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End of the season stock report: Offense

Divisional Round - Baltimore Ravens v Buffalo Bills Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images

The Ravens finished the 2020 the season with the No. 1 rushing offense in the NFL, while also ranking dead last in passing offense.

Compared to last season, the Ravens took a step back in terms of overall yardage and scoring. Some degree of regression was inevitable after a record-setting 2019 campaign, though, and it did not prevent them from making the postseason for a third straight time.

Baltimore’s offense ended the season on a sour note. The Ravens scored only three points in the Divisional Round loss to the Bills. Looking back both the regular season and playoffs, which offensive players stock is on the rise or decline, and whose stock is neutral?

Let’s take a look.


Neutral

The stock for these players is nor on the rise or decline —

Lamar Jackson: In a vacuum, Jackson’s performance in 2020 was a step back from his MVP campaign the year before. He regressed statistically across the board and was far from his best in the Ravens playoff loss in Buffalo. At the same time, Jackson ended the season on a hot streak after recovering from COVID and rushed for 1,000 yards for the second consecutive year. He completed 64.4% of his passes and reached combined totals of 33 touchdowns and almost 4,000 yards despite missing a game and multiple fourth quarters.

Trace McSorley: After being a healthy scratch for most of 2019, McSorley saw the field a handful of times this year. In a limited sample size, McSorley was up-and-down but showed promise. He helped give the Ravens a fighting chance against the Steelers in Week 11 and put the Ravens in a position to beat the Browns in Week 13. He suffered an injury that same game and was placed on IR for the remainder of the season. McSorley has demonstrated enough to remain in the conversation for long-term backup behind Jackson.

Pat Ricard: Ricard’s stock remains steady after another Pro Bowl season in 2020. “Project Pat” was again a force for the Ravens as a run blocker and made an impact as a pass-catcher at times, including in the team’s postseason victory over the Titans.

Justice Hill: Hill saw minimal offensive action in 2020 aside from a handful of carries and receptions. He has yet to carve out a role for himself in the backfield, but was an impactful contributor on special teams. Hill settled into the No. 3 running back role during the second half of the season when Mark Ingram became a regular healthy scratch. There’s no reason he shouldn’t remain in this position heading into next season.

Willie Snead IV: Snead had a strong stretch of performances in the middle of the season, but his overall role offensively was limited. Snead caught two more passes than he did in 2020 for almost 100 more receiving yards. He also played in only 13 games after contracting COVID. Snead is a great blocker and makes timely catches in the middle of the field but lacks upside. He’s a free agent this offseason.

Devin Duvernay: Duvernay flashed in spurts as a rookie. The Ravens sparsely used him as a receiver but featured him on a few screen passes and end around plays, which were sources of positive yardage. Duvernay’s biggest contributions came on special teams, where he made a strong impression as a punt and kick returner. His offensive role could and should expand to a degree heading into 2021.

Miles Boykin: Where you think Boykin belongs on this list is contingent upon your expectations for him. It’s possible is stock is down after failing to establish himself as a consistent pass-catcher for the Ravens in 2020. However, he did make some minimal strides and caught four touchdowns, while remaining a strong downfield blocker. It’s unclear what the future holds for Boykin in the offense.

Dez Bryant: Bryant is one of the better “feel good” stories of the season. The Ravens gave him a chance to make an NFL comeback and he earned himself a spot on the 53-man roster in the middle of the season. In six games, he caught six passes for 47 yards with two touchdowns. At this point in his career, he’s little more than a red zone threat.

Mark Andrews: Andrews wasn’t quite as dominant in 2020 as he was in 2019. He caught six fewer passes, three fewer touchdowns, and recorded 151 fewer receiving yards. It’s worth noting that Andrews did play one less game, though. His production was up-and-down during the first half of the season but he came alive over the latter stretch. Andrews’ stock remains steady as one of the most consistent and productive playmakers on the roster.

Eric Tomlinson: The Ravens rushing offense remained elite after inserting Tomlinson into the rotation in place of Nick Boyle. He caught zero passes and was not targeted, signaling his role as an exclusive blocker. As Boyle continue recovers from hip surgery, it’s possible Tomlinson could remain in the picture at tight end.

D.J. Fluker: Fluker’s first season with the Ravens was a bit of a rollercoaster. He wound up starting eight games and split time at right tackle in a platoon with Tyre Phillips. Fluker gave the Ravens some good moments but he’s not someone who can relied on as an every-down starter on a consistent basis. Penalties and poor technique were issues at times in 2020, but he’s a fine swingman to have on the depth chart.

Ben Bredeson: Bredeson in 10 games as a rookie and played a total of 48 offensive snaps. Most of his playing time came in the final two games of the season against the Giants and Bengals. Bredeson was placed on injured reserve prior to the postseason. The sample size is too limited to say his stock is up or down.

