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Rookie QBs must start ASAP; top 5 trench teams; truth about Jameis - Bucky Brooks

FINE LINES: My top five teams in the trenches

3. Baltimore Ravens

After punishing opponents with a beat-’em-up style in 2019, the Ravens have upgraded their personnel in the trenches, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe add size, strength and playmaking ability to a unit anchored by emerging sack master Matt Judon. With Brandon Williams and Pernell McPhee viewed as solid contributors at this stage of their respective careers, Baltimore has turned a weakness into a strength this offseason. On offense, the addition of D.J. Fluker to a unit that already featured Ronnie Stanley and Orlando Brown Jr. should help the Ravens continue to bully defenders at the line of scrimmage. Considering the team’s smashmouth playing style, the hefty front line could pave the way for a title run.

Redrafting the NFL: Patrick Mahomes to the Bengals, Aaron Rodgers to the Jaguars and more - PFF


Drafted by Josh Hermsmeyer, writer and football analyst at

Round 1 (2): QB Lamar Jackson

Round 2 (63): WR Tyler Lockett

Round 3 (66): T Ronnie Stanley


Drafted by Evan Silva, writer and football analyst at

Round 1 (10): QB Carson Wentz

Round 2 (55): TE Mark Andrews

Round 3 (74): DI Grady Jarrett


Drafted by Timo Riske, PFF analyst

Round 1 (12): QB Matthew Stafford

Round 2 (53): CB Marlon Humphrey

Round 3 (76): WR Courtland Sutton


Drafted by Josh Hermsmeyer, writer and football analyst at

Round 1 (14): QB Kirk Cousins

Round 2 (51): WR Allen Robinson II

Round 3 (78): WR Marquise Brown


Drafted by Evan Silva, writer and football analyst at

Round 1 (28): QB Ben Roethlisberger

Round 2 (37): WR A.J. Brown

Round 3 (92): T Lane Johnson

Duvernay, Proche Poised for Huge Rookie Year for Ravens - Todd Karpovich

David Robinson has been working with a pair of Baltimore Ravens rookies — Devin Duvernay and James Proche — since high school.

Robinson, a specialist who coaches wideouts preparing for the NFL, has spent more time with Duvernay and Proche this offseason in Texas as they get ready for their first training camp.

“Proche is going to be kind of used like Jarvis Landry was used when he was with Miami with the quick routes, the crossing routes, the option routes,” Robinson told Inside Access with Jason La Canfora & Ken Weinman on 105.7. “And Duvernay, similar to Hollywood Brown, will take the top off the defense as well as getting screen and jet sweeps just to get the ball in his hands because he’s like a running back as well.”

The Titans gave the Bengals a blueprint to beat the Ravens - Dylan Streibig

The Titans lost most of the statistical battles that night but won by 16 points. What they did was beautiful in its simplicity. Running back Derrick Henry is the best thing the Titans have. They used their ground game and some timely throws from Ryan Tannehill to get an early lead.

This forced the MVP to sit in the pocket and throw to bring his team back. He isn’t capable of that yet. The early deficit meant Jackson threw 59 times and barely completed half of those tosses. That won’t get it done. Additionally, Jackson had two interceptions.

On the other side, the early lead meant the Titans could give Henry 30 carries for nearly 200 yards and the defense could be comfortable in “bend but don’t break mode”.

Tannehill threw for less than 100 yards in the game. That won’t win often. Still, Joe Mixon, Nick Chubb, and James Connor are all bell-cow runners capable of controlling the game the way Henry did. It put Jackson and the offense in an uncomfortable spot. Every Raven’s opponent with a legit stud running back should try and do the same until further notice.