Jaylon Ferguson, Daelin Hayes Have Potential to Bolster Pass Rush
While it is seemingly that the Ravens will signal a veteran edge rusher earlier than the begin of the season, the move rush might get a increase from two in-house gamers in Jaylon Ferguson and Daelin Hayes.
With exterior linebackers Tyus Bowser (Achilles), Odafe Oweh (shoulder) and David Ojabo (Achilles) all recovering from surgical procedures, Ferguson and Hayes have a possibility to make an impression.
Ferguson has been a stable run defender, however he has simply 4.5 sacks (none final season) in 38 profession video games. Entering the ultimate yr of his rookie contract, the 6-foot-5 Ferguson confirmed up at OTAs wanting leaner than his listed weight of 270 kilos, which might make him extra explosive.
Baltimore Beatdown’s Joshua Reed believes Ferguson has the potential to be the Ravens’ subsequent late bloomer at exterior linebacker.
“Over the last decade, the Ravens have a rich history of drafting and developing edge rushers that breakout late in their rookie deals,” Reed wrote. “Then, they go on to break the bank in unrestricted free agency, netting the team a nice compensatory in return the following year. Players like Paul Kruger, Pernell McPhee, Za’Darius Smith, and Matthew Judon made the most of their final season(s) in Baltimore and parlayed their breakout campaigns into lucrative deals elsewhere on the open market.
“Expecting Ferguson to blow up in his fourth yr and report double-digit sacks could be fairly a daring prediction given the lack of constant flashes he has proven. However, if he have been to surpass his earlier statistical totals and publish career-highs in 2022, Ferguson might nonetheless earn himself a good second contract.”
Hayes, a 2021 fifth-round pick, is off to a strong start at OTAs. He also was impressive last year in the preseason, but he ended up spending most of his rookie season on injured reserve after suffering an ankle injury in Week 3 and then undergoing a knee procedure.
“A wholesome once more Daelin Hayes regarded much like how he did final summer time, when he routinely gave Ravens offensive tackles issues in observe,” The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec wrote.
Russell Street Report’s Aidan Griesser wrote: “The former Notre Dame standout is yet one more younger edge rusher with potential on this protection, and if he hits the floor working after being absolutely wholesome, there isn’t any cause he cannot be a huge half of [Defensive Coordinator] Mike Macdonald’s plans. I believe Hayes will shock folks this season.”