2022 NFL Draft Defensive Line Rankings 1.0

2022 NFL draft defensive line

With the 2022 NFL draft defensive line group, it is similar to the last class. Weak at the top and just average depth. It is probably better at the top with Leal, who would have been the #1 defensive lineman were he in the 2021 draft, but overall not great at the top. You can find the previous part here: https://atbnetwork.com/2021/11/11/2022-nfl-draft-offensive-line-rankings-1-0/

1. Demarvin Leal – Texas A&M

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Leal is a freak athlete for his size. He plays both the run and the pass well. Leal is super versatile, could line up at end, tackle, edge, and anywhere else along the line. He still has plenty of room to grow within his frame. With that, he does need to fill out his frame some more. Great length. Needs to add some power moves to his game, adding a speed to power move would help. Potential to be elite.

2. Jordan Davis – Georgia

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Davis is a huge man at 6’6 340. He has a super strong upper body and hands and is an elite-run defender. He easily takes up two blockers. Davis has had weight issues in the past and could probably stand to lose another 10 pounds. He hasn’t grown much as a pass rusher. He has shown some improvements as a senior, but may never be a major pass-rush threat. Also, his quickness off the snap is lacking.

3. Perrion Winfrey – Oklahoma

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Winfrey is a little undersized, but explosive. A former JUCO transfer, he still is a bit raw. He has excellent quickness off the snap and can pressure the passer. Still, he needs to develop his pass rush moves and plan better. His motor runs 100%. Partly because of his size and partly due to technique he can play a lot better against the run. As he will come out of his stance too high and needs to work on his pad level. Upside to be a very good penetrating 3-tech.

4. Devonte Wyatt – Georgia

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Wyatt is another JUCO transfer. He is kind of the yin to Davis’ yang. Wyatt is more of the 3-tech, pass rusher type of lineman. He also shows a good anchor and is solid against the run. Wyatt is still a bit raw and needs some more development on his pass rush moves and developing his plan. He also has good straight-line speed. Length with Wyatt is just average. Wyatt also offers versitility in that he can be used all over the line. His hands are inconsistent and need to be more accurate.

5. Haskell Garrett – Ohio State

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Garrett is a bit undersized at 6’2, but he offers a very quick first step and good agility. His length does hurt him at times, where he can have trouble disengaging from an offensive lineman. He still has a good amount of upside because he works hard and his technique is solid. He does end up on the ground more than he should and needs to work on that. A prototypical 3-tech.

6. Zacch Pickens – South Carolina

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Pickens brings prototypical size and length. He is a good athlete with great quickness and speed. Pickens also has an explosive first step. Has a lot of potential as a pass rusher. His pass rush moves and techniques are still raw and need work. There is a lot of raw power in his body, but he needs to learn how to use it better. He has started to come on in 2021 after a slow start to his career. A solid run defender.

7. Travis Jones – UConn

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Jones is a solid overall athlete with good size at 6’4 330. He is a sneaky athlete though, he may be 330 but his body fat % is only 13. So he doesn’t look like what you think he would at his size. He did sit out the 2020 season. Jones shows good agility on film. He has a strong upper body, with big strong hands. Jones tends to be a bit of a slow burn pass rusher. He shows on film to be a decent run defender. He has shown to have trouble with double teams, could learn to be more stout. Jones does need to work on his pad level. Upside is there as a pass rusher if he can develop more than just a rip move.

8. Zachary Carter – Florida

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Carter brings versatility with him having played DE in a 3-4, DE in a 4-3, 3-tech, and 5-tech. For an interior defensive lineman, he might be a little undersized at 285. He does show some natural bend as a pass rusher. Carter has solid but not elite length. Also on film he shows stronger than his size would make you believe. Carter does have good agility. His production has been pretty average for a player of his caliber. Has shown he can be confused by misdirection. Athleticism is just average overall.

9. Deslin Alexandre – Pittsburgh

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Alexandre has been a solid run defender for being a bit undersized. He is a former edge defender that just kept getting bigger. Alexandre still maintains a good amount of his athleticism from his former position. He is explosive. For being an undersized defender he has long arms which helps mitigate his lack of bulk. On film, he has shown the speed to chase down plays from behind. He has shown to have strong hands on film. He does need to improve his hand usage. Alexandre does end up on the ground too much and gets off balance. He also has versatility on his side, he can play up and down the line.

