2. Tyus Bowser:
The Ravens have gotten back to back weeks with a Tyus Bowser interception. That has to count for something, right? While Bowser hasn’t proven to be the dominant pass rusher the Ravens were hoping for, he’s taken a Matt Judon-like path of development where he’s become good at a lot of different things. While he should have kept his intercepted pass in the end zone for the touchback, it was a big-time play.
Bowser still needs to work on finishing as a pass rusher, but he registered three hits on Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday. The most underrated thing a player can do on defense is to have his presence be known by others on the field.
Bowser isn’t playing bad football, and the box score doesn’t tell the entire story. Flashy stats are great to have, though the Ravens just need solid play from him. That’s what Bowser is giving them.
He has 12 quarterback hits, which is a way more encouraging number than his two sacks on the season. Bowser is showing positives and his recent display of ball skills helps him.
Bowser could be an affordable player for the Ravens to bring back, who could provide value as an underrated and well-rounded linebacker. In just about every game this season, Bowser has provided at least one example of something good he brings to the table. In a contract year, that’s important.
Matt Judon isn’t likely to get the big money deal he wants from the purple and black. That bodes well for Bowser. Yannick Ngakoue may get that big deal from Baltimore, yet that doesn’t have much of an impact on Bowser. Ngakoue will get the bag to be a pass rusher. Bowser will get a deal to be a role player in Don Martindale’s defense. It’s looking like the Ravens should keep Bowser if they can do so at the right price.