Jeff Zrebiec, The Athletic
Harbaugh said Flowers, the rookie first-round pick, has a minor soft-tissue injury. He’s hopeful the wide receiver will be ready for next week’s mandatory minicamp.
Veteran wide receiver Laquon Treadwell took part in the workout on the same day he officially signed with the team. Harbaugh praised Treadwell for jumping right in and making no mental mistakes. He said Treadwell will be in the mix for a 53-man roster spot at what’s becoming one of the team’s deepest positions. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case Tuesday, as the Ravens had only eight of their 14 receivers participating in the workout. The fact that the team has a number of receivers not currently present or available may partly explain why it was open to giving Treadwell an opportunity despite having already added Beckham, Nelson Agholor and Flowers this offseason. Baltimore needs healthy bodies at wide receiver ahead of next week’s minicamp.
A sharp two-minute drive for Jackson and the first-team offense ended when James Proche II couldn’t make a contested catch over Ar’Darius Washington in the corner of the end zone.
Second-year edge rusher David Ojabo continues to flash during practices, showing little effects from the torn Achilles that contributed to him playing in just two games as a rookie. Ojabo generated a push on several plays, but the most noticeable one was when he beat left tackle Patrick Mekari inside and had a free run at the quarterback.
Luke Jones, Baltimore Positive
It was interesting hearing Chuck Smith discuss his journey carving out a niche as a private pass-rush trainer and accepting Baltimore’s outside linebackers coach position. He had a brief coaching fellowship with the Ravens 15 years ago, but credit Harbaugh for an outside-the-box hire.
When asked about the development of Odafe Oweh entering his third season, Smith spoke at length about the need for edge rushers to use moves to be successful getting after the quarterback. “When you see Odafe, you’re going to know his signature pass-rush move.” That’s a direct prediction.
Mike Preston, The Baltimore Sun
Starting quarterback Lamar Jackson has developed some chemistry with wide receiver Nelson Agholor, connecting with the veteran on several back-shoulder throws despite tight coverage.
In years past, Jackson seldom threw those types of patterns. He also has his timing down on intermediate outside routes. Jackson’s passes were high and tight Tuesday, and very seldom did he throw behind the receivers.
In the past, the Ravens failed to attack the outside of the field on passing plays. It might have been because of Jackson’s inaccuracy or former offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s lack of trust in Jackson’s arm strength, but at least Monken seems to be adding those concepts.
The Ravens have a nice wrinkle with both defensive end Justin Madubuike and outside linebacker David Ojabo lined up on the same side. Both have good speed and quickness, which helps create mismatches on stunts in passing situations.
Gordon McGuinness, PFF
Early struggles: Playing in a free safety role hurt Kyle Hamilton‘s ability to contribute, but once he aligned closer to the box, his blue-chip talent became apparent and he started to thrive in the Baltimore Ravens defense.
Closer to the action: Bringing Hamilton closer to the line of scrimmage also allowed him to be more involved in run defense and as a pass-rusher. He finished his rookie year with an 87.7 PFF run defense grade, which ranked eighth among all safeties, and was tied for 14th at the position in registering eight total pressures.
2023 role: Allowing Hamilton to have a similar alignment breakdown to the Los Angeles Chargers‘ Derwin James would make sense, as James spent 530 of his 909 snaps in the box/slot. That would allow the Ravens to utilize Hamilton in the slot against tight ends and bigger receivers while attacking downhill against shorter routes.
Gilberto Manzano, Sports Illustrated
2. Roquan Smith, Ravens
It didn’t take Smith long to establish himself as one of the best players on a talented roster. After being traded by the Bears in November, Smith recorded 86 total tackles in nine games with the Ravens—and the Baltimore defense held opponents to 14.6 points per game with Smith on the field. Overall, Smith had a career 2022 season, with 169 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and three interceptions. Smith, 26, also earned his first Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro selections. Smith’s sideline-to-sideline speed, intensity and leadership on and off the field paved the way for him to receive a five-year, $100 million contract extension from the Ravens, making him the highest-paid linebacker in the league.
AFC rookies picked after Day 1 of NFL Draft who could earn key roles in 2023: Tyjae Spears among 16 sleepers
Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports
Drafted: No. 86, third round
Impressive stat to know: Ran 4.45 in the 40-yard dash at 6-foot-2 and 238 pounds
Simpson is an in-space defensive weapon out of Clemson. He’s not ready to handle old-school linebacker duties from the jump in the pros, but with Patrick Queen and Roquan Smith, the Ravens don’t need Simpson to play a traditional role. Simpson and his elite speed are fully accentuated when he’s a movable blitzer and attacker of outside runs. The coverage could take time to round into acceptable form. Simpson will be useful before that occurs because of his explosiveness.
Michael Ginnitti, Spotrac
#28 PATRICK QUEEN (LB, RAVENS)
The Ravens declined Queen’s $12.7M option for 2024, but are also publicly stating their hopes of extended the 23 year old. In other words, “we already have this other guy (Roquan Smith), so if you’ll stick around for much less money, we’ll definitely pay you”.
Calculated Valuation: $16.9M per year
Current Position Max AAV: $20M (R. Smith)
Current Position Max Guarantee: $60M (R. Smith)
Prediction: Queen sticks around for 2023, but walks into free agency hoping to follow in Tremaine Edmunds’ footsteps. (4 years, $72M, $50M guaranteed).