Baltimore Ravens 2017 Season Preview

Coming off a 2015 ACL/MCL tear in his left leg, quarterback Joe Flacco was back on the field for the 2016 season but never looked 100%. This season the Ravens are looking for better health and better results.

Last year: 8-8

Subtractions: WR Steve Smith Sr., TE Dennis Pitta, DT Timmy Jernigan, WR Kamar Aiken, DE Elvis Dumervil, LB Zachary Orr

Additions: WR Jeremy Maclin, RB Danny Woodhead, S Tony Jefferson, CB Brandon Carr, Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg

Notable rookies: CB Marlon Humphrey, LB Tyus Bowser, LB Tim Williams

Analysis: They’ve missed the playoffs in three of the last four years and while ownership has publicly expressed support for coach John Harbaugh there is the sense that a tipping point is approaching. A rebound from franchise arm Flacco would go a long way for Harbaugh and GM Ozzie Newsome. While Steve Smith Sr. has retired the Ravens picked up Jeremy Maclin after he was cut by Kansas City. Maclin’s health limited him to just 44 catches last season but if he can stay on the field he should be a talented option for Flacco. Dennis Pitta was cut during OTAs, which will open up opportunities for Benjamin Watson, Crockett Gilmore, Darren Waller, Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle. Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan was traded to the Eagles to move up in the third round of the draft. The Ravens invested in defense with their higher draft picks, grabbing cornerback Marlon Humphrey and linebackers Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams. Those three have a chance to be part of a quality defensive core. Since the turn of the century, the Ravens have been one of the most successful teams in the NFL and Harbaugh, Newsome and Flacco have been a part of that tradition. If they can’t get the train back on the tracks this season it could lead to some changes further on down the road.