From Robert Griffin III to Dez: Meet the Ravens’ outbreak replacements – Baltimore Ravens Weblog

The Baltimore Ravens will play on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday afternoon due to 10 days of optimistic assessments for COVID-19, three postponements and the Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Heart.

That is so 2020. Really, it is extra like 2012.

As a substitute of Lamar Jackson throwing passes to Mark Andrews, a nationwide tv viewers (3:40 ET, NBC) will watch Robert Griffin III tossing the ball to Dez Bryant. It was eight years in the past when Griffin was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the 12 months and Bryant caught 92 passes. Now, they’re being requested to step up and assist the Ravens upset the NFL’s solely undefeated workforce.

One of many largest outbreaks in skilled sports activities has decimated the Baltimore roster. The Ravens at present have 16 gamers on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist, which incorporates six Professional Bowl gamers and the reigning NFL MVP in Jackson.

“It is no means about who’s not enjoying,” Professional Bowl linebacker Matthew Judon mentioned initially of the outbreak earlier than he examined optimistic. “It is at all times about who is enjoying.”

So, who precisely is enjoying for Baltimore?

As of Tuesday evening, the Ravens could have not less than 10 totally different starters from their season-opening sport. There may very well be as many as 10 totally different gamers on the lively 48-man game-day roster. Baltimore may very well be calling up seven or eight follow squad gamers simply hours earlier than kickoff.

Here’s a have a look at what the game-day roster would possibly appear to be:

Quarterback: Griffin, Hint McSorley, Tyler Huntley (follow squad). Griffin, 30, makes his second begin in 4 years. In final season’s finale, he knocked off the Steelers with a less-than-stellar efficiency whereas many Ravens starters rested. Griffin was 11-of-21 for 96 yards and one interception. If McSorley is unable to play, the first backup is Huntley, an undrafted rookie who went 23-10 at Utah. With no preseason video games this yr, Huntley has but to take a snap in an NFL sport.

Working again: Gus Edwards, J.Okay. Dobbins, Mark Ingram, Justice Hill. Dobbins and Ingram are anticipated to be activated off the reserve/COVID-19 checklist earlier than the sport, but it surely’s doubtless neither will play. Dobbins, who was positioned to take over as the highest again, hasn’t practiced since testing optimistic on Nov. 22. The expectation is Edwards will get a majority of the carries. He has totaled 217 yards speeding in his previous two video games in opposition to Pittsburgh.

Extensive receiver: Marquise Brown, Bryant, Miles Boykin, Devin Duvernay, James Proche. One among worst-producing huge receiver teams misplaced its most constant participant, Willie Snead, who examined optimistic over the weekend. Brown, who was presupposed to Baltimore’s No. 1 huge receiver, has totaled six catches previously 4 video games. Bryant led all Ravens huge receivers final sport with 4 receptions for 28 yards. May Bryant change into Baltimore’s X issue?

Tight finish: Luke Willson (PS), Sean Culkin (PS), Eric Tomlinson (PS). The Ravens misplaced their prime two tight ends, Andrews (examined optimistic) and Nick Boyle (season-ending knee damage), over the previous two weeks, together with their Professional Bowl fullback Patrick Ricard (examined optimistic). That leaves Baltimore with three follow squad tight ends who’ve mixed for 10 catches over the previous two seasons.

Offensive line: Orlando Brown Jr., Tyre Phillips, Bradley Bozeman, Ben Powers, D.J. Fluker, Trystan Colon-Castillo, Ben Bredeson, Jake Rodgers, R.J. Prince (PS). The Ravens’ prime two facilities, Patrick Mekari and Matt Skura, are on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist. Baltimore’s choices to exchange them are both Bozeman, who has no means began an NFL sport at heart, or Colon-Castillo, an undrafted rookie who has but to play one NFL snap. Both means, this may mark the sixth totally different beginning offensive line mixture this season.

Defensive position: Derek Wolfe, Yannick Ngakoue, Justin Ellis, Broderick Washington, Aaron Crawford (PS). This has been the place hardest hit the coronavirus. Three defensive linemen, together with Professional Bowl defensive finish Calais Campbell, are on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist. With Brandon Williams dominated out attributable to an ankle damage, that leaves Wolfe as the one remaining starter, together with a former Raiders fourth-round choose (Ellis) and a rookie fifth-round choose (Washington) who has performed 46 snaps this season.

Exterior linebacker: Jaylon Ferguson, Tyus Bowser, Aaron Adeoye (PS), Chauncey Rivers (PS). Baltimore is with out its two leaders in quarterback hits, Judon (17) and Pernell McPhee (11), each of whom are on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist. Bowser and Ferguson, who’ve mixed for 13 quarterback hits, will exchange them. The larger problem is whether or not they can set the sting like Judon and McPhee do in opposition to the run.

Inside linebacker: Patrick Queen, L.J. Fort, Malik Harrison, Chris Board, Kristian Welch. This place was unaffected the outbreak.

Cornerback: Marlon Humphrey, Marcus Peters, Jimmy Smith, Tramon Williams, Davontae Harris, Pierre Desir (PS), Nate Hairston (PS), Nate Brooks (PS). The one concern is whether or not Smith, who’s questionable with ankle and again accidents, will play. It is accidents, not the coronavirus, which have taken a toll on this place. Baltimore has 5 cornerbacks on injured reserve.

Security: Chuck Clark, DeShon Elliott, Anthony Levine, Jordan Richards, Nigel Warrior (PS). Rookie security Geno Stone examined optimistic Tuesday. He has performed two video games this season and performed solely on particular groups.

Particular groups: Justin Tucker (Okay), Sam Koch (P) and Nick Moore (LS/PS). This marks the primary time in six years that Morgan Cox, who’s on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist, won’t be Baltimore’s long-snapper. The Ravens made a sensible transfer carrying Moore, a former member of the XFL’s Tampa Bay Vipers, on the follow squad all season.

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