10. Phidarian Mathis – Alabama

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Mathis is a 5th year senior with long arms and big strong hands. He has come in in 2021 now that he has gotten a lot of reps. Mathis is an elite-run defender. His pass-rush production has been lacking though. He sports a quick swim move that could become a go-to pass rush move. Mathis does need to develop more moves if he wants to have an impact on the passing game. He plays hard every down. Mathis lacks elite athleticism. He is a player with a high floor and low ceiling. There is still some room for growth.

Ravens Report: Breaking Down The Roster Ahead of Week 1

Welcome to another fun edition of the ATB Ravens Report featuring the official 53 man roster breakdown ahead of their Week One matchup vs the Las Vegas Raiders.

*Checks phone and realizes what day it is* Hold up! Wait you’re all telling me we’re almost a week away from our 1st game?! And the ATB RR roster breakdown is late being written & Published?! Ok, in my defense, work & prepping for vacation has my mind else where. You’d probably be in the same boat if your vacation started in 3 days.

Anyways, for those of you all who aren’t caught up, the Baltimore Ravens will travel to… cue the Elvis Presley song. No? Ok, fine, we’ll type it. “Viva! Viva Las Vegas!” Yes, that’s right. The Ravens at Raiders for the first Monday Night Football game of the season on Sept 13th at 8:15pm EST.

Now, I’ll expect this to be a fairly close game at start but with what we know of our team, things will get interesting in our favor to say the least as the game goes on.

Also before actually making in depth predictions we have to first look at the final 53 man roster first.

Here below will be a group of spread sheets put together by yours truly giving you the final 53 man roster. Would give you all the official depth chart off of the Baltimore Ravens’ website but at this time it hasn’t been updated yet.

Take a second and let that marinate. We have a nice active 53-man roster right here a lot of players on here that were expected to make the team & did, but there are a few that were kind of surprises. We’ll get into that here shortly, but before we do that let’s give a look at the Practice Squad & Injured Reserve lists.

Wait another second! Also note that below I didn’t include Co-Cap Anthony Levine Sr in here due to sheer potato brain, but they do have him on the Practice Squad regardless of what you see on the charts.

On this side we have the PS.

And here we have IR. Since you all had time to let everything sink in let’s finally get down to the details we wanna react to, so get your coffee, adult beverage, or juice box handy.

Let’s get the heartbreak out of the way first.

Where in the hell is FB2/RB4/TE8 Ben Mason on these lists?! *Cries from Tuesday until like yesterday* Oh yeah, he got signed by the NE Patriots on Wednesday. That’ll be good experience for the young player out of That Team Up North. With the system the coach Belichick & McDaniels run it’ll fit Mason well.

Most of the other cuts were as expected but…

Another major heartbreak that made me do multiple takes before the PS signees were announced was Co-Cap & Pernell McPhee. 2 key rotational Ravens that were highly important to not only the defense & special teams but also to the team’s voice/leadership. It was so reassuring to see them clear waivers and get picked back up. CoCap is still unfortunately on the PS which if I’m not mistaken can be a little stressful. Cause can’t teams poach off other another team’s PS? Anyways, McPhee thankfully was able to come back to the regular roster thanks to some of the IR folks.

Speaking of Injured Reserve…

What is 1st round pick WR Room X-Factor The Dark Knight aka Batman… I mean former MN Golden Gopher WR Rashod Bateman, doing on IR? Well don’t you all remember that he went down in training camp and had to have surgery? Yeah it makes sense, granted the Ravens will have to cut someone on the 53 when he comes back but either way he’ll be back and playing a good amount by week 5 or 6. Just have to be patient and wait for good news to return.

As far as Mr. Boykin’s situation, I’m still kinda confused on this but some times it takes year 3 or 4 to have that breakout year. And maybe in the final preseason game or in practice he went down with a bad injury that needed some time off. We’ll see what happens.

Now that’s over, lets get into some happy thoughts

Some are ecstatic over this fact, self included but we have a total of 11 Defensive Backs & 10 LB(Inside, Trad Outside, & EDGE) on there roster. It’s a great thing thinking about how much depth is in these rotations such as AA, Young, Stone, Washington, and can’t forget about OG Raven CB Jimmy Smith. These guys are great compliments to Humphrey, Peters, Clark, & Elliott. Bet you $5 Wink is foaming at the mouth with all the schemes he’s can execute with having all these guys.

