Baltimore Ravens rookies this preseason have provided a strong glimpse into the future. Multiple players demonstrating skills necessary to continue the franchises success. Still, it’s not enough for B/R to give an average grade of C.
A left tackle not allowing a sack in two preseason games is important, but a rookie doing this is enormous. Meanwhile, a fifth round pick has produced nine tackles with two sacks in two games. Strangely these don’t mean anything big for the rankings.
Those aren’t the only rookies producing so far, with Willie Henry, Kenneth Dixon, Maurice Canady, Alex Lewis and Tavon Young all shining in the past two contests.
Ronnie Stanley — The numbers speak for themselves.
28 pass blocking snaps for Ravens rookie LT Ronnie Stanley this preseason. 0 sacks, 0 hits, 0 hurries pic.twitter.com/iW7gCcMOzG— Gordon McGuinness (@PFF_Gordon) August 23, 2016
Tavon Young — Coverage was good against the Panthers, and he made two tackles. We all know how good Young has been with the news of pressuring Will Davis, Jerraud Powers and Kyle Arrington for inside CB.
Alex Lewis — Another statistical beast for Baltimore this preseason.
@AdenChiz Just one hits allowed in 41 pass prop snaps, no sacks or hurries— Gordon McGuinness (@PFF_Gordon) August 23, 2016
Willie Henry — He chased down a wide receiver screen at 300 pounds. This man has a nose for the ball, and has disrupted a good amount of plays.
Kenneth Dixon — Mama there goes that man. On 16 carries the young gun has accumulated 66 yards. It’s not like all of them have been wide open holes either, with multiple instances of making the first or second guy miss, or going into a pile of tacklers and somehow coming out the other way. The kid is special.
Matt Judon — While Stanley and Lewis have done their part on the O-line, Judon has done damage to the oppositions. With two sacks and a total of nine tackles this edge rusher can provide the weapon Baltimore really needs to thrive. “Average”—ha.
Maurice Canady — Coming off an injury and yet still making plays. He allowed a completion, then followed up with a batted ball right on the pylon against the Colts. He’s a big outside corner that reads the quarterback well.
I’m not saying Baltimore’s rookie class is filled with All-Pro talent, but this group isn’t an average grade of C. I have this squad sitting at a B+. Anytime you have two tackles giving up only one hit on a combined 69 snaps, you’re doing right. No sacks or hurries, just the one hit. Also factoring in the other names I’ve given, they have earned the B+.