Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns: Purple Friday Q&A Week 1
The last batch of questions and answers:
@parham_russ asks: Do you think Lamar has the tools now to play from behind. And has the D line added enough to become a strength.
Answer: I never thought there was a tool that Jackson didn’t have. He can throw from the pocket, and he can run wild. The one thing he can improve on is spreading the ball to the whole field and being less dependent on inside throws. I would bet this is something that Jackson worked on in the offseason and I’m not betting against him regardless of the score.
Now are you asking are the Ravens as a whole more equipped to come back from behind? Yes. They will be less dependent on the run game and will have more output from their receivers. These two things are very helpful when they are playing from behind. The defensive growth will also help in this category. When you’re trailing the other team wants to run the ball more. Fixing the front seven helps comebacks too and it was never all on the MVP.
The defensive line is absolutely a strength. Calais Campbell isn’t good, he’s great. Derek Wolfe and Brandon Williams are rock solid, and now in the perfect situation. The Ravens depth on the defensive line is good. Justin Madubuike is going to be better than Chris Wormley was. The Ravens have a rotational player who is better than one of their starters from last year. Let’s go. That’s a strength.
@mwhyche22 asks: Who do you see being extended first, Humphrey or Stanley?
Answer: I wanted to keep this strictly about Ravens vs. Browns but I’ll give you the bonus question Marcus, because you’re the man. Ronnie Stanley is the player the Ravens will be more desperate to get locked up. The Ravens can always end up sticking with Marcus Peters and drafting Humphrey’s replacement if it comes to that.
The Ravens can’t find a player like Ronnie Stanley if they want to keep having double digit win seasons. Stanley is so crucial to not just the pass protection of the MVP but powering the running game as well. The Ravens are going to pay Stanley. They don’t have a choice.