Trystan Colon-Castillo: Originally a member of the Ravens practice squad, Colon-Castillo wound up starting in Week 17 and played a handful of snaps earlier in the season as well. In limited action, he showed promise as a blocker from the center position. Again the sample size is too small to make a determination on his stock, but the Ravens may seek to keep him in the farmhouse heading into the 2021 season.


Stock Down

The stock for these players is on the decline —

Mark Ingram: Ingram rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 15 touchdowns in 2019, but fell off in a big way this season. His production was minimal to begin the year and he missed a few games midseason with an ankle injury. Ingram wound up becoming a regular healthy scratch and was boxed out of the backfield rotation for younger options.

Chris Moore: Moore spent the first half of the season on injured reserve. He only appeared in three games and played a total of 14 offensive snaps. Moore is still a special teams contributor but brings nothing to the table as a pass-catcher. It’s difficult to see the Ravens re-signing him again this offseason after giving him a one-year deal last year.

James Proche: Proche appeared in 14 games and caught just two receptions. He was the primary punt returner for most of the season and performed admirably as a special teams contributor. However, he was a healthy scratch for the final two games of the season and Devin Duvernay provided more explosion in the return game. It’s unclear where that leaves Proche heading into next season.

Patrick Mekari: Similar to last year, Mekari took over as the starting center in the middle of the season. He progressed a bit towards the end of the regular season but catered in the Ravens postseason loss to Buffalo, where his inability to effectively snap the ball was costly. Mekari is best-suited for a backup role but it’s unclear whether he’ll get that again with the Ravens next season.

Matt Skura: Skura started the first nine games of the season before being replaced in the lineup. Like Mekari but to an even greater extent, Skura simply could not deliver clean snaps with consistency. He played some spot minutes as an extra offensive lineman during the second half of the season but cannot be relied upon as a capable starter anymore.

Tyre Phillips: Viewed as a developmental player, Phillips surprisingly began the season as the starting right tackle. He wound up bouncing in-and-out of the lineup due to injuries and subpar play. Phillips has some athletic traits to like but he clearly was not ready to be thrust into the spotlight of a starting role.


Stock Up

The stock of these players is on the rise —

Tyler Huntley: The undrafted rookie wound up ending the season as the Ravens backup quarterback after Griffin and McSorley went on IR. Huntley saw limited action against the Jaguars and Bengals. In the Divisional Round, he played the entire fourth quarter after Jackson exited the game. Huntley is a scheme fit at backup QB and showed enough to be in contention for the No. 2 role heading into 2021.

Gus Edwards: The “Gus Bus” continues to churn out productive seasons with remarkable consistency. For the third straight year, Edwards rushed for over 700 yards and averaged over 5.0 yards per carry. He scored a career-high six touchdowns and had his best season as a receiver, too (9 receptions, 129 yards). Edwards was difficult to keep off the field and his play made Ingram expendable during the season.

J.K. Dobbins: Dobbins had a tremendous rookie season. From Week 8 on, he saw double-digit rushing attempts in all but two games and thrived in a featured role. He scored touchdowns in seven straight games and finished the year as the Ravens leading rusher, churning out 805 yards on a YPC clip of 6.0. Dobbins scored nine touchdowns and caught 18 passes out of the backfield for 120 receiving yards.

Marquise Brown: Brown’s sophomore season was up-and-down for the first half of the year but he came on strong during the final stretch. From Week 12 on, he scored six touchdowns and in two playoff games, he caught a combined 11 passes for 196 receiving yards. Brown was the Ravens most impactful playmaker in the postseason. His ceiling remains quite high if he can shore up issues with dropped passes.

Ben Powers: Powers took over as the full-time starter at right guard from Week 11 onward and proved to be the Ravens best option by substantial margin. Powers isn’t a flawless player but showed high-level ability as a run blocker. He exceeded expectations in 2020 and should remain in the mix as a potential starter or high-end backup next season.

Orlando Brown Jr.: For a second straight season, Brown started all 16 games and earned a nod in the Pro Bowl. This year, though, he proved to be one of the most important players on the roster. In the wake of Ronnie Stanley’s season-ending injury, Brown slid from right tackle to left tackle and didn’t miss a beat. Regardless of what side of the offensive line he begins the 2021 season on, the Ravens have a stud.

Bradley Bozeman: Like Brown, Bozeman again started all 16 games and played 100% of snaps. His availability and consistency at left guard proved valuable. In a year of shuffling along the offensive line, Bozeman was one of the only constants. He’s not elite by any stretch but has established himself as a solid, reliable starter. Also, his contributions off the field are plenty worthy of a “stock up” appearance.