4 reasons the Baltimore Ravens offense will improve next season

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 08: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after throwing a 47-yard touchdown to Marquise Brown #15 (not pictured) during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 08: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after throwing a 47-yard touchdown to Marquise Brown #15 (not pictured) during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – JANUARY 11: Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens huddles with his team during the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium on January 11, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – JANUARY 11: Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens huddles with his team during the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium on January 11, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /

2. The talent around Jackson will improve via free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft:

The Ravens offense was great in 2019 despite the fact that it had some limitations. The wide receiver position will be better in the 2020 season. There is no way that Eric DeCosta is going to ignore the desperate need at wide receiver. The Ravens had a speed threat in Marquise Brown and a possession receiver in Willie Snead. That’s about all the Ravens had. There was the occasional Miles Boykin reception and Seth Roberts had his moments. Still, Jackson had less to work with at the wide receiver position than any of the other Pro Bowl quarterbacks.

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When you look at the stats from the 2019 season, it’s easy to see the problem. Much of the Ravens production came from a small group of players. The Ravens depended heavily on their three tight ends and their running backs. Jackson had to make things happen. Baltimore only had one player have 60 receptions. The Ravens got only 38 receptions from receivers not named Brown or Snead. Greg Roman did a remarkable job not being predictable, however there were only so many players opposing defenses had to worry about.

Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown aren’t going anywhere. It’s not that hard to imagine 120 catches between the two of them next season. If the Ravens can get that out of them, DeCosta just needs to find one more player who is good for 60-80 receptions. There are a number of ways that the Ravens can improve on the offensive side of the football. DeCosta will add talent at the receiver positions one way or another. With a better group of receivers, the Ravens will be a much harder defense to defend.

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