Why the Baltimore Ravens will be better heading into the 2020 season
Continuity is key:
Lamar Jackson will be joined next year by some familiar faces. In fact, every starter for the 2019 NFL season is signed through the 2020 season. That means that chemistry should only grow amongst Jackson and the team. Also, the Ravens offensive line will be able to stay together and continue to grow as a unit.
One of the most important things for an offensive line is continuity, the Ravens will have that heading into 2020. The only issue the line could face is Marshal Yanda potentially retiring, but Baltimore did draft Ben Powers in the fourth round last year and he was in the mix for the left guard starting spot coming into the 2019 season. Powers only played in one game, but actually made pro football focuses team of the week for his performance in week 17. If Yanda does decide to finally retire, the Ravens should feel good about the guard position.
The offensive line was helped out a lot by the outstanding play of the tight ends. The trio the Baltimore Ravens have at tight end is special and was a huge part of Lamar Jackson’s success in 2019. Mark Andrews was the break out star for the Ravens this year as he hauled in 64 passes for 852-yards and 10 touchdowns. Baltimore should make an effort to get Hayden Hurst more involved in the offense as he has shown to be a very effective pass catcher when given the chance. If the Ravens can have two tight ends to catch 60 or more passes, opposing defenses will be kept on their heels and continuously guessing when the team will field two or three tight ends at a time.
The Baltimore Ravens running game should stay relatively the same. All the running backs will be coming back to Baltimore, Greg Roman is staying as offensive coordinator and every player should be even more comfortable in the system in 2020. I doubt that the Ravens will be able to break their own single-season rushing record, but it is not crazy to think that they will rush for 180-or-more yards per game in 2020.
I think that the receiving group in 2020 might start taking some running plays away from the offense. Marquise Brown came into the season with a Lisfranc injury and was not available to Lamar Jackson until the very end of training camp. A fully healthy Brown will be even better in 2020 than he was 2019, and the Ravens really have not fully seen how fast Brown is. Couple this with the fact that the Ravens should also be able to attract some free-agent receivers now and the wide receiving group should go from somewhat of a liability to a strength.