Key Baltimore Ravens to be thankful for this season
The Baltimore Ravens have a few players they really need to be thankful for:
The Baltimore Ravens are 6-4 and right in the mix for a playoff spot. Things could be worse, the season isn’t over. The Ravens should take note on this holiday of the things they are grateful for.
In my estimation, Thanksgiving is about acknowledging the little things that make everything possible for you. In that spirit, let’s look for things to be thankful for that are a little under the radar.
One player the Ravens have to appreciate is DeShon Elliott. Elliott has played his heart out this season. The Ravens parted with Earl Thomas for not being a team player. Think about what the purple and black are getting from Elliott. They’re getting effort and a ton of hard hits. In a game where you can really question Baltimore’s toughness, Elliott had a ferocious hit on Derrick Henry.
While Thomas was very talented, the Ravens were right to move on from a bad situation. The Ravens should be thankful that they could move on from Thomas when they did. Let’s be honest, Elliott was the one backup plan they had. This was a major concern for the Ravens. It turned out not to be one of their biggest problems but one of their best moves.
Another Raven that we can be thankful for is Bradley Bozeman. Bozeman has held down the fort with an offensive line that has been shuffled to the point of craziness. With Ronnie Stanley on injured reserve, Tyree Phillips hurt as well, and the right guard and right tackle spot really not delivering, Bozeman is the one player the Ravens don’t have to worry about.
He’s far and away the best offensive lineman the Ravens have other than Stanley. In tough times you see who’s worth it. You have to think Bradley Bozeman has earned some serious points for this franchise. He’s the one rock the offensive line has left. He’s more consistent than anyone, even Orlando Brown Jr., who is helping out at left tackle.
What would the Ravens’ offense beat without Willie Snead? The Ravens didn’t get what they were expecting out of Marquise Brown. Ravens have got next to nothing for Miles Boykin. Snead is the one Ravens receiver that is doing what you would think he would be doing. At the very least you can count on him and with wide receivers in Baltimore, that means about everything.
The Ravens should be very thankful for their young inside linebackers. It has been a little bit rocky for Patrick Queen in the past several weeks. The one thing we know is that he has a great athletic talent and he’s capable of being a playmaker. It’s a work in progress. The Ravens need more consistency yet the peaks have to make you excited about his potential.
Malik Harrison has given us a lot to be excited about and might be the most consistent player in Baltimore’s linebacker group.
The other thing the Ravens have to be thankful for that I think kind of goes under the radar, is the fact that this season is far from over. Their remaining schedule is incredibly favorable after the Steelers game. This schedule has a chance to give the Ravens the record they need. Whether or not they take advantage of it we have to wait and see. It’s there for the taking and that is something they should be thankful for.
The Bottom Line:
The big things are going to be noticed. Lamar Jackson is the best thing that has happened to the franchise in a while. Eric DeCosta is a great general manager, one who is trusted. The Ravens have had great stability and it boils down to having a sensible and wise owner in Steve Biscioitti.
This Thanksgiving let’s focus on the positives. Let’s also focus on the people who probably don’t hear thanks enough for what they do for this team.