Rashod Bateman Falls flat in Year 3
Tue, Feb 20, 2024, 9:59 AM
Bateman finished the 2023 season with 32 catches for 367 yards and one touchdown on 56 targets.
Analysis: The bright spot for Bateman was that he was able to stay healthy for most of the season and play a career-high 16 games. Other than that, it was a down season in what was an important year for the former first-round pick. He caught just 57 percent of his targets and had a 7.1 percent drop rate. Bateman was also not a threat after the catch with an average of 2.1 YAC per reception. Quarterback Lamar Jackson averaged 8.0 yards per attempt but Bateman averaged just 6.6 yards per target. Bateman's role was sound with the second-most snaps on the team among receivers, he just wasn't able to draw targets rapidly or convert those targets efficiently. Bateman now enters the final year of his rookie deal with significant pressure to produce. It's also worth noting that the Ravens could look to add a receiver in what is widely considered to be a strong group in the draft.
Dalvin Cook Struggles in 2023
Tue, Feb 20, 2024, 9:30 AM
Cook finished the year with 62 carries for 204 yards and no touchdowns while adding 12 catches for 52 yards on 17 targets, including the postseason.
Analysis: The veteran began the year with the Jets before mutually parting ways with Gang Green in time to sign with a playoff contender. Cook latched on with the Ravens and was saw some action in the Division Round win over the Texans with eight carries for 23 yards. Unfortunately, this was the worst season of the 28-year-old's career by any metric. Cook was on a one-year deal and it does not appear likely that Baltimore will re-sign him, so the veteran projects to hit the market as an aging running back coming off of a tough year. He figures to land somewhere in free agency, but the days of Cook garnering a long-term deal are likely behind him.
Isaiah Likely Arrow pointing up after Year 2
Tue, Feb 20, 2024, 9:21 AM
Likely finished his second season with 30 catches for 411 yards and five touchdowns on 40 targets. He added four catches for 50 yards and a touchdown in two postseason games.
Analysis: Though Likely's target count dropped from 60 to 40 despite Mark Andrews' lengthy absence, his counting stats and efficiency both ticked up significantly. He bumped his catch rate from 60 percent to 75 and his yards-per-target mark from 6.2 to 10.3 while topping his rookie totals for receiving yards and touchdowns. Those are impressive steps forward for the second-year tight end. Though Andrews is still a major factor in this passing game when healthy, Likely is overqualified to be a traditional No.2 tight end. Baltimore's receiving corps is still a work in progress beyond Zay Flowers, so it will be interesting to see how free agency and the draft transpire in Charm City. Likely has downfield ability and plenty of experience working from the slot (231 of 567 snaps in 2023) so his role should expand in his second year in the Todd Monken scheme.
Tyler Huntley Capable showing in contract year
Tue, Feb 20, 2024, 9:12 AM
Huntley finished the season completing 21 of 37 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns. He added 15 carries for 55 yards.
Analysis: The bulk of Huntley's production came in his lone start in the final game of the regular season when he went 15-for-28 for 146 yards with one touchdown. His other appearances came in blowout wins over the Browns, Lions, Seahawks and Dolphins. Huntley could be heading toward an impasse with the Ravens now; he's set to become an unrestricted free agent and with Lamar Jackson's contract extension set to start kicking in in earnest, Baltimore may opt for a more cost-efficient option as its backup quarterback. The fact that Baltimore traded for rookie quarterback Malik Cunningham during the season only strengthens that notion. Should Huntley hit the open market, he'd be a strong option for any team looking to bolster its quarterback room. However, it's unlikely that Huntley would be brought in anywhere with a serious expectation to start.
Nelson Agholor Re-ups with Baltimore
Sun, Feb 18, 2024, 5:14 PM
The Ravens signed Agholor to a one-year contract extension Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Agholor will stick with the Ravens after a solid first season with the team in 2023, in which he caught 35 of 45 targets for 381 yards and four touchdowns. The 6-foot speedster didn't enjoy a significant uptick in his overall production compared to his previous two-year span with the Patriots; but, his pass-catching efficiency greatly improved, as he had caught just 68 of 117 targets during this stint in New England. He was also reserved into much more of a depth role in Baltimore while playing behind top wideouts Zay Flowers, Rashod Bateman and Odell Beckham -- the latter of which is currently set to free agency after he also signed a one-year contract with the Ravens last offseason. Agholor, who is entering his age-31 season, should reprise a role as a solid depth piece in Baltimore's receiving corps behind Flowers and Bateman as well as standout tight end Mark Andrews next season.
Lamar Jackson Wins second MVP Award
Thu, Feb 8, 2024, 9:52 PM
Jackson was named the Most Valuable Player on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Jackson was the favorite for the award since the Ravens downed Brock Purdy and the 49ers in Week 16 in decisive fashion. His overall resume was deserving of the honor as well, as Jackson tallied 29 total touchdowns while racking up career-best marks in passing yards (3,678) and yards per attempt (8.0). It was the second time that he's been named MVP of the league, with the first coming in 2019.