And to add on to that last sentence, having a dominant LB corps with everything listed above is terrific. Ok, ok, I’ll pump the brakes… I understand that a lot of people are questioning the decision on keeping Welch or Ferguson on the active roster but let me tell you this. GET OFF THE CROSS, WE NEED THE WOOD! The Ravens have had minor instances where you can correctly challenge their “next man up” mentality but as of late for the most part, it’s worked. Sack Daddy is in for a blowout year coming up to establish where he belongs in the market & Welch just to make it known that he’s a good enough depth player for the Ravens.

Staying on Depth or there lack of. I’m glad to see the team keep B. Williams, Campbell, & Wolfe but all we have for backup is Justin Madubuike & Broderick Washington as official back up. Oh yeah, and Justin Ellis & Chris Smith(Who doubles as DE/EDGE) on the practice squad. Also can’t forget when Pancake Pat Ricard jumps in on defense but that still leaves the actual defensive front 2 to 6 players less in depth vs the rest of the team. Don’t get me wrong, I know the team runs a base 3-4 for the most part and relies on the LB/Secondary more, just being a OL/DL guy it hurts my heart a bit, but it’ll be alright. The Defense is stacked anyways.

Moving to the Offensive Side.

It wasn’t surprising seeing LJ8 as QB1 & TH2 aka Snoop as QB2. We all seen that coming, but what we didn’t necessarily see the well now RB2 contest to be so close. Well kinda, as most of us were lead to believe, Ty’Son Williams was going to be backing up/rotating with Gus Bus Edwards & Nate McCrary backing up Williams. That’s obviously not the case right now. John Harbaugh & Co decided to keep Justice Hill over McCrary. With no RB on the Practice Squad, it is very obvious that the coaching staff sees something in Hill that we can’t. Honestly it’s going to be interesting to see how this backfield runs without JK Dobbins as the starter due to a bad season ending injury.

Moving over real quick to the TE room, we once again have an official 4 Tight Ends on the roster and an official Fullback. This brings joy to the heart. The hunch that Josh Oliver was going to be the official TE3 and make the team was right. He is meant to be and play like a Raven. Backing up or possibly lining up in a 3 TE set behind the likes of Mark Andrews & Nick Boyle is what we like to see.

Kinda Reminds me of the Pitta, Daniels, & Gilmore or! Or! The Pitta, Boyle, & Maxx Williams days. Ah! Good times, good times.

But we have another name to throw in the mix. Eric Tomlinson. I’ll agree with the coaching staff that he did very well with the blocking scheme during the preseason which gives the Ravens another good or decent option with the Run Pass Option.

They’ve also elected to add Tony Poljan to the practice squad which is interesting to say the least. Moving on to the next topic…

My personal favorite, the big boys upfront!

Starting line up is still probably going to be as followed:

  • LT: Ronnie Stanley
  • LG: Ben Powers
  • C: Bradley Bozeman
  • RG: Kevin Zietler
  • RT: Alejandro Villanueva

Now this is a very complete set for the most part. Ben Powers obviously still being the question mark since you have Patrick Mekari as your versatile all around lineman. Ben Cleveland looking to make his name a household one and same with Philips at the LG or RG spots. Keeping Ealy & Smith on the Practice Squad was probably for insurance purposes but we’ll never know.

Also I’ll take this to the grave with me… having TCC on the roster is crucial because having a dedicated Center is extremely important! Yes we have Boze & Mekari but my boy TCC has proven that he can be ready to go and perform at a very high level when called upon.

Last minute notes & wrapping up.

So with everything being said be ready for this entire team to be ready to take on everything that’s thrown at them next Monday & all season long.

Josh Bynes was brought back for a 3rd stint to help the LB depth via the Practice Squad. TE Eli Wolf has filed a grievance against Baltimore claiming he should’ve been placed on IR vs being cut, I do believe he won the case. WR Devin Gray & Ravens reached an injury settlement that allowed him to become a FA. Lastly WR James Proche was fined by the NFL for Mossing an WFT Defender, I thought it was great but apparently the No Fun League didn’t.

Any whoot, that’s it until next time, and until then don’t forget to check out everything & everyone on the Around The Block Network. Follow us individually or the network itself on all forms of social media. Have a great night or day everyone!

