Ravens release first depth chart of 2020 season
The Baltimore Ravens have been lauded all offseason and during training camp for having one of the most loaded rosters on both sides of the ball in the entire league. From top to bottom they possess tremendous talent and depth. With the season opener less than a week away, the team’s public relations staff compiled and released the first depth chart of the 2020 season.
Here are some of the top takeaways from the initial depth chart release:
- The biggest question mark heading into training camp was how the interior of the starting offensive line would like to start the season with a hole at right guard following the retirement of Marshal Yanda and center Matt Skura returning off of a season-ending knee injury. The answer according to the initial depth chart will be veteran D.J. Fluker taking over at right guard and Skura returning to his starting spot at center with Patrick Mekari backing him up.
- Rookie Tyre Phillips will serve as both the swing tackle backing up both Ronnie Stanley on the left and Orlando Brown Jr on the right side of the line and the primary back up at right guard behind Fluker. Bradley Bozeman is slotted to be the starting left guard for a second straight season with second-year pro Ben Powers and rookie Ben Bredeson backing him up.
- At the receiver position, veteran Willie Snead IV is listed as the other starter across from second-year pro and prime breakout candidate Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown. Fellow second-year wideout Mile Boykin and veteran Chris Moore are the primary backups with rookies Devin Duvernay and James Proche II listed behind them.
- Even though Snead is listed as one of the starting outside receivers, the expectation is for him to move inside to the slot and Boykin will take his spot on the outside in three-receiver sets, making him an unofficial starter since most teams hardly run their base offense.
- While rookie running back J.K. Dobbins was one of the brightest standouts in training camp, he opens the season listed fourth on the depth chart with veteran Mark Ingram listed as the starter, Gus Edwards after him, and Justice Hill in the third spot.
- Veteran Pernell McPhee is listed as the starting outside linebacker at the RUSH position opposite Matthew Judon who plays the SAM. For the second year in a row, he’ll be backed up Jaylon Ferguson who is entering his second season. Ferguson was elevated into a full-time starter after McPhee tore his triceps last season but the two are expected to share the role and rotate out heavily this year no matter who starts. The second-year pro was a trending pick to break out this year heading into camp but after he missed some time with an injury, the veteran was able to gain the edge according to the PR staff.
- As expected, when the Ravens selected him with the 28th overall pick out of LSU, first-round inside linebacker Patrick Queen is listed as the starting MIKE with veteran L.J. Fort slotted in the starting WILL position. Second-year pro Otaro Alaka will be backing up Queen and Chris Board and rookie third-rounder Malik Harrison will be Fort’s primary backups.
- Hill is listed as the starting kick returner and Snead is listed as the starting punt returner with Moore serving as the primary backup to Hill with the pair of rookie receivers listed behind him and Proche II and Brown will be backing up Snead. Both the rookies were in the mix for the starting returner positions and could still work in during games.
Here’s how the public relations staff has the offensive and defensive depth charts listed following the conclusion of training camp: