The Baltimore Ravens offseason has been a strange one, and you can look at a Baltimore Ravens preview without knowing where the organization is . Lamar Jackson still does not have an extension. Hollywood Brown was traded to Arizona and the team has not addressed the WR corps. Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale has moved on to the New York Jets. But it’s not all doom and gloom for the Ravens. They were by far the most injured team in the NFL last season. J.K. Dobbins is back after missing 2021 with an Achilles injury. Rashad Bateman came on in the last half of the season as the teams best wide receiver.. The draft went well with Safety Kyle Hamilton from Notre Dame and Center Tyler Linderbaum from Iowa in the 1st round. Hamilton and Linderbaum were considered as some of the most NFL ready players in the draft.
2021 Ended on IR
Before Lamar Jackson went down last season in week 14, the Ravens were 8-3 and the #1 seed in the AFC. I think the Ravens are poised for a big bounce back season now that the team is healthy. As previously mention, they were decimated by injuries in 2021. Typically teams don’t stack injury prone seasons back-to-back. They had 20 guys end their season on IR last year… 20!!! There’s no way that repeats itself.
The big question mark around the organization is the future of Lamar Jackson. It does not make sense why there isn’t an agreed extension yet. Jackson is entering the final year of his rookie deal. The other QB’s in his draft class, and even the class after, have been signing with their teams. The Ravens have said they would like to get a long term deal finalized, and he has said he wants to stay in Baltimore. He’s not holding out, or in, so he’s not a distraction to the team. However, he should want to get a deal done. It’s your Baltimore Ravens preview for 2022.