The Ravens will probably be calling on youthful gamers to take the leap this season as they give the impression of being to bounce again from 2021. And whereas many predict broad receiver Rashod Bateman and rookie security Kyle Hamilton to be these gamers, Baltimore Beatdown’s Frank Platko listed three under-the-radar gamers who might be “X-factors” this coming season.
“In flashes, we’ve seen the abilities of Bateman, Duvernay and Proche on display. It’s Wallace, though, who is the biggest unknown of the group. The Oklahoma State product played only 84 offensive snaps in his rookie season despite being active for all 17 games. By virtue of Marquise Brown and Sammy Watkins no longer being on the roster, Wallace will be higher on the depth chart in 2022, with a greater opportunity for playing time. He may end up being one of the most important wide receivers on the roster, in large part due to his skill set.”
“After essentially a redshirt first year, Hayes has a chance to make a carve out a legit role for himself in 2022. Given the question marks the Ravens have at the outside linebacker position, the Ravens may need him to take on consistent defensive snaps. Also, like Wallace, Hayes’ specific skill set could prove to be important. Hayes’ coverage abilities for an edge rusher were a calling card coming out of Notre Dame last draft cycle. In drafting him, the hope was that he’d be a good fit behind Tyus Bowser, who the Ravens have always dropped into coverage often because of his high-end skills in that department.
“Cleveland was anticipated to determine himself as a plug-and-play starter at left guard as a rookie. This did not precisely come to fruition, though he was restricted late within the offseason by harm. Cleveland flashed at instances on the sector but additionally confirmed there’s professional room for enchancment in his approach and consistency. Physically, Cleveland matches the profile as a Ravens’ starter extra so than Tyre Phillips or Ben Powers, the opposite doubtless major candidates for the beginning proper guard spot in 2022. However, each of the latter most likely have a slight benefit over Cleveland as at present stands, by advantage of expertise.”