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Ravens News 5/7: Multiplicity on defense and more

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How the Ravens actually walk the walk when it comes to multiplicity on defense - Jared Dubin

In Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe, the Ravens brought in two players with extensive experience playing both on the interior and on the edge. And for Campbell, specifically, playing on both the right and left edges. Pass rushers like Jaylon Ferguson and Tyus Boswer have been used equally often from both sides of the line of scrimmage, which has allowed Matthew Judon (right) and Pernell McPhee (left) to lean more heavily to one side of the formation.

The multiplicity also extends to the back end of Baltimore’s defense. The Ravens have joined the ranks of teams who place a high priority on loading the field with defensive backs, and they have prioritized versatility within that unit. While Earl Thomas is primarily the free safety and Marcus Peters and Jimmy Smith are primarily outside corners, everyone has the ability to move around the formation.

This group of 14 players represents about two-thirds of Baltimore’s defensive depth chart, and they allow the Ravens to show a ton of different looks throughout any given game, depending on what the situation calls for.

AFC burning questions: Jarrett Stidham or bust in New England? - Marc Sessler

Baltimore Ravens: One workhorse — or three — in the backfield?

Baltimore’s 206 ground yards per tilt were a whopping 61.9 yards more than any challenger from a year ago. Makes sense when your quarterback barrels for 1,206 yards at a psychedelic 6.9 yards per pop. Lamar Jackson’s 176 carries were just 26 fewer than featured back Mark Ingram. With Gus Edwards and Justice Hill also in tow, heads turned when the Ravens dialed up Ohio State runner J.K. Dobbins in the second round. Adding strength to strength is dandy, but let the speculation ensue on how opportunities will shift come September. Ingram fit like a glove last season — an A+ teammate, too — but Dobbins must be viewed as Offensive Rookie of the Year material, based on how this attack plans to grind enemies into dust. With play-caller Greg Roman at the motherboard, we could be months away from the Ravens unveiling Single-Wing chaos and Power-I pandemonium to exploit their gaggle of backs all at once. You can’t hand everyone 130 carries, but the Dobbins pick safeguards the offense against injury and leaves the rookie as a contender to ride as Baltimore’s hot hand down the stretch.

Ravens Sign Undrafted Tight End Who Was on Pace for Huge Season - Clifton Brown

Playing six games prior to his injury, Breeland was named to the Associated Press Midseason All-American Team after catching 26 passes for 405 yards and six touchdowns, showing versatility as both a pass catcher and run blocker.

Unfortunately, Breeland tore his left ACL and meniscus against Colorado and was not ready to participate in on-field drills at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. It also meant a player that could have been a mid-round pick fell out of the draft entirely.

The Ravens did not draft a tight end but have officially signed Breeland and Eli Wolf of Georgia to compete at the position behind Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle.

What Could Happen to the Salary Cap in 2021 - Jason Fitzgerald

The best that we can do to estimate anything is to look at the Packers financials which separate their revenue into National and Local income. Last year the Packers received National revenue of $274.3 million with $203.7 million coming from local income. The prior year the numbers were $255.9 and $199 million. Now the Packers may be understated a bit since they are considered a smaller market team and I don’t think these numbers would make it to the players share the last few years, but it would be close so lets say a fair estimate is that 45% of the league revenue is made up of local revenues and the rest comes from the revenue share from the big media packages.

Currently there is about an 80-20 split between salary cap and benefits for the player distribution which would mean we would be look at a decrease of around $55 million in cap space, assuming that the benefits are not sunk at a certain number, in which case the cap loss would be more. If you lost all local revenues you would probably be looking at an $80 million loss in cap space while a 40% loss would result in a $31 million drop in cap room.