Here are five individual Ravens milestones to watch for in 2016, with Week 1 less than 100 days away.
WR Steve Smith Sr. reaching 1,000 career receptions
Only 13 players have reached 1,000 career receptions, and Smith should get there, entering the season with 961 catches. Smith has caught at least 46 passes every season since 2005. After putting off retirement and recovering from an Achilles injury, Smith will be driven to prove he can still play up to his standards.
LB Elvis Dumervil getting his 100th career sack
Dumervil needs just four sacks to join teammate Terrell Suggs in the 100-sack club . Things didn’t go as planned for Dumervil in 2015, as Suggs was lost for the season (Achilles) in Week 1, giving opponents more license to double-team Dumervil, who was held to just six sacks. With Suggs expected back, and the Ravens loading up on pass rushers in the draft, Dumervil should have more freedom to operate. The bigger question is not whether Dumervil gets four sacks, but whether he returns to being a double-digit sack producer.
WR Mike Wallace getting his 50th career TD reception
OK, this is virtually a lock, since Wallace already has 49 career TD catches. But I’m curious to see if Wallace is just an occasional playmaker in the Ravens’ offense, or a consistent threat. As recently as 2014 with the Dolphins, Wallace equaled his career high with 10 touchdown catches. The Ravens would gladly take that from Wallace.
RB Justin Forsett getting his 200th career reception
Forsett will be more concerned with his rushing totals, trying to secure his starting spot and eyeing a 1,000-yard season. However, Forsett has 190 career receptions, and has been the Ravens’ best pass-catching running back the past two seasons. That role could be threatened by rookie running back Kenneth Dixon, who was a prolific pass-catcher in college.
CB Jimmy Smith making his 10th career interception
Smith only has eight career picks in five seasons, but had a career-high three interceptions year. Forcing more turnovers is a huge point of emphasis for the Ravens in 2106. They will be counting on Smith to do his part.