2. Baltimore Ravens
Looking at the departures in Baltimore makes it seem as though they had a rough offseason. Receiver Michael Crabtree was released as was safety Eric Weddle. Then they lost pass rushers Terrell Suggs to the Arizona Cardinals and Za’Darius Smith to the Green Bay Packers. While those moves hurt, the most painful for them was losing C.J. Mosely to the New York Jets.
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They were able to rebound some though as they brought in safety Earl Thomas from the Seattle Seahawks as well as running back Mark Ingram from the New Orleans Saints. Ingram joins a crowded, but talented backfield that includes Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon — not to mention a quarterback in Lamar Jackson who can be deadly with his legs.
In the draft, they added more explosion to the offense as they took receiver Marquise Brown with their first-round pick. The cousin of Antonio Brown, Marquise was a star for the Oklahoma Sooners and one of Baker Mayfield‘s favorite targets in 2017.
Baltimore also added another potential deep threat in Miles Boykin out of Notre Dame. He has great size at 6-foot-4 and 220-pounds but still, put up nearly 16 yards per catch for the Irish. The two pass catchers will be joined by Justice Hill, a running back who offers more speed than the others on the roster.
Before landing Boykin and Hill, Baltimore found another pass rusher in Jaylon Ferguson out of Louisiana Tech. It was a good draft for them, which helped correct a subpar free agency period that saw more subtraction than addition.
Overall Offseason Grade: C+