Ravens Are Putting a Lot of Attention on Offense - John Eisenberg
Aside from the new OC -- which means a new play-caller -- there are new position coaches for the running backs, tight ends and wide receivers. There’s an entirely new offense, actually, as Roman and his staff are rebuilding the unit’s architecture.
“We’re pretty much re-imagining our offense,” Roman said. “New language. New formations.”
They have a long way to go, of course, and a thousand important decisions loom, starting with which linemen, backs and receivers to add to help Jackson in 2019.
“We’ve got a lot of big decisions to make,” Roman said.
But it’s the age of offense in the NFL, and to some degree, at least, they’re trying to bring their personality in line with what’s going on around them.
With successful upgrades along the interior of the offensive line and at wideout, combined with more consistent accuracy from Lamar Jackson, the Ravens should field a versatile and potent offense in 2019.
2019 NFL mock draft: Here are the biggest needs for each team in the 1st round - Dan Kadar
22. Baltimore Ravens: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
Offseason needs: Edge rusher, wide receiver, linebacker, running back
Za’Darius Smith and Terrell Suggs are both free agents, so it might be time for the Ravens go after a pass rusher in the first round. Sweat is one of the premier sack artists in the draft this year, and he uses his size and speed to beat blockers around the corner.
After transferring from Michigan State, the 6’6 245 pound pass rusher tallied 48 solo tackles and 22.5 sacks for Mississippi State over the last two seasons.
3 WIDE RECEIVERS WITH MOST TO PROVE AT COMBINE - Brad Kelly
N’Keal Harry, Arizona State
The first wide receiver that comes to mind whose evaluation hinges more on the NFL Scouting Combine is Arizona State’s N’Keal Harry. As far as physical profile goes, Harry has one of the most intimidating frames in the class. While he’s a monster after the catch, he has serious long speed and separation concerns.
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford
Similar to N’Keal Harry, JJ Arcega-Whiteside has long speed concerns. Due to his large frame and fluid movements, some analysts have suggested Arcega-Whiteside could benefit from a position switch to a flex/move tight end.
Speedy receivers Terry McLaurin, Mecole Hardman and Emanuel Hall are expected to light up the stopwatch at the Combine. Marquise “Hollywood” Brown will not participate after undergoing foot surgery.