Baltimore Ravens: 3 Potential 2019 Free Agency Targets
After a very weak October where the Baltimore Ravens went 1-3 some issues have been exposed. We look ahead to 2019 free agency targets for possible solutions.
The Baltimore Ravens offensive line is suffering in run blocking and our defense is starting to get old and slow. The Ravens don’t seem to want to go into a full rebuild especially after drafting Lamar Jackson in the first round. To do this they need to get immediate help on the offensive line and pump some speed and intensity into the defense, luckily the free agency targets below can do those things.
Matt Paradis (C):
Background: 29-years old (10/12/89) 6’3”, 300 lbs.
Pass Blocking: 8 Games Started, 543 Snaps, 0 False Starts, 2 Holding, 0 Sacks
Run Blocking: 1st in 1st Downs, 16th in Negative Plays, 7th in Big Runs, 6th in Power Running
Matt Paradis would be a great improvement in the Baltimore Ravens pass blocking game. He hasn’t given up a sack in the last two years and his major issue is his holding penalties. He knows how to put himself between the rusher and quarterback and can use his hands to keep him there.
Paradis would help more in the run game. Denver has a top 5 running back core and that’s largely due to Paradis. He’s blocked for 8 big runs up the middle and he’s first in getting first downs. His one major issue is he’s 16th in negative plays. So there could be some trouble for players like Buck Allen who are a little slower.
He would work well in a Lamar Jackson offense. Paradis is a little smaller, but he’s quick enough to wall off defenders in the run. The RPO’s that I expect with Lamar would be easier with more athletic lineman that can wall of holes well. Paradis would improve the options in pass blocking and making holes for the runner, but his price tag is slightly higher, likely at eleven million a year.