Baltimore Ravens: Everything we learned in loss to Steelers
4. The Brandon Williams contract hasn’t paid off:
You know what hasn’t paid off? Paying Brandon Williams big time money to be a run stuffing defensive tackle, that hasn’t paid off. There is no way to tell me that James Connor can go for over 100 yards, and the Panthers offense can run all over the Ravens and Baltimore has one of the premier defensive tackles in the middle of their defensive line. Williams provides virtually no pass rush and his space eating hasn’t been worth what the Ravens paid him. That’s money that could have gone into a play-maker.
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Honestly, did the Ravens get any impact from the defensive line in the past two weeks? The Ravens have been bullied up front. Williams’s job is to win the battle at the line of scrimmage. It isn’t a pretty job and it doesn’t lead to huge figures in the box score, but it is an important job. Williams got handled against the Steelers, the whole defensive line did.
The Ravens have lost Kelechi Osemele, Rick Wagner and Ryan Jensen in free agency in recent years, and the offensive line has struggled because of it. The Ravens didn’t invest big money into an elite wide receiver. No big money in Baltimore is reserved for a quarterback that makes rookie mistakes, and a one dimensional defensive tackle. The Ravens overpaid Williams. In fact, they over hyped their entire defensive line.