2. Wide Receiver
For two straight years, this defense has been extremely vulnerable against the pass. To make matters worse, some of their best talent in the secondary is heading toward free agency at the same time as their quarterback who is looking to reset the market.
Key FA: QB Lamar Jackson, CB Marcus Peters, OG Ben Powers
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Depth Chart Fantasy Impact
The biggest addition for this year’s Ravens will be a healthy Lamar Jackson. The QB missed 5 full games in 2021, including each of the final 4 contests. Jackson also left the game before that stretch after just 10 plays. It was no coincidence the team lost all 5 to finish 8-9 and narrowly miss the playoffs.
The Ravens also return RBs J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards from ACL tears that kept the team’s top 2 backs out for the entire regular season. Neither gained practice clearance ahead of training camp. The team added only 6th-round pick Tyler Badie and former Falcon Mike Davis to the backfield. Justice Hill also returns from an Achilles’ tear in summer 2021.
Baltimore traded lead WR Marquise Brown to the Cardinals on Night 1 of the NFL Draft. That move plus the free-agent departure of WR Sammy Watkins leaves behind 31.9% target share at the position. Rashod Bateman should lead the group in his 2nd season. He lost the 1st 5 games of his rookie campaign to a groin injury but rebounded to finish 3rd on the team in targets.
WRs Devin Duvernay and James Proche look like the top fill-in candidates, though the Ravens drafted a pair of pass-catching TEs in Charlie Kolar and Isaiah Likely. Those additions plus a healthier TE Nick Boyle could mean more multiple-TE sets and fewer alignments of 3 WRs or more. Duvernay checked in 5th among Ravens in targets in his 2nd season.
Up front, Baltimore gets LT Ronnie Stanley back from an ankle injury that cost him nearly all of 2021. The Ravens also selected C Tyler Linderbaum 25th overall out of Iowa. The O-line remained solid without Stanley last season, grading out 13th in run-blocking and 15th in pass-blocking, according to Pro Football Focus.
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