The Ravens offensive line allowed 2 sacks against the Cardinals following an opener where the only sack allowed did not include a share to a lineman.
As importantly, Ravens QBs have only been knocked down 3 times in 2 games.
The offensive line provided Jackson ample time and space (ATS) on 18 of 39 drop backs (46%), which is above average for the last several seasons.
Despite these positives, individual OL grades were mixed.
The Ravens ran 70 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 rebounded from a pair of holding penalties against the Dolphins with a fine game. He was bulled by OLB Chandler Jones to phonebooth the pocket on Peters sack. I scored that as 1/3 sack, the same score as a pressure and that was his only negative charge of the day. He twice allowed the pocket to be flushed by Jones, but each time was bailed out of a pressure charge when Lamar ran for gains of 14 and 11 (Q3, 14:29 and Q4, 7:25). He twice otherwise gave ground to Jones on pass plays where the ball was out quickly. He had 6 blocks in level 2 and 1 pancake. His highlights were a pair of extended level 2 blocks to lead runs of 18 and 11 yards, the last of which led Ingram’s run on 2nd and 12 (Q4, 2:08) that set up the final converted 3rd and 1 prior to victory kneels.
Scoring: 70 plays, 63 blocks, 6 missed, 1/3 sack, 61 points (.87 per play). That’s an A despite a moderation of the adjustment I would normally make for the 2 flush plays noted above.
Bozeman: Bradley started again at LG and delivered another solid effort highlighted by pulls that fueled the power run game. He converted 10 of 11 pulls and is now 22 for 25 (88%) for the season. He was beaten inside by mammoth DT Corey Peters for a sack (Q2, 1:54) for which I charged him a 2/3 share. That was his only negative charge of the day. He significantly reduced both the frequency (10 to 4) and severity of his missed blocks from week 1. He had 3 blocks in level 2 and delivered a team-high 5 pancakes. I did not score him for a highlight.
Scoring: 70 plays, 65 blocks, 4 missed, 2/3 sack, 1/3 ineligible downfield, 60 points (.86 per play). After adjustment that’s a B+ at guard.
Skura: Matt had a difficult afternoon. He was involved in 4 separate penetration charges where the Ravens had a loss on a run play. While not technically a penetration, those included a snap off the leg of the motioning Andrews (Q2, 1:10) which was recovered by Yanda for a loss of 2. He allowed 1 full pressure as a pass blocker when bulled by DE Zach Allen (Q4, 7:30). Matt was flagged for being ineligibly downfield on a run/pass option (Q3, 14:54). However, on that play, Bozeman, Skura, and Yanda were all in level 2 at approximately equal depth (approximately 3 yards) looking to initiate blocks, so I split the charge for the penalty evenly among the 3. Given the Ravens offensive scheme, they will need to be careful having linemen move upfield if the games will be called this closely. In past seasons, 5 yards of leeway has been a common standard for enforcement. He missed 4 blocks, 2 of which were less costly inability to make a block in level 2. He made 5 blocks in level 2 and had 2 highlight combination blocks, the more impactful of which helped lead Lamar’s 19-yard run on the Ravens 4th play (Q1, 10:01).
Scoring: 70 plays, 61 blocks, 4 missed, 3 penetrations (2 + 2 x 1/2), 1 pressure, 1/3 ineligible downfield, 52 points (.74 per play). That’s a D at center.
Yanda: Marshal had another fine game which included the most pulling assignments I can recall him having in a long time. The Ravens are a right-handed, power-run team primarily because 1) Orlando Brown delivers excellent point-of-attack push and 2) Yanda is outstanding on the pivot. However, Marshal pulled 8 times and scored 6 points in this game. I gave him a half charge for each of 2 penetrations shared with Skura in the first quarter. He did not have a pass blocking charge. He made 3 blocks in level 2. His highlight was a combination on DE Allen and LB Hicks to help lead Ingram’s 7-yard run (Q4, 6:49).
Scoring: 70 plays, 67 blocks, 1 missed, 1 penetration (2 x ½), 1/3 ineligible downfield, 64 points (.91 per play). That’s an A with or without adjustment.
Brown: Orlando took a step back from a big game in week 1. He was bulled by OLB Cassius Marsh who got a hold of Jackson’s jersey and eventually took him down for a sack (Q1, 2:12). On that play, Brown was called for holding which is washed out in the scoring below by the full sack charge. He was also flagged for holding Suggs to negate Hill’s 9-yard run right (Q2, 2:00). He surrendered 3 full pressures, including 2 by bull rush to Suggs. He had 3 pancakes, but did not record a level 2 block or a highlight.
Scoring: 70 plays, 59 blocks, 6 missed, 3.5 pressures, 1 sack, 1 offensive holding, 40 points (.57 per play). That’s an D with adjustment.
Hurst: James entered for one jumbo formation and made his block as the 6th lineman.
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