is quickly becoming antiquated. The recent investment of draft capital in their offensive skill positions makes me think they realized this a few years back.
Overall Team Grade
This looks like a team in transition, having jettisoned aging stars and restocking with athletic skill players. They might still need another year of youth infusion, and a stud linebacker, but they are far from a bad team.
Last season, did the team meet your expectations?
Outperformed my Expectations
I could see the Ravens competing for the playoffs again but I expect the rest of their division to be improved and I'm not sure Baltimore isn't a little worse.