Baltimore Ravens Season Preview: Projected Depth Chart, Rosters, and Predictions

The Baltimore Ravens have Lamar Jackson back as they prepare for 2023. As we preview the upcoming season, where do they rank in the NFL?

The 2023 NFL season is rapidly approaching for the league that never sleeps. The NFL Draft is over, and minicamps have already begun. Now’s the time to examine the new players who have joined the roster, project who will make the team, look ahead to fierce training camp battles, and project ahead for how the season will play out. Here’s everything you need to know in this Baltimore Ravens preview.

Everything You Need Ahead of the Baltimore Ravens 2023 NFL Season

The Ravens took care of the most important roster move facing them ahead of the 2023 season: bringing back Lamar Jackson. Ensuring that he is the starting quarterback for the foreseeable future was paramount to Baltimore’s 2023 success.

The main question is, did they do enough around him to take the necessary steps forward to regain the high ground in the AFC North?

Ravens Roster Changes

  • Players Signed/Claimed
    • CB Rock Ya-Sin
    • WR Odell Beckham Jr.
    • WR Nelson Agholor

The Ravens haven’t added many new faces in free agency, but there is no doubt what the emphasis was. The additions of two wide receivers, each with extensive starting experience, demonstrate Baltimore’s commitment to Jackson’s success. After years of not being able to get returns on their WR investments, the Ravens hope adding two veterans will change that.

  • Players Drafted
    • WR Zay Flowers
    • LB Trenton Simpson
    • EDGE Tavius Robinson
    • CB Kyu Blu Kelly, CB, Stanford
    • OT Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu
    • G Andrew Vorhees

Again, investing in wide receiver was the common theme for the Ravens. Their first-round pick was spent on Zay Jones out of Boston College, boasting significant talent upgrades throughout Baltimore’s entire WR room.

The rest of the meat of the 2023 NFL Draft for the Ravens was spent on defense. Baltimore had an elite unit in being able to prevent their opponents from scoring efficiently, making them grind for every point. They added to a strength with players like Trenton Simpson and Tavius Robinson.

  • Players Cut
    • DE Calais Campbell
  • Players Whose Contracts Have Expired
    • OLB Vince Biegel
    • RB Kenyan Drake
    • RB Kyle Fuller
    • OLB Justin Houston
    • OT Ja’Wuan James
    • OLB Steven Means
    • CB Marcus Peters
    • OLB Jason Pierre-Paul
    • WR Demarcus Robinson
    • WR Sammy Watkins

Peters, Houston, and Drake were all key contributors in Baltimore in the last few years. As of now, the Ravens don’t seem keen on re-signing any of them. Houston probably has the best chance to return, as he was quite productive last year and would be a fit as a rotational pass rusher.

  • Players Lost via Trade
    • Chuck Clark (New York Jets)

Ravens Coaching Staff in 2023

  • Head Coach: John Harbaugh
    • Associate head coach/Defensive line: Anthony Weaver
  • Offensive Coordinator: Todd Monken
    • QB coach: Tee Martin
    • Assistant QBs: Kerry Dixon
    • RB coach: Willie Taggart
    • WR coach: Greg Lewis
    • Assistant WRs: Keith Williams
    • TE coach: George Godsey
    • OL coach: Joe D’Alessandris
    • Assistant OL: Mike Devlin
    • Offensive quality control: Danny Breyer
    • Offensive quality control: Travis Switzer
  • Defensive Coordinator: Mike Macdonald
    • OLB coach: Chuck Smith
    • ILB coach: Zachary Orr
    • Pass game coordinator/secondary: Chris Hewitt
    • DB coach: Dennard Wilson
    • Defensive quality contro: Matt Robinson
    • Defensive quality control: Daniel Stern
  • Special Teams Coordinator: Chris Horton
    • Special teams/specialist: Randy Brown
    • Special teams: T.J. Weist

The big change this season for the Ravens coaching staff is the retirement of offensive coordinator Greg Roman. He was the architect of the power run offense that showcased Jackson’s playmaking ability and made them one of the more dangerous rushing attacks in all of football. Todd Monken takes over, and a dramatic makeover is expected with more spread concepts and high-volume passing.

Predicting the Ravens Depth Chart

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Offensive Depth Chart:

  • QB: Lamar Jackson, Tyler Huntley, Anthony Brown, Nolan Henderson
  • RB: J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards, Justice Hill, Keaton Mitchell, Owen Wright
  • WR: Odell Beckham Jr., Zay Flowers, Rashod Bateman, Nelson Agholor, Devin Duvernay, James Proche, Tylan Wallace, Andy Isabella, Mike Thomas, Shemar Bridges, Tarik Black, Dontay Demus, Sean Ryan
  • TE: Mark Andrews, Isaiah Likely, Charlie Kolar, Travis Vokolek, Brian Walker
  • LT: Ronnie Stanley, Patrick Mekari, Brandon Kipper
  • LG: Ben Cleveland, John Simpson, Tashawn Manning
  • C: Tyler Linderbaum, Sam Mustipher, Jake Guidone
  • RG: Kevin Zeitler, Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu, Andrew Vorhees
  • RT: Morgan Moses, Daniel Faalele, David Sharpe
  • FB: Patrick Ricard, Ben Mason

Defensive Depth Chart

  • DE: Justin Madubuike, Brent Urban
  • DT: Michael Pierce, Travis Jones, Kai Caesar, Broderick Washington, Rayshad Nichols, Trey Botts
  • EDGE: Odafe Oweh, David Ojabo
  • OLB: Patrick Queen, Malik Harrison, Del’Shawn Phillips
  • MLB: Roquan Smith, Trenton Simpson, Kristian Welch
  • OLB: Tyus Bowser, Tavius Robinson, Jeremiah Moon
  • CB: Rock Ya-Sin, Jalyn Armour-Davis, Daryl Worley
  • SS: Kyle Hamilton, Ar’Darius Washington, Jaquan Amos
  • FS: Marcus Williams, Geno Stone
  • CB: Marlon Humphrey, Kyu Blu Kelly, Trayvon Mullen
  • NB: Brandon Stephens, Damarion Williams, Kevon Seymour

Special Teams Depth Chart

  • K: Justin Tucker

2022 Results and Standings

The Ravens in 2022 overcame yet another late-season injury to Jackson to make the postseason and finish second in the division standings with a 10-7 record. They would go on to lose to the Bengals in a close, low-scoring affair that was decided on a defensive touchdown from the Bengals’ Sam Hubbard.

It stands to reason that had Jackson been available, the outcome may have been different.

2023 Power Ranking and Season Outlook

According to Dalton Miller’s post-draft Power Rankings, the Ravens sit in Tier 2 at No. 10 overall as a potential playoff team. With Jackson’s re-signing and a revamped wide receiver room, expectations are high. But can Jackson stay healthy throughout Baltimore’s potential playoff push?

Miller says the following about Baltimore: “Speaking of momentum, things looked ugly in Baltimore for a long time. However, just before the NFL Draft kicked off, they announced a deal with Lamar Jackson, who now will make more money than any other QB per season in NFL history. He also secured the second-highest practical guaranteed total in league history, behind only Watson.

“A healthy and motivated Lamar Jackson is still arguably the most dangerous player on any given football field, and the assets they’ve spent trying to address their offensive firepower gives us hope that Baltimore can rebound in 2023.”

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