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Analyst points out Baltimore Ravens’ biggest areas of improvement

By meerna Jul11,2024
Analyst points out Baltimore Ravens’ biggest areas of improvement

Like every other team in the NFL, the Baltimore Ravens have experienced their fair share of changes this offseason. Some of that change has been for the better, some for the worse, but the bottom line is that the Ravens are a different team than they were at this time last year.

With training camp approaching, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic decided to take a look at how the Ravens improved, worsened, and stayed the same from last season.

In the first category, he identified only two position groups, cornerback and running back. The former even earned the title of Baltimore’s “most improved position group” thanks to the addition of rookies Nate Wiggins and TJ Tampa, who complemented Marlon Humphrey and Brandon Stephens.

“The Ravens will miss (Ronald) Darby, but they need to add talent to their cornerback group — Wiggins should do that. They’ll need their young cornerbacks to mature quickly and Humphrey to regain his Pro Bowl form. The pieces are in place, though,” Zrebiec writes.

On the other hand, Baltimore has taken a step back at several key position groups, including inside linebacker, outside linebacker, safety and offensive line. While the offensive line has been a constant question throughout the offseason, Zrebiec believes the status of outside linebacker could be even more concerning. The Ravens led the league with 60 sacks last year, but their losses at the edge could result in a noticeable step back.

“It’s a production business, and the Ravens don’t have a double-digit sack outside linebacker on their roster. In order for (Jadeveon) Clowney to leave, (Odafe) Oweh needs to become an eight- to 10-sack guy, and one of the young outside linebackers needs to become a weekly threat. If neither of those things happen, (Eric) DeCosta will be looking at available edge rushers before the trade deadline.”

Given the changes the Ravens made this offseason, it’s safe to say their roster is in a worse place overall. It’s still a roster capable of competing for the Super Bowl on paper, but getting there will require a lot of things to go right.

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