Baltimore Ravens: Dear Santa, 3 Needs in 2018 Offseason

Dec 17, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) warms up before the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Dear Santa, the Baltimore Ravens deserve an offensive heavy offseason in 2018 after focusing on the defense in 2017.

Even though the Ravens are currently 8-6 and are heavy favorites for the 6th wildcard spot for the AFC this year with a favorable schedule, they are certainly lacking talent on offense and need more depth as well in 2018. Joe Flacco and the run game have been heating up recently but if the Ravens need to focus on the offense this offseason after a defense focused offseason in 2017. Here of three things, they will need if they want the offense to make a big turnaround in 2018.

Get playmakers at wide receiver

With the lack of talent and depth at wide receiver, this is easily the top priority heading into the 2018 offseason. Jeremy Maclin has been a disappointment as a free agent signing. Mike Wallace has been the only consistent target on the outside when healthy this season. Breshad Perriman has failed to make any impact whatsoever.  Hence being benched multiple times this season as his career with the Ravens is dwindling. Chris Moore has gotten more snaps next to Wallace as a young emerging target and promising special teamer. Nonetheless, Flacco’s lack of receivers has been a concern coming into this season. Moreover, this is still the biggest issue after the 2017 season. A wide receiver in the 2018 NFL Draft on Day 1 or 2 would be a gift every Ravens fan is hoping for.


Draft the successor to Joe Flacco

Even though January Joe has come early in December this year, the Ravens staff have to groom someone for the future after Flacco. Ryan Mallett is not the answer. Even though Josh Woodrum was the preseason star for the Ravens, the talent and depth at quarterback need to be addressed this offseason. If Flacco has another serious injury or shows poor play like earlier this year, Ravens fans will be calling for his head. The Ravens have not groomed a young quarterback since Tyrod Taylor (2011 – 2014). They should be looking at a quarterback somewhere in the 2018 NFL Draft between days 2-3. Everyone knows Flacco’s contract will have him stuck with Baltimore. However, the future needs to be acknowledged as a repeat of this season could happen.

Resign Alex Collins

Alex Collins, a former Seattle Seahawks running back, has been the biggest offensive star for the Ravens. The success of the run game has allowed the Ravens to rebound from the slow start in 2017. The emergence of Collins has allowed the offense to blow up unexpectedly. Thus, he is the key cog that the Ravens have to bring back next season. The Ravens have not had this much success in the run game since Justin Forsett in 2014. Even though he is an impending free agent, he must be the priority before free agency begins in 2018. A pre Week 1 pickup and a former practice squad player, Collins has been the best addition to the offense in 2017.



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