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Ravens News 7/8: Future HOFers, vital stats and more

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Future PFF Hall of Famers by team heading into 2019 - Ben Linsey


In if they retire today: Marshal Yanda,

On pace: Earl Thomas, Justin Tucker

Coming out of Iowa in 2007, Yanda has spent 12 seasons with the Ravens. Last season was the first of his career failing to record an overall grade of 80.0 or higher, ending what was a remarkable run of elite play. No matter which metric you look at, Yanda flashes near the top of the list. Among qualifiers at the guard position in the PFF era, he ranks second in overall grade, second in average PFF WAR and third in pressure rate allowed. Yanda is the only guard to play 3,000 or more since 2006 and record a pass-blocking and run-blocking grade of 90.0 or higher. He’s been the gold standard at the guard position and deserves a spot in Canton.

A new addition to the Ravens, Thomas will bring his playmaking talents to an already strong Baltimore defense. Since entering the NFL, he ranks third among all safeties in PFF grade, buoyed by his unique ability to play centerfielder as a single-high safety. Among 40 safeties that have been targeted 200 or more times since 2010, Thomas’ 30 interceptions and his forced incompletion rate of 14.1% both rank second. He’s a certified difference-maker on the back end of a defense with the ability to erase lapses made by his teammates in coverage. That’s something every team could use.

Training Camp Position Breakdown: Offensive Line - Clifton Brown

Under the Radar

A sixth-round draft pick out of Wagner, Senat hopes to bounce back after spending his rookie season on injured reserve following foot surgery. A converted basketball player, Senat was drafted as a high-ceiling developmental prospect. Judging by the way he’s transformed his body composition, he’s on the right path.

The Ravens have done well in the past finding offensive linemen late in the draft, including Rick Wagner (fifth round) and Ryan Jensen (sixth round) who became starters and signed lucrative contracts as free agents. For now, there is a role for Senat as the potential backup left tackle if he’s ready.

Baltimore Ravens: 3 Vital statistics for 2019 season - Russell S. Baxter


Back to the aerial game and the aforementioned 18 trips to the end zone. More than half of those touchdowns (11) came courtesy of four players. But wide receiver John Brown (5) is now a member of the Buffalo Bills. Running back Javorius Allen (2) joined the New Orleans Saints this year. Tight end Maxx Williams (1) inked a deal with the Arizona Cardinals. And veteran wideout Michael Crabtree (3) remains on the open market.

Could second-year tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews wind up being the main scoring targets?