Ravens Week 1 Stock Report: Justin Madubuike shines, running backs disappoint

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Ravens, Devin Duvernay
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Devin Duvernay, WR/KR, Ravens (Trending Up)

While I could list any combination of defensive players, Devin Duvernay is the clear and obvious choice on offense. This offseason, the majority of the media and fans have been concerned with the Ravens’ lack of receiving talent.

For a run-dominant team, the “lack of talent” at wide receiver is something that can be worked around, but what happens when the run game falls short? Devin Duvernay steps up.

The former Texas Longhorn was a third-round pick in 2020. Since then, Duvernay has developed into a Pro Bowl return man after never playing the position in college. This season, he has transitioned into a primary receiver for Lamar Jackson and he a top target early in Sunday’s game.

Duvernay led the team with two touchdowns on four catches that went for 54 yards. He displayed his hands, ability to get open, and why he was a Pro Bowler a season ago.

This man is talented and the NFL Next Gen Stats on his touchdown catch proves just that. He had just 0.11 yards of separation on the catch.

It was something that was ultra-impressive and shows his potential as he develops as a playmaker. Not only that, but he also stands strong as the team’s return man and is a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball.

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Look for the offense to find creative ways to get him the football. Whether screens, jet sweeps, or down the field, look for Duvernay to be an impact player for the Ravens. Week 1 against the Jets appears to just be the start for the speedy Pro Bowler.