The Baltimore Ravens had a handful of members from their rookie class active for their dominant 34-6 statement win over the Los Angeles Chargers. All the first-year players that suited up for the game played well in all three phases of the game.
Their active list included wide receiver Rashod Bateman for the very first time, outside linebacker Odafe Oweh, defensive back Brandon Stephens, and wide receiver Tylan Wallace. Undrafted defensive back Ar’Darius Washington was the only first year player on the active roster that didn’t dress for the game.
Here’s a breakdown of how the rookies fared in Week 6.
WR Rashod Bateman
The first-round rookie made his highly anticipated NFL debut after missing the entire preseason and first five weeks of the regular season. While he didn’t put up gaudy numbers on Sunday, the first-year wideout still had a strong showing nonetheless. He finished third on the team in receiving yards (29), tied for second-most receptions (4), and tied for first in targets (6).
Bateman helped fill the possession receiver role that had mostly been manned by veteran wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who was out with a hamstring injury. All four of his receptions went for first downs and on his third, he showed some shiftiness after the catch to pick up additional yards.
Both of Lamar Jackson’s interceptions came on targets to Bateman and while the first was a bad decision on the quarterback, the second was completely on the rookie. Jackson hit him square in the chest with an accurate pass on a slant over the middle but Bateman didn’t reel in the pass and instead of harmlessly falling to the turf, it was intercepted by a diving defender. That was the only blemish on an otherwise flawless first showing. He’ll put up better numbers as the year progresses.
OLB Odafe Oweh
The first-round rookie didn’t show up on the box score stat sheet even though he should’ve at least been credited with a couple of assisted tackles, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t make an impact. Oweh was very active and utilized all over the defensive front as a pass rusher and quarterback spy. He generated some consistent pressure off the edge and nearly had his fourth career sack on a couple of occasions throughout the game.
DB Brandon Stephens
The third-round rookie thrived in his limited role on defense with the return of DeShon Elliott to the lineup and was a strong presence on special teams as well. He made three solo tackles on defense and added another on special teams where he made a perfect form takedown to pin the Chargers inside their own 20-yard line. Later on that drive, Stephens’ best play on defense came when quickly diagnosed a screen pass in the fourth quarter and made a tackle behind the line of scrimmage for a one-yard loss.
WR Tylan Wallace
The fourth-round rookie is still waiting for his opportunity to contribute on offense. In the meantime, he continues to make his presence felt on special teams. Wallace teamed up with special teams ace Chris Board to make a pair of tackles in kickoff coverage including on the first of the game.