Ravens revive team with offseason additions

Will Wilkinson, Sports Editor

The Baltimore Ravens added multiple new players to bolster our sub-par lineup from last season which lead us to a 5-11 record, the upside, we were granted the sixth overall pick in the draft. Jalen Ramsey, cornerback from Florida State, was the hopeful pick for most Ravens fans but, for me, I wanted to see former Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa suiting up in purple and black in 2016. Bosa was drafted earlier than expected by most when the San Diego Chargers drafted him third overall. The Ravens ended up drafting former Notre Dame offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley which I see as a BIG (6’5″ 315 lbs) addition to our offensive line.

Prior to the draft Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh were hard at work securing multiple offseason additions including former San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle who will be joining Lardarius Webb in our defensive backfield. Former Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Mike Wallace was added to help our struggling receiving corps. Along with these two, the Ravens also acquired running back Trent Richardson, and tight end Benjamin Watson.

The Ravens are slated to have one of the easiest schedules in recent years due to omissions of typical games against teams like the Colts and 49ers. The division games seem as though they will give us our hardest time with the Bengals and Steelers always in contention to win. The Browns are almost always a guarantee to not give a team a run for their money in the AFC North and almost annually takes last place.

The Ravens will need a big year out of quarterback Joe Flacco, the offensive line will need to significantly step up and our defensive secondary needs to clean up their act and focus on turnovers and third down stops in order for the Ravens to be successful in 2016. Baltimore is coming off their worst season in franchise history and when compared to the Super Bowl season, Flacco’s numbers dropped significantly in 2015.