The Baltimore Ravens were looking like one of the best teams in the first half of the 2021 NFL season, but a second-half collapse left them missing the playoffs. They've since spent the offseason retooling their roster, leaving fans wondering just how these transactions will play out this fall.
Though the Ravens did pull off some transactions that grabbed headlines, they also conducted their fair share of under-the-radar moves. Big moves can certainly be exciting, but underrated additions can also pay off in the long haul.
Here's a look at the three most underrated Ravens offseason moves.
Ravens Offseason Moves
1. Signing RB Mike Davis
Injuries riddled the Ravens' backfield last season, but now running backs JK Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill look healthy to start the new season. Even with a healthier RB room, the Ravens stilled opted to sign veteran rusher Mike Davis in free agency. While it might not seem like the biggest move, the 29-year-old veteran has shown that he can step up in case injuries arise. He had 1,015 total yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns in 15 games (12 starts) in 2020 with the Carolina Panthers after Christian McCaffrey went down with an injury, which is the type of insurance Baltimore lacked last year. Davis may not even have a huge role this fall, but his presence alone should allow Ravens fans to rest a bit easier.
2. Signing OT Morgan Moses
After the Ravens' offensive line struggled last year, CBS Sports' Ryan Wilson listed the signing of Morgan Moses as one of Baltimore's underrated moves and it's hard to argue against him. The 31-year-old veteran is as reliable as they come, having not missed a start since he was a rookie during the 2014 season. At 6-foot-6 and weighing 318 pounds, Moses brings some size to the Ravens' o-line and has received at least a 70 overall ProFootballFocus grade in back-to-back seasons. Offensive linemen can be the most under-appreciated players in the league, but chances are Ravens fans will love the Moses signing even more as the season goes on.
3. Drafting TE Charlie Kolar
The Ravens lost Eric Tomlinson to free agency this year but replaced him with fourth-round pick Charlie Kolar to pair alongside fellow tight end Mark Andrews. Baltimore wanted to improve its red zone attack and that's exactly what the rookie should help accomplish. Kolar was a scoring machine at Iowa State, finding the back of the endzone 23 times in his final 34 games. Even though other offensive playmakers from the 2022 class have received more attention them him, Kolar has a terrific opportunity to steal a defined role for himself if he can replicate what made him so effective in college.
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