The Baltimore Ravens had enough talent last season to win 14 games while sewing up the top seed entering the AFC playoffs. Baltimore's deficiencies caught up to them in the playoffs, however, as their lack of depth at receiver and an average run defense contributed to the team's upset loss to the Tennessee Titans. In the offseason, the Ravens aggressively filled their roster holes, added several big pieces to their defensive line while also acquiring several rookie receivers.
Baltimore also added to their stable of running backs while also adding two new pieces to its offensive line. These new players will look to help reigning league MVP Lamar Jackson have success in the postseason after not having success each of his first two seasons. With training camp on the horizon, we decided to project what the Ravens' starting lineup and 53-man roster may look like when Baltimore kicks off the 2020 regular season against the Cleveland Browns.
Rookies will be denoted with a (*).
Without further ado, let's jump right into it.
|QB||Lamar Jackson||Robert Griffin III|
|RB||Mark Ingram||J.K. Dobbins*||Gus Edwards|
|LWR||Marquise Brown||Willie Snead||James Proche*|
|RWR||Devin Duvernay*||Jaylon Moore*||Michael Dereus*|
|SWR||Willie Snead||Devin Duvernay*|| |
|TE||Mark Andrews||Nick Boyle|
|LT||Ronnie Stanley||Will Holden|| |
|LG||Bradley Bozeman||Tyre Phillips*|| |
|C||Matt Skura||Patrick Mekari|| |
|RG||Ben Powers||Ben Bredeson*|| |
|RT||Orlando Brown||Andre Smith|| |
A 2,000-yard rusher during his final season at Ohio State, Dobbins should provide a boost to a Ravens rushing attack that gained an NFL record 3,296 yards last season. Dobbins will also look to take some of the pressure off of Jackson as it relates to running the ball.
While Marquise Brown and Willie Snead are still the Ravens' top two receivers, Devin Duernay, the team's third-round pick who caught 106 passes for 1,386 yards during his final season at Texas, is also expected to make a significant contribution as a rookie. Baltimore's other openings at receiver are currently up for grabs. The players that will compete to earn those spots include seventh-round pick James Proche, Chris Moore, Jaleel Scott, Antoine Wesley, De'Anthony Thomas, and undrafted rookies Jaylon Moore and Michael Dereus. For now, I'm picking Baltimore's rookies to win their respective position battles, as the Ravens will have a slew of fresh faces at receiver in 2020.
Marshal Yanda's offseason retirement has opened the door for Ben Powers to replace Yanda as the Ravens' starting right guard. And while neither player will likely start as rookies, guards Ben Bradeson and Tyrie Phillips will likely get considerable playing time in reserve roles.
|DE||Calais Campbell||Patrick Ricard|| |
|DT||Brandon Williams||Daylon Mack||Broderick Washington*|
|DE||Derek Wolfe||Justin Madubuike*|| |
|OLB||Pernell McPhee||Jaylon Ferguson|
|ILB||Patrick Queen*||Chris Board|
|ILB||Malik Harrison*||L.J. Fort|
|OLB||Matt Judon||Tyus Bowser|
|LCB||Marlon Humphrey||Anthony Averett|| |
|RCB||Marcus Peters||Jimmy Smith|| |
|SCB||Tavon Young||Khalil Dorsey*|| |
|FS||Earl Thomas||DeShon Elliott|| |
|SS||Chuck Clark||Jordan Richards|
After Derrick Henry chewed up their defense to the tune of 195 rushing yards in their playoff loss to Tennessee, the Ravens went out and traded for perennial Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell. They also drafted defensive tackle Justin Madubuike along with linebackers Patrick Queen and Malik Harrison. Expect Queen and Harrison to start right away, with Madubuike getting reps as a backup behind Derek Wolfe.
The team's decision to part with Brandon Carr has left an opening at starting cornerback. The current front-runner to replace Carr is Tavon Young, who started six games last season while leading the NFL with two fumble returns for touchdowns. A player Ravens fans should keep an eye on is cornerback Khalil Dorsey, an undrafted rookie out of Northern Arizona who will try to earn a spot in Baltimore's secondary this summer. Another rookie looking to find a home in the Ravens' secondary is safety Geno Stone, the team's final pick in the 2020 draft.
|K||Justin Tucker|| |
|P||Sam Koch|| |
|LS||Morgan Cox|| |
|KR||De'Anthony Thomas||Willie Snead|
|PR||De'Anthony Thomas||Willie Snead|
The Ravens have arguably the league's best kicker in Justin Tucker, who missed just one of his 29 field goal attempts last season. Don't be surprised if the Ravens open up the competition as it relates to their punt and kickoff return positions. Several of their current receivers, including Smith, Proche and Dereus, were called upon to return kicks and punts in college. Whichever receiver stands out as a returner will likely have the inside track on a spot on the team's 53-man roster.