2021 Team Outlook: Baltimore Ravens
We have decided to take a look at all 32 NFL teams ahead of the preseason and break down the team position by position. Of course we will be finding all kinds of names that we desperately want to find signed jerseys, autographed helmets and all sorts of sports collectibles in our NFL live breaks. Today we will take a look at the Baltimore Ravens.
After once again making the playoffs in 2020, the Ravens seem to be so close to joining that elite category. However, to break into that tier, they have to improve overall in the passing game. Let’s take a look at their squad and how they stack up for the season.
Lamar Jackson is simultaneously this team's best asset and the thing that is holding them back. The former MVP is an amazing athlete and has this team’s running game at a special level. However, being unable to consistently win games with the passing games is what's holding them back from being legit Super Bowl contenders. We could see some improvement in the passing game this year but we will have to wait and see if it will be enough to put them over the top.
JK Dobbins will be the lead back in this committee, but Gus Edwads will not be too far behind. Both formed a pretty formidable duo last season and although fantasy football managers might complain about their usage, the actual team will be in good hands with these two players.
This has always been a source of trouble for this team, but with the addition of Rashod Bateman along with Sammy Watkins and Tylan Wallace the team will have the most talented receiving core that they have had in the past decade. Look for Bateman to eventually become a true blue WR1 in this league. Hollywood Brown is a good slot receiver but it will be helpful to take some of the WR1 pressure off of him and allow him to focus on his slot role.
Mark Andrews is one of the top tight ends in the league and has been the favorite target of Lamar Jackson over the past 3 seasons. Nick Boyle is also part of the equation here as a blocker and Josh Oliver was a nice depth addition from Jacksonville. Looking for a Mark Andrews signed helmet in our NFL live breaks? We have you covered!
Despite some of the trades and movement in this line, it is still one of the better groups in the league. Ronnie Stanley is an absolute stud at left tackle and Zeitler was a nice addition from the Giants. Alejandro Villanueva came over from Pittsburgh and should be a solid piece at right tackle.
The D-Line is more than formidable, it's scary. Calais Campbell is one of the best at the position (and has been for a while) while players like Wolfe and Mcphee just have a knack for making plays. Despite being on the older side, this group should perform very well in 2021.
Matthew Judon may have left the team in free agency, but there's still a lot of talent on the linebacking core. Patrick Queen leads this unit from the middle of the field as a rookie and Malik Harrison really showed out as a rookie. Look for Pernell Mcphee to put up big numbers this season.
The rest of the defense is good but the trio of Humphery, Peters and Jimmy Smith is pretty special at the cornerback position. The safeties are not special but the corners make up for that lack.