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Ranking NFL 2020 ‘Triplets,’ Part II: Here’s a look at the top tiers, from 1-18 - Jared Dubin

Tier 1: Elite

5. Ravens (8.65)

Lamar Jackson (10), Mark Ingram (7), Mark Andrews (7)

Jackson’s 2019 season was simply one of a kind, fitting for a player of his skill set. He set the all-time record for rushing yards by a quarterback ... and also led the NFL in touchdown passes and touchdown rate. The concerns that followed him as a passer coming into last season are a thing of the past, and the question now is more about maintaining the consistency of the ceiling he established last season.

Ingram had a strong debut season in Baltimore, but the team felt a need to keep Gus Edwards and Justice Hill involved throughout the year, and recently drafted J.K. Dobbins, so we can’t rightly put him among the elite group of backs. Andrews and Jackson were a perfect fit last season, with Andrews’ ability to identify and occupy the space behind the linebackers and in front of the safeties mixing perfectly with Baltimore’s mixture of heavy personnel and play-action concepts. Despite not playing nearly as many snaps as other top tight ends, he was still among the most productive in the league.

2021 NFL Team By Team Salary Cap Health - Jason Fitzgerald

Team - Ravens

Estimated Cap Space - $67,234,968

Max Cap With Cuts - $118,597,086

Max Cap With Restructures - $81,810,694

FA Score - 28.45

Avg. Rank - 13.75

Tier 2: Titans, Seahawks, Ravens, Cardinals, Bills, Buccaneers, Jets, Broncos

These are the teams that likely have the most potential to get into the top tier in the run up to free agency unless they front load the salary cap hits in an extension. Basically this group has moderate cap room but won’t have many players to sign and are all in a position to gut their rosters if needed. For some of the teams like the Jets, Cardinals, Broncos, Titans, Bucs, and Bills I think this makes sense. For the Seahawks and Ravens you wonder if maybe they should have taken some added chances this year.

How the revamped Browns match up with the Ravens in 2020 - Scott Patsko

OFFENSIVE LINE

Browns: Jedrick Wills Jr., Joel Bitonio, JC Tretter, Wyatt Teller, Jack Conklin.

Ravens: Ronnie Stanley, Bradley Bozeman, Matt Skura, D.J. Fluker, Orlando Brown Jr.

Edge: Ravens.

The Ravens had arguably the best offensive line in the league last season. PFF ranked them first in pass blocking and third in run blocking. They helped the Ravens lead the league in rushing yards (3,296) and gave up the third-fewest sacks (25).

They don’t enter 2019 intact, though. Right guard Marshal Yanda retired, but Stanley and Brown are in the discussion of best tackle duo in the league (three combined sacks allowed in 2019).

The Browns have a rebuilt offensive line that could thrive in 2020, especially after the arrival of Conklin and Wills. Even with its troubles in 2019, the line helped Chubb challenge for the NFL rushing title, and Bitonio took his second straight Pro Bowl trip.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Browns: Olivier Vernon, Sheldon Richardson, Larry Ogunjobi, Myles Garrett.

Ravens: Calais Campbell, Brandon Williams, Derek Wolfe, Matt Judon, Jaylon Ferguson.

Edge: Browns.

This is a tough one to gauge. The Browns play a 4-3 and the Ravens a 3-4. The Browns didn’t get full seasons out of Garrett or Vernon last season, but still graded higher in pass rush, according to PFF. The Ravens, meanwhile, added both Campbell and Wolfe as free agents this offseason.

Continuity counts for something – and having Garrett as the leader doesn’t hurt – so the Browns get the nod here for 2020.

Full seasons from both Garrett and Vernon could help the line live up to the hype it received last year when it was dubbed the strength of the team. The Browns also added depth behind Richardson and Ogunjobi with Andrew Billings and third-round draft pick Jordan Elliott.