The Baltimore Ravens were forced to use quite a few more players than they probably wanted to in 2021. Injuries forced a number of depth players who weren’t expected to play much into action.
The results weren’t ideal as the Ravens finished 8-9 as losers of their final six games. Such was always expected to be the case with a roster as decimated by injuries as theirs.
But there’s a renewed sense of optimism entering the 2022 offseason. Players are returning from injury and the Ravens could once again position themselves as Super Bowl contenders if they play their cards right.
Their work is far from over, however. In fact, it’s just getting started.
With a number of key pending free agents and not a ton of cap flexibility, the Ravens are going to have to make some difficult decisions this offseason.
The likes of Bradley Bozeman, Justin Houston, Anthony Averett, DeShon Elliott, Calais Campbell, Brandon Williams, Patrick Ricard, and many others are set to hit the open market in the coming weeks, and the Ravens don’t have the cap space to re-sign them all.
On top of that, the Ravens could be looking to upgrade at a few positions too. While external additions are great, they might have to look internally for some new faces to step up.
Let’s take a look at a few returning players who are primed to have larger roles in 2022.