Baltimore Ravens fans should be excited for the upcoming season, as the team is shaping up nicely for a potential playoff run. After struggling with injuries much of last year, the franchise sets its sights on a playoff spot. For that to happen, some unsuspecting players must step up and help out in a major way. For that reason, we look at two hidden gems on the Ravens roster for the 2022 season.
The rushing attack should be in full swing, as that is the driving force for this offense. JK Dobbins should return to the starting role and many are hopeful for Gus Edwards to be back to full health as well. However, with both of them returning from serious injuries, it opens up the possibility for another running back to earn a legitimate role with the Ravens.
Additionally, the passing game might be a bit of a concern. Not because of Lamar Jackson, but due to the Ravens’ lack of weapons in the receiving room. Even so, there is a chance for a young wide receiver to become a strong pass option for Jackson after being a depth piece the last couple of years.
With that said, here are two hidden gems on the Ravens roster for the 2022 season.
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Ravens Hidden Gems On 2022 Roster
Fans are hopeful for Dobbins and Edwards to return to full health, however, there is a chance that is not the case. The front office signed Mike Davis during free agency, which gives Baltimore a veteran presence. Even so, Davis didn’t look all that great last season with the Atlanta Falcons, which opens up a real opportunity for Tyler Badie to earn some playing time with the Ravens.
With four years of experience in college football under his belt, Badie is ready to transition to the professional level. He played a backup role throughout most of his collegiate career, but in 2021 he served as the starting option for Missouri. Last year, Tyler Badie totaled 1,604 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns off of 268 attempts. His his six yards per carry average makes him an intriguing rookie on the Ravens’ offense.
He’ll have to earn a role though. The ideal situation in Baltimore is that both JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards are healthy. That means Tyler Badie will have to beat out Mike Davis for the third spot on the roster. Regardless, he is likely a better option in the backfield than Davis and could give the Ravens a different look in the run game later in the season.
After spending two years playing a limited role and mainly helping on special teams, Devin Duvernay is in line to be the second pass option in the wide receiver room. If that’s the case, then he should be right behind Mark Andrews and Rashod Bateman in targets. For that reason, Duvernay could become a major factor in the Ravens’ offense, thus making him a hidden gem on this roster.
He has the speed necessary to be a solid deep threat for Baltimore, making him an exciting pass option for Lamar Jackson. Devin Duvernay can stretch the field, which should result in some big plays throughout the season. As long as the Ravens dial him up, there is no reason to believe he can’t play a starting wide receiver role in the NFL.
Look for Baltimore to feature Andrews and Bateman more often in the passing game, as each of them is primed for a big year. Regardless, Duvernay has some real boom/bust potential as a deep threat but could become a reliable pass option for the Ravens. Keep an eye on this offense, as the sky is the limit for this organization.