Positions the Baltimore Ravens offense does not have to worry about
Everybody wants to get all worked up about what the Baltimore Ravens should do in free agency and the NFL Draft. Let’s focus on what the Ravens have locked up already:
The Baltimore Ravens have their head coach locked up for the next four years. Eric DeCosta is taking over as the general manager and he has a good bit to worry about. Today, we’re going to go through the roster and look at what the Ravens have locked up. First we take a look at what the Ravens have set for the 2019 offense.
The Ravens have to help Lamar Jackson develop and grow as a quarterback but they have their guy under center. Assuming they can bring back Robert Griffin III at a reasonable price, the Ravens are set at the most important position.
They also have their two offensive tackles set for at least one more year with Ronnie Stanley and Orlando Brown Jr. Stanley is an underrated left tackle while Brown Jr. was impressive as a rookie. If Brown Jr. continues to develop, the Ravens have one of the best tackle combinations in football.
The Ravens still need to focus on guard and center and they can’t rely on Marshal Yanda to last too much longer. In summation, the Ravens have their bookend tackles and for now they have a Pro Bowl right guard; this means they just need to improve two of the five spots on the starting offensive line.
Baltimore shouldn’t have any problem bringing back Gus Edwards who is an exclusive rights free agent. While Kenneth Dixon is also slated to return, the running back position is to be determined. DeCosta could go one of two ways. He could stick with Edwards and Dixon and use a mid round pick on a running back to fill the third spot. The other option would be to draft a running back early or sign a proven player like Mark Ingram to add some insurance of production at the position.
The wide receiver position is anything but locked up. The Ravens have no reason to say goodbye to Willie Snead though, and it’s a good bet that he’ll be back. Chris Moore has special teams value and is always good for a big play here and there as a receiver. The tight end position is taken care of. Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst. What happens beyond that is anybody’s guess, but the two tight ends from the 2018 draft class are the ones that matter moving forward.
The next article will focus on what the Ravens needn’t worry about on defense. The focus can’t just be about what the purple and black need to add. They have to take a full inventory of what they already have.