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Ravens News 7/2: Impressive offensive tackles, 2020 free agents and more

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Ronnie Stanley is quietly developing into one of the NFL’s top left tackles - William Moy

Since 2006, there have been 29 players to log at least 2,000 snaps at left tackle over their first three seasons, among that group, Stanley ranks ninth with a 78.8 overall grade across that window.

Where Stanley has really shined thus far has been in pass protection, where his 84.9 pass-blocking grade over his first three years ranks fifth among those 29 left tackles, trailing only Joe Thomas, Michael Roos, Jake Long and Taylor Lewan.

When it comes to run blocking, Stanley has been solid. His game film isn’t overloaded with impact blocks — his 6.7% impact run-block percentage ranks 26th out of 30 left tackles who’ve logged at least 500 run-blocking snaps over the past three seasons — but there also aren’t many occasions of him getting beat either, as his 8.1% negatively graded block rate ranks third best among that group.

Ravens Hope Orlando Brown Jr. Keeps Improving In Second Year - Jeff Seidel

“I’m striving for everything I can have,” Brown said on the team’s web site. “My personal goals are being an All-Pro, being a Pro Bowler. No sacks, no pressures, all those different things.”

“The way it worked out, we had a bunch of injuries [last year],” said Baltimore offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris at a recent press conference. “It was his chance, and it was called opportunity and preparation. His preparation put him in that position to take advantage of opportunity. He took it and ran with it. He did very well, and he’s in that same position now, and he’s doing a heck of a job.”

“I’m a lot more comfortable just being out here at practice, understanding what we’re doing, how we’re doing it, what’s expected of me, my approach and my role,” Brown said on the team’s site. “I think that’s the biggest thing for any player coming in here is understanding your role.”

Training Camp Position Breakdown: Quarterback - Clifton Brown

Best Battle

McSorley’s most important battle will be to secure a 53-man roster spot as a sixth-round pick, and to prove he should be active on game days. As he mentioned during an interview on The Lounge Podcast, McSorely has taken reps during offseason workouts as a quarterback and punt returner, and he might be used as an all-around offensive weapon, the way the New Orleans Saints use backup quarterback Taysom Hill.

However, McSorley’s role isn’t guaranteed despite his versatility. The Ravens carried three quarterbacks last season, but many NFL teams have just two on the 53-man roster. McSorley needs to show he’s good enough to contribute on Sundays as a rookie, and how he performs in preseason games and practices will be interesting to watch.

Baltimore Ravens’ next class of free agents: Who’s in line to hit the market in March 2020? - Aaron Kasinitz

CB Jimmy Smith -- After watching a parade of his teammates leave Baltimore this offseason, Smith now stands as the longest-tenured member of the Ravens’ defense. He remains a talented cornerback capable of strapping top wideouts, but his age (30) and history with injuries and suspensions could dent his value.

OLB Matthew Judon -- More than anyone on this list, Judon can sniff a monster payday. After racking up 19 sacks over three seasons, the former fifth-round pass-rusher sits in line to enter unrestricted free agency for the first time in March as a coveted player.

WR Willie Snead -- Snead thrived out of the slot last season and presented a comforting option for rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson down the stretch of the campaign.

DT Michael Pierce -- Pierce has more to prove than Judon. A top-notch showing in 2019 could help him earn a lucrative second contract, though.

ILB Patrick Onwuasor -- Onwuasor performed well in a complementary role last year and will shoulder more responsibilities this fall as C.J. Mosley’s replacement.

DT Willie Henry -- Loaded with talent, Henry’s career arc has been weighed down with injuries.

OLBs Pernell McPhee/Shane Ray -- McPhee and Ray joined the Ravens as cheap additions after two veteran pass rushers departed in free agency.