The Baltimore Ravens ended their offseason program on June 14. Here’s a look at how they fared:
Offseason goals: Rev up the offense. All early indications point to the Ravens improving the NFL's No. 29 passing attack with the top offseason additions flashing their potential. At wide receiver, Michael Crabtree is looking like a No. 1 target, John Brown is making plays downfield and Willie Snead is a prototypical slot receiver. First-round pick Hayden Hurst has the quickness, hands and football IQ to make an immediate impact. This is big for quarterback Joe Flacco, who is in a make-or-break year after Baltimore's drafting of Lamar Jackson in the first round.
How they fared: Above average
Move I liked: Signing Crabtree. The Ravens lucked into this move. Baltimore initially overpaid Ryan Grant in free agency, but the team was able to part ways from an agreement in principle after he failed a physical. Crabtree then became available, and the Ravens immediately signed him. He's a significant upgrade over Grant and any other receiver the Ravens had on their team last year. Crabtree is a smooth route-runner and red-zone monster who will fight for contested balls. "I think Crabtree is the guy, because he’s got a little different way that he runs the routes," Flacco said.
Move I didn’t like: Passing on defensive back Derwin James in the draft. Baltimore decided to trade out of the No. 16 pick, even though top-10 talent James was still on the board. The Ravens later acknowledged James would've been their pick if they stayed at that spot. James is a dynamic playmaker and leader who would've elevated the defense and provided a foundation for the Ravens' next generation of defenders.
Biggest question still to be answered in training camp: What will the offensive line look like? The only certainty is former first-round pick Ronnie Stanley at left tackle and perennial Pro Bowler Marshal Yanda at right guard. The other three spots -- left guard (Alex Lewis or James Hurst), center (Matt Skura or Lewis) and right tackle (Hurst or Orlando Brown Jr.) -- are up in the air. Last season, Baltimore's offensive line overachieved after dealing with question marks and injuries. The Ravens hope the line can come together and play just as cohesively.
Quotable: "Obviously, when you pick a quarterback, when you pick anybody in the first round, it means something. I don’t know what that means. I don’t know exactly what it is, but that’s not my job to worry about what it is. My job, like I said, is to keep my approach exactly what it’s been for the last 10 years and help our team go win football games. And we’ve got a couple young tight ends, we’ve got a lot of new wide receivers, and my job is to get these guys on the same page and us operating at a high level." -- Raven quarterback Joe Flacco
Salary-cap space: $11,685,350 (source: ESPN's roster management system)
2018 draft picks: 1a. TE Hayden Hurst (South Carolina); 1b. QB Lamar Jackson (Louisville); 3a. OT Orlando Brown (Oklahoma); 3b. TE Mark Andrews (Oklahoma); 4a. CB Anthony Averett (Alabama); 4b. ILB Kenny Young (UCLA); 4c. WR Jaleel Scott (New Mexico State); 5. WR Jordan Lasley (UCLA); 6a. S DeShon Elliott (Texas); 6b. OT Greg Senat (Wagner); 6c. C Bradley Bozeman (Alabama); 7. DL Zach Sieler (Ferris State).
Undrafted rookie free agents signed: WR Jaelon Acklin (Western Illinois); LB Chris Board (North Dakota State); OL Randin Crecelius (Portland State); RB Gus Edwards (Rutgers); G Justin Evans (South Carolina State); WR Janarion Grant (Rutgers); DE Myles Humphrey (Shepherd); ILB Alvin Jones (UTEP); TE Nick Keizer (Grand Valley State); DE Christian LaCouture (LSU); WR Andre Levrone (Virginia); CB Jackson Porter (Massachusetts); LS Trent Sieg (Colorado State); C Alex Thompson (Monmouth); RB Mark Thompson (Florida); RB De'Lance Turner (Alcorn State); P Kaare Vedvik (Marshall); DB Darious Williams (Alabama Birmingham).
Unrestricted free agents signed: WR John Brown (Arizona); WR Michael Crabtree (Oakland); FB Christopher Ezeala (international practice player); QB Robert Griffin III (Cleveland); OL James Hurst (Ravens); S Kai Nacua (Cleveland); WR DeVier Posey (CFL); DE Brent Urban (Ravens).
Restricted free agents signed: WR Willie Snead (from New Orleans).