Baltimore Ravens Q&A: Talking pass rush and wide receivers

AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 07: Devin Duvernay #6 of the Texas Longhorns runs for a touchdown after a reception in the second half against the LSU Tigers at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 07: Devin Duvernay #6 of the Texas Longhorns runs for a touchdown after a reception in the second half against the LSU Tigers at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /
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BALTIMORE, MD – JANUARY 11: Miles Boykin #80 of the Baltimore Ravens warms up prior to the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium on January 11, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD – JANUARY 11: Miles Boykin #80 of the Baltimore Ravens warms up prior to the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium on January 11, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images) /

Questions for the offense:

@XaiverDeAngelo asks: Who will get the number two wide receiver spot?

Answer: Well this kind of depends on what you mean. Do you mean the player opposite of Marquise Brown? That’s going to be Miles Boykin. Do you mean he will get the second most receptions? I think Devin Duvernay will be the second leading wide receiver in receptions, but will play as the slot receiver. Jackson likes to throw to the middle of the field and Duvernay is great playing out of the slot. That seems like easy money there, especially because Duvernay has such good hands.

Boykin is the receiver the Ravens will line up most as an outside wide receiver other than Brown. He’s a big bodied target, who happens to be a deep threat. There’s no doubt about it, the Ravens need Boykin to step up. He doesn’t need to have a 50 catch season but he can’t be too far behind that kind of production. The Ravens need to see Boykin grow up quick at the position but he’s starting the season as the number two wide receiver in Baltimore.

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@snedjd asks: How many yards will Lamar Jackson throw for in 2020?

Answer: I think Jackson will throw for more yards than he did last year, but it will be roughly in the same ballpark statistically. I don’t buy Jackson having 4,000 yards in the air. The important thing to remember is that he can, he just won’t have to do that. The reason that Jackson will have an improved number of passing yards is that he will be a better passer, fix some of his timing issues and his experience will start to help him.

Jackson is entering his third season with a young but intriguing set of weapons. Put him down for 3,450 yards in the air. He’ll have around 1,000 on the ground and he’ll be the same dual threat quarterback we’re accustomed to seeing.  He’s just going to be a bit better. I also think he’ll have 40 passing touchdowns.

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