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Top 10 NFL Comeback Player of the Year candidates in 2019 - Mark Chichester

S EARL THOMAS III, BALTIMORE RAVENS

Since joining the Seahawks with the 14th overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, Earl Thomas’ work on the backend of the Seahawks’ secondary has put him among the very best to ever play the position. His coverage grade of 92.7 is the fifth-best mark among qualifying safeties in that nine-year span, while his 64 combined pass breakups and interceptions and his 80 total coverage stops rank second and fourth among safeties, respectively.

While he may be 30 years old and coming off another broken leg, he’s graded at 90.0-plus in each of the past two seasons and has shown no signs of slowing down. Now with a chip on his shoulder and a new home in the bruising AFC North, Thomas has a point to prove with a team that will allow him to do so.

In four games last season, Thomas broke up five passes and intercepted three.

2019 Free Agency Cost-Benefit Analysis - Bryan Knowles

The model likes the Ravens’ pickup of Mark Ingram, and your fantasy team should, too -- the Lamar Jackson version of the team ran more than any other team in football, so Ingram should be getting plenty of work. The only question would be if he can carve out enough of a role in a backfield with rookie Justice Hill, Gus Edwards, and Kenneth Dixon, but Ingram should find plenty of room, even at age 30. Splitting time with Alvin Kamara kept some tread off his tires, so he should be fresher than your average veteran, as well.

According to this model, Ingram needs to provide a 5.1 approximate value to be worth his contract. He has averaged 7.25 approximate value per season over the course of his 8-year career.

Baltimore Ravens: 3 UDFAs Who Could Make An Immediate Impact - Nicholas Price

Markus Jones – OLB – Angelo State

Jones, a former Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Year, is a small school prospect with a ton of potential. Despite facing lesser Division 2 competition, Markus Jones still offers great tools that the Ravens defensive coaches can work with. He has a 6-foot-3, 252-pound frame, incredible get-off and a knack for stopping the run, key things the Ravens look for. Not to mention the ability to play special teams.

An undrafted free agent has made the Ravens regular season roster for 15 straight years.