Baltimore Ravens: Inside Purple and Black Training Camp
The Baltimore Ravens were just a mediocre team last season after Week 9. They were 4-5 and quarterback Joe Flacco got hurt. After the bye week, Lamar Jackson became the starting quarterback and they never looked back. Baltimore finished the regular season with a 10-6 record and won the AFC North title for the first time since 2012.
They were bounced in the AFC Wild Card Round against the Los Angeles Chargers. Jackson looked pitiful and a lot of fans were wondering should they have put Flacco into the ball game. With that being said, he was traded to the Denver Broncos in the offseason.
Lamar Jackson will be the starting quarterback. It will be interesting to see whether or not he has improved on his throwing. If Jackson has not, it could be a very long season for this football team.
Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards will be the top two running backs on this team. Baltimore signed Ingram as a free agent in the offseason. He played last season with the New Orleans Saints. Edwards emerged as a solid running back late in the year last season. Kenneth Dixon will be the third running back on this team.
Patrick Ricard will most likely make the roster as the starting fullback.
There will be a massive competition for the receiving spots on this roster. Michael Crabtree was released after the season was over.
Nick Boyle. Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst will most likely be the three tight ends on the roster, but it is just a matter of who is the starter. Rookies Cole Herdman, Matt Orzech, and Charles Scarff will look to snag a roster spot or two.
Some of the guys that will be competing for back up spots on the roster are Bradley Bozeman, Alex Lewis, rookie Ben Powers, and rookies Patrick Vahe and Patrick Mekari. James Hurst will be one of the key backups on this offensive line because he is very versatile.
The Baltimore Ravens defensive scheme is a 3-4. Chris Wormley, Brandon Williams, and Pernell McPhee will be the starters on the defensive line. Patrick Ricard also plays on the defensive line as well. Michael Pierce will most likely be one of the backups on the defensive line.
Rookies Daylon Mack and Gerald Willis III will also compete for one of the nose tackle spots. Willie Henry, Zach Seiler, rookie Michael Onuuoha, and Aaron Adeoye will compete for potentially one spot on the defensive line.
Brandon Carr and Marlon Humphrey will be the starting cornerbacks. Jimmy Smith and Tavon Young will also make the roster at that position. Anthony Averett, Maurice Canady, Justin Bethel, and rookie Iman Lewis-Marshall will compete for the final cornerback spot on the roster.
Earl Thomas and Tony Jefferson will be the starting safeties. Thomas is an upgrade from Eric Weddle. The Ravens released Weddle in the offseason and he signed with the Los Angeles Rams. Earl Thomas has spent his entire career with the Seattle Seahawks up until this point.
The main kick off and punt return battle will be interesting.
Chris Moore will most likely be the main kick off returner, but Snead and Lasley could also return kickoffs as well this season.
The Baltimore Ravens will begin training camp on Thursday, July 25. They will look to win the AFC North for the second consecutive season. However, it will be tough with how good people are projecting the Cleveland Browns to be this season. Also, the Pittsburgh Steelers might be better as well.
The Cincinnati Bengals will most likely not be very good, but they have a new head coach in Zac Taylor and Cincinnati could maybe turn it around.
Baltimore will begin preseason play against the Jacksonville Jaguars at home on Thursday, August 8. The Ravens first regular season game will finally be on Sunday, September 8 on the road against the Miami Dolphins.
Baltimore also gave Head Coach John Harbaugh a two-year contract extension. There were rumors speculating that if they didn’t make it to the playoffs last season, he would have not been brought back.
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