Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Ravens.
77 -- The percentage of targets caught by Brandon Stokley when he lined up as a slot receiver last season.
Of all receivers who ran at least 50 percent of their routes from out the slot last season, none were more reliable than Brandon Stokley, who signed with the Ravens on Sunday. Playing for the Denver Broncos last season, Stokley ran 93.8 percent of his routes from out the slot, where he had 47 catches for 556 yards and five touchdowns -- all of his 2012 production, including playoffs. He dropped just two passes and his 77 percent catch rate out of the slot was tops among wide receivers who ran at least 50 percent of their routes out of the slot, according to Pro Football Focus. Stokley might not be Anquan Boldin, but he can still help.
Taylor, who should again be the primary backup to Joe Flacco, impressed in Thursday's preseason win. He rushed for 27 yards on five carries and was the triggerman for various option runs on at least six of his 48 snaps. But I was more impressed with his arm than I was with his legs. The numbers back that up. Taylor completed 13 of his 23 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. His passer rating was 106.1. Only once in his previous eight preseason games did Taylor have a higher passer rating -- against the Jacksonville Jaguars last summer.
Three -- Pressures for Adrian Hamilton against the Buccaneers.
Hamilton is a young player who is trying to stand out in a crowded group of outside linebackers. His performance Thursday night definitely helped. Hamilton played 22 snaps against the Buccaneers, usually lining up across from the left tackle. He rushed the passer on 13 of those plays and recorded a sack and two other pressures, per Pro Football Focus.
122 -- Penalty yards for the Ravens in the preseason opener.
Penalties are to be expected in the preseason, with rookies and new faces being worked into the mix and players trying to practice good technique in a game for the first time in a while. But Baltimore was flagged for nine penalties for 122 yards compared to five for 46 for Tampa Bay. Of course, 51 of the Ravens’ penalty yards came on a pair of defensive pass interference calls against cornerback Chykie Brown. Still, it wasn’t a good sign considering the Ravens gave away more penalty yards than any other team in the league last season.
Three -- The number of plays the first-team offense used two tight ends in about a quarter of action against the Buccaneers.
After the Anquan Boldin trade, I predicted the Ravens would use more two-TE sets this season. But tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson got injured. The Ravens have brought in Visanthe Shiancoe, but when the first-team offense played against the Buccaneers, they used two-TE sets sparingly. I counted only three plays in which the Ravens had Shiancoe and Billy Bajema out on the field with Flacco. Maybe things will change with Dallas Clark on board, but their use of 12 personnel probably won’t be as much as I initially anticipated.
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