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NFL: Baltimore Ravens-Minicamp Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

NFL offensive line rankings: All 32 teams’ units entering 2019 - Pro Football Focus



Left Tackle: Ronnie Stanley

Left Guard: Alex Lewis

Center: Matt Skura

Right Guard: Marshal Yanda

Right Tackle: Orlando Brown

Rookie offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. didn’t blow the doors off the NFL in his debut season, but he did turn in plus play in pass protection (75.1 pass-blocking grade) and showed signs of improvement in all areas down the stretch of last season. Opposite Brown, former first-rounder Ronnie Stanley has developed into one of the league’s best young offensive tackles in the game, earning a 75.8 overall grade and an 87.0 pass-blocking grade a year ago.

Alex Lewis and Matt Skura are nothing to write home about, but longtime standout guard Marshal Yanda is more than capable of picking up the slack. Success comes easy for 34-year-old veteran even as his career starts to wind down, as he is hasn’t earned an overall grade under 75.0 or a pass-blocking grade under 80.0 in the last eight years.

Training Camp Position Breakdown: Wide Receiver - Ryan Mink

Four wide receiver spots are all but locked up by Snead, Moore, Brown and Boykin. That leaves probably two more up for grabs and it’s going to be one of the best competitions in training camp.

Roberts, who the Ravens pounced on after he was released by Oakland, has a strong shot considering his experience, knack for making clutch plays, and strength in the slot. Floyd is a former first-round pick who posted a 1,000-yard season in 2013, but that was a long time ago and he’s trying to recapture that magic now at 29 years old.

Scott, a fourth-round pick a year ago, was a standout in OTAs and minicamp, showing off his size and strength in the red zone.

Under the Radar

The dark horse candidates in this roster competition are the undrafted rookies. As mentioned above, Wesley and Modster caught a lot of passes in OTAs and minicamp, and if they continue to stand out in training camp, one could find their way onto the team.

2019 NFL triplets rankings: Saints, Chargers, Browns top the list - Ali Bhanpuri


Of all the trios on this list, Baltimore’s offensive core is the one I’m most excited to see take the field in September. Lamar Jackson proved in Year 1 he’s one of the league’s most electrifying playmakers, and the team’s commitment to running an offensive system designed around his unique skill set is refreshing.

Even at 29, Ingram is a quality back who will add experience and production (fifth-most yards from scrimmage among RBs since 2015) to Baltimore’s backfield. And I can’t wait to watch “Hollywood” Brown sprint by defenders on the M&T Stadium turf. But will Jackson be able to hit him in stride? Hard to say, considering Jackson attempted just 13 passes of 20-plus air yards last season (ranking 39th among QBs), per Next Gen Stats.

So as much as I appreciate and am intrigued by the RavensArmy-like offensive approach, the potential run-run-run-run philosophy could ding Jackson’s (and Brown’s) overall production.

3 players with the most to gain in training camp for the Ravens - Matthew Schmidt

2. Tyus Bowser

The second linebacker on the list, Tyus Bowser’s circumstances are a bit different from Young’s, as he barely played in 2018, logging just 11 tackles and a half of a sack.

Now, Bowser will be battling for a starting job in the linebacking corps, which is something he almost surely anticipated eventually happening when he was drafted by Baltimore in the second round back in 2017.

Bowser exhibited some solid pass-rushing skills while in college at Houston, capping off his collegiate career with 8.5 sacks during his senior campaign in 2016.