Ryan Mink of the Ravens' website calls RB Mark Ingram the team's "clear featured back." That's been our presumption all offseason, despite the addition of rookie Justice Hill and the returns of Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon. Baltimore inked Ingram to a 3-year, $15 million deal this offseason after he had another strong year in New Orleans. Ingram averaged 4.7 yards per carry in 2018, his 4th straight season at 4.6 or better. He ranked 14th among 47 RBs in yards after contact per attempt and 20th in Pro Football Focus' Elusive Rating, which measures a runner's effectiveness beyond the blocking he receives. Atop the depth chart for the run-heavy Ravens, Ingram has a shot to best his current career-high of 230 carries this season. He's a fine value at his mid-4th-round ADP.
Both Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and HC John Harbaugh labeled WR Chris Moore a 2019 breakout candidate. "I would say Chris is ready to do that and has been ready to do that," Harbaugh said. "He practices really hard, he works hard in the weight room, he knows the offense very well, and he makes spectacular catches out here very often.” Moore has tallied just 44 catches over his first 3 NFL seasons, so we're not ready to go all-in yet. The Ravens also project to be 1 of the league's run-heaviest offenses under QB Lamar Jackson. But there's opportunity in the WR corps. Ryan Mink of the team's official website expects Moore, Marquise Brown and Willie Snead to operate as the top 3 wideouts this year -- although Miles Boykin, Seth Roberts and Michael Floyd are also in the mix. We'll watch the situation as we roll into training camp and preseason action.
Ravens rookie WR Marquise Brown took part in a drill for the 1st time Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. The 1st-rounder hasn’t been cleared for a full return yet coming off foot surgery. HC John Harbaugh said this week he hopes to have Brown ready for the start of training camp
Ravens S Earl Thomas took the field last week for the 1st time since joining his new team -- and the 1st time since a broken leg ended his 2018 season last Sept. 30. "He's had a great week," HC John Harbaugh told ESPN's Jamison Hensley. "Great anticipation and great ability to cover ground. He shows up in the right spots on a regular basis. That's what great safeties do. He's done a great job." Thomas landed high in our 2019 IDP rankings.
The Ravens added Oklahoma State RB Justice Hill in the 4th round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Hill was 3-year producer for the Cowboys, totaling 3,539 yards and 30 TDs on 5.6 yards per carry, plus a 49-304-1 receiving line. He crushed the Combine, clocking a 4.40-second 40 time and earning an 89th percentile SPARQ score at 5’10, 198 pounds. Hill projects as a change-of-pace back as a pro but lands in a nice spot with the run-focused Ravens.
The Ravens selected Notre Dame WR Miles Boykin in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Boykin crushed the Combine, posting a 4.42-second 40 time and 43.5-inch vertical at 6’4 and 220 pounds. It earned him a 99.9th percentile SPARQ score. Boykin’s production at Notre Dame never matched that raw ability, though. He totaled just 18 grabs across his first 3 seasons before posting a 59-872-8 line this past year. All 3 of those marks led the Irish. But Boykin’s market shares — 22.0% of the catches, 26.1% of the yards and 34.8% of the TDs — rank 33rd, 29th and 16th among the 48 WRs at the Combine. He also finished just 68th in this WR class in yards per route run, according to Pro Football Focus. Boykin’s physical profile is super intriguing and gives him big fantasy upside. But he’s a high-risk prospect who might never reach his potential. That boom/bust profile is only amplified with this landing spot alongside QB Lamar Jackson.
The Ravens selected Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown with the 25th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. Antonio Brown’s cousin turned in 2 big seasons at Oklahoma. He went for a 57-1,095-7 line catching passes from Baker Mayfield in 2017 and then a 75-1,318-10 with Kyler Murray at the helm this past year. Only 7 guys in the country tallied more receiving yards in 2018. Brown’s 17.6 yards per catch ranked 6th among WRs with 50+ grabs. A Lisfranc injury prevented him from working out in the pre-draft process, but flip on his tape and it’s obvious that Brown possesses elite speed and quickness. He’s also a better route runner than many give him credit for. The concerns are his diminutive 5’9, 166-pound frame and that Lisfranc issue — an injury that tends to cause lingering problems. Brown’s foot reportedly looked “excellent” at his medical re-check earlier this month, but it’ll be a situation to monitor into the summer. Brown is joining a run-heavy Baltimore offense but has a clear path to #1 WR duties on a depth chart topped by Willie Snead, Seth Roberts and Chris Moore.
