After an overhaul at the wide receiver and tight end positions, the Ravens’ offense could have a significantly new look next season. This should be seen as a good thing, considering Baltimore ranked just 27th in the league in total yards last season. Joe Flacco is coming off a lackluster campaign, and now has Lamar Jackson on his heels.
How will he, along with the other offensive skill players on the roster, fare next season?
Joe Flacco, QB
3,612 yards, 22 TD’s, 13 INT’s, 63.4 completion percentage
Many attribute Flacco’s struggles in recent seasons to a lack of offensive weapons. With a new crop of wide receivers and tight ends at his disposal, Flacco will be looking for a bounce-back year. Last season, Flacco threw for just 5.7 yards per attempt and 18 touchdowns. Look for him to slightly improve upon these numbers.
Alex Collins, RB
259 attempts, 1,122 yards, 4.3 YPC, 6 TD’s
Collins’ role in the Ravens offense gradually expanded last season. He was the most productive running back on the roster, rushing for nearly 1,000 yards and 6 touchdowns. Collins stellar play earned him the majority of snaps in the Ravens backfield, and his status as the lead back in Baltimore appears safe. He should be even more produce next year with a full season in Baltimore under his belt.
Alex Collins was quietly one of the best running backs in the NFL in 2017. pic.twitter.com/2ukBnBzbJl
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 23, 2018
Javorious “Buck” Allen, RB
16 attempts, 51 yards, 31 receptions, 241 receiving yards, 2 TD’s
Buck Allen ranked third on Ravens in receptions last season, as well as fourth in receiving yards. He also rushed over 500 yards and 4 touchdowns. His production on the ground largely came before Alex Collins broke out, but his role as the primary pass-catching back is secure heading into next season.
Michael Crabtree, WR
74 receptions, 913 yards, 12.3 YPC, 7 TD’s
As the number one receiver in the Ravens offense, Crabtree could be in store for a productive debut season in Baltimore. He’s a steady, consistent threat on the outside with savy route-running skills. Crabtree should see a healthy dose of targets from Joe Flacco throughout the season and lead a new-look receiver core.
Willie Snead, WR
60 receptions, 684 yards, 11.4 YPC, 3 TD’s
Snead signed a 2-year contract with the Ravens this offseason, and figures to immediately step in as the starting slot receiver. Snead is a good route-runner with sure hands, two qualities the Ravens have been missing at the position. He caught just 8 passes for 92 yards last season, as his role diminished in New Orleans after missing time early. However, he had consecutive productive seasons in 2015 and 2016.
John Brown, WR
51 receptions, 715 yards, 14.0 YPC, 5 TD’s
Brown has struggled to stay healthy over the past few seasons, and his play has declined as a result. In 2015, Brown caught 65 passes for over 1,000 yards as a starting receiver for the Arizona Cardinals. In 25 games since then, however, Brown has totaled just 816 yards. His inconsistent play makes him a wild-card in the Ravens offense. However, if he can stay healthy, Brown brings big-play ability to the table.
Hayden Hurst, TE
36 receptions, 455 yards, 12.6 YPC, 4 TD ‘s
The Ravens selected Hurst with the 25th overall pick in this years’ draft. With a lack of talent at the tight end position, Hurst could immediately step in as the starter and see a healthy amount of targets. Tight ends often fail to make a significant impact in their rookie season, but Hurst is talented enough to do just that.