foshman Rates the Baltimore Ravens





Baltimore Ravens

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League:
National Football League
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Location:
Owings Mills, MD United States
Conference:
American Football Conference

Season Outlook Analysis

Offense
Position
Quarterbacks
B-
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.
Running Backs
B-
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
B+
I'm concerned about their center and left guard spots.
Receiving
C-
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.
Skills
Speed
D
Production
C
Big Play Ability
C-
Consistency
B
Red Zone Success
B
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.
Defense
Position
Defensive Line
B
Baltimore's defense depends on blue collar defensive linemen and that's exactly what they have.
Linebackers
B-
An historic strength looks like a glaring weakness for the Ravens, at least in terms of experience.
Defensive Backs
B+
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.
Skills
Passing Game Defense
B
Stopping the Run
B+
Controlling Field Position
B+
Stopping The Big Play
B+
Causing Turnovers
B+
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
Special Teams
Place Kicking
A+
Punting
B
Kickoff/Punt Returning
B+
Kickoff/Punt Coverage
A-
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.
Coaching
Effectiveness
B+
Preparedness
A-
Decision Making
B
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
Overall Team Grade
B
Analysis
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
Expected Wins
9
Expectations/ Outlook
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.