2. Plenty of offensive weapons, but... what about the defensive depth and options?
The Ravens offense is hyper-loaded after getting a mega-boost this offseason. The additions of Odel Beckham Jr. and Nelson Agholor to the receiving corps through free agency, along with picking rookie WR Zay Flowers with a first-round selection have Lamar Jackson licking his chops.
No need to mention there is also an abundance of running backs (even with J.K. Dobbins sitting out) and tight ends in place and ready to take on as many snaps as the coaches want to feed them next year.
The defense, though, is an entirely different matter and it's looking worse by the day for one reason or another.
The full list of absentees from Friday's practice involved defensive players (two CBs, two OLBs, and one S), and one more defensive back, Trayvon Mullen, is expected to miss the 2023 season following his placement in the NFI of late.
With Ya-Sin down, there is no clear CB2 on the roster. With sophomore Kyle Hamilton, there is no clear nickel corner on the roster. With Ojabo and Simpson banged up, the EDGE positions cannot be thinner and barren of options.
The options to man the CB2 role and defend the slot would come, if the season started today, from the likes of Brandon Stephens, Ar'Darius Washington, Pepe Williams, Jalyn Armour-Davis, and Arthur Maulet. That's not a horrid group, but it's not a great one either.
The EDGE depth reads like this: Odafe Oweh, Malik Hamm, Tavius Robinson. That's it, or if you want to throw a cople of non-active players to raise your hope you can add David Ojabo and Trenton Simpson to it.
No bueno, is it? The Ravens better fix this.