The upcoming season promises to be a captivating one for the Baltimore Ravens, largely because of the significant offensive transformations under the guidance of their new coordinator, Todd Monken.
With the departure of Greg Roman, Monken has taken the reins, bringing with him a dynamic vertical-style offense that equips the Ravens with an impressive array of weapons, causing considerable distress for opposing defenses.
However, in order for the Ravens to achieve their ambitions, the factor of player health looms large. ESPN’s Mike Clay believes that Lamar Jackson and Odell Beckham Jr. will be pivotal if Baltimore intends to dethrone the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North.
Clay stated, “For Baltimore to surpass the Bengals in the AFC North (and perhaps even challenge the Chiefs in the AFC), both Lamar Jackson (who missed five games in each of the past two seasons) and the 30-year-old Beckham (who has played just one full season since 2017 and missed the entire 2022 season) need to stay healthy.
It may seem like a formidable task, but this dynamic duo possesses immense potential within the fresh offensive scheme orchestrated by coordinator Todd Monken.”
During the previous season, Lamar Jackson concluded with 2,242 passing yards, 17 touchdowns, and seven interceptions across his 12 games. If he had competed throughout the entire regular season, he would have been on pace to achieve the highest passing yardage of his career, potentially exceeding 3,176 yards.
It remains surprising that a player of Lamar’s caliber has yet to surpass the 3,200-yard mark in a single season. However, this year could very well mark the turning point, with Odell Beckham Jr. playing a substantial role in this narrative.
It’s well-documented that Beckham Jr. has not reached the 1,000-yard receiving milestone since 2019. While achieving that feat this season might be a stretch, he is unquestionably capable of being a reliable contributor to Monken’s offensive strategy.
Recall the Super Bowl featuring the Los Angeles Rams—a game in which Odell Beckham Jr. had a firm grasp on the MVP trophy until an unfortunate knee injury sidelined him. If Beckham Jr. can recapture some of that production, the sky’s the limit for the Baltimore offense.
With Monken orchestrating the plays and Jackson enjoying more control than ever before, there is a tantalizing prospect that we might witness Lamar’s best season yet and be reminded that Beckham Jr. remains the Pro Bowl-caliber player we’ve all come to recognize.