The Ravens focused on offense in the draft this season in order to give Joe Flacco some weapons for him to grow with for the immediate future. And those weapons have been able to make an impact for the Ravens during these past few weeks, despite the turnover at quarterback. They may not be the guys that we expected to be making an impact for the Ravens, with first rounder Breshad Perriman sitting out the season, but at least the Ravens have had young players that are showing up and demonstrating why they should be on the roster, especially at the skill positions. Here are some of the players that have been faring well:
Since Justin Forsett went down in Week 10, Javorius Allen has carried the ball 81 times for 286 yards and one touchdown and caught 31 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns. Allen has been a weapon in both the running game and in the passing game, something that will make him very useful in the Marc Trestman pass-happy offense. With Justin Forsett on the wrong side of 30, and Lorenzo Taliaferro being injury-prone, Allen should play a prominent role in the Ravens future.
West has been a quality back-up for Allen, carrying the ball 40 times for 161 yards in five games. It would be worth it for the Ravens to keep West around in training camp and see if he belongs on the 2016 squad. He may very well take a roster spot from fellow 2014 draftee Lorenzo Taliaferro.
Aiken continues to stack games for the Ravens, as he caught eight passes for 66 yards in Sunday's game. Aiken has caught at least five passes during the past eight games. If Aiken catches five passes during Sunday's game against the Bengals, he will have tied Derrick Mason's franchise record of nine consecutive games with at least five receptions. Aiken has really stepped up in his second year and he's done a good job as Steve Smith's replacement. If Smith does not return next season, Aiken likely will play a prominent role in the future. He clearly has surpassed expectations in the Ravens injury riddled wide receiver group, even going against most opponent's top cornerback.
Jensen has been the starter at left guard for the past two games and he has done well for the Ravens. If he keeps this up, the Ravens could have an easier time letting Kelechi Osemele walk, and they could have another late round find on the interior line. Considering he was released last season, anything the team gets out of him is a bonus.
The Ravens were hoping that they would find some young guys that would be the future on offense. Right now they have some players shining in games and making a case to be on the roster in 2016.