But not only are the Ravens getting back a lot of talent they didn’t have in 2021, they’ve also gained talent through the draft and free agency. Normally, the loss of someone like Bradley Bozeman would destroy a power run scheme, but the Ravens managed to avoid that by drafting Tyler Linderbaum. The Ravens snagged arguably the two best players at their respective positions during the draft, bolstering their offensive line and secondary, all while only giving up an underperforming receiver. Sure, you might be thinking that the absence of Marquise Brown will weaken their passing attack, but Rashod Bateman had a very limited role in the offense last year due to injuries. If healthy, there’s a good chance that Bateman could slide directly into Brown’s role in the offense. He may not be as fast as Brown was, but he brings other skills to the table that Brown couldn’t. Plus of course, no matter how Bateman turns out in 2022, the passing attack will still run through Mark Andrews. Basically, the loss of Brown shouldn’t change the team’s offense much at all.
The AFC North is a battlefield that could see three or four (don’t rule out Mike Tomlin) teams reach the playoffs next season. However, while all attention is being held by the reigning AFC Champion Bengals and the new-look Cleveland Browns, the Ravens have quietly built up one of the most complete rosters in the NFL. Barring any major injuries in 2022, they won’t just compete, they will contend.