Baltimore Ravens: Blueprint for offensive success in 2019
Use wide receivers in the intermediate passing game:
Until Lamar Jackson progresses into an above-average passer, the best thing the Ravens can do for their passing game is to use an intermediate approach to throwing the ball. This means lots of routes over-the-middle of the field. In other words, Baltimore needs some guys to step up and be willing to become possession receivers.
With Willie Snead and Chris Moore currently sitting at the top of the depth chart, this philosophy makes perfect sense. Neither player is known as a downfield burner, while both have an ideal build for taking shots across the middle. The jury is out on second-year guys Jaleel Scott and Jordan Lasley, but they can’t be counted on to be starters as of now.
Truthfully, no receiver on the Ravens current roster is worthy of being a 16 game starter, but that’s the situation the team finds itself in for now. With the 2019 NFL Draft around the corner, Baltimore can surely use their capital to add some more talent to the position.
The 2019 NFL Draft has some awesome prospects at wide receiver, including Arizona State’s N’Keal Harry. Harry is the top wide receiver in the 2019 NFL Draft, possessing elite size (6’2″ 228-lbs.), athleticism, and a wide range of skills to be an X-receiver from day one. In Baltimore, Harry immediately becomes their top-dog. While Harry is contradictory to what I just discussed about needing good possession receivers, he possesses a wide catch radius that will help Lamar Jackson to develop chemistry with him and build a solid rapport between the two.
Harry would be a slam-dunk selection with the 22nd overall pick, and would give the passing game validity. Couple in Snead and Moore as possession receivers, and the Ravens suddenly have a receiving core good enough for Jackson to begin making strides as a passer. This group would be able to create chunk yards and give Jackson easy throws to make as he progresses on his accuracy.