5 Baltimore Ravens who need to play better over final six games of 2023 season

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1. Can the Baltimore Ravens get three players to replace Mark Andrews?

The Baltimore Ravens are going to need a full team effort to replace Mark Andrews. Like cornerback, it may come down to three players having that chance. First is Isaiah Likely. 

Likely had a great rookie season, but year two has not been nearly as good. A lot of that comes down to his lack of playing time. The Ravens have gone three wide receivers more, which means fewer tight ends. 

Now, he will get his chance. The issue is that Andrews missed week one and then missed the game after just one drive on Thursday. In those two games, Likely has one catch for four yards. 

To be fair, the game plan will now feature him as a starter. In week one, Andrews was a late inactive, and on Thursday he went down in the game. Still, Likely needs to play better. 

If not, it will be Charlie Kolar. Kolar had one catch for 13 yards on Thursday and has played more in year two after an injury in his rookie season. 

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Lastly, Patrick Ricard must step up. Ricard went from lining up as an in-line tight end 49% of the time last season to 71% of the time this year. Todd Monken does not feature a fullback, but he does need a blocking tight end, and Likely nor Kolar bring that. So, we could see the Ravens lean into running the ball out of 11-personnel more, featuring Ricard as a tight end.