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Week 11 Rookie Report: Improvements among disappointment

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Sunday’s game against the Titans was disappointing in more ways than one. After getting off to an early lead, Baltimore just couldn’t keep it up and ended up losing in overtime. There weren’t many surprises coming from the rookies this time, although it was a bit unexpected to see Devin Duvernay barely even played in the game.

Let’s take a deeper look into it.

Patrick Queen

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Queen finished with nine tackles and one quarterback hit against the Titans. He has carved out a nice rookie year for himself, despite the fact that he doesn’t seem to be improving upon holes in his game. He’s proven an ability to tackle and rush the passer at a high level, meaning he will be very valuable for years to come. Assuming he ascends on his expected trajectory, Queen has very real chance to be a Pro Bowl linebacker in just a few short years.

J.K. Dobbins

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Dobbins had a very good game, and he really needed one after last week. After it was all said and done, he finished with 15 carries for 70 yards, good for an average of 4.6 yards per carry, as well as a rushing touchdown. Dobbins had by far the most snaps of any running back on the team and he got the vast majority of the carries as well.

Whether this was by design or just how it shook out as Harbaugh said it was, Dobbins showed that he is capable of being a featured back. The Titans defense is not amazing, and that caveat is of high import, but I still can’t help but dish out some praise for the rookie — whose role has only been growing as the season continues.

Malik Harrison

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Last week, Harrison played on 85% of defensive snaps, and during that time he only made two tackles. He didn’t even make it onto last week’s rookie report because of how little he actually did. Against the Titans, however, he only played on 50% of defensive snaps but made seven tackles, one of which was for a loss. Maybe Harrison suffered from the pressure of an increased role last week, or maybe the Patriots offense is his kryptonite.

Regardless, this week he played great. After being picked in the third round of this year’s draft, Harrison has slowly become an important part of this defense. His improvement on a seemingly weekly basis is impressive and if he continues improving the way he’s showing, Baltimore may have found a diamond in the rough of the 2020 draft.