The progress of left tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle), tight end Nick Boyle (knee) and cornerback Tavon Young (knee) are important to monitor this offseason, and Head Coach John Harbaugh gave the latest updates during Tuesday’s press conference.
“All three of those guys, I would say, are on track for at least training camp,” Harbaugh said. “I can’t give you timeframes. I haven’t really asked that question too specifically, but I think that OTAs [organized team activities] are not out of the question, either.”
Harbaugh revealed that Stanley had two surgeries to repair his ankle injury, which occurred on Nov. 1 – just two days after he signed a mega extension.
Harbaugh saw Stanley at the Under Armour Performance Center last week and was told by Head Certified Athletic Trainer Ron Medlin that Stanley is progressing well. Stanley started walking on his own again about two months ago.
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BALTIMORE RAVENS: WIDE RECEIVER, INTERIOR OFFENSIVE LINE, SAFETY
One could very easily add edge defender to this list, as well, with Matthew Judon, Yannick Ngakoue, Pernell McPhee and Tyus Bowser set to hit the market. But with the way Baltimore has found and developed edge talent, they could choose to prioritize weapons for Lamar Jackson in free agency.
They’re unlikely to be involved in the top trio of Chris Godwin, Allen Robinson II and Kenny Golladay (who went untagged) due to cost, but even a Corey Davis or Marvin Jones Jr. could provide an upgrade. If the Ravens wait until the draft, a big body, such as Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman (18th on PFF’s draft board), would be an ideal fit.
The Ravens’ plan for their offensive line revolves heavily on what happens with Orlando Brown Jr., who has asked for a trade to play left tackle. While we aren’t super high on the interior draft class, with only four such players in the top 100, there are a number of guys with tackle/guard versatility — such as Alabama’s Alex Leatherwood or Clemson’s Jackson Carman — who can possibly be had in the second round to protect against a Brown departure.
GB • C
Contract package: $51 million, four years ($12.75 million per year)
Overall guarantees: $30 million
Fully guaranteed at signing: $27.5 million
There were five centers with contracts averaging $11 million per year or more during the 2020 season: Rodney Hudson, Ryan Kelly, Nick Martin, Mitch Morse and Maurkice Pouncey. Kelly leads the way with the four-year extension averaging $12,412,500 per year he received from the Colts last September. The deal contains $34 million in guarantees, of which $25.35 million was fully guaranteed at signing. Linsley earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2020.
TEN • WR
Contract package: $48 million, three years ($16 million per year)
Overall guarantees: $34 million
Fully guaranteed at signing: $34 million
Davis hasn’t demonstrated he can be the primary receiving threat in an offense but is more productive than a number two wide receiver. Last September, the Rams signed wide receivers Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp to extensions averaging $16.25 million and $15.75 million per year, respectively. A team believing Davis can live up to the potential that made him 2017’s fifth overall pick could be the key to getting in this financial neighborhood. Since Davis is 26 years old, he might be inclined to only sign for three years thinking he could get a bigger payday on his next contract while he is still in what should be his prime once the salary cap starts increasing dramatically because of new media rights deals.
41. C David Andrews
David Andrews has been a consistently great center in the NFL. He fortunately recovered from a scary blood clot issue in his lungs in 2019. He played at a high level in New England in 2020 despite virtually no offseason and a totally new quarterback behind him.
Andrews only allowed 10 pressures this season, but he did miss three games with a hand injury mid-season. It’s tough to say what Andrews’ value will be on the open market, but top-tier centers don’t pop up often in free agency.
89. WR Sammy Watkins
Watkins isn’t the receiver he once was, but he’s still an effective WR2 in the league. Watkins averaged 11.4 yards per reception in 2020. He also averaged 3.6 yards of separation last year, good for fifth in the league among all WRs.
The injury bug has still stuck with him, but Watkins can be a great target for his next quarterback if he doesn’t re-sign in Kansas City.
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SAMUEL COSMI, OT, TEXAS
Cosmi is a player who I feel is getting lost a bit in a very talented offensive line group. Before the season, many had Cosmi as a surefire first-round prospect, but now his name is rarely seen mocked there. I’m not sure if that’s because of the rise and play of other tackles in this class like Teven Jenkins or Jalen Mayfield, but I do believe Cosmi will be a first-round pick when it’s all said and done. Cosmi has a ton of experience playing left tackle, as he has started 34 out of 35 games in his career. He is an easy mover with outstanding length, very good foot quickness, and balance in pass protection. He plays with very good technique and effort in the run game and has the athleticism to reach the second level with ease. Cosmi can stand to add some mass to his lower half and improve his power at the point of attack, but he is a tackle who can step in and start day one and someone who is still an ascending player.