A pass rush reborn:
It’s hard to have a good pass rush when you lose two of your top pass rushers (Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith) in one offseason and it showed in 2019. Matt Judon led the Ravens with 9.5 sacks, but the team accumulated just 37 total sacks, which was 21st overall in the league. If you want your defense to be elite, you have to step it up in that category.
Retaining Judon is huge for this defense, but the unit got instantly better with the inclusion of Calais Campbell. Campbell has 31.5 sacks over the last three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, including 14.5 in 2016. Campbell has been an accomplished pass rusher throughout 12-years in the league as evident by his 88 career sacks. Campbell should remain dominant next to Judon upfront.
Baltimore also upgraded in the pass-rushing department with replacing Michael Pierce with Michael Brockers. The former had just 3.5 sacks in four seasons with the Ravens, while Brockers has 23 since 2012 from the same position. This is absolutely an upgrade for the team. The Ravens are also expecting some more progression from Tyus Bowser and Jaylon Ferguson. If either of them can step up, Baltimore is in great shape in the pass-rushing department.
There are still moves that Baltimore can make before the season starts, too. Honestly, we can’t rule out a Terrell Suggs reunion in Baltimore, as his 6.5 sacks in 2019 would’ve been second on the Ravens. The team can also consider signing other veteran guys like Clay Matthews III. Heck, Baltimore could still find a way to make another splash and sign someone like Everson Griffen or Markus Golden. Don’t rule out the 2020 NFL Draft for reinforcements to the pass rush, either.
As you can see, the Baltimore Ravens pass rush is already much improved from 2019 and can still stand to add more pieces to make them even better. Look for the Ravens pass rush to come into its own once again in 2020. Like a phoenix into ash, it is reborn stronger than ever.