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Ravens: Injured Players in 2018 That Could Provide Impact Next Season

January 17, 2019 - 7:55 am
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By Joe Schiller

The Baltimore Ravens were fortunate to avoid losing a number of major injuries this season, avoiding a trend that's battered John Harbaugh's team in recent years.

However, a slew of players, particuarly young talent, landed on season-ending injured reserve. These players can become forgotten figures throughout the course of the season but are consistently rehabbing and working to return in 2019.

I take a look at four players who could provide an impact on the 53-man roster after not seeing the field this season. 

 

DeShon Elliott

The sixth-round pick out of Texas strung together an impressive offseason but suffered a fractured forearm in the second half of the Ravens’ third preseason game against the Miami Dolphins. Elliott missed the entire year rehabbing from the injury, which was disappointing considering he was expected to see time on the field, likely as a special teams contributor.

Elliott may be thrusted into a more prominent role next season depending on how the safety position shapes out. Both Eric Weddle and Tony Jefferson could be released as cap casualties to create  savings. It’s unlikely both depart but Elliott could have a chance to compete for significant playing time.

Of course, this revolves around his health heading into the offseason but coming up on five months since the injury, I would assume Elliott would be ready to go.

 

Jaleel Scott

Scott, a fourth-round pick, was one of two receivers (Jordan Lasley) drafted by the Ravens this season. Following a inconsistent preseason with just one catch for nine yards, Scott was placed on injured reserve in late August with a hamstring injury.

Scott has a wealth of upside standing at 6’5”. He possesses the catch radius fitting for Lamar Jackson, is a red zone target and an ideal blocking wideout. Experience still plays a large factor for Scott since he only played two seasons at New Mexico State and now one in the NFL.

Yet, he’s an intriguing player I’ll be looking for this offseason.

 

Bam Bradley

After signing with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2017 and making the 53-man roster that same season, Bam Bradley suffered a torn ACL Week 2 against the Browns and was placed on injured reserve. He didn’t play this season after failing to be activated from the physically unable to perform list (PUP).

It’s been quite some time since he’s seen the field but by virtue of his position, Bradley could be considered for playing time at inside linebacker. C.J. Mosley is set to become an unrestricted free agent and Patrick Onwuasor will be a restricted free agent.

Kenny Young showed promise his rookie season but even at worst, Bradley could vy for an important special teams role on Jerry Rosburg’s unit. Undrafted linebackers in Baltimore such have had success following a similar path.

 

Kaare Vedvik

They have the best place kicker in the league with Justin Tucker but the Ravens seem to have knack for finding undrafted talent at the position. That proved no different this past offseason with the emergence of Kaare Vedvik.

The rookie out of Marshall University connected on 8-of-9 field goals and pinned seven punts inside the 20-yard line during the preseason but found himself of the reserve/non-football injury list after an incident in early September left him hospitalized. 

The versatility as a young kicker makes Vedvik an appealing commodity for the Ravens – both as a contributor or a potential trade piece.