Early superlatives for Baltimore Ravens heading into 2020 season
The 2020 season is finally here, but before it kicks off here are some predictions for superlatives for the 2020 Baltimore Ravens.
This is why we can’t have nice things.
With the kickoff for the Baltimore Ravens 2020 season only hours away, let us not focus on what is to come. No, no, no. That would make far too much sense, Ravens Kingdom.
Instead, with a crystal ball in one pocket and a hankering for online abuse in the other, we’re going to take a look into the future and tell you who is going to win the postseason awards for the 2020 Baltimore Ravens. Remember, if you are arguing, you are equally as pathetic as I am for writing this, so, well, put that in your pipe and smoke it.
Well, we’ve come this far, so let’s just charge ahead. Ladies and gentlemen, along with all you maniacal football fans of every size, shape, and gender, I present to you the 2020 Baltimore Ravens superlatives — about six months too early.
Most Valuable Player — Lamar Jackson, quarterback
I mean, he was the league’s MVP last season, right? He is the pride and joy of Charm City and the most universally-beloved figure in the region not named Mo. He is also a tireless worker, mythologically-blessed in physical gifts and seemingly an inspirational leader who other players are drawn to, at least from the outside looking in.
I believe Jackson will grow as a passer and decision-maker this year, and I believe he was pretty darn good in both those facets last season. Another year in the offense, with more personal growth and Jackson promises to be one of the most exciting and skilled players in all the land.
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Offensive Player of the Year — Mark Andrews, tight end
Andrews had a breakout season last year, and spend much of the season battling nagging injuries and helping a first-time full-season starter at quarterback find his legs. The arrow is pointing up for Andrews, and I believe he will only become more proficient in the red zone. He is a good player, only getting better.
Defensive Player of the Year — Marlon Humphrey, cornerback
Some thought went into Calais Campbell, as well as Matt Judon — who could elevate into the conversation with a double-digit sack campaign. But, like Jackson, Humphrey is just a great player who only seems to be getting better. He improved his inside skills last year when pressed into slot duty, and he also showed the ability to shadow some of the league’s top receivers. When in doubt, pick the ascending stud.
Offensive Rookie of the Year — Devin Duvernay, wide receiver
Trust me. I love JK Dobbins, too. The rookie running back excites me with his running and receiving skills, and his dog mentality. But he is in a loaded backfield, and also has to share some carries with Jackson. Dobbins’ time will come.
For now, I like the chances of a breakout for Devin Duvernay. He could steal some of those targets made available when Hayden Hurst was traded this offseason, and his electric speed makes him a big play waiting to happen. Duvernay will grow with this offense and be a significant contributor.
Or, I’m wrong. It happens.
Defensive Rookie of the Year — Patrick Queen, linebacker
First-round pick. Position of need. Extreme talent, and a hard worker. Queen is going to accumulate a lot of tackles this season and will benefit from both the scheme and talent around him. I do think there will be some growing pains, and he is playing a position that is more than just hunt-and-hit like it used to be.
But I believe in Queen, and the system in place. The Ravens do well with young linebackers, for the most part (maybe not you, Arthur Brown). Queen could develop into a star.
Coach of the Year — Don Martindale, defensive coordinator
I think the Ravens will do well this season, even after losing Earl Thomas. Part of the reason for my optimism is the players on the roster, but another significant factor to me is Martindale. He is excellent at rotating players in to accentuate their strengths, and players love playing for him. The Ravens need to be better on defense this year to win a championship.
They will be, and Martindale will be mugging for sideline photos with the players.