The Early Bird List: Defensive Line

This part will focus on the defensive line. Early on this class has potential, production though has been spotty. If some of these guys step up the class could look better. Previous part can be seen here: https://atbnetwork.com/2021/08/26/early-bird-list-part-5/

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Jordan Davis – Georgia

Huge strong man at 6’6 340. He takes up double teams a lot. Davis has explosive strong hands. For his size he is pretty athletic. His biggest negative is that he offers no pass rush. Davis could also stand to lose a little weight. That might contribute to his lack of explosiveness off the snap. He might be limited to a two down role in the NFL. Which will hurt his stock.

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Haskell Garrett – Ohio State

2020 was his best season after a breakout 2019. Quick first step, and an overall good athlete. Explosive off the snap. Motor runs 100%. Garrett is a technically sound player. He only have average size at 6’2 300. The Buckeye shows good strength for his size. Garrett shows limitations as a run defender. He is probably a one position player at the next level, he will have to play 3-tech. Length is also an issue for Garrett which will limit his upside and his versatility. Still should be one of the early drafted linemen.

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Travis Jones – UConn

Jones is a big kid at 6’4 330ish. He has big strong hands and a strong upper body that shows up on film. Jones shows some potential as a pass rusher. He got a lot of pressures in 2019. Jones did not play in 2020. He mostly uses a bull rush but could develop and improve his other moves. Jones is already a good run defender. He has potential to rise if he shows improvement as a pass rusher.

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Demarvin Leal – Texas A & M

He is 6’4 290 but plays bigger. The #1 defensive linemen heading into the season. One of Leal’s biggest strengths is his positional versatility. He can play anywhere on the line. You can even stand him up. Leal still has a lot of room for growth with plenty of upside. He is an elite athlete. Great length to keep blockers at bay and to help him disengage. He does still need to add some weight and strength. He looks like he could carry another 20 pounds no problem. The Aggie could also stand to work on his bull rush more. Also he could refine is pass rush moves, and especially his counters. Hand usage could improve as well.

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Phidarian Mathis – Alabama

Mathis is already a good run stuffer. He is a beast at the point of attack, and he shows big strong hands in the run game as well. He has good size at 6’4 310-ish. Mathis showed some pass rush potential last season, now he needs to build on it. Plays with a good pad level and plays hard. He had no sacks until 2020. The question is was 2020 a flash in the pan or just him starting to realize his potential? A lot of his stock will ride on this season.

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LaBryan Ray – Alabama

At 6’4 285 he still has room for growth, but even at his size he is already a good run defender. His long arms help him in the run game. He shows decent range. Ray doesn’t take plays off. He gets his hands up and can bother passing lanes. Ray does have an injury history that needs to be looked at. His best fit is probably as a 5 tech in a 3-4. Needs to develop his pass rush game.

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Perrion Winfrey – Oklahoma

Winfrey is a former JUCO player, and so 2020 was his first year at D1. He showed a lot of potential. He is 6’3 290 with room to grow, with good length and explosiveness. Winfrey is a very twitchy player. The Sooner has strong hands, and plays well in the run game. He shows a solid anchor and good balance. Like a lot JUCO transfers he is still raw in his technique and needs some refinement. Can be fooled sometimes by misdirection, also needs work on his pad level. Like a lot of the other linemen in this class he can make a big jump if he shows development.

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Devonte Wyatt – Georgia

Another JUCO transfer, 6’3 315. Good run defense. He has showed some potential as a pass rusher with pressures, but he has yet to transform those pressures into sacks. Wyatt comes low off the snap and uses good leverage. Strong upper body. He has shown a little bit of a bull rush. Needs to convert those pressures into sacks if he wants to be a more complete player and move up in the draft.

Ravens Report: Preseason Week 2 Reaction/Review

Welcome to another fun edition of the Around The Block Ravens Report featuring a reaction of the team’s preseason matchup vs the Carolina Panthers.

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Well, good morning, afternoon, or evening everyone. Hope everyone is having a good weekend so far, even our weekend warriors that work all weekend. Welcome to the ATB Ravens Report. You know, your favorite average Ravens article series. Anyways as Call_me_cookem on TikTok says “Let’s get into it, let’s do it.”

Last night’s BIG Preseason W was history itself but also history in the making. The team tied the Lombardi Era (1959-1962) Green Bay Packers exhibition record of 19 Wins with their 20-3 win over the Carolina Panthers. This is a big feat for the organization and shows that even with the “struggles” that we can see or that are obvious to the naked eye, they can get the job done & get the win.

