Baltimore Ravens top 3 offseason moves paying off this season
1. Trading for Calais Campbell:
We go from one AFC Player of the Week to another with Calais Campbell. Queen earned his against the Cincinnati Bengals, while Campbell earned his sacking Carson Wentz three times against the Philadelphia Eagles. Campbell, who happens to be the tallest Raven of them all, has five tipped passes this year. He tipped three passes in the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns, I’d call that an immediate impact.
Campbell has 21 tackles and four sacks on the year. He’s been great against the run and one of the only consistent forces in terms of pass rush. The reason this move is working out so well is obvious. Can you imagine the Baltimore defensive line without Campbell? Would it even kind of work? Campbell has been an obvious difference maker this season. I’ll give credit where credit is due, my Pop Pop said it best. He said “You don’t have to look for his number as he stands out even among the big guys.” I do this whole sports writing thing on a daily basis and I don’t think there’s a better way that I could say it.
Campbell is a leader. He’s simply awesome every way that you can look at it and there isn’t a more consistent Ravens player not named Justin Tucker or Morgan Cox. The Ravens traded a fifth round pick for a player that you could argue is the most important player of the front seven. In terms of overall players, Campbell is certainly one of the top five important players on the roster.
Now, you’re probably wondering why all the selections here are from the defense. That’s simply because that is what is working at the moment. The choices the Ravens made for their defense this offseason are a huge reason this team is 5-1.