It’s no exaggeration to say that the Ravens dominated the Jaguars on Sunday. There didn’t seem to be anything that the Jags could do to stop the Ravens or get through their defense. Baltimore played great, but we’re here to look specifically at the rookies and how they stack up with only two weeks left in the season.
One unfortunate side effect of Dez Bryant being added to the lineup is that Devin Duvernay has taken an even bigger backseat than he already had, resulting in virtually no snaps for the Lord of Chaos himself. As a result we won’t be talking about him anymore today.
Hopefully Duvernay can get some more usage in the coming weeks, but for now he has to take a back seat.
Queen had an outstanding game against Jacksonville, totaling six tackles, three of which were for a loss, as well as a sack. He provided consistent pressure on QB Gardner Minshew, something he’s excelled at for this entire season. Queen has shown time and time again that he’s an excellent pass rusher as well as a capable tackler against the run, yet the coaching staff seems to consistently put him in pass coverage situations still.
This isn’t going to turn into some “old man yells at cloud” style angry post, but Don Martindale and the rest of the coaching staff need to recognize when they have someone with a more specific skillset.
Dobbins had another good, not great game — as seems to be the norm with him. He wound up running for 64 yards on 14 attempts (4.6 yards per carry) and caught his only target for 17 yards. Dobbins paced the backfield for the Ravens, once again getting the most snaps of any running back. His role has grown significantly over the course of the season.
Assuming Baltimore makes the playoffs, he will likely continue to be an incredibly valuable player for this offense.