As a follow up to new Baltimore Beatdown staff writer Logan Levy’s popular piece on the most disappointing Raven so far, this is the glass half full version. There are plenty of Ravens players that require consideration as the most encouraging through the first five games.
Michael Pierce deserves top billing on this list. The undrafted rookie defensive tackle has played 112 snaps, almost 40% of the defensive total. Pierce has been instrumental in the Ravens run defense that is 4th in yard per game and 7th in yards per attempt.
Zach Orr is leading the team in tackles and creating turnovers, the up-and-comer has been one of the the most encouraging players so far this season. The Ravens defense is swarming to the ball and limiting big plays again. Orr, along with Suggs, Mosley, Jimmy Smith and Weddle, deserve praise for the distinct turnaround on defense.
Mike Wallace may not be the most impactful free agent acquisition, but still be the biggest positive surprise. Most Ravens fans were hoping for a cheaper version of Torrey Smith, Wallace has exceeded expectations. Wallace has the highest yards per catch average since he was with Pittsburgh, to go along with three touchdowns grabs.
Terrance West was fighting for a roster spot when training camp began. Now he is the unquestioned lead back on the team after averaging over 100-yards the last two weeks, and 5-yards per rushing attempt this season.
Tavon Young rounds out the top tier. The fourth round rookie has been strong in pass coverage and one of the Ravens best overall players. He has made momentum turning plays that helped the Ravens win in Weeks 2 and 3.
C.J. Mosley, Jimmy Smith and Ronnie Stanley merit honorable mention. This trio has performed well this season. Their respective pedigrees created preseason expectations, and each has delivered. Using this perspective, the five players listed above have more impressive that these three former first round selections.
Who do you believe has been the most encouraging Raven so far this season?
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