The Baltimore Ravens switched things up last season by employing a balanced offensive strategy that featured more passing plays drawn up for quarterback Lamar Jackson. The results didn't fare too well and the Ravens' recent draft picks hint that the team could be returning to its roots in 2022.
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The Ravens traded away wide receiver Marquise Brown for a first-round pick despite the fact that he posted a 1,000-yard season for the first time in his career in 2021. Baltimore then decided not to draft any WRs to replace him and instead focused on adding offensive linemen as well as tight ends.
It's important to give some context here. The Ravens posted a passing play percentage of 56.4% in 2021, which was notably higher than their 2019 (45.9%) and 2020 (45.0%) marks. They also averaged less points per game (22.8) and finished with a worse record (8-9) than the two years prior, though.
Baltimore has shown that they play best when centering the offense around a slow-paced, run-heavy attack thats takes advantage of Jackson's ability to scramble. After all, the Ravens averaged the most points per game in 2019 (31.9) while posting the highest rushing play percentage in the NFL (54.1%).
The addition of center Tyler Linderbaum cements head coach John Harbaugh's offensive line for years to come and gives the team a nasty run-blocker. If running backs Gus Edwards and JK Dobbins can get back to being 100% healthy, the Ravens could end up surprising some people this fall.
Baltimore currently has odds set at +2200 to win Super Bowl 57, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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