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#1 papasmurfbell

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 09:27 AM

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Mark Andrews makes the Pro Bowl

Whereas Hurst’s rookie season left much to be desired, the same cannot be said for Andrews, who came on strong towards the end of the year and exceeded expectations overall. Andrews posted 552 receiving yards, three touchdowns, and a 16.3 YPC average, second on the team to only WR John Brown. His production and impact ticked up once Lamar Jackson became the team’s starting quarterback and they showcased a nice rapport, which only figures to strengthen going forward. Andrews should eclipse his target total from last season (50) and as a result, his yardage and touchdown total should increase.

Is it crazy to think he could make the Pro Bowl as a result? Maybe, but maybe not. Last year’s representatives at the position in the AFC were Travis KelceEric Ebron, and Jared Cook. While Kelce is a near-lock for another big year and Ebron should continue to thrive in a new scenery, Cook is no longer in the conference after signing with the Saints. That leaves at least one open roster spot and with Rob Gronkowski retired, Andrews faces less competition to earn it. A big season and some national recognition as one of Jackson’s favorite targets could see Andrews in the Pro Bowl.

Nick Boyle records a career-high in receptions

While his primary role is blocking, Boyle has still seen 37 targets in each of the past two seasons, recording 28 receptions, which represents a career-high, in 2017-18 and 23 receptions last year. No, these aren’t otherworldly numbers, but even with more adept pass-catchers ahead of him on the depth chart, Boyle has still seen his share of targets. Expect this trend to continue, but could Boyle’s role in the offense actually expand? Fresh off a three-year, $18 million contract extension, it’s possible the Ravens plan to utilize Boyle as a receiving threat more so than usual. We know the offense will have some creative wrinkles and all three tight ends will be featured, perhaps on the field at the same time. Boyle won’t receive the same amount of attention from opposing defenses as Andrews or Hurst, ditto for other targets like Marquise Brown and Willie Snead IV. So while it’s bold to expect Boyle to break 28 catches for the year as the third receiving option on the TE depth chart, it’s not outside the realm of possibility.

Hayden Hurst posts 500+ yards and five touchdowns

This is definitely on the bolder side of predictions, especially considering Hurst is coming off a rookie season in which he recorded just 16 receptions, 163 receiving yards and found the endzone once. Jumping to 500 or more yards and catching five touchdowns would be a pretty significant leap but Hurst might just be able to do it. The biggest difference between last year and this year will be health. Hurst was sidelined to begin the season and missed valuable time to develop in the preseason and acclimate himself to the offense. It showed, too, as he never truly found his footing throughout his 12 games played. Now, with no screws in his foot, 20 pounds of muscle added, and a chip on his shoulder, Hurst appears primed for a strong sophomore campaign. We know he won’t drop many passes thrown his way and is a good route-runner. So long as he avoids another significant injury, Hurst figures to see a fairly decent target share in many of the Ravens two-TE offensive sets.

I think all three of these are totally reasonable as long as Lamar does not totally regress.


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#2 oldno82

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 10:13 AM

Yeah, I agree with all that. It should be a blast to watch how Roman utilizes those three.

I don’t think Lamar will regress at all.
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Of course, any plan to solidify the passing game depends largely on how much Jackson improves as a passer in his second pro season. While he made some plays with his arm as a rookie, he wasn’t as consistently accurate as anyone wanted. He acknowledged to reporters earlier this month that he knew his mechanics needed work.

Jackson said he has been working on those mechanics and other aspects of his passing since February.


#3 papasmurfbell

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 10:16 AM

It all depends on him.  He is the only reason why they should not shine.


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Posted 13 June 2019 - 08:21 AM


I don’t think Lamar will regress at all.

Apparently Lamar looked pretty bad yesterday.  For one of his picks he had Hurst by himself in the endzone.  He is not reading defenses well and locking onto one guy before the snap.  Griffin apparently looks much better.  One thing that is good is Lamar goes back to work with the coach who has helped Brees and Brady.


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