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Ravens Week 1 stock report; Who’s up, who’s down?

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The Ravens didn’t take a long time to begin to lay waste to the Browns on Sunday. 

They scored on their first drive, which came off an interception by cornerback Marlon Humphrey. They hung 38 points — including 24 in the first half — and allowed just six to a revamped offensive unit. 

Most importantly, there were few glaring mistakes after their dominant win at M&T Bank Stadium. 

Here’s the weekly stock report:

Stock up: Patrick Queen

The Ravens’ first-round draft choice proved why he was worthy of the 28th selection, and why a few teams should’ve considered him sooner, with a team leading eight tackles. Queen also registered his first career sack and forced fumble, as it was a banner day for another heralded Ravens inside linebacker.

Paired with fellow rookie Malik Harrison to start the game, the Ravens have a nice linebacking corps they can build off of for years. And it starts with Queen.

Stock down: Run defense

The Ravens allowed 132 yards on the ground to Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb, including a scoring drive in the first quarter where the Browns drove right down the field and to cut the lead to 10-6. 

Queen said the reasons for the long runs were mistakes that are correctable, and it’s important to note the Ravens won’t face a better backfield all season long. 

Still, there could’ve been a better start to the season for a revamped front seven.

 

Stock up: Pass defense

For as much as the Ravens’ defensive line and linebacking corps received praise in the offseason, the Ravens’ pass defense was the star of Sunday’s defensive performance.

With an interception, it allowed just 189 yards on 21-of-39 passing from Baker Mayfield. Odell Beckham Jr. was targeted 10 times and made just three catches for 22 yards. 

There were a few coverage sacks in there too, as the Ravens secondary proved their one of, if not the best unit, in the league.

Stock down: Patrick Ricard

Ricard saw the field a lot, but in his only carry of the season, lost a fumble. Later in the game, he was penalized for an illegal crackback block. 

His role on the Ravens is an undervalued one, but as a rusher, he might not get many more carries.

Stock up: Lamar Jackson

Well.

There’s really not anywhere to go but up for Lamar Jackson, but he somehow did it against the Browns. 

On 20-for-25 passing for 275 yards, his improved deep ball accuracy was on display as he routinely made impressive throws down the field. His rushing ability is still there, as he led the Ravens in rush yards with 45 on seven carries. 

The numbers weren’t as gaudy as last year, but he looked like a better quarterback than a year ago.

Stock up: Marquise Brown

Brown is going to be a problem this season in terms of taking the top off defenses. 

He made catches of 47, 21, four, 13 and 16 yards to lead the Ravens in receiving. He was the game’s leading receiver, and if it weren’t for Jackson, may have been the most impressive takeaway offensively. 

The Ravens can use him in a variety of ways in their offense, either on deep routes, intermediate routes, or quick-hitting pass plays. Either way, they’re going to try and get the football in his hands as much as possible.