Ravens LT Ronnie Stanley has finally returned to his All-Pro form

Ravens, Ronnie Stanley (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
Ravens, Ronnie Stanley (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) /

It’s been a long journey back for Baltimore Ravens left tackle Ronnie Stanley. Stanley played just one game in 707 days before returning for what the team hopes is a permanent stay on the Ravens’ offensive line once again this season.

A devastating ankle injury sidelined Stanley during the prime of his career, and there have been times when it seemed like the former sixth-overall pick might never suit up for the Ravens again, let alone return to his pre-injury form.

It’s taken a couple of years, multiple corrective surgeries, and endless rehab stints, but Ronnie Stanley is back. Not only is he back, but he’s playing like an All-Pro again.

The Ravens’ offensive line has been one of the best in the NFL this season, and a large part of that is due to the re-emergence of their star left tackle.

Ronnie Stanley has returned to his pre-injury, All-Pro form with the Ravens this year

Through 10 weeks, Stanley is Pro Football Focus‘ highest-graded pass-blocking offensive tackle with a stellar 92.0 grade. He’s one of just three tackles in the league (min. 120 pass-block snaps) to not allow a sack or a QB hit.

On top of that, his two pressures are tied for the fewest allowed by a qualified offensive tackle. Simply put, Stanley is one of the best tackles in the NFL right now.

It wasn’t too long ago when saying that phrase was commonplace. The former Notre Dame star was named first-team All-Pro following a phenomenal 2019 season. The following year, the Ravens made Stanley the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL.

Two years later, the Ravens are finally seeing Stanley live up to that contract. For a Ravens team that had to cycle through players like Alejandro Villanueva at left tackle last season, Stanley’s return has provided a major boost to the offense.

PFF ranked the Ravens’ offensive line fourth in the NFL going into Week 10, due in part to Stanley’s dominant play. The Ravens have slowly eased Stanley back into play, and in Week 9, he played 100 percent of snaps for the first time this season.

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Ronnie Stanley is healthy and thriving once again, and the Ravens couldn’t be happier.