The Baltimore Ravens had an elite 2019 season, and even though they fell short in the playoffs there were a lot of big strides made during the season. They finished the regular season with the number one seed in the AFC and a big reason why was the players who took big steps forward.
So what players improved the most during the 2019 season for the Ravens? Let’s break them down.
3. Marcus Peters
Marcus Peters being traded from the Los Angeles Rams to the Baltimore Ravens during the season was the best thing to happen during his career. Peters struggled with the Rams, but going to the Ravens seemed to rejuvenate him.
He played ten games with the Ravens picking off three interceptions, returning two of those for a touchdown. He was voted to the Pro Bowl and named an All-pro selection.
The Ravens defense got out to a bit of a sloppy start but once Peters came on board the team seemed to turn it around and helped make it one of the best in the league.
2. Mark Andrews
Mark Andrews had a strong 2018 season but in 2019 he proved he can be one of the best tight ends in the NFL. Whenever Lamar Jackson needed to make a big throw, especially in the red-zone, he seemed to look Andrews’ way.
During the 2019 season, Andrews played in 15 games catching for 852 yards and 10 touchdowns. As a rookie, Jackson only had three touchdowns.
The rest of the NFL better be ready because it looks like Andrews and Jackson can be a dynamic duo for many years to come.
1. Lamar Jackson
Is there any doubt about who the most improved player of the Ravens? Lamar Jackson had a lot of success during his rookie season but during his second year, he made it clear he is one of the best in football.
In six games starting as a rookie, Jackson threw for only six touchdowns. In 15 starts during the 2019 season, Jackson threw for 3127 yards and 36 touchdowns. There was a lot of talk about how Jackson wasn’t a good passing quarterback but he proved all that talk wrong.
He also was a better rusher during his second year, and a big reason could have been because of his passing. He averaged 6.9 yards per attempt rushing the ball, up from the 4.7 yards he averaged as a rookie.
The future is bright for the Ravens led by Jackson, hopefully, the next thing that comes is playoff success.