Pro Football Focus, a leading analytical football site, released their receiving corps ranking ahead of the regular season kickoff. The Ravens earn a respectable place in the top half of the league. PFF explains their belief that the Ravens pass catchers have serious upside and could prove deserving of an even higher ranking by the end of the season...
For all the doubters out there, please note that PFF believes twenty teams would benefit from swapping their entire receiving corps with the Ravens.
The arch-rival Steelers are ranked sixth while the Bengals earned the tenth spot on the list, largely on the abilities of their go-to receivers Antonio Brown and A.J. Green respectively. The Browns were ranked as the 30th best receiving corps in the NFL, with rookie Corey Coleman expected to lead the group.
The Ravens secondary will be challenged throughout the season, specifically during a three-game stretch in October when they will face the Redskins (ranked #3), Giants (#16) and Jets (#11). The final four games of the season should be another difficult test, with the Patriots (#1), Steelers and Bengals on the schedule.
Add rookie blindside protector Ronnie Stanley, who has received glowing reviews from national pundits in the preseason, to the mix of wideouts, tight ends and running backs, and the Ravens offense is in fine shape. All that remains is for coordinator Marc Trestman to devise an effective game plan and quarterback Joe Flacco to execute the plays. Seems simple enough, right?