Baltimore Ravens week 5 Q&A: Looking at the big picture
The Baltimore Ravens fans have questions (submitted to @footballman58 on Twitter) I have answers:
@GreatnessCalls asks: If You had to trade Boykin or Gus plus a second rounder for a pass rusher like JJ Watt or an elite receiver like Allen Robinson.. which Raven would you trade and which star of the 2 would it be for & why?
Answer: If I have to trade either one of these players to get the big prize in a trade it would have to be Miles Boykin. This may get more chances to Devin Duvernay and James Proche. The Ravens have only let Miles Boykin get 10 receptions in four games, meanwhile Gus Edwards is a huge part of their run game. If the team is supposed to be built on that run game, can you justify trading Edwards? Before the season I would have told you so, however Edwards has been the best running back in Baltimore so far. Based on what each player has already given you and the amount that both players are utilized, Boykin is the more affordable option to trade.
Now who would I trade for? The answer is Allen Robinson. Trading for J.J. Watt would theoretically solve the problem of the Ravens pass rush. Here’s the thing though, it may not do what Baltimore would be hoping for. Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe may need to provide more interior pass rush, but they’re talented defensive ends. Maybe the Ravens really just aren’t getting enough at the outside linebacker position. Robinson would make a huge and instant impact, and the Ravens would be getting what they signed up for.
Robinson is also more in the prime of his career. Here the Ravens may be taking a rental player for a year, but if they can get an extension with him, he could be a great thing for the team. He already has 35 receptions this season. If the Ravens need to take that next step with Lamar Jackson, Robinson could be a booster for that. I think Robinson is more of a sure thing kind of a deal for the Ravens. He’d be my choice.