Baltimore Ravens: 3 players poised for big sophomore seasons
Tyus Bowser was labeled as one of the most athletic outside linebackers in the entire 2017 draft class. We only saw Bowser in spurts throughout his rookie season with the bulk of playing time and production coming in the first few weeks of the season. As Matt Judon broke out and emerged as the starter opposite Terrell Suggs, Za’Darius Smith, Tim Williams and Bowser were pushed to the backburner.
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Now one season later, Bowser has a year of experience under his belt and a new defensive coordinator at the helm. The fight for playing time won’t change and Bowser will look to overcome the stigma of Ravens’ second-round linebackers. History has shown us they haven’t panned out but Bowser is a freakish talent that can provide an effective pass rush and cover in the passing game. He’ll be looked upon to be the future of the position as Suggs inches towards the final years of his career and Smith is set to be a free agent next season.
If Bowser can consistently recreate the success he had early in the season, he should continue to earn more playing time and opportunities. Having Don “Wink” Martindale as defensive coordinator will help bring out the talent the Ravens know Bowser can provide.