Ravens News 11/23: Front-5 Flex and more

Ravens rookie safety Kyle Hamilton was a key factor in the defensive turn – Jeff Zrebiec

With all the deserved credit that inside linebackers Roquan Smith and Patrick Queen have received for the recent improvement in defense, Hamilton’s emergence was also a major factor. Gone is the insecure rookie who was prone to botched covers and missed tackles. In recent weeks, Hamilton has played with speed and physicality. He has done exceptionally well in man-to-man coverage all season. That has continued. But now he attacks better, he plays close to the line of scrimmage and makes himself felt as a blitzer.

Defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald has clearly found a role that brings out the best in the former Notre Dame standout. That means letting Hamilton do a little bit of everything and being a bit of a pawn. Hamilton has also helped fill in the nickel stain, which has been a problem area for the Ravens since the start of the season.

It would be easy to credit Smith’s takeover for Queens’ recent strong play, but the third-year pro was starting to turn it on even before Smith’s arrival. In his last four games, Queen has 32 tackles, 1 1/2 sacks and four tackles for losses. Like Hamilton, he’s a much better tackler and quick to get to football, but he’s also in control. He was also much more competitive in reporting.

Ravens Q&A: ILB Patrick Queen on his struggles in 2021, breaking through in 2022 and pitching to Odell Beckham Jr. – Jonas Shaffer

At training camp, defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald said that through no fault of your own, you didn’t understand how full-field-passing concepts came to the NFL as well as you do now. There have been many half-field pass concepts in the Southeastern Conference. How important do you think that was for you?

You know that in college [pass] Rush gets there so he doesn’t have as much time to throw. But as far as the NFL is concerned, the whole line is good. You have time to review your progress. And I didn’t play Mike in college, so it wasn’t like I had to go through progressions. I played Mike in third place and it was either Blitz or Run the Seam.

Do you feel similar vibes with you and Roquan Smith when it comes to being one of the best pairings at your position?

That’s the point we’re trying to get across to each other: “We’re going to make it.” It can take a little time to get the chemistry right, we see how the other plays, just know what we can do with each other and stuff like that. I feel like once we get that chemistry together, once we know how each other plays, I feel like that’s going to be the point where nobody’s going to do nothing. We just played [New Orleans] Saints on Monday evening [in Week 9], and it was a great offense that we played and I wouldn’t say closed, but we pretty much had the deal. … I feel like over time we just keep believing in each other and keep working together and the sky is the limit.

Defensive Notes vs. Panthers Week 11 2022 – Ken McKusick

EQUIPPED FRONT-5 DEPTH MOVES

The game of the DL and OLB group has increased a lot in the last few games. To sum it up in “glass is half full” terms:

Justin Houston has returned and registered 7 sacks in just 73 passing games, resulting in a pass or sack (9.6%). To put that number in context, the 2006 Ravens, who set a franchise record with 60 sacks, had a 10.6% TEAM sack percentage.

Odafe Oweh has notably returned to Rush LB (opposite the Naked Tackle) and improved his pressure rate.

Jason Pierre-Paul set the edge effectively, applied some pressure and was opportunistic in both sacks and interception Sunday.

Tyus Bowser has shown his athleticism and has returned to play the role of Sam LB, including contributions against the run, in reporting and as a pass rusher.

David Ojabo has been added to the 53-man squad and is awaiting his first activation.

The DL is briefly a true NT but is otherwise healthy and all play well in rotational roles

Madubuike and Campbell have each created internal pressures that are near the top of any IDL in the league.

Broderick Washington has served as both a run defender and a pass rusher.

Brent Urban gave Campbell a good relief and quality run assignment game in addition to the tipped INT against the Bucs.

Travis Jones is the closest thing to an NT and filled in nicely for Pierce by offering some penetration. He hit the chop block on the Panthers, who stalled one of their drives.

2022 NFL Season: Assessing All 32 First-Round Picks After Week 11 – Sam Monson

14 BALTIMORE RAVENS:S KYLE HAMILTON, NOTRE DAME

Overall Rookie Score: 86.9 (Rank: 1/22)

main opponent: Laviska Shenault Jr.

Snapshots from week 11: 21

Hamilton played 21 snaps this week before retiring with a knee injury. He still made four defensive stops to double his previous high. He spent the majority of his snaps lined up above the slit, where he let very little get past him.

25 BALTIMORE RAVENS:C Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa

Overall Rookie Score: 69.1 (Rank: 1/4)

main opponent: Derrick Brown

Snapshots from week 11: 69

Linderbaum gave up a few pressure attempts against the Panthers, but his run-blocking performance was his stronger court. Linderbaum had some nice blocks against Derrick Brown, the kind of huge interior lineman he sometimes struggled with. He was able to beat Brown with quickness but also propelled him off the line with combination blocks on more than one occasion.

One thing we learned about every team in Week 11: Dak Prescott back for Cowboys; Eagles new signing with a big impact – Jeff Kerr

Baltimore Ravens

De Marcus Robinson is WR1: Robinson rallied for an offense that rushed for just 115 yards on Sunday — Baltimore’s second-lowest total of the season. He finished with nine catches for 128 yards on a day when no other wide receiver had more than two goals (James Proche had zero catches).

The only other Ravens wide receiver to catch a pass was Devin Duvernay (a 3-yard catch). With Rashod Bateman out for the year, someone had to move up among the Ravens’ wide receivers. Robinson has emerged as the top wideout in the past three weeks with 16 catches for 204 yards.

Baltimore needs more help at wide receiver, but Robinson is the go-to wideout in this roster when Bateman is out.

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