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Predicting the Ravens statistical leaders in each major offensive category

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Which players will put big numbers on offense next season?

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With the Ravens set to deploy a new offensive coordinator, new starting running back, and two new starting wide receivers, as well as a possible change to the offensive line, it’s safe to say the team’s offense will have a bit of a different look next season.

Baltimore has made redesigning the offensive skill positions around Lamar Jackson a priority this offseason. They parted ways with Michael Crabtree and John Brown and in return signed Seth Roberts and Mark Ingram. The Ravens also added three playmakers in the draft - Marquise Brown, Miles Boykin, Justice Hill - and landed guard Ben Powers in the sixth round.

With a fresh group of faces and some returning contributors from last year, who will pace the team in each of the major statistical categories on offense during the 2019-20 season?


Passing Yards & Touchdowns

  1. Lamar Jackson
  2. Robert Griffin III
  3. Trace McSorley

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Lamar Jackson is the unquestioned starting quarterback heading into next season and unless he were to miss the majority of the year with an injury, he’ll lead the team in the both passing yardage and touchdowns. There’s a chance Robert Griffin III or Trace McSorley, assuming the latter makes the 53-man roster, could see a few attempts in some gadget formations here and there, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Rushing Yards

  1. Mark Ingram
  2. Lamar Jackson
  3. Gus Edwards

While the Ravens figure to utilize all of their running backs consistently, it’ll be Mark Ingram in the featured role. Ingram is a steady, consistent downhill runner and as we’ve seen in the past, he’s capable of posting 1,000-yard seasons when given the workload. He should see more carries next season than he did the past two seasons with New Orleans, as he no longer has to split snaps with the dynamic Alvin Kamara.

Choosing between Jackson and Gus Edwards is a bit of a toss-up. Edwards will be the No. 2 running back but exactly how much work he’ll get behind Ingram remains to be seen. Jackson won’t average 17 rushing attempts per game like he did last year, but somewhere between 10-12 carries seems likely depending on how many designed running plays Greg Roman draws up for him. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Edwards have more rushing yards than Jackson but for now, let's give the nod to maybe the best rushing QB in the league.

Rushing Touchdowns

  1. Mark Ingram
  2. Lamar Jackson
  3. Justice Hill

Ingram has been one of the most efficient redzone backs in the league for several years now. His size and power makes him difficult to stop between the tackles. Ingram has scored 39 times since 2014 and recorded 12 touchdowns two seasons ago. With this in mind, it’s unlikely that Edwards nor Kenneth Dixon see many snaps inside the 10-yard line. Jackson, however, will have scoring opportunities. He scored five times on the ground last season, four of which came in the final six games. Rookie RB and fourth-round pick Justice Hill isn’t the most ideal redzone back given his size, but his home-run speed and breakaway ability could very well equate to a few big scoring plays throughout the year.

Receptions

  1. Willie Snead IV
  2. Marquise Brown
  3. Mark Andrews

As the Ravens primary slot receiver, Willie Snead has a solid first year in Baltimore. He was a consistent target throughout the season and led the team with 62 receptions. Snead is adept at getting open in the middle of the field, so it’s no surprise he seemed to quickly develop into Jackson’s go-to target over the second half of the 2018-19 season. Marquise Brown should benefit from the threat of the Ravens rushing attack, as he’ll have plenty of opportunities to make plays against man coverage. His speed and route-running will enable him to get open, it’s just a matter of Jackson being able to deliver him the ball. My bet is on these two developing a nice rapport throughout the season. Mark Andrews was the other primary receiver down the stretch and became the source of several big plays. The former Sooner outshined Hayden Hurst and should build upon his 34 receptions from last season.

Receiving Yards

  1. Marquise Brown
  2. Willie Snead IV
  3. Mark Andrews

Same players, different order. Brown will be the Ravens primary deep threat and as we saw over the past two seasons in college, he’s more than capable of getting behind defenses with ease. Add in his ability to make plays after the catch in the intermediate areas of the field and Brown is a good bet to lead the Ravens in receiving yardage. Snead isn’t much of a big-play threat, but his volume and consistency should equate to a similar stat line as last season, which saw him post 651 receiving yards.

Could another receiver jump him in this category? Maybe, but there’s too much uncertainty at the moment to make that assumption. It remains to be seen whether Miles Boykin, Chris Moore, or Seth Roberts, or somebody else, serves as the primary #3 receiver. We do know, however, that Andrews is an adequate playmaker in the vertical passing game. He was fourth on the team in yardage last season with 552 but two of the players in front of him, John Brown and Michael Crabtree, are no longer on the roster. Hayden Hurst will have a bigger role in the passing game but Andrews is the safest bet to bet to crack the top-three in receiving yards.

Receiving Touchdowns

  1. Mark Andrews
  2. Marquise Brown
  3. Hayden Hurst

Andrews is a big, physical receiver - qualities that usually come in handy inside the redzone. He only caught three touchdowns last year but was tied for second on the team in that department with Crabtree. Given his sure hands and size, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him double his TD total from last year and possibly exceed it by even more. “Hollywood” and Jackson should be able to hook up for big passing plays next season, several of which could result in touchdowns. Brown isn’t exactly a redzone threat but is a threat to score from almost anywhere with the ball in his hands. Then there’s Hayden Hurst who, despite only catching one touchdown last season, makes for a viable candidate here among the team leaders. Hurst rarely ever drops passes and because of that, Jackson should look his way often inside the redzone.


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