The Baltimore Ravens are having one of their most successful seasons in years, having just clinched their first AFC North title since 2012. This came after a wild Sunday win over the Cleveland Browns in a win-and-in situation, which was just the first bit of good news for a team that was starting to get used to bad news to end the year.
The second piece was quarterback Lamar Jackson taking home NFL offensive rookie of the month, and they got another few attaboys Friday in the form of All Pro announcements. Headlining them is a pretty familiar face:
Ravens kicker Justin Tucker is named first team All-Pro after not reaching the Pro Bowl. This is his third time making All-Pro (2013 and 2016 were the others).— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) January 4, 2019
This isn’t a shocker, though it’s nice to see Tucker get some props for a great season after not making the pro bowl yet again. Below him were two other mainstays getting named second teamers for 2018:
Two Ravens were named second-team All-Pro: guard Marshal Yanda and linebacker C.J. Mosley— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) January 4, 2019
Yanda had another very strong season and could maybe be argued for a first team selection and Mosley definitely deserves some recognition after an underrated season in which his alleged lack of coverage skills were continuously harped on. Outside of those guys, there are only a few notable omissions such as Marlon Humphrey or possibly Michael Pierce, though it’s tough to complain too much beyond that.
With the pro bowl continuing to morph into a manufactured parody of what it used to be, it’s nice to see the AP voters continue to hit the mark in many respects. With all the accolades now dished out, it’s time for this team to show they can live up to the praise on Sunday against the Chargers.