Offensive Breakdown

The Ravens were on an offensive series with all starters outside of 2 WRs, LT1, QB1, TEs1 & 2, FB1, & LG1? The reason I put the question mark at the end of that sentence is because honestly who is our actual starting LG. I know according to the depth chart & coaches (which I have faith in their decisions) it’s Ben Powers but where was Tyre Phillips or BIG COUNTRY Ben Cleveland. I understand that immediate LG “backup” Patrick Mekari was fielding the starting LT spot since Ronnie Stanley is easing his way back to full strength and will be hopefully be ready by regular season week 1.

The O-Line is still a work in progress

We had a small glimpse at the starting OL yesterday minus one. They have to figure out the LG spot they have plenty of depth to get it figured out. Bozeman looks like he’s getting back to his college Center days which is good. A. Villanueva & K. Zietler are out there looking like their getting back in their prime which is also good. Patrick Mekari is making himself known for the second or third time now? Honestly I’m enjoying it, this dude is giving me Ryan Jensen vibes right. Before he solidified the fact that he was one of the best Centers in the game. The starting line seems like they just need to get the final bits and pieces of chemistry out the bag.

As far as the Backups, correct me if I’m wrong in this order, but we’ve seen

  • LT: Michael Shofield
  • LG: Ben Powers/Foster Sarell
  • C: T.C.C.
  • RG: Ben Bredeson
  • RT: Andre Smith

These guys did a fairly decent job the entire time outside of minor things or the guys across from them being the better dude. They kept QB2 safe from harms way while creating holes for RB3 competition Nate McCrary(Not to be confused with former DE Michael McCrary, sorry TD, had to throw that one in there) & Ty’Son Williams. Week 3 will be the final test for this young back up group.

RB3 Competition is heating up like no other!

If I could put a fire emoji in this article I’d put too damn many. So many skill position contests heating up. Ty’Son Williams continues to punch in touchdowns & make defenders miss or put them on their ass but Nate McCrary is to quote the 2005 Adam Sandler Movie Longest Yard “He makes fast people look, not fast.”

McCrary has been putting up stats along the lines of 15 carries, 64 yards, 4.3 Avg, & 1 TD. They way he moved along and made defenders miss is like the Great Value JK Dobbins or Ty Montgomery right before his name got big in GB.

Ty’Son Williams(pictured to the right or below) gives me the Gus Bus feel. Every time he got the rock, I’d see him just brushing off tacklers or running them over if there wasn’t an open hole. With 10 carries, 47 yards, 4.7 avg, & 1 TD, there isn’t any reason why this guy couldn’t be the next RB3.

This contest is going to be rough to chose from & either backs could make the team. Front Office & Coaches have their work made out for them.

Defensive front still standing tall

Now I’m not gonna go much into the starters because we know that they’re great & know how to handle business. This set is for the rotational & camp bodies. We all know that Madabuike is making his stock stay high, but there are other names for people to know. Justin Ellis, Broderick Washington, & Chris Smith all making it hard for the coaches to make decisions. And with stats like these, it’s clear that they’re looking to stay on the roster

  • C. Smith: 2 Total, 2 Solo, 1 Sack, 1 TFL, & 1 QB Hit.
  • J. Ellis: 2 Total & 1 Solo(but lots of pressure on the QB/Run game)
  • B. Washington: 2 Total(same as Ellis with pressure placed on opposing offense)

Personally I’m curious to see how these three men hold up in the last preseason game of the season.

“Next Man Up” or so they say.

Seeing L.J. Fort go down and later on finding out that he tore his ACL is heart breaking because, he’s a key impact rotational player. Even though he only had 1 official recorded tackle, he was doing so much for communication & chemistry. But nonetheless the team had faith in the Next man up which happened to be Kristian Welch. Yes, he did exit last week’s game vs NOLA with stingers & severe cramps but it was heart warming to see him back out on the field. This guy can be a decent NMU with Fort out.

Also talking about LBs… It makes my soul or heart or whatever you wanna say happy/full of joy knowing that Daelin Hayes fell to the Ravens and that he’s absolutely balling out along with 1st round pick Odafeh Oweh. Most of you that have followed my stuff with DraftRite or NFLDraftRite dot com, before & after the site crash & rebuild know that I’ve been very keen on this young gentleman. An absolute technician of an EDGE/Traditional OLB. Which also makes it little more tough for Sack Daddy Jaylon Ferguson on the depth chart.

