The Baltimore Ravens are bringing back a key member of the offense in a move designed to provide Lamar Jackson and the offense with more protection. ESPN’s Jamison Henley reports that the Ravens are set to bring back fullback Patrick Ricard on a three-year deal, despite initial expectations he’d be leaving this offseason.

Ricard is a valuable piece of the Ravens’ offense. Baltimore deploys a run-heavy offensive scheme, making the fullback position crucial to pick up blocks in the backfield. Getting Ricard back for multiple seasons is a huge move for the Ravens, and he’ll continue to play a key role for the next few years.

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The fullback has spent his entire career with the Ravens, featuring in 70 games for the team and making three Pro Bowls. He’s recorded 29 receptions in his career, tallying 167 yards and 5 receiving touchdowns.

After missing out on the playoffs in 2021, Jackson and Co. will be looking to bounce back in a big way in 2022. Keeping Ricard in the mix will be pivotal in achieving their goals next season. He may not be the flashiest player, but his work as a blocker can’t be understated, especially given the playstyle of the Ravens’ offense.

Ricard finished the season on Injured Reserve after sustaining a knee injury, causing him to miss four of the Ravens’ last five games on the season. There was a belief at the time that his injury would mark the end of his tenure in Baltimore, but the two sides managed to sit down in free agency and come to a new agreement on a three-year deal.