Ravens highest and lowest rated players: Week 1

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Sep 13, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos defensive back Darian Stewart (26) intercepts a pass intended for Baltimore Ravens tight end Crockett Gillmore (80) during the second half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 19-13. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Highest rated offensive players

Marshal Yanda (2.4), Maxx Williams (1.0), Crockett Gillmore (0.3), Marlon Brown (0.2), Steve Smith (-0.2)

With a brutal offensive effort against a dominant Broncos front seven, the Ravens don’t have a lot here to be optimistic about this week.

Marshal Yanda was the only Ravens offensive lineman who had an even remotely acceptable performance, and was the only one who was able to open any holes for the running game.

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Maxx Williams played only 16 snaps and saw only 2 targets, but took one of them for 15 yards.  The Ravens are completely devoid of offensive playmakers at this point and should look to get the youngster more involved going forward.

Gillmore was pretty good, securing 2 of 4 targets for 23 yards, but spend most of his time blocking across 55 snaps.  Expect him to get more work going forward as the Ravens play defenses that don’t have guys like Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware coming at them.

Marlon Brown operated as the third receiver in this game, playing a decent amount of snaps (34) and snagging both of his targets for 25 yards, with his 22 yard catch being the longest offensive play of the day for the Ravens.

Steve Smith didn’t stand a chance against as the focal point of a passing offense going up against Aqib Talib and Chris Harris.  He managed to grab only 2 of 7 targets for 13 yards, but it wasn’t all his fault as this grade indicates.

There’s a lot broken on offense right now, but I would start by getting Maxx Williams (16 snaps) and Michael Campanaro (11 snaps) more involved next week.  Those are two guys who could spark some production with their playmaking ability.

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