As far as tradition OLBs go, Malik Harrison & Chris Board were showing out their stuff as much as they could. Harrison with 4 Total Tackles & 3 Solo make for a good argument to stay high in the rotation. Board only has 2 Total & 1 Solo but with having keen eye on the ball placement & communication skills will make him a great piece to the LB Corps.

Secondary Showing out & other notes.

Again the defensive backs showing out in excellent fashion. Even though there’s only 3 logged Passes Deflected, they stayed on top of their assignments & kept up top of the tackling list. 6 DBs with 2+ total tackles. Nigel Warrior had four tackles, one TFL, & one PD. He made a clear message to the coaching staff that he deserves to be on this team. Anthony Averett kept on his assignments and made sure no one got behind him. I’m expecting big things out of this guy in the coming regular season. Chris Westry with two tackles is a guy I can get behind for a mean depth choice. Even if he doesn’t make the official roster, it’d be nice to have him on the practice squad. Granted no one takes him off waivers first.

Going to the TE Position for a brief moment, I just want to say that Josh Oliver is TE3. You can’t convince me otherwise. Yes he had a fumble very early on in the game but played much better the rest of the game.

Ben Mason is FB2 if they decide to keep a second FB this season. Last time they did that was when they had Kyle Juszczyk & Vonta Leach. Man that was some fun times back then but it’s now the present & we’ll see if they do it again.

And to wrap up the article up…

Just take a few moments to check out the previous R.R. articles, check out all of head Ravens contributor TD Hunter’s articles, & any of the Around The Block Network’s content. It’s a pleasure to work beside all these great writers, pod hosts, & anchors, but till next time have a good one!

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Ravens Report: Preseason Week 1 Review/Reactions

Welcome to the ATB Ravens Report on the Preseason Week 1 match up vs the Saints. Come join the conversation as we dig into the details of the game.

Good morning/evening, readers of all ages, it’s been about a few days since game day and I’m happy with the results but there are some fan based criticisms to go along with it. We all have our opinions on the team so far, but here’s mine with some bits to try to convince you on some other matters.

So without further ado let’s get into it… Wait a sec, but first coffee or whatever adult beverage of your choice or juice box of choice.

Also I’d like to notate that during the game I was at a friend’s party Saturday and missed most of the second half due to adult drinking activities. And Sunday my dogs had a play date with the dog who lives at the house they’ll be staying at while we go on vacation, the Monday was back to work till the next day off, so this piece got delayed. Moving on….

The Secondary was on fire most of the night!

Yes, you read that bold lettering right. Outside of normal miscues & catches made during zone assignments, the secondary was on point & didn’t miss much of a beat. With 3 INTs, 9 Pass Deflections, Half a sack, 2 QB hits, a fumble recovery, a bunch of tackles & just them locking up NOLA WRs all evening. I’d say that was a hell of a job.

Geno Stone, Anthony Averette, & Brandon Stevens were the rotation guys that I definitely seen shine the other night. You can’t change my mind on that. Also as expected the regular starters made some noise too.

Marlo, Peters, & Elliott all kept up on their assignments. Which made not only the fans but the coaches happy.

The only criticism I had was Chris Westry with that bad “Taunting” penalty, and zone coverage… I understand it’s necessary in the game but I can sill complain the entire time… Yes, that was a Bob’s burgers reference.

WAIT! …We can’t also forget about Shaun Wade from THE Ohio State University sealing the deal at the end of the game with a sealing INT. I’ll be honest I was little nervous when the put him in an outside spot but he didn’t do bad.

Give credit to the trenches too!

Now I know that this game was to work out a lot of the depth, same with next/this week but you know we all can be impressed with the pressure being put on not only on the QB but also the run game. 1st & 5th round LB picks in Odafe Oweh & Daelin Hayes were both creating some good noise. Oweh putting in work at not only EDGE and off ball LB but at Gunner on the punt team. Also heard either my fellow Baltimore Ravens fan & kind of boss/kinda colleague TD Hunter or someone on twitter say he played a snap at Safety, like what?! This kid is a monster.

Hayes was putting just as much work but as a true EDGE rusher. Even though he’s still young & in developmental staged & a different number, I’m getting T-Sizzle vibes. The guy had a slight upper hand in tackles than our star defensive pick but you know the unit is getting it done.

