The NFL regular season is months away, but that’s not stopping predictions from being released in terms of records, rosters, leaderboards, depth charts and more. Each team still has a lot to figure out, and going through every option each organization has is fascinating.
When it comes to starters for Baltimore, there are many players on the list who could deserve the honor. An article by Pro Football Focus’ Ben Linsey details his choices for each team’s 22-man starter projections. He doesn’t have many surprises for Baltimore, although there are some notable decisions.
|QB Lamar Jackson||DI Calais Campbell|
|RB JK Dobbins||DI Michael Pierce|
|FB Patrick Ricard||Edge Odafe Oweh|
|WR Rashod Bateman||Rand Tyus Bowser|
|WR Devin Duvernay||LB Patrick Queen|
|TE Mark Andrews||LB Josh Bynes|
|LT Ronnie Stanley||CB Marlon Humphrey|
|LG Ben Cleveland||CB Marcus Peters|
|C Tyler Linderbaum||CB Brandon Stephens|
|RG Kevin Zeitler||S Kyle Hamilton|
|RT Morgan Moses||S Marcus Williams|
Linsey lets the Ravens operate with two wide receivers and one fullback, which makes sense given fullback Patrick Ricard’s influence on offense. He also has the left guard fight which is won by Ben Cleveland versus other options like Tire Phillips, Ben Powers and others. He also has outside linebacker Tyus Bowser winning a starting spot, which will depend on his health throughout 2022.
Looking at Baltimore’s most intriguing battle for positions, Linsey points to the runners-up and talks about how many quality playmakers there are for the team at the position.
“They have at least three starting caliber safeties in Marcus Williams, Kyle Hamilton and Chuck Clark. There has been talk of the possibility of Clark being traded after Baltimore has expended a significant amount of resources on both Williams and Hamilton, but he would add some versatility to them alongside those two if he stays… The additions to safety have also cleared the 2021 third round select Brandon Stephens to play more at cornerback after he posted a 53.0 PFF score in over 700 safety snaps as a rookie. Alabama rookie Jalyn Armour-Davis could also see some action outside as Marlon Humphrey stepped into the slot in three cornerback personnel groups.
The Ravens have extremely deep position groups throughout their roster. While being a “starter” isn’t as important as it used to be due to the many different staffing groups the game has to offer, it does show that Baltimore has built a pretty good team overall.