Pre-Training Camp Baltimore Ravens Starting Roster Projection For 2022

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Pre-Training Camp Baltimore Ravens Starting Roster Projection For 2022

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Pre-Training Camp Baltimore Ravens Starting Roster Projection For 2022

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Training camp is just around the corner in Baltimore and the Ravens have high hopes heading into 2022. It is time to forecast the starting lineup for the Ravens and for the most part, it is set in stone. There aren’t many position battles on this team and that is a good thing as they look towards a Super Bowl in 2022. 

 

Offense: 

Quarterback – Lamar Jackson 

Running Back – J.K. Dobbins 

Wide Receiver – Rashod Bateman, Devin Duvernay

Tight End – Mark Andrews, Nick Boyle 

Center – Tyler Linderbaum

Guards– Tyre Phillips, Kevin Zeitler 

Tackles – Ronnie Stanley, Morgan Moses 

In the age of spread offenses, offensive coordinator Greg Roman seems to be zigging when everyone else is zagging. Baltimore will spend a lot of time in 12 and 13 personnel and have most sets with more than one tight end on the field. This is shown not only through the 2022 NFL Draft in which the Ravens drafted two of the top tight ends in the class but through the lack of importance placed on the wide receiver position. They traded Marquise “Hollywood” Brown during the first-round of the draft and did not replace him via the draft or free agency. All eyes turn to second-year receiver Rashod Bateman as he aims to take a massive leap in his first full, healthy season as a Raven. They will absolutely need that leap from Bateman because behind him, the depth simply isn’t there to run a high-quality passing offense in 2022. 

The Ravens offensive line in 2021 was a disaster. They seem to have fixed it heading into 2022 with the additions of Morgan Moses in free agency and Tyler Linderbaum in the draft. Linderbaum, one of the most highly touted center prospects ever, will lock down the middle and is a perfect fit in Baltimore’s system. Moses provides a steady force opposite Ronnie Stanley as he aims to stay healthy for the first time in multiple years. Adding to the run game will be the return of J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards from season-ending injuries in training camp a season ago. The Ravens have the looks of a dominant run game, with some question marks in the passing game as Greg Roman readies his troops for the 2022 season. 

Defense:

Defensive Line – Calais Campbell, Michael Pierce, Justin Madubuike

Edge Rushers – Odafe Oweh, Tyus Bowser

Inside Linebackers – Patrick Queen, Josh Bynes

Cornerbacks – Marlon Humphrey, Marcus Peters

Safeties – Marcus Williams, Kyle Hamilton

The Ravens will have plenty of new faces on defense including defensive coordinator, Mike Macdonald. Macdonald was the linebackers coach in Baltimore from 2018 to 2020 and was the defensive coordinator at the University of Michigan in 2021. He will be replacing Don “Wink” Martindale in the position. Martindale had been with the Ravens organization since 2012 as both the linebackers coach and defensive coordinator.  Not much will change with the front seven, and most of the changes for the defensive personnel comes in the secondary. Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters will return healthy from serious injuries in 2021. Marcus Williams and first-round pick Kyle Hamilton will make up a completely new safety tandem. 

The wildcard in that scenario is Chuck Clark. Clark is heading into his sixth season as a Raven and has become a good and productive player for them. There have been rumblings that he was unhappy with the Ravens for both drafting and signing big-name safeties this offseason and that he may request a trade or just get released. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case as Clark showed up and participated in the Ravens organized team activities. Head coach John Harbaugh believes Clark will be a Baltimore Raven this season and will play quite a bit, stating, “I consider Chuck to be a starter, and we’ll see how it goes, as far as when they’re on the field, situationally.”

 

Specialists: 

Kicker – Justin Tucker

Punter – Jordan Stout

Long Snapper – Nick Moore

The only thing significant here is the departure of long-time Ravens punter Sam Koch. Koch spent 16 seasons in Baltimore and made a Pro-Bowl in 2015. He will be replaced by rookie Jordan Stout, who the Ravens drafted in the fourth-round of the draft. He has a cannon for a leg and the Ravens didn’t spend a fourth-round pick on him for nothing. Oh, and the Ravens still have the best kicker in football with Justin Tucker. 

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