The Ravens ran 53 scored snaps (excludes accepted penalties which result in no play, kneels, spikes, and special teams plays that result in a run or pass).
Stanley: Ronnie had another solid game. He was beaten inside by Clowney who took down Ingram for a loss of 1 on 3rd and 2 to stall the Ravens first drive (Q1, 11:03). He allowed consecutive pressures to Clowney early in the second half (beginning Q3, 12:13) on by swim and bull respectively. Those were his only negative events against one of the league’s most dynamic edge players. He made 3 blocks in level 2, delivered 1 pancakes, and made 1 of 3 pulls. Only 1 of his 3 missed blocks was a loss at the line of scrimmage (LoS). His highlight was a combination on DT Al Woods then LB Bobby Wagner in level 2 to lead Edwards’ 9-yard run left (Q4, 9:11).
Scoring: 53 plays, 47 blocks, 3 missed, 1 penetration, 2 pressures, 41 points (.77 per play). That’s a B with an adjustment. Since the opener, Stanley has logged 6 consecutive grades of B or better.
Bozeman: Bradley had his best game of the season at a time where his job may have been in jeopardy. He was bulled by DT Quinton Jefferson for a pressure on 3rd and 8 that went for an incomplete pass 9Q2, 11:14). That was his only full charge. He missed just 2 blocks, something which had been a problem at time in the first 6 games, but neither was a loss at the LoS. He and Yanda had an exceptional game pulling with Bozeman connecting on 13 of 14 such assignments and Yanda 7 of 7. Bozeman had 4 blocks in level 2, but did not deliver a pancake. His highlight was a pull to the ribcage of Clowney, who had been allowed into the backfield by Brown blocking inside (Q4, 9:52). Jackson was then able to escape the pocket left for a 13-yard run.
Scoring: 53 plays, 49 blocks, 2 missed, 1.5 pressures, 46 points (.87 per play). That’s an A after adjustment. After allowing a sack in each of the previous 3 games, a top-tier performance like this goes a log way towards keeping his job safe.
Skura: Matt took a step back due to some trouble anchoring against DT/NT Al Woods. Skura was bulled by Woods for a pressure (Q3, 2:15). Woods then shed him for a penetration to take down Ingram for a loss of 2 (Q4, 7:53). He also failed to deliver the snap (Q3, 2:10), despite Jackson’s animated signals and thigh taps from both guards. Crowd noise appeared to be the root cause, so I eventually decided not to charge him for the flag, but took away his subjective adjustment instead for the combination of that play and the misdirected shotgun snap which Jackson was unable to collect cleanly (Q3, 12:52). Of his 3 missed blocks, 2 were losses at the LoS, including a bull by the stunting Clowney which flushed Jackson for his 30-yard run (Q4, 11:20). Skura made 2 blocks in level 2, delivered 1 pancake, and connected on his only pull. I did not score him for a highlight.
Scoring: 53 plays, 47 blocks, 3 missed, 1 penetration, 1.5 pressures, 42 points (.79 per play). That’s a D+ with no adjustment at center.
Yanda: Marshal made it clear he’d decide after 2019 if he’d return for 2020, but this season doesn’t look like a victory lap. He posted another game with no negative charges. Of his 3 missed blocks, he twice was unable to find a block in level 2 and was unable to pick up a delayed blitz from Wagner when the ball was out quickly. He did not have a block in level 2 (I can’t recall the last time that happened), delivered 1 pancake, and was successful on all 7 pulls. I did not score him for a highlight.
Scoring: 53 plays, 50 blocks, 3 missed, 50 points (.94 per play). That’s an A prior to adjustment. I’ve probably watched the “Hell yeah, coach. Let’s go for it!” video 15+ times and some of those were to try to hear Yanda’s response. Yanda was being supportive (and obviously having fun) just by responding excitedly. But it’s also been reported as “If he wants to go for it, I want to go for it!” Regardless of which version is accurate, Yanda is practicing his own form of leadership that is highly complementary to Lamar’s. I would wager a guy who is so obviously enjoying the game won’t retire (assuming his health holds up) if the Ravens run ends short of a Lombardi.
Brown: Zeus matched his best game of the season. I charged him with just 1 pressure when he let Quinton Jefferson flush Jackson to pick up the delayed blitz from CB Jamar Taylor with Yanda. He missed 3 blocks, 2 of which were losses at the LoS. He made 2 blocks in level 2, but did not have a pancake, pull attempt or highlight as I scored him. Brandon Thorn of Scouting Academy was on to discuss the OL on last week’s podcast and commented on how few good RTs were in the game. I normally think of the LT spot as the more difficult to find a size-and-shape fit, but the Ravens are lucky to have both tackle spots in capable hands.
Scoring: 53 plays, 49 blocks, 3 missed, 1 pressure, 47 points (.89 per play). That’s an A with or without adjustment.
Hurst: James made a block as a 6th offensive lineman on Jackson’s 8-yard TD run (Q3, 1:24) as part of a picket fence of kickout blockers who opened a big lane. When he was next in as the 6th lineman (Q4, 6:26), he stepped back out of a legal formation (he was the TE) and motioned for Boyle (who was also lined up legally) to move as well. Both players stepped back simultaneously and the Ravens were flagged for an illegal shift, but this was an illegal formation foul attributable to Hurst.
If you’re interested in seeing scoring trends for the players this season, those charts will be posted shortly and updated weekly.