By Yvette James//@lissalisa29
The Baltimore Ravens started training camp ahead of all the other NFL teams. The start of the 2018 season has a lot going on. This is Ozzie Newsome’s last year as general manager and a new draft class gives Ravens fans a lot to look forward to.
The Ravens had one of it’s best drafts this year by filling the needed skill set position. With the new addition of wide receivers Micheal Crabtree and Willie Snead, quarterback Joe Flacco now has some weapons that can go after the ball. Hopefully the coordinators will make the playbook better for Flacco and company.
At training camp, Flacco has looked more mobile and showed no signs of any lingering back or knee problems. Those are all good signs, because having a healthy QB for training camp is always good. Drafting another QB has also lit a fire under Joe to perform well this season. He spent time with his new receivers during the offseason which he has not done before.
One person that I’m keeping my eye is WR Breshad Perriman. After being a first round draft pick in the 2015 draft , he has not lived up to that billing. At the start of training camp he has already dropped a couple of passes that were thrown to him with no one covering him. He is going to have to prove himself once again to the fans .
The pressure is on him to perform to the best of his ability if he wants to make the 53 man roster.
The #Jaguars have been in talks with the #Ravens about the possible exchange of Breshad Perriman. A first round pick back in 2015, Perriman has failed to live up to expectations in his short NFL career so far. Perhaps the Jaguars believe they can turn his career around.
— Legacy Ian (@LegacyIan) July 26, 2018
Having been ranked 29th in the NFL in the passing game, the Ravens now have two new veteran wide receivers in Snead and Crabtree. They are known as clever route runners more than outright speed burners, which makes them valuable on third downs, which is something the Ravens didn’t seem to have last season. While watching Snead on the practice field, it certainly seems he is developing a nice chemistry with Flacco.
Drafting two tight ends will also help improve the passing game. With TEs Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews working the middle, and Snead and Crabtree working outside of them, the Ravens hope to give Flacco many better options on third downs. They obviously understand there’s more to a passing game than just moving the chains.
They also want to hit more home runs with deep balls, which helps explain the signing of free agent WR John Brown, one of the fastest receivers in the league. Will the Ravens keep seven receivers? It would be nice to have all seven but we shall see how it all works out during the pre season.
Now that the Ravens have the pieces to the puzzle can they fit and perform like a Super Bowl caliber team? Only time will tell how much they have improved.
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