Exiting the 2019 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens still had a hole at edge rusher. The Ravens added Pernell McPhee yesterday to increased their potential pass rushing options. It appears they are not done on that front as they have reportedly added Shane Ray to the fray:
Ray, who turns 26 on May 18, will be entering his fifth season next year. Ray was the 23rd overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft out of the University of Missouri. In his four seasons as a Denver Bronco, Ray tallied 14 sacks but just two in the last two seasons. He has also only registered five quarterback hits in his last two seasons after picking up 28 in his first two years.
Ray has fallen off as of late, but the Ravens have decided that they are going to take a risk and see if they can get the eight sack guy from 2016 to come back out of Ray.
Ray joins McPhee as additions to a pass rushing quartet of Matt Judon, third year disappointments Tim Williams and Tyus Bowser, and second round pick Jaylon Ferguson. With the Ravens secondary projected to be one of the best in the NFL (the best for my money), it will be pivotal that the Ravens get a consistent pass rush.
While neither of these two signings represent the addition of a sure fire impact player, they both seem to signal that the Ravens are not confident in their group as it was previously constructed. If both Williams and Bowser struggle in training camp, one of them could be on the way out if McPhee or Ray shows flashes over the summer.
If all players perform well, the Ravens could find themselves deeper at the position than they ever could have imagined. The departures of Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith signaled that the EDGE position could be one of few holes on a defense that figures to lead this Ravens team in 2019.
Hopefully the additions of McPhee and Ray paired with the Ravens existing options keeps this position from holding back the defense in 2019.
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