Baltimore Ravens: Picking surprise stat-leaders for 2019
We may all believe we know how the Baltimore Ravens 2019 season will shake out, but there’s plenty of guys who could shock us with their production…
After the Baltimore Ravens signed Michael Crabtree in Free Agency last off-season, it seemed like a forgone conclusion that he would lead the team in nearly every major receiving category. Instead, he failed to lead the team in any receiving category.
Similarly, we believed Alex Collins would build on a successful 2017 campaign and break the 1,000-yard barrier in 2018. Just like Crabtree, Collins under-performed mightily. To the surprise of no one, neither remain with the team headed into 2019.
The point wasn’t to rub salt in our wounds left by Crabtree and Collins. Rather, it was to illustrate the point that not everything is as black and white as we try to make it. Not everything is what it seems, and every season we are always bound for more than a few surprises. 2019 will prove to be no exception.
In fact, I firmly believe that 2019 might be one of the craziest, most unpredictable seasons we’ve seen in recent years for the Baltimore Ravens. There’s so much excitement around the team right now, and it’s very much warranted. An exciting quarterback in Lamar Jackson and a new-look offense leaves us on the edge of our seat waiting to see the product. The defense took some heavy hits, but it also made some huge waves this off-season to get us curious as to how they’ll shape up.
With all this in mind, it’s seemingly impossible to try and safely predict who will lead what categories in 2019. Some seem fairly obvious, like Jackson leading the team in total yards and Justin Tucker leading the team in points. Others aren’t so easy to nail down.
Five particular statistics for this year’s Ravens squad are likely going to be led by players we’d least expect. What stats am I referring to, and who do I see being at the top? Take a look for yourself, starting with…