Ravens: Inside the Numbers Through the Heart of Preseason
SSS Alert (Small sample size). Yes, the Ravens have only played three preseason games. Yes, the players in these games don’t play the entire game. But, I felt like some of the numbers were worth sharing anyway. Take with as big, or as little a grain of salt as you like.
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Trace McSorley has been under pressure 21 times on 66 dropbacks. He managed to avoid being sacked every time. However, he only completed seven passes while under pressure. The athleticism is there. Pocket presence may be above average. But poise isn’t quite there. On the plus side, McSorley completes 69% of his passes when not under pressure, which this preseason is higher than fellow rookie Drew Lock, the man he’s oft compared to Taysom Hill, and first round pick a year ago Josh Rosen.
Chris Moore leads the Ravens receivers in route run from the slot with 38. He’s been targeted six times form there, catching all six balls. 2.55 yards/route from the slot, or any position for that matter is highly efficient, and among slot receivers this preseason, ranks right at the top.
Miles Boykin is receiving a lot of love. But has only caught five balls of the 14 times he was targeted and has two drops. Still, his 1.8 yds/route run is solid.
Justice Hill has the highest elusive rating among NFL running backs seeing ample action this preseason at 107.5. Next highest is Minnesota’s Mike Boone, at just 66.7. Hill has avoided 12 tackles on his 31 touches and leads in yards after contact per attempt at 2.78. However, his breakaway skills haven’t been put on display as he’s yet to break off a run over 15 yards. He’s amassed 90 yards on 27 rushes this preseason.
Given the trade of Jermaine Eluemunor, and the bubble about to burst for some players come Saturday, it’s worth noting the snap counts and positions for some of those guys.
Patrick Mekari – 22 (LG) 54 (C) 41 (RG)
Ben Powers – 54 (LG) 0 (C) 68 (RG)
Bradley Bozeman – 46 (LG) 63 (C) 25 (RG)
Greg Senat – 52 (LT) 5 (RT)
Matt Skura – 64 (C)
Ronnie Stanley, James Hurst, Marshal Yanda, and Orlando Brown Jr are locked in as starters. Is it possible that Matt Skura is an odd man out here? Senat as a backup tackle since the tackle position isn’t Hurst’s forte? Mekari, Powers and Bozeman would fill the center spot, and backup center and guard spots. By Keeping Skura, Senat, and up to two of the remaining three, you would be dropping someone with position versatility that Skura doesn’t have.
On defense, with Tavon Young out, Cyrus Jones has been getting tested in the nickel. So far, he’s passing the test. Receivers he’s covered there have been targeted 11 times on 38 snaps. He’s allowed just 5 catches for 36 yards. All together as a defended, Jones has allowed a 41.2 passer rating in his direction. Anthony Averett, a moderate 70.1. But Maurice Canady, 111.5. Canady’s days are probably numbered. No pun intended.
Other than Tim Williams showing a decent pass rush, not enough guys in the front seven on the Ravens defense logged enough snaps to qualify for certain things, even in this small sample size.
Mike was born on the Eastern Shore, raised in Finksburg, and currently resides in Parkville. In 2009, Mike graduated from the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland. Mike became a Baltimore City Fire Fighter in late 2010. Mike has appeared as a guest on Q1370, and FOX45. Now a Sr. Ravens Analyst for BSL, he can be reached at [email protected]