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Ravens News 3/23: Traditional Offseason Strategy and more

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“To be able to lead that group, lead this defense and also lead this team to where we want to be, and that’s to win a Super Bowl,” Bowser said. ”So, I mean I feel like I’ll definitely be moving to a bigger role, which I feel like I’m ready for just learning from [Matthew] Judon, learning from ‘Sizz’ (Suggs) and ‘Phee’. All of these guys that have been here before, just learning from them and piggybacking off of what they’ve been doing these past couple of years. I feel like [after] learning from them…I’m ready to move into that role.”

Excelling in pass coverage last season, Bowser had a career-high three interceptions. He also had a career-high 14 quarterback hits and added a career-high 34 tackles. But after being held to just two sacks last season, he plans to increase that sack total in 2021. Bowser believes improving as a pass rusher is one of the keys to taking his game to another level.

“Simple – it’s just getting to the quarterback,” Bowser said. “I don’t know what else to say more than that. I showed that I can drop in coverage, catch the ball, and I was able to get two sacks at the beginning of the year, but after that, I was kind of dry. I was able to get to the quarterback – pressures, things like that – but what actually goes in the stat book is getting that quarterback on the ground while he has the ball. So, I feel like it’s just as simple as that – get to the quarterback and sack him.”

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So far this offseason, Baltimore signed guard Kevin Zeitler, who was released by the Giants, and acquired tight end Kevin Zeitler via a trade with Jacksonville. The Ravens also re-signed several of their own players, consisting of Pernell McPhee, Tyus Bowser, Chris Board, Justin Ellis and Derek Wolfe.

The Ravens have a distinctive pattern when it comes to the types of players they add in the offseason, according to Sports Illustrated Albert Breer.

“The Ravens’ signing of Kevin Zeitler fits into an interesting trend where Baltimore has pounced on older, third-contract guys. Eric Weddle, Earl Thomas, Calais Campbell, Mark Ingram and Derek Wolfe are other examples of it,” Breer wrote. “The reason? I have two theories. One ties to the comp pick formula, the other to the fact that there’s less competition for these types and, therefore, better prices for them. One thing I know for sure is it’s not an accident.”

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After meeting with the Ravens on Tuesday, Watkins will then head to Indianapolis to meet with the Colts, Rapoport also reported. The Titansand Texans have also expressed interest in Watkins, according to Rapoport.

Watkins delivered 1,613 receiving yards and eight touchdowns for the Chiefs over the last three seasons combined. In Baltimore, Watkins would help complement Marquise Brown and tight end Mark Andrews. The Ravens are also hoping for more productive this season from Devin Duvernay, who caught 20 of 26 targets during his rookie season.

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The Ravens’ wide receiver group finished among the five lowest-graded units in the NFL in 2020. After Marquise Brown, the best wide receiver the Ravens have on the roster is either Miles Boykin or Devin Duvernay, both of whom have a career receiving grade just above 60.0. Baltimore needs an “X” receiver who imposes a threat to defenses, and head coach John Harbaugh knows it.

The Ravens once fielded one of the league’s best tackle tandems with Ronnie Stanley Jr.and Orlando Brown Jr., but that relationship is coming to an end. Brown filled in for the injured Stanley over at left tackle last year and has since demanded a trade because he wants to protect the blind side full-time. The good news is that this draft class is a loaded one when it comes to tackles. Baltimore is destined to be getting great value by selecting a tackle, whether it be with their first-rounder or whatever compensation they receive from the Brown trade.

They should have their eyes set on Oklahoma State’s Teven Jenkins, who is PFF’s OT4 and 26th-best prospect overall. Jenkins was a mainstay on the Pokes’ offensive line over the past three years, and he performed exceptionally well each season. He excelled in the run game, where he notched the second-best run-blocking grade among FBS right tackles over those three years. He was the only Power 5 tackle to rank top-five in both positively and negatively graded run-block rate in 2020.

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Bateman is the reliable, big-bodied separator the Ravens offense craves. Lamar Jackson is never going to be an elite go-ball-thrower, but he can thread needles over the middle of the field where Bateman does some of his best work.