OWINGS Mills, Md. — The Ravens have a solid mixture of veteran and young players that ought to find a way to challenge for an AFC North crown.
Baltimore has the ninth-best roster heading into the regular-season opener against the Recent York Jets, in keeping with Pro Football Focus.
Divisional foe, the Cincinnati Bengals, landed two spots ahead at No. 7. The Cleveland Browns are No. 13 and the Pittsburgh Steelers are No. 22.
Here’s PFF’s breakdown of the Ravens:
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The Ravens’ secondary was hit hard by injuries last season, but all signs point toward it entering the 2022 season with a deep and versatile group after adding Marcus Williams, Kyle Hamilton, Kyle Fuller, Jalyn Armour-Davis and Damarion Williams this offseason. A security trio of Williams, Hamilton and Chuck Clark ought to be utilized in a wide range of unique ways by latest defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald. Williams (91.7 PFF grade since 2017) has been considered one of the more underrated safeties within the NFL over the past five seasons.
The Marquise Brown trade thins what was already considered one of the league’s worst wide receiver groups. Baltimore goes to operate out of plenty of heavier personnel groupings to feature Patrick Ricard and tight ends Mark Andrews, Nick Boyle and Isaiah Likely. Nevertheless, the Ravens could still use a proven veteran who can win one-on-ones on the surface. Rashod Bateman projects because the team’s top option after averaging 1.3 yards per route run (83rd amongst 128 qualifying wide receivers) as a rookie last season.
X factor for 2022
Patrick Queen hasn’t graded well in his first two seasons out of LSU, but he has shown the power to vary games along with his range when things are clicking. Those moments got here more consistently in 2021, as he earned an 80-plus PFF grade in 4 separate games. Queen taking one other step forward and acting at a high level more consistently in 2022 would supply an actual boost to Baltimore’s defense.