J.K. Dobbins discusses stellar rookie season, how Lamar Jackson helped him become successful in year one - Jeff Kerr
How has Lamar Jackson helped you out during your rookie year?
Dobbins: ”He’s helped me out a lot, whether it was talking to me about plays or things outside of football. He’s a brother to me, we love each other, he’s been like family. He can do it all. He can throw, he can run. He’s the jack of all trades.”
What are your expectations heading into year two?
Dobbins: ”Just go in and work hard. I don’t worry about stats and things like that. I’m just going to go in there and work hard and hopefully do better than what I did last year.”
You got your first taste of the playoffs this year. What can the Ravens build upon after that tough playoff loss to the Bills?
Dobbins: ”We didn’t have our best game, but we know our potential. The goal is simple, just do better than we did last year.”
Queen finished third in the voting behind the winner, defensive Chase Young of the Washington Football Team, and safety Jeremy Chinn of the Carolina Panthers, who finished second during the voting for the award announced Saturday night.
Young won by a wide margin with 42 ½ votes among the national panel of writers and broadcasters, followed by Young (4 ½ votes) and Queen (two votes). Buccaneers safety Antoine Winfield Jr. was the only other rookie to receive a vote with one.
Queen was the AFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 5 after recovering two fumbles against the Cincinnati Bengals, including one which he returned for a touchdown. With a full season under his belt, Queen figures to pick up where he left off in 2021.
Ravens hire four new assistants, including pass game coordinator who worked with star receivers - Jonas Shaffer
On offense, coach John Harbaugh added Keith Williams as the team’s pass game specialist and Tee Martin as its wide receivers coach.
On defense, Jason Brooks was hired as an assistant defensive line coach, where he’ll work under new defensive line coach and run game coordinator Anthony Weaver. Jay Peterson, meanwhile, will serve as an assistant linebackers coach alongside new inside linebackers coach Rob Ryan.
Williams, who served as Nebraska’s wide receivers coach from 2015 to 2017 and as an Alliance of American Football wide receiver coach in 2019, has gained acclaim for his work as a personal coach with stars such as Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams, whom he coached at Fresno State.
Brooks is the son of the late Clarence Brooks, who served as the Ravens’ defensive line coach from 2005 to 2015.
“Jason has spent time with the Ravens organization and understands firsthand the culture of our team,” Harbaugh said. “We are excited to welcome Jason back to our coaching staff.”
Martin, who quarterbacked the Vols to the 1998 national championship, was Tennessee’s assistant head coach, passing game coordinator and receivers coach the past two seasons under Jeremy Pruitt, who was fired on Jan. 18.
Baltimore has one of the youngest wide receiver groups in the NFL. None of the wide receivers under contract next season for the Ravens are over the age of 24, and starters Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and Miles Boykin are entering their third seasons.
“Tee is a natural, charismatic leader, whose bright offensive mind will benefit our young group of wideouts,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “His history of coaching standout receivers on the collegiate level will translate well to the NFL.”
2-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft - Dalton Miller
27. Baltimore Ravens: Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas
Joseph Ossai is an incredibly solid pass rusher. He provides versatility as someone who can play off the ball or as a traditional rusher. Ossai plays both from a two and three-point stance.
He’s athletic enough to survive in space and has the hands to beat offensive tackles on the way to the quarterback. Yet, his fit in Baltimore is so good because he epitomizes that of an AFC North defensive lineman. His motor runs hotter than a nitrous-injected funny car. He has powerful hands and good reactionary athleticism to make plays in space.
58. Baltimore Ravens: Josh Myers, OC, Ohio State
Getting some interior offensive line help was necessary in this 2021 2-round NFL mock draft. Josh Myers is a boring player. He’s not incredibly athletic nor is he incredibly powerful. He just gets the job done. Down in and down out, he blocks the man opposite him.
2021 NFL Mock Draft: Micah Parsons falls to New England, Saints grab Mac Jones to replace Drew Brees - Josh Edwards
Round 1 - Pick 27 Baltimore
LSU • JR • 6’4” / 200 LBS
PROSPECT RNK 65th
POSITION RNK 9th
Marquise Brown stepped up late in the season for Baltimore but they will require that level of consistency from him moving forward. By adding Terrace Marshall to the offense, it takes some of the pressure off the tight ends and gives Lamar Jackson another outlet to make plays.