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Over the last few weeks Cheap Maxx Williams Jersey , we’ve been posting videos that predicted the 2018 Ravens regular season game by game. They recently concluded with a home win over the Browns getting them to their franchise standard 10-6 mark after Joe Flacco rebounded nicely, Michael Crabtree found the end zone many times, and the defense regressed a bit.Some of it was pretty realistic while other numbers and scenarios seemed a bit loony. Ultimately, I wouldn’t be doing my job as a blogger who plays too much Xbox if I didn’t post some of the in-depth stats of the starting players from the 16 games played.Without further ado, let’s get into it:PassingJoe Flacco led the way with a nice bounce back season, going wire-to-wire from the first week all the way to the season finale despite finally facing some shaky job security in his career. His numbers were as follows:Yards: 3,616Touchdowns: 31Interceptions: 15Completion: 59%This would almost indisputably be the best year of Flacco’s career. While the yardage is on the lower end of his typical total, 31 touchdowns is his highest ever by a decent margin, not to mention it outnumbers his interceptions by over 2 to 1.While the completion percentage is sub 60, Flacco has often been at his best when the yardage numbers are a bit down and he throws the ball deep more. Regardless, this is a very nice season and would certainly be enough to make the Ravens front office think twice before shipping him off in favor of Lamar Jackson.RushingAlex Collins demonstrates he isn’t a one-year one after breaking out in 2017, but it wasn’t anything staggering.Carries: 186Yards: 1,024Touchdowns: 6YPC: 5.7Overall, I’d say if you account for a bit of lacking realism and some tough stretches for the offense, this is a decent effort for Baltimore’s bell-cow. Here’s hoping he outperforms it a bit in real life, though.ReceivingOn this category, I compiled the stats for the three starting receivers (Michael Crabtree, John Brown, Willie Snead IV) and starting tight end Hayden Hurst.CrabtreeReceptions: 37Yards: 1,080Touchdowns: 14BrownReceptions: 23Yards: 611Touchdowns: 7SneadReceptions: 27Yards: 680Touchdowns: 4HurstReceptions: 31Yards: 635Touchdowns: 6If Crabtree posts numbers like this, he may never buy another drink in Baltimore again. The yardage numbers are about league average (if not a bit low) for a number one wide-out, but putting the ball in the paint 14 times would be very impressive for the new go-to guy.Brown proved to be the nice deep threat the Ravens were hoping for when they signed, while Snead came up with some big plays from the slot as well. If Hurst has this type of production as a rookie, I’m sure Baltimore’s brass will be very excited about what the future holds for their first-round pick.DefensiveThis category was unfortunately a bit of a wash as the takeaway totals were low to an unrealistic degree, especially for a team that had so many the year prior.The most notable stat I kept track of was sacks, which had Judon leading the way with 10 and Suggs chipping in another seven. This is actually a pretty fair representation and something I feel could be pretty accurate for this season.So what do you guys think? At 10-6 with such a nice season from Flacco would you expect this team to ultimately end up in the playoffs?Let us know down below and give us some final thoughts on these projections in the comments.Why Robert Griffin III will not make the Ravens’ 53-man roster regardless of preseason performance The Baltimore Ravens are set to play in their first of five preseason games on Thursday night, and the quarterbacks are seemingly the headliners of this game. Despite Joe Flacco likely sitting out, many are clamoring to get their first look at rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson. Aside from Jackson, Robert Griffin III will also play in his first game as a Raven, which leaves many to question his chances at making the roster.Given Baltimore’s depth at seemingly every other position, the Ravens may not be able to afford to keep a third quarterback on the roster, who would likely be inactive almost every week. Griffin III has reportedly helped Jackson in his development, but that alone is not worthy of a roster spot. With a surplus of cornerbacks Cheap Marlon Humphrey Jersey , safeties, linebackers and defensive linemen, it would behoove Baltimore to keep an extra player at a different position who can make more of an impact than a third quarterback.“It is going to be all things that anybody can imagine. It’s going to be what is best for our team. How well those guys play and it will be a tough decision. Anytime you keep one player at one position extra, it’s one less player at another position you have to decide to lose,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said about Griffin III’s roster chances. Maxx Williams, Kamalei Correa, Bronson Kaufusi, Zach Sieler, Myles Humphrey, Mark Thompson, Breshad Perriman, Tim White and even Kai Nacua among others are on the roster bubble, and keeping Griffin III over any of those players could possibly hurt the Ravens later in the season. Griffin III’s career has been far from perfect. He had a sensational rookie year, but after the 2012 season, it has been one injury after another. Griffin III eventually wound up out of the league despite receiving several workouts in 2017. If he can prove that he can stay healthy, he may have some trade value, which is the best case scenario for the Ravens. Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson has shown during training camp that he can be a capable backup, and as long as he doesn’t regress during the preseason, Griffin III should be released or traded. Below is a 53-man roster projection without Robert Griffin III, and looking who may be cut if he makes the team could be a concerning development for the Ravens. Quarterbacks (2) - Joe Flacco and Lamar JacksonRunning backs (3) - Alex Collins, Javorious Allen and Kenneth DixonFullback (1) - Patrick RicardWide receivers (7) - Michael Crabtree, John Brown, Willie Snead, Chris Moore, Jordan Lasley, Jaleel Scott and Tim WhiteTight ends (3) - Nick Boyle, Mark Andrews, and Hayden HurstOffensive line (Cool - Ronnie Stanley, Alex Lewis, Matt Skura, Marshal Yanda, Orlando Brown Jr., Jermaine Eluemunor Cheap Justin Tucker Jersey , James Hurst and Nico SiragusaDefensive line (6) - Brandon Williams, Michael Pierce, Brent Urban, Willie Henry, Carl Davis, and Chris Wormley Linebackers (9) - Terrell Suggs, Matthew Judon, Za’Darius Smith, Tyus Bowser, Tim Williams, C.J. Mosley, Kenny Young, Patrick Onwuasor, and Albert McClellanSafeties (5) - DeShon Elliott, Eric Weddle, Tony Jefferson, Anthony Levine Sr. and Chuck ClarkCornerbacks (6) - Jimmy Smith, Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Carr, Tavon Young, Maurice Canady and Anthony AverettSpecial teams (3) - Sam Koch, Justin Tucker and Morgan CoxNotable omissions: Breshad Perriman, Maxx Williams, Andrew Donnal, Bronson Kaufusi, Bradley Bozeman, Kai Nacua, Kamalei Correa, Zach Sieler and Griffin IIILooking at that roster projection, who should get replaced by Griffin III? The Ravens are too deep to replace him with any of those players listed. Not to mention Maxx Williams could earn a roster spot depending on the health of Andrews. It would be a great story for the Griffin III to make the 53-man roster, but it may not be in Baltimore’s best interest.
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