The start of training camp for the Baltimore Ravens is always a fun and exciting time for any fan. This week, we got our first look at the 2022 preseason depth chart and It marks the beginning of the new season.
2021 was a rough season for the Ravens, to say the least. The team battled through injury after injury and showed a lot of character on the field and within the organization. Injuries happen (no doubt), but it seemed like it derailed what was a promising outlook for a championship-caliber team.
As camp continues to roll, we get ready for preseason games. We have some interesting matchups this preseason with the team’s first coming this week against the Tennessee Titans. Preseason or not, there is no love in this matchup with these two organizations.
It has been reported that vets like Lamar Jackson, Mark Andrews, and Calais Campbell will not suit up for this game but it will be good to check out our depth pieces to see who has a chance of making the 53-man roster. This week the team’s PR staff released the first preseason depth chart. Some notable movement on here is worth mentioning. I have my thoughts on each position at first glance. It helps that I recently attended training camp practice to see with my own eyes. Let’s see how they stack up!
Ravens Offense Hopes To Have A Better (And Healthier) 2022
Lamar Jackson – No surprise here of course who QB1 is for the Ravens. Lamar looks to get back into MVP form from last season after suffering what would be a season-ending ankle injury. All reports show Lamar looking a lot bigger and stronger in camp with better accuracy and rapport with his receiving core.
Tyler Huntley / Brett Hundley – The number and 2 and 3 quarterbacks behind Jackson. Huntley proved to be a viable backup last season and great insurance if Jackson goes down again.
JK Dobbins – A recent activation off of the PUP marks a good sign for Dobbins. Coming off of a season-ending injury he looks to bounce back in a big way.
Gus Edwards – Like Dobbins, Gus had a season-ending injury and looks to start the season on the PUP. There are a few weeks left for him to recover but all reports state the Ravens will take their time with bringing him back.
Mike Davis / Justice Hill / Corey Clement / Tyler Badie – The rest of the running back room has a lot to show and prove. They will have a lot of opportunities this preseason to show who can step up when needed.
Wide Receivers / Tight end
Rashod Bateman – Last season’s number 1 pick looks to show why he was chosen to be the future wide receiver for the Ravens. After starting the season on the PUP, Bateman had a solid second half of the season.
Devin Duvernay / James Proche – It’s their time to shine. The past two seasons they had to work their way up the depth chart behind vets. Now the staff is unleashing them in this offense to see what they got.
Mark Andrews – Arguably Jackson’s number one target in this offense. Andrews will look to continue his All-pro efforts this season to remain one of the best Tight ends in the league.
Isaiah Likely – The surprise so far at Ravens training camp. The 4th rounder out of Coastal Carolina is making big plays and showing he could be a sneaky add for this improving Ravens Offense.
We all know how important our offensive line is to this offense. In hopes of a healthy return from All-pro Ronnie Stanley and growth across the line with getting vet Morgan Moses from the Jets. Both, if healthy, should anchor our tackle positions. Our interior is also a question with the battle at left guard with Ben Powers and Tyre Phillips to the health of our rookie center Tyler Linderbaum. Zeitler looks to build off a solid season and probably the only bright spot for our line last season. The offensive line will be key to monitor for the next couple of weeks.
Ravens Defense Is Poised For A Big Return To Form In 2022
Our defensive line has been highlighted early in camp due to the additions and the return of Michael Pierce and Brent Urban. Also back is longtime vet Calais Campbell to anchor that line. Rookie Travis Jones has shown he belongs in the NFL with rave reviews from teammates and his work ethic in practice. The pass rush hoping to step up this season and Odafe Oweh and Justin Houston lead that charge to bring back past defensive success.
Our Linebacking core had some ups and downs last season and is looking to show they can be amongst the best in the league. Patrick Queen leads this group alongside Josh Bynes and Tyus Bowser. Bowser is still currently on the PUP with no updates on his return. This core lost a huge addition in Vince Biegel to injury with a torn Achilles so hopefully, Daelin Hayes can step up to add depth.
Returning from injury are the Ravens’ All-pro corners Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters. Their healthy return should energize this Ravens defense. Still in the mix are longtime vets Chuck Clark and Tony Jefferson to add leadership to this group with young up-and-coming stars such as Brandon Stephens and Rookie Kyle Hamilton.
Let’s keep this short and sweet. We have the greatest kicker of all time and he just got a well-deserved extension that all but guarantees Justin Tucker will be a member of the Ravens for life. Enough said.
Rookie Jordan Stout takes over for longtime Raven Sam Koch. Stout has some big shoes to fill replacing Koch. Besides Tucker, Koch was one of the most consistent special teams weapons we ever had. All reports show that Stout is more than capable to handle the job. Let’s hope he can have a career like Koch.
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