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Top 100 NFL Players of 2020: Patrick Mahomes takes top spot, Lamar Jackson cracks top 10 - Pete Prisco

7 . Lamar Jackson

He won the league MVP last season with his dynamic play and his ability to create something out of nothing. As he grows as a passer – and he will – he will stay up this high on the list – and probably push even higher.

27. Ronnie Stanley

In his fourth season, he emerged as a star at left tackle. His pass protection is outstanding, but he’s improved as run blocker as well, which is a must in the Ravens offense.

39. Calais Campbell

The 33-year-old Campbell is still playing at a high level, even if his sack numbers fell from 10.5 to 6.5 last season. The Ravens acquired him in a trade from the Jaguars and he gives them a big, physical presence on their line.

59. Marlon Humphrey

He’s become and top-level cover player in the Ravens defense. He isn’t great against the run, but he’s a smooth cover corner.

100. Mark Andrews

He emerged as the go-to player for Lamar Jackson, catching 64 passes with 10 touchdowns. He’s also a solid in-line blocker.

JUST MISSED: Matt Judon, OLB, Baltimore Ravens; Marcus Peters, CB, Baltimore Ravens

2019-20 Deep Ball Project - John Kinsley

Lamar Jackson’s deep accuracy isn’t consistently great just yet, but it’s coming together for one of the league’s most exciting players, and a sophomore leap from Marquise Brown should help.

On throws to the right, Gardner Minshew led the pack, one spot ahead of Lamar Jackson.

Murray was the most accurate deep passer from the shotgun, while Jackson ranked 10th. (Jackson’s season was interesting because a good portion of his passes were from the pistol, a similar formation to the shotgun.)

On the other hand, quarterbacks such as Lamar Jackson, Russell Wilson, and Philip Rivers fared much better in the rankings under pressure than they did without.

Lamar Jackson, who was the second-most accurate deep passer under pressure, was also the fourth-most accurate under interior pressure.

Matt Ryan was the most accurate deep passer into tight windows, with the help of someone as great as Julio Jones. The top two MVP candidates, Lamar Jackson and Russell Wilson, also finished inside the top four.

Defensive lapses in the playoffs led the Ravens to their offseason decisions, Steve Wyche says - Ryan Homler

Defensively, they go out and get a Calais Campbell, they get [Patrick] Queen, the linebacker out of LSU,” Wyche told NBC Sports Washington. “What does that tell you? They don’t want to look at that film with Derrick Henry trucking them all over the playoffs like what happened last year.”

“Styles make fights and that was not the type of style that they were ready to play against,” Wyche said.

“They lost a lot of leadership on defense,” Wyche said of the 2019 team entering the season. “They let Sizzle [Terrell Suggs] go, they let [C.J.] Mosley go and they let [Eric] Weddle go. And look, they were fine.”

“The Ravens constantly reload,” he added.

Ravens Trail AFC North Rivals in Wide Receivers Rankings - Todd Karpovich

4. Baltimore Ravens

When Eric DeCosta took over as the Baltimore Ravens full-time general manager prior to last season, he conceded the franchise needed to do a better job drafting wide receivers. Fortunes began to change last year when the Ravens selected Marquise Brown with the 25th overall pick. Brown was a dynamic playmaker despite being hampered by a foot injury. He’ll be even more explosive this season when fully healthy. The Ravens are confident they picked up two more solid wideouts in this year’s draft — Devin Duvernay and James Proche. Baltimore also has the sure-handed Willie Snead on the roster and he’s also adept at blocking. Baltimore expects second-year player Miles Boykin (13 receptions for 198 yards with two touchdowns) to also have a bigger impact.

Fast Learner Ben Bredeson Hopes to Start Quickly - Clifton Brown

“You can definitely see a lot of glaring similarities between the two,” Bredeson said during a video conference. “The way the playbook is set up, the way the program is being run, their mannerisms; a lot of them are the same. It’s comforting for me knowing that I’m still in the Harbaugh family.”

“Every offensive lineman loves running the football,” Bredeson said. “Coming to a team like Baltimore where that’s such a heavy emphasis, it’s really exciting. I couldn’t have picked a better offense to be drafted to.”

“I’ve just always been able to remember things well off pages,” Bredeson said. “I don’t know if it’s ever been tested as a photographic memory or anything, but I have a great memory with it, so it’s always helped with learning plays and learning new schemes. I feel comfortable at all interior spots – left guard, center, right guard. I’m just going to go wherever I’ll fit best for the team.”

“The core strength, the balance, the competitiveness, the intelligence - those are the things that are going to give him an opportunity to come in and compete for the role,” Hortiz said.