Ravens' roster ranked 17th by Pro Football Focus -- and that might be good thing
Pro Football Focus ranked the Baltimore Ravens' roster as the 17th-best in the NFL, which is an expected slight for a team coming off a 5-11 season.
But recent history says this middle-of-the-pack assessment is a sign of good things to come.Wholesale nfl jerseys
Pro Football Focus has had a difficult time predicting the Ravens' success. In 2014, the analytic web site had Baltimore with the 16th-best roster and the Ravens nearly knocked off eventual Super Bowl champion New England in the playoffs that season. In 2015, the Ravens had the third-best roster and went on to have their worst season under coach John Harbaugh.
It's understandable why Baltimore's roster isn't considered one of the top ones right now. The Ravens have aging veterans coming off season-ending injuries in wide receiver Steve Smith and linebacker Terrell Suggs. Former first-round picks, cornerback Jimmy Smith and linebacker C.J. Mosley, are looking to rebound from down seasons. And the Ravens lost another top young talent in guard Kelechi Osemele in free agency.Cheap nfl jerseys
But, as the Ravens have shown in the past, they can exceed expectations, especially after a productive offseason. Baltimore has more speed at wide receiver with the return of Breshad Perriman and the free-agent signing of Mike Wallace. The Ravens landed one of the top offensive linemen in the draft in Ronnie Stanley and added a much-needed young pass rusher in Kamalei Correa. Baltimore brought in veteran experience in safety Eric Weddle and tight end Benjamin Watson.www.baltimoreravensjerseyspop.com
The Ravens' roster has a chance to surprise this season as long as the new weapons come through for quarterback Joe Flacco and the defense makes more plays than it did last year.Wholesale Baltimore Ravens jerseys