1. How did Isaiah Likely starting for the Baltimore Ravens look?
Sunday was the first time we got to see a real look into Isaiah Likely as the Mark Andrews replacement. He filled in for Andrews in week one, but Andrews was a late scratch, and the Ravens hardly had time to work Likely into the gameplan. Andrews also left last week after one drive, but once again, Likely did not have the chance to be schemed in.
During his rookie year, he was the Robin to the Batman that is Mark Andrews. Now, we finally got to see what he can do. Likely essentially slotted in for Andrews as if there was no drop-off. He ran the same routes, and Charlie Kolar filled in for Likely, running about the same number of snaps that he would run as the backup.
Likely averaged 1.33 yards per route run. This was good, considering he is at 0.94 for the season. However, Andrews is at 1.96 and had just one game with a yards-per route run lower than that. So, Likely did what he could do, but the drop-off is pretty noticeable. Can this week give Likely more time to feel better in the system? Or do they feel this loss is worse against better pass defenses?