Justice Hill Enjoys career year in 2023
Wed, Jan 31, 2024, 3:52 PM
Hill finished the 2023 regular season with career highs for carries (84), rushing yards (387), rushing TDs (387), catches (28), receiving yards (206) and receiving touchdowns (one).
Analysis: Hill was Baltimore's RB of choice for obvious passing situations for most of the season, though rookie Keaton Mitchell (knee) took some of that work away from early November to mid-December before suffering an ACL tear. Hill also ended up with a larger-than-expected role in the rushing game, especially early in the season after J.K. Dobbins suffered an Achilles' tear Week 1. The two-year, $4.5 million contract Hill signed in March ended up working out well for the Ravens, as he played nearly as many snaps on offense (436) as in his first four NFL seasons combined (554). It is possible Hill plays more special teams and less offense in 2024, though that's far from a certainty with both Dobbins and Gus Edwards scheduled for unrestricted free agency. Hill is scheduled for a non-guaranteed $2 million base salary and $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses for the second and final season of his contract.
Odell Beckham Three grabs in season-ending loss
Sun, Jan 28, 2024, 6:52 PM
Beckham secured three of six targets for 22 yards in the Ravens' 17-10 AFC Championship Game loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.
Analysis: Beckham didn't get on the stat sheet until the fourth quarter, recording his first catch with 8:47 remaining in the contest. The veteran wideout was third in receptions and targets on the afternoon for Baltimore, but his underwhelming numbers were representative of the type of afternoon it was for anyone not named Zay Flowers in the Ravens' air attack. Beckham's comeback campaign following an idle 2022 season due to a knee injury resulted in 35 receptions for 565 yards and three touchdowns on 64 targets across 14 games, with his 16.1 yards per catch representing a career high. Beckham played 2023 on a one-year, $1.15 million contract, so it remains to be seen whether a reunion with Lamar Jackson is in the offing over the coming months.
Gus Edwards Limited to four touches in loss
Sun, Jan 28, 2024, 6:43 PM
Edwards rushed three times for 20 yards and secured his only target for 16 yards in the Ravens' 17-10 AFC Championship Game loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.
Analysis: Edwards did plenty with his sparse opportunities, but the Ravens took an atypical pass-heavy approach, even before game script dictated as much. That left the veteran back with little to do on the afternoon, leading to his lowest touch count since Week 17 of the 2022 campaign. Edwards' lackluster season-closing performance notwithstanding, the Rutgers product enjoyed a highly successful regular season that saw him post a career-high 810 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground while also adding new personal bests in catches (12) and receiving yards (180) across 17 regular-season games.
Mark Andrews Limited to two grabs in return
Sun, Jan 28, 2024, 5:43 PM
Andrews (leg) secured both targets for 15 yards in the Ravens' 17-10 AFC Championship Game loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.
Analysis: Andrews' remarkable recovery and return from a significant mid-November leg injury culminated in an underwhelming performance, with Lamar Jackson often facing pressure from the Chiefs' aggressive front and Andrews, along with the rest of Baltimore's pass catchers, struggling to get open. The fact the talented tight end managed to get healthy enough to suit up is certainly encouraging from a longer-term perspective, however, and Andrews is expected back next season, albeit with a hefty $16.9 million cap hit, in what will be the fourth year of a five-year deal that he signed before the 2021 season.
Zay Flowers Mars impressive effort with fumble
Sun, Jan 28, 2024, 5:38 PM
Flowers secured five of eight targets for 115 yards and a touchdown and rushed twice for four yards in the Ravens' 17-10 AFC Championship Game loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. He also lost a fumble.
Analysis: Flowers' turnover was of such importance that it nearly overshadowed his otherwise spectacular performance in his second career postseason game. The rookie first-round pick recorded a picturesque 30-yard scoring grab in the first quarter to answer the Chiefs' first touchdown and then added a 54-yard reception to kick off a late third-quarter drive. However, Flowers was flagged for taunting at the end of that play, and the 15 yards that cost Baltimore may have changed the dynamic of their play calling. Instead of focusing on the run, the Ravens took to the air, and Flowers eventually fumbled just before crossing the goal line at the end of an eight-yard catch, a critical turnover given the game's final score. The disappointing end to the season doesn't take away from the optimism Flowers generated with his first-year performance, as he posted a 77-858-5 line across 16 regular-season games while adding eight carries for 56 yards and another score.
Lamar Jackson Key errors in season-ending loss
Sun, Jan 28, 2024, 5:30 PM
Jackson completed 20 of 37 passes for 272 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Ravens' 17-10 AFC Championship Game loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. He also rushed eight times for 54 yards and lost a fumble while catching one of his deflected passes for 13 yards.
