Aggregate OL Results
The Ravens provided Jackson Ample Time and Space (ATS) on 9 of 17 drop backs (53%). That’s a season high for percentage and the low for drop backs. Of the 8 non-ATS drop backs, 3 were balls delivered before pressure could develop (BOQ) and 5 were pressures.
Summarizing the OL performance:
- They did not allow a QH or Sack
- They were responsible for all 5 pressures
- They allowed 1 run for a loss
- They were not penalized
The Ravens ran 54 scored snaps (excludes accepted penalties which result in no play, kneels, spikes, and special teams plays that result in a run or pass).
Brown: Zeus played well, primarily against Aldon Smith. He surrendered a full pressure when pushed back on his heels then shed by Smith (Q2, 13:42). He also tried too late to block DE Dorance Armstrong on Lamar’s errant throw for Boykin in the end zone (Q4, 8:25). He missed 5 blocks, 3 of which were either losses at the LoS or plays where he made no effort to engage. He made 7 blocks in level 2 but did not have a pancake. He executed his fake or found a block on 3 of 4 pulling assignments. His highlight was a combination on DT Eli Ankou then LB Sean Lee in level 2 (Q2, 12:26).
Scoring: 54 plays, 47 blocks, 5 missed, 2 pressures, 43 points (.80 per play). That’s a B with adjustment.
Bozeman: Bradley bounced back from a tough game against the Steelers. He was bulled by DT Tyrone Crawford for a pressure (Q1, 7:55) which was his only pass-blocking charge of the night. Neville Gallimore shed him to the ground to blow up Dobbins’ run left for a loss of 2 (Q4, 12:46) on what would be the OL’s only penetration allowed on the night. Of 3 missed blocks, only 1 was a loss at the LoS (2 PNBs). He had 7 blocks in level 2, 2 pancakes, and connected on 13 of 15 pulling assignments. He did not have a highlight.
Scoring: 54 plays, 49 blocks, 3 missed, 1 penetration, 1 pressure, 45 points (.83 per play). That’s a B after adjustment. I’ve seen a lot of the discussion of moving him to center, but the amount of pulling to which he’s been assigned the last 2 seasons is by far the highest rate per snap in team history. That’s another way of saying you can’t screw around at LG in Roman’s offense with someone who is a substandard puller. Given how he fits in this offense, the Ravens should consider extending Bozeman this offseason to a contract which takes advantage of divisible security and cost benefits.
Mekari: Patrick returned to center and was outstanding. He did not have a single negative charge as a pass or run blocker. He missed 3 blocks, all of which were losses at the LoS. He had 5 blocks in level 2 and made his only pull. His highlight was a combination block on DT Gallimore then S Xavier Woods in L2. Short paragraphs in this article are good a la Marshal Yanda.
Scoring: 54 plays, 51 blocks, 3 missed, 51 points (.94 per play). That’s an A with or without adjustment. Every position on the OL with the exception of RT now appears to have a strong incumbent. That’s a good place to be going into the most important game of the season for a line with as much turmoil as the 2020 Ravens.
Powers: Ben was not penalized for a second consecutive game and scored well. He was bulled by DT Crawford to the feet of Jackson for a pressure (Q2, 9:53) for his only negative play. He missed 3 blocks, of which 2 were losses at the LoS. He had 1 block in level 2 but did not deliver a pancake. He connected on his only pull. His highlight was a combination on DT Gallimore then S Woods in L2 to help lead Edwards’ 21-yard run right (Q4, 13:47).
Scoring: 54 plays, 50 blocks, 3 missed, 1 pressure, 48 points (.89 per play). That’s an A after adjustment.
Powers now has 256 scored snaps as a professional, which is approximately 4 games’ worth. On those snaps, he’s:
- Given up 0 sacks or QHs (outstanding)
- Surrendered 4.5 pressures (good)
- Allowed 0.25 penetrations (excellent)
- Been flagged for 2 offensive holds, 1 ineligible downfield, and a clipping (bad)
I’m hoping the last 2 games indicate that the OL staff has coached out some of the (unnecessary) flag-worthy behaviors. It’s been a trend we’ve seen frequently for previous Ravens linemen getting their first playing time.
Fluker: DJ played well in rotational duty lining up against DE DeMarcus Lawrence, the best Cowboys lineman. Lawrence beat him to flush Jackson left (pressure, Q2, 1:02) for his only charge of the night. Of 3 missed blocks, all were losses at the LoS. He made 3 blocks in level 2, delivered 1 pancake, and connected on his only pull. He had a pair of highlight combination blocks on consecutive plays (beginning Q2, 11:48).
Scoring: 30 plays, 26 blocks, 3 missed, 1 pressure, 24 points (.80 per play). That’s a solid B after adjustment for quality of opponent.
Phillips: Tyre started and played 24 snaps in rotation with Fluker at RT. He was twice beaten by DE DeMarcus Lawrence to flush Jackson (Q3, 8:00; Q3, 5:28) but Lamar bailed him out with runs of 7 and 14 yards, so both were scored as missed blocks. His other missed block was on a pull. He made 2 blocks in level 2 but did not deliver a pancake. He had a highlight combination block on DT Gallimore then LB Jaylon Smith (Q3, 6:47).
Scoring: 24 plays, 21 blocks, 3 missed, 21 points (.88 per play). That’s an A without adjustment. Because he was bailed out on 2 of Lawrence’s pressures, I did not give him a subjective adjustment for the game. Had those both been scored as pressures, his grade would have dropped to a C.
Skura: Matt made 5 of his 7 blocks as a sixth offensive lineman.
If you’re interested in seeing scoring trends for the players this season, those charts will be posted in the Gallery section and updated weekly.
No mention of Mekari’ bad snap for a fumble/7 yard loss?
That one was all on Lamar. The snap was on his left hip and he just missed it. Good to see Mekari consistently snap the ball in this one.
Thanks for reading, Paul!