May 28, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh speaks after the OTA at the Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
To be honest, anything less than a Super Bowl appearance is a disappointment for this Ravens team. After coming oh-so-close to taking down the Patriots last year, expectations are sky high. But can a team so ravaged by offseason losses even equal what they did last season?
It’s a legitimate question, for sure. The progress shown by the Ravens rookies, coupled with the addition of veterans Kendrick Lewis and Kyle Arrington, are valid reasons for optimism. We saw last season with C.J. Mosley and Timmy Jernigan that rookies can come in and star right away.
The Ravens absolutely need Breshad Perriman to make some sort of impact, even if it’s as a deep threat only. They have a roster full of possession receivers already. They also need one of the three tight ends to step up and become a reliable target underneath for when things fall apart up front.
Perhaps the biggest question mark lies on the offensive side of things in general. Can the Ravens once again field one of the NFL’s best offensive lines? Can Justin Forsett stay healthy and repeat his breakout performance?
On the bright side, we’re unlikely to see a total meltdown in regards to injuries in the secondary once again. The defense promises to be as good as ever, and the Ravens are stacked along the line. And they have one of the best linebacking crews in the NFL behind them.
Perhaps the biggest concern is the schedule. After sporting the fifth easiest schedule in the NFL last season based on win percentage (.461), the Ravens have the 11th hardest in 2015 (.539). It’s even harder than what they faced in 2013 (.535), a year in which they went 8-8 and missed the playoffs.
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