2 Baltimore Ravens players who should have an expanded role in 2023, and 2 who should not

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Baltimore Ravens, David Ojabo
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2. Baltimore Ravens need David Ojabo to step up

This one is pretty expected from the time that the Baltimore Ravens drafted him. The Ravens never saw David Ojabo getting on the field as a rookie, so when you tell them that he played 21 snaps last season, they are impressed. Now, they view Ojabo as a healthy player and someone who probably would have gone in the first round, even in this draft.

So, can they get that type of production? They had better hope so. Both Justin Houston and Jason Pierre-Paul are currently gone from the roster. While it is fair that one of them could be back, and the Ravens also signed both because Tyus Bowser was injured last season as well, there is a lot of room to step in for the Ravens' young rusher.

Bowser is healthy and will play plenty across from Odafe Oweh. However, from 21 snaps to the third and sometimes second man in the rotation will be a heck of a step up in role from Ojabo. The Baltimore Ravens even expect his play to have a residual effect on Oweh.

Oweh was solid as a rookie, but his stats were not as strong in year two. If Ojabo can become a presence across from him, and open up rushing lanes on the other side, it could become a dup that is tough to beat out. The ripple effect of Ojabo taking a step has major consequences on just how high the defenses ceiling is. We will find out soon enough if David Ojabo is ready to step into the role, or if he is still working himself back to being a full-time player.