WR Seth Roberts has inked a deal with the Ravens. The former Raider never reached 500 yards across 5 seasons in Oakland. But he has a good shot to see a bunch of playing time in a Ravens WR corps that's currently headed by Willie Snead and Chris Moore. We'll see what else Baltimore adds to the position this offseason. Of course, there won't be much fantasy production to go around in what figures to be the league's run-heaviest offense.
The Raiders have released WR Seth Roberts. Oakland has completely remade its WR corps this offseason and will now trot out Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams on the outside with Ryan Grant and J.J. Nelson vying for the #3 job. Roberts never reached 500 yards in 5 seasons with the Raiders and is averaging a ho-hum 11.6 yards per catch. He should latch on elsewhere but is unlikely to be a 2019 fantasy factor.
The Ravens have reached agreement with S Earl Thomas on a 4-year, $55 million deal that includes $32 million in guarantees, according to multiple reports. Thomas' time in Seattle ended poorly, of course, but he developed into 1 of the league's top safeties before that. For IDP purposes, Thomas has primarily been nothing special. He steps into a role in which Eric Weddle finished outside the top 80 fantasy DBs last season, but Weddle cracked the top 17 each of the previous 2 campaigns. Thomas will likely sit in DB3 range when our 2019 IDP rankings come out. He'll turn 30 in May.
The Ravens have signed RB Mark Ingram to a 3-year, $15 million deal. Ingram is 29 now but has remained effective. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry last year and ranked 15th among 66 qualifying RBs in Pro Football Focus' Elusive Rating, which measures a RB's effectiveness beyond the blocking he receives. Ingram's new supporting cast obviously isn't as good as it was in New Orleans, but his fantasy stock gets a significant boost with this move. After averaging just 11.5 carries per game last year, Ingram could see 15+ per game in Baltimore's run-heavy attack. Gus Edwards averaged 16.3 over the final 8 contests last year.
Ravens OLB Matt Judon is active for tonight’s game against the Chargers. He came in questionable but finished the week with a full practice and looks OK for normal IDP usage
Ravens S Tony Jefferson (ankle) is active for today's upside matchup with the Buccaneers. He's OK for normal IDP usage. Jefferson put in limited practices Thursday and Friday after missing the past 2 games.
Ravens S Tony Jefferson (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. He put in limited practices Thursday and Friday, his 1st workouts since suffering the injury in Week 12. We'll check Jefferson's status Sunday morning, ahead of the upside matchup.
Ravens HC John Harbaugh announced Wednesday that QB Lamar Jackson will start this weekend's game against the Bucs. QB Joe Flacco (hip) has been cleared and will be the backup. Flacco's presence still adds risk to Jackson's Week 15 fantasy profile, though. Baltimore might install a package of plays for Flacco (like they did for Jackson earlier this season). And it makes it easier for the Ravens to pull Jackson if he struggles. Consider the rookie more of a high-upside QB2 than a QB1 for Week 15.
Ravens QB Lamar Jackson headed back to the locker room to get checked for a concussion in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game in Atlanta. We'll update his status when we learn more. QB Robert Griffin is in for Baltimore.
Update: Jackson has been cleared to return.
Ravens RB Gus Edwards (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Falcons. He put in a full practice on Friday, so the ankle shouldn’t be a concern. With 40 carries over the past 2 weeks, Edwards is a rock-solid RB2.
The Ravens expect RB Gus Edwards to play through his ankle injury today against the Falcons, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Edwards began the week sidelined but finished with a full Friday practice and should be good to go.
The Ravens have ruled S Tony Jefferson out for Sunday's game against the Falcons with an ankle injury.
Ravens RB Gus Edwards (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Falcons. He didn't practice Wednesday, was limited Thursday and a full-go on Friday. So he should be fine for Sunday's game. We'll get his official status by noon ET. RB Alex Collins (foot) is also listed as questionable after going through the same practice routine as Edwards. We'll see if he's active on Sunday, but Collins isn't a fantasy option if Edwards plays.
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