Analysis: Jackson's final yardage numbers looked perfectly acceptable from a fantasy perspective, but his real-world impact on the game was both more muted and detrimental than those figures imply. The dynamic quarterback struggled with finding open targets against the Chiefs' suffocating coverage throughout the afternoon, and several of his rush attempts were the result of intense pressure from Kansas City. Jackson's second turnover was also critical, as he was picked off in the end zone with 6:54 remaining and the Ravens down by 10 points. The crushing ending to the season aside, Jackson put himself in position for MVP honors by throwing for 3,678 yards with 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions while adding 821 rushing yards and another five scores across 16 regular-season games, and in 2024, he'll play out the second year of the massive contract extension he signed this past offseason.
Tylan Wallace Won't play versus Kansas City
Sun, Jan 28, 2024, 12:44 PM
Wallace (knee) is listed as inactive for Sunday's AFC Championship Game versus the Chiefs.
Analysis: Wallace now will miss his second straight playoff game due to a knee injury. The 24-year-old caught just one pass this season when the Ravens rested a number of key starters Week 18. Wallace's absence shouldn't impact Baltimore's receiving corps, but it will leave the team without it's No. 2 kick and punt returner behind Devin Duvernay.
Tylan Wallace Could suit up vs. Chiefs
Fri, Jan 26, 2024, 3:40 PM
Wallace (knee) is listed as questionable ahead of Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs.
Analysis: Wallace began Baltimore's week of practice with a DNP, but he was able to follow that up with back-to-back limited sessions and he's got a chance to play this weekend. If Wallace is able to suit up for the AFC Championship Game, he'd likely serve as a depth piece in the Ravens' wide receiver room as well as the team's second-string kick and punt returner.
Mark Andrews No injury desination
Fri, Jan 26, 2024, 3:08 PM
Andrews (leg) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs.
Analysis: The Ravens removed Andrews from injured reserve Friday morning, with coach John Harbaugh clarifying shortly thereafter that he intended for the tight end to play. We now have a second form of confirmation, and it's not much of a surprise given that Andrews has been listed as a full participant on every practice report since last Wednesday. The tight end declined to comment on his possible snap count when reporters asked Friday, leaving it unclear if he'll return to his pre-injury role or cede a lot of snaps to highly capable backup Isaiah Likely. Either way, this will be Andrews' first game since suffering a fibula fracture and ankle ligament injury in Week 11 (Nov. 16) during a win over the Bengals.
Mark Andrews Confirmed ready for Sunday
Fri, Jan 26, 2024, 12:43 PM
Coach John Harbaugh said Friday that Andrews (leg) will play in Sunday's game against the Chiefs "unless there's some kind of a problem" following his activation from injured reserve.
Analysis: Harbaugh is merely stating the obvious -- that Andrews is being activated to play and not just as a decoy/distraction. The Ravens presumably would've removed him from injured reserve last week before facing the Texans if they sought to benefit from deception, so the real question now entails the extent of Andrews' role rather than whether or not he'll play. On that front, the Ravens aren't likely to reveal anything ahead of time, so we'll probably have to wait until Sunday to see how TE snaps are split between Andrews and capable backup Isaiah Likely. As well as Likely has played the past couple months, Andrews is still bigger, faster and more experienced, though he won't necessarily have his usual speed/explosiveness in his first game back after missing nine weeks.
Mark Andrews Activated from IR
Fri, Jan 26, 2024, 9:37 AM
The Ravens activated Andrews (ankle) from injured reserve Friday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Andrews, who the Ravens reportedly expect to make his return to the field during Sunday's AFC Championship Game matchup against Kansas City, is now officially eligible to do so now that he's back on the active roster. The star tight end was designated for return from injured reserve Jan. 12 and has since put forth a number of full practice sessions. Those are all positive indications that Andrews, who at this point looks fully on track to suit up Sunday, may be able to hit the ground running in his first NFL action since Week 11.
Tylan Wallace Limited in practice Thursday
Thu, Jan 25, 2024, 6:23 PM
Wallace (knee) was a limited participant in Baltimore's practice Thursday.
Analysis: Wallace was officially a limited participant in his return to practice Thursday. If the 24-year-old is healthy for Sunday's AFC Championship Game versus the Chiefs he could contribute solid value on special teams.
Tylan Wallace Returns to field
Thu, Jan 25, 2024, 1:26 PM
Wallace (knee) was able to practice Thursday, Cordell Woodland of 105.7 The Fan Baltimore reports.
Analysis: Wallace's level of participation is unknown, but Woodland notes the receiver had a "nice-sized brace" on his right knee. The 24-year-old was unable to practice last week before missing the Ravens' divisional-round win over the Texans on Saturday, so his presence on the field is a step in the right direction. He should currently be considered questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs.
Mark Andrews Another full practice
Wed, Jan 24, 2024, 4:02 PM
Andrews (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday.
Analysis: Since the Ravens designated Andrews for return from injured reserve Jan. 12, he managed back-to-back uncapped practices last week but wasn't activated ahead of this past Saturday's divisional-round win against the Texans. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported earlier Wednesday that Andrews is expected to get back on the active roster for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs, and his ensuing full session seems to reiterate that point. Baltimore will need to activate Andrews by 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday in order for the tight end to be available one day later.