The Baltimore Ravens have emerged as the team to beat in the NFL after they beat the San Francisco 49ers in their home stadium to claim the best record in the NFL. As the Ravens get ready for a run to the postseason, it is fun to see that there are some key off-season additions who have to be recognized because the team would not be in this position to make a Super Bowl run without them.
3. The Baltimore Ravens are getting a career year from Jadeveon Clowney
Jadeveon Clowney is finally looking like what so many thought he would be when he was drafted first overall by the Houston Texans. The 30-year-old rusher somehow found the fountain of youth after a bad falling out with the Cleveland Browns.
At his age, the fact that he did not live up to the draft hype and the way that his last stint ended it brought questions of what impact Clowny could really bring to this roster. The answer is major.
Clowney has 8.5 sacks season this season. His career-high is 9.5, which happened back in 2017. Per PFF, his pass rush win rate is 17.9%, which is better than his career-high before this year, which was 15% in 2017.
So, this is a throwback to when Clowney was in his prime, and arguably, it could be a more impactful season than that. The Baltimore Ravens did not even sign Clowney until they saw that Tyus Bowser had an injury in the offseason, and David Ojabo started a bit slow in training camp. He was not a part of the offseason plans. Still, it was a great move to bring him in when they did, and his pass-rush ability has been Pro Bowl level and has taken this defense over the top.