Shhhh…. I heard some rumbling of a bullrush.

The Ravens base D-Line did a hell of a job getting penetration to stop the run & keeping pressure on the QB too. All from Justin Madubuike, Broderick Washington to Chris Smith & Aaron Crawford. These guys up front continue to impress not only during practice but game time too.

Madubuike & Smith impressed me alot with what I did see. Will be excited to see what they can do next week.

Also lets get back into the LB’s because there’s a few things that need to be discussed…

I think it’s starting to get Hot In Here!

Ok, it wasn’t just me who thought Ray Lewis got younger, came out of retirement, and dawned the number 6? I wasn’t going crazy after all. Young 2nd year ILB Patrick Queen was balling so hard that it gave so many of us vibes of having ole prime Ray Ray back. Dude balled out in the first quarter & in the little bit of the second. With 4 total tackles, 4 solo, 1 sack, 2 TFL, & 1 QB hit in just alittle bit of time. Holy Sh*t batman! We’re definitely looking at something special here.

Can’t have 6 without the 3, got our own version of the Three 6 Mafia in L.J. Fort & Pat Queen. L.J. may have had half of Queen’s numbers but hey he got the job done and is proving to be a key impact rotational player that many of us know he is.

Another small name that I thought did very well before going down with injury was Kristian Welch. He was on top of his assignments & stayed hustling the entire time.

To the Offensive side of the trenches

Now most of us can understand that yes the OL didn’t do as much as we expected. They were utilizing immediate/3rd string back ups as well as playing versatility merry go round with active starters. Ben Bredeson & TCC did fairly well but I swear there were times when I seen starting C Bradley Bozeman & RG Ben Powers out at Left & Right Tackles. Same with back up LT Tyre Phillips at LG.

John Harbaugh & Co want to make sure that their Linemen can hop in any spot at any given time because the Next Man Up mentality. With all the regular starters in, personally I believe that these guys can be a force to be reckoned with.

It’s clear that Huntley is QB2

Yes, you read that one right too. Tyler Huntley is the clear QB2 not only because of Trace McSorley being out of the rest of the preseason due to a back injury but also because as mentioned in a previous piece of work, he is a close mimic or has exact similar skills that of Lamar Jackson. Trace has good skills as a pocket passing & mobile QB but it’s like their molding him to be the old style offense they used to run with Flacco.

With Huntley you can stay on a exact forward route that you want in the offense. While going 12/16 for 79 yards with a passer rating of 85.2 and rushing for 43 yards on 7 carries & 1 TD. This guy is literally showing flashes of 2018 LJ8 in the preseason.

WR rotation showed out.

We all missed out on the preseason debut of the one we’re all waiting on for the Offensive side of the ball, Rashod Bateman. Injuries happen, especially early on with everyone trying to get acclimated to the league, but we did get good looks at what the rest of the depth looks like.

Devin Duvernay(4 catches for 28 yards) & James Proche(1 catch for 8 yards along with almost all the special teams work) both did fairly well. As you can see in the parentheses some of the stars but they set up the run & created opportunities for other WRs.

This group is still going to be very fun to watch via the preseason.

Other battles are just as heated

Running back, Fullback, & TE depth are all huge wants but right now with how things went Saturday we could be seeing some new faces stay on the roster.

In the RB room, Ty’Son Williams(10 Carries & 41 yards) & Nate McCrary( 5 carries & 31 yards) both made names for themselves in the second half. I’m excited to see what they do in the next game. Justin Hill on the other hand, not as productive but hopefully he’ll bounce back.

TE3 and more battles heated up as Josh Oliver, Tony Poljan, & Eli Wolf all made attempts to fill those spots. Josh Oliver was slowly making progress in the hopes that he’ll be the official TE3 we’ve been looking for.

Ben Mason was making moves to make himself known to in not only the TE role but the dual role in the FB as-well that they’ve been experimenting with the past few years now. So that made me happy with what I did see. I think keeping him & Pancake Pat on the team will help this monstrous rushing attack tremendously.

Wrapping up with final notes

As we’re almost to Preseason Week 2 & as I’m typing this, roster changes/cuts are being made, so be on the look out for those. All these roster decisions on the front office & coaches are stressful but yet exciting. It’ll be fun to predict the final 53 man roster

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