How Did Ravens’ Running Back Unit and Receiving Corps Fare in PFF’s Positional Rankings?
Given the Ravens’ run-oriented offense, it is no shock the place the staff’s operating again unit and receiving corps landed in Pro Football Focus’ positional rankings.
“The Ravens’ entire roster was hit hard by injuries in 2021, and their backfield was one of the units hit hardest,” PFF’s Ben Linsey wrote. “They don’t have an elite back at the top of the depth chart, but J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards’ return from injury along with the Mike Davis and Tyler Badie additions give the Ravens one of the deeper groups in the NFL that will take advantage of the attention that Lamar Jackson draws in the run game. Baltimore is the only team in the NFL that’s averaged over 2.0 rushing yards before contact per attempt (2.2) over the last three seasons.”
Linsey famous that if fullbacks had been taken into consideration, the Ravens would have obtained a slight bump within the rankings due to Patrick Ricard’s contributions.
Regarding the Ravens’ receiving corps, Linsey wrote: “The biggest thing keeping the Ravens from falling any lower is Mark Andrews — the second-most valuable tight end in 2021, per PFF WAR. The Marquise Brown trade puts a lot on the shoulders of unproven options, including Devin Duvernay, Tylan Wallace and James Proche, even if Baltimore uses heavy personnel often.
“Rashod Bateman stands out because the clear No. 1 at vast receiver after recording a 64.9 PFF grade on simply over 600 snaps as a rookie. He missed the early portion of his rookie season because of damage and did not have a wholesome Lamar Jackson at quarterback for a lot of the season after he returned to the lineup. He’s a possible second-year breakout candidate, and the Ravens want him to make that occur.”
AFC North groups had been on the prime of each rankings, with the Cleveland Browns having the highest operating again unit and the Cincinnati Bengals the No. 1 receiving corps.