Ravens 2022 season-in-review: Offensive line

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The Baltimore Ravens’ front five were faced with an impossible task in 2022, given the quarterback carousel that came to define the team’s fate at the end of the season. Despite achieving favorable pass-blocking grades via Pro Football Focus’ analysis of their film, quarterback Lamar Jackson was sacked 26 times in 12 starts, and Ravens backups hit the turf an additional 12 times over the course of Baltimore’s last five games.

The team would probably like those numbers to be lower, but despite that the team had much better offensive line play than in 2021, and multiple starters played very well over the course of the 2022 season.

Their offensive line was led by veteran tackle Morgan Moses, who graded out as the Ravens’ fourth-best offensive player on the season, per PFF. Fellow tackle Patrick Mekari received favorable grades as well, as did guard Kevin Zeitler and rookie center Tyler Linderbaum. All four of these core offensive linemen were in the Ravens’ top-10 graded offensive players according to PFF.

Left tackle Ronnie Stanley achieved a 69.4 grade from PFF, though he was active in only 11 games on the season. He regained his form that some thought he would lose after a long absence, performing admirably as he got back into game shape. Left guard Ben Powers stepped up and had a great year, likely earning himself a nice pay day in free agency.

The Ravens’ depth up front wasn’t an issue either. Like every other team in the league, they dealt with injuries over the course of the season and had to battle through some tough situations to punch their ticket to the playoffs. Players such as Trystan Colon-Castillo made an impact on the team and contributed to the Ravens’ effort despite less-than-ideal circumstances.

Heading into next season, Baltimore should be more focused on upgrading its skill position groups and extending their quarterback than on their offensive line, as the unit was their main focus during last offseason, paying off in a big way.

Story originally appeared on Ravens Wire