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Ravens’ Top Breakout Candidates for 2017
The Ravens are on a mission to get back into the playoffs this year.
If that’s going to happen, Baltimore will need some of its talented young players to take the next step, and USA Today’s Chuck Mills outlined seven candidates primed for a breakout season:
OLB Matt Judon
The Ravens liked the potential they saw in Judon last year when he notched four sacks as a rookie. “Now he’ll have to take the next step in 2017 while fending off Za’Darius Smith, Tyus Bowser, and Tim Williams,” Mills wrote. “It won’t be easy, but if Judon can do it, he could have a big season next year.”
CB Tavon Young
The fourth-round pick had a stellar rookie campaign in which he played his way into the starting lineup, and now he’s in line to return to a slot corner role. “He played well, but he did struggle against taller receivers such as Dez Bryant,” Mills wrote. “But after Baltimore signed Brandon Carr and drafted Marlon Humphrey, the team will be able to move Young to the slot, where he should really thrive.”
WR Breshad Perriman
The speedster had 499 receiving yards and three touchdowns last year in his inaugural campaign, and he’s expected to move into a starting role this season. “Now Perriman is coming into the 2017 season without having to deal with rehabbing an injured knee and he is moving up the depth chart after [Steve] Smith’s retirement,” Mills wrote. “Perriman will have every chance to break out in 2017.”
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