Tyler Linderbaum has been an underrated star for Ravens through 3 weeks

Ravens, Tyler Linderbaum (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Ravens, Tyler Linderbaum (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Baltimore Ravens center Tyler Linderbaum has stayed out of the spotlight through three weeks of the 2022 season, but for an offensive lineman, that’s generally a good thing.

Some Ravens players have basked in the spotlight so far — Lamar Jackson, for example, somehow breaks a record every time he steps onto the field.

Other players have flown under the radar as consistent starters who nonetheless deserve recognition for their solid play. Linderbaum in particular has looked the part of a starting-caliber center through three weeks, plugging a gaping hole in the Ravens’ offensive line.

Losing Bradley Bozeman in free agency was far from ideal, yet it seems Linderbaum has been developing nicely into the position and is already turning out to be one of the most productive members of the O-line.

Ravens center Tyler Linderbaum has been proving his first-round value in 2022

The Ravens’ offensive line was touted to be a top-five unit prior to the 2022 season, but injuries have since then devastated the group. Ronnie Stanley is still fighting an uphill battle to get healthy this year, and his intended backup, Ja’Wuan James, recently suffered a season-ending injury.

For now, Pat Mekari will take snaps at left tackle, and the depth behind him remains thin.

Tyler Linderbaum’s ability to quickly adapt to the center position comes as a huge relief to Baltimore as it means the team hopefully won’t have to worry about Linderbaum’s performance for the rest of the year.

Baltimore’s offense has been humming as of late, scoring 37 and 38 points in the last two games, and having a healthy and reliable offensive line will be key for the team’s Super Bowl aspirations.

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Linderbaum has proven to be an excellent first-round pick by the Ravens so far, but he can’t singlehandedly uplift the entire offensive line corps. Fingers crossed the front five doesn’t suffer any more brutal injuries in 2022.