Lamar Jackson to be without 2 key weapons to start season for Ravens
With the regular season a little more than a week away, the Baltimore Ravens are dealing with a handful of injuries on the offensive side of the ball.
J.K. Dobbins is already out for the year with a torn ACL and rookie wideout Rashod Bateman has missed a large chunk of training camp along with Miles Boykin. Both wide receivers will now start the season on injured reserve.
Ravens moved first-round pick Rashod Bateman and Miles Boykin to the Reserve/Injured list and signed tight end Eric Tomlinson to the 53-man roster. Boykin and Bateman will be required to miss at least the first three weeks of the season, but will be eligible to return in Week 4.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 1, 2021
Bateman is a highly touted wideout out of Minnesota who the Ravens selected in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. It’s not surprising to see him land on IR to start the season after a groin injury in the offseason forced him to get surgery.
Boykin is dealing with a hamstring injury for Baltimore that continues to linger.
The good news for the Ravens is that as long as Lamar Jackson is under center, the Ravens will always have a chance regardless of who is in or out of the lineup. Not having Bateman and Dobbins will be quite the hit to absorb to start the year, though.
Baltimore did add speedster Sammy Watkins in the offseason. After he missed time during training camp, he returned to the practice field on Wednesday. Pairing him with fellow wideout Marquise Brown should cause nightmares for the opposing defense.
Expectations are high for the Ravens entering the year as they should be. The AFC North will be super fascinating to follow along with after the years the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers had as well. Those two, along with Baltimore, all made the postseason last year and will try to repeat that output this season.