Yesterday, the Baltimore Ravens began their organized team activities (OTAs). Rookies report for practice earlier during rookie minicamp, but OTAs are the first full team practices of the new season. This year, the Baltimore Ravens have a number of questions that will be at least partially answered during OTAs. These questions are very important to the Ravens. The answers will shape the team and will influence the outcome of the Baltimore Ravens 2018 season.
How Ready is Quarterback Lamar Jackson?
The Baltimore Ravens made a huge splash by drafting quarterback Lamar Jackson at the end of the first round draft. Obviously, the Baltimore Ravens are not predisposed to start Lamar Jackson in 2018. The Ravens drafted Jackson as a project quarterback, to sit behind Joe Flacco, and transition to the NFL game. Lamar Jackon in college found a lot of success, but he cannot rely on his athletic abilities in the NFL alone. He needs to become much more refined as a passer. In OTAs, we should see how his throwing ability is in its current state. Hopefully, he progresses in his abilities, becoming more accurate and precise with the ball.
Which Wide Receivers Stand Out?
Last season, the Baltimore Ravens had an extreme deficiency at the wide receiver position. The front office responded by completely overhauling the position. Most of the faces have been changed at the position, and there is great uncertainty on who will lead the pack, heading into the season. Michael Crabtree is the obvious favorite to be the number one receiver, but other players are bound to stand out. Receivers like Willie Snead, John Brown, Jordan Lasley, Jaleel Scott, and Chris Moore all have a chance to prove themselves as legitimate targets. It’s a key issue for the Ravens, as Flacco will need receivers to throw to, in order to get the offense clicking in 2018.
How Will Players Coming Off Injuries Fare?
There are many players coming off major injuries from the previous campaign, such as Marshal Yanda and Tavon Young. In recent years, the Baltimore Ravens have dealt with a multitude of injuries. It is crucial that the Ravens prevent injuries, and also see the players coming off injuries do well. The Ravens may see some of these players drop off in production. Others may come in and pick up right where they left off. Only time will tell, but the Ravens do need most of these players to come back and produce.