The Baltimore Ravens will probably be down an offensive weapon for just a few weeks, as large receiver Rashod Bateman is anticipated to overlook a number of video games as a consequence of a foot damage he suffered throughout Thursday’s win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Coach John Harbaugh stated Monday that the damage is extra intensive than the group initially thought.
- Bateman’s absence might imply the Ravens pursue outdoors choices earlier than the commerce deadline.
- Harbaugh additionally stated he expects Tyus Bowser, who led Baltimore with seven sacks in 2021, to make his season debut towards the Saints on Nov. 7.
Bateman has performed in six video games this season, tallying 285 yards and two touchdowns with 15 receptions. As a rookie in 2021, he appeared in 12 video games, recording 46 receptions for 515 yards and one TD. The Ravens chosen him out of Minnesota with the twenty seventh choose of the 2021 draft.
Bowser began all 17 video games final season for Baltimore and tore his Achilles within the Ravens’ regular-season finale.
Baltimore is presently 5-3 and sits atop the AFC North.
The Athletic’s prompt evaluation:
What does Bateman’s absence imply for the Ravens’ offense?
It definitely forces them to depend on different choices and will even end result basically supervisor Eric DeCosta having to go get a receiver by Tuesday’s 4 p.m. commerce deadline. The Ravens in all probability wanted one other dependable receiver even when Bateman was wholesome. With him down, the void will get even greater. The Ravens have had points creating chunk performs within the passing sport with out Bateman on the sector. They’re going to must be actually good on the issues they do nicely, that are operating the soccer, spreading the ball round and closely utilizing the tight ends within the passing sport. – Zrebiec
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Who might step into Bateman’s function?
Bateman has missed two full video games and most of a 3rd, so the Ravens have loads of expertise with out him on the sector. It’s simply going to be a pass-catcher by committee method. Devin Duvernay will proceed to get touches, each as a runner and receiver. Demarcus Robinson, James Proche and rookie tight finish Isaiah Likely will see extra targets, as they did in final Thursday’s victory over the Buccaneers. Bateman being out additionally creates a gap for DeSean Jackson to return off the follow squad and contribute. – Zrebiec
What will Bowser’s return do for the protection?
Bowser is the Ravens’ most versatile outdoors linebacker. He is the group’s returning sack chief, he performs the run nicely and he’s simply their greatest linebacker in protection. His presence will give first-year defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald extra choices. Bowser can line up on the sting. He can drop in protection. He can play some inside linebacker, the place the Ravens have had points. They’re a greater protection with Bowser on the sector. – Zrebiec
Other Ravens WRs value including in fantasy
Rostering Ravens receivers, even Bateman, generally is a bit dicey due to the character of the offense, which averages lower than 30 cross makes an attempt per sport and has accomplished extra passes to tight ends (63) than wideouts (61). But we’ve seen within the three video games that Bateman has largely been out of (Weeks 4, 5, 8) that Duvernay has been no worse than Flex-worthy, with half-PPR tallies that netted out at 43, 25 and 16, respectively, on the WR place. Duvernay additionally ranks fourth amongst WRs with seven speeding makes an attempt, and has averaged 11.4 yards per stick with it his previous 5 runs, in order that may very well be one thing that Baltimore continues to discover.
Rostered in roughly half of Yahoo leagues, Duvernay is a worthwhile add for anybody who misplaced Bateman (once more) or simply must strengthen their WR corps. – Funston
Additional damage updates
Harbaugh stated that operating again Gus Edwards has a minor hamstring pressure and will probably be questionable for the Monday evening sport towards the Saints however hasn’t been dominated out. Outside linebacker David Ojabo will probably be activated this week however should want extra time, the coach added. Ojabo limped off the sector at his Pro Day at Michigan with an Achilles damage.
Tight finish Mark Andrews left Sunday’s sport towards the Bucs as a consequence of a shoulder damage, however Harbaugh stated it’s not a “major, major thing. I think he’ll be OK.”
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