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Three Veterans The Baltimore Ravens Could Add Before the 2022 NFL Season

The Baltimore Ravens are prone to making at least one big veteran signing during the summer or early in the season once a significant need becomes apparent. Last year, they signed former Indianapolis Colts pass rusher Justin Houston and have done this with other veterans to help fill out the roster. Some of these players are expected to play right away such as Houston, however, some are asked to play a reserve role in case of injuries. Baltimore believes wholeheartedly in adding proven veterans who can help their roster and have once again shown that in their recent moves.

So far this offseason, Baltimore has made strides to retool their roster after a down year in 2021 where they finished 8-9. Free-agent additions such as offensive tackle Morgan Moses, cornerback Kyle Fuller and safety Marcus Williams look to contribute immediately as entrenched starters that will bolster their respective position groups. Players in the latter group consisted of guys like running back Mike Davis or defensive lineman Brent Urban. Despite these moves and some of their draft selections, Baltimore still has a few positions on their roster where they could improve through a few additions. Below we’ll detail three NFL veterans that the Baltimore Ravens could add before summer is over.

Jamie Collins Sr – Linebacker – Previous Team: New England Patriots

This could be somewhat redundant given how Baltimore has already signed Vince Beigel earlier in May, however, Jamie Collins Sr. is a reliable veteran who can be a solid partner to roam with Patrick Queen. Most fans and analysts alike expect Josh Bynes to be the starter next Queen however his coverage grades in 2021 were average at best. Per Pro Football Focus, Collins Sr. graded out with a 76.8 in pass coverage and for a team that ranked towards the bottom of the league against the pass, Baltimore could benefit from such an addition. Outside of just his pass coverage prowess, Collins has been used as a versatile defender throughout his career.

Baltimore struggled immensely with putting pressure on the quarterback in 2021, finishing as a bottom-tier team in sacks dealt with 34. Most of the production at the position came from linebacker Tyus Bowser with seven, followed closely by rookie pass rusher Odafe Oweh who had five. Of course, you shouldn’t expect Collins to have a career year in terms of sack production, especially considering his best year was 2019 when he notched seven sacks in his second stint with the Patriots. Even so, adding another defensive weapon that can apply pressure could be appealing to defensive coordinator Mike MacDonald.

Ereck Flowers – Offensive Lineman – Previous Team – Washington Commanders

Many fans were expecting the Baltimore Ravens to significantly address their needs along the offensive line this offseason and the team has certainly taken the initiative. One of their first moves during free agency was to add long-time veteran offensive tackle Morgan Moses to bolster the right side of the line. During the 2022 NFL Draft, they dealt receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown to Arizona for a first-round pick which was used on Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum. Later on Day Three, the Ravens added Minnesota tackle Daniel Faalele as a developmental prospect.

Despite these significant steps, Baltimore could take more measures given the issues that plagued their offense last year. Currently, there’s a four-way battle heading into training camp at left guard between Ben Powers, Ben Cleveland, Tyre Phillips, and Patrick Mekari. All three have a stake in being the starter for 2022 but should the need arise, Baltimore could look to sign a player like Ereck Flowers as another option. Flowers has been a steady starter for the last three years and would be a relatively cost-effective option.

Will Fuller – Wide Receiver – Previous Team: Miami Dolphins

As mentioned above, the Ravens traded former first-round pick Brown for the number one selection of the Arizona Cardinals. Brown enjoyed his best season yet as a professional, amassing over 1,000 yards in receiving and catching six touchdowns. The Ravens had a few opportunities to add more talent at receiver during the draft however at present they seem to feel comfortable with their current pass catches. The Ravens have talent at receiver however it’s unproven talent, and as such, they could be forced to make a move depending on how the group fairs during training camp.

An ideal fit for the Ravens out of the current crop of free agents would be former Houston Texans first-round pick, Will Fuller. Despite a trying 2021 season in which he struggled with injuries for much of the year, Fuller still has plenty of deep threat speed. Baltimore loved to dial-up deep passes to Brown while also using him laterally on jet sweeps. Fuller shouldn’t be relied upon to be a number one receiver at this point, however, his complementary speed and experience could lend themselves nicely to Baltimore’s offense.

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