5 reasons to get excited for Baltimore Ravens in 2023

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1. Baltimore Ravens will get a full season from Roquan Smith

The Roquan Smith trade was so impressive for the Baltimore Ravens because he hit the ground running. He was having an average type of season with the Chicago Bears but still made the All-Pro because his nine games with the Ravens were that of the best player at his position.

This is just the start. Now, he gets a full offseason to work with Mike MacDonald. Roquan Smith will now be wearing the green dot, calling plays, and getting everything in line. That is a lot easier after a summer of studying compared to picking things up on the road with a few days until the next game.

The presence of Roquan Smith makes a lot of people better. We saw that Patrick Queen instantly started to perform with the steadying voice in the middle. It helped Kyle Hamilton and Chuck Clark as well.

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This could be coming up as underrated now because the trade happened during a busy period, and it will not be new this season. However, Roquan Smith starting and playing a full season with the Ravens is still new, and this will still be the first type of situation with him engraved in the defense now. Fans should be excited about what Smith can bring, and if he really can stay as the top linebacker in the game through the entire season.