Baltimore Ravens’ John Brown, Michael Crabtree Look to Kickstart Offense

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 26: Wide receiver John Brown
GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 26: Wide receiver John Brown /

Now that the Baltimore Ravens have made significant improvements to their receiving corp, will they be better in 2018?

The Baltimore Ravens released Jeremy Maclin but signed John Brown and Michael Crabtree in the first week of NFL free agency. They are still trying to upgrade the offense, but the offensive talent isn’t out their anymore.

Baltimore shouldn’t take a wide receiver in the first round of the draft. They should definitely go after an offensive lineman or tight end.

The Ravens don’t really have that great of a track record of taking receivers in the first round. Take Travis Taylor and Breshad Perriman.

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You must protect Joe Flacco in order for him to be successful. If Flacco has time, he will be able to get the ball to Michael Crabtree or John Brown.

I’m not comparing Flacco to Tom Brady, but he always has plenty of time in the pocket. When you have a lot of time in the pocket, you’ll have more options to throw to instead of the check downs.

Barring any freak accident going into 2018, Joe Flacco should be healthy. He was definitely NOT healthy in 2017 up until after the bye week.

That’s when we saw what Joe could’ve been if he was healthy all season. He didn’t have a full training camp to get in rhythm with Jeremy Maclin. Maybe that’s why Maclin had a down year.

The 2018 Season doesn’t start for a few more months, but the offense already looks 10 times better than the 2017 offense. The last three seasons for Brown and Crabtree bring in a combined 38 touchdowns.

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It’d be smart for the Ravens to stack up on offensive lineman in the 2018 NFL draft because Marshall Yanda won’t be in a Ravens uniform forever. Protecting Flacco will be instrumental to the team’s success in the 2018-19 season and chances of returning to the NFL playoffs.