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Ravens news, notes and opinions on value of Brandon Williams, Collins' third chance, fixing offense

Ravens news, notes and opinions on value of Brandon Williams, Collins' third chance, fixing offense

There was at least some skepticism outside the team building about the Ravens’ thought process in giving interior run stuffer Brandon Williams a five-year, $52.5 million deal in March. It’s a passing league and the Ravens, a team with annual salary cap problems, gave a player with 4 ½ sacks in four NFL seasons a guaranteed $24.5 million.

I was among those who wondered whether it was the right move, but I’m not wondering anymore, and nobody else should be either. Williams’ absence over the past two weeks because of a foot injury has been glaring in myriad ways.

It’s been evident in the struggles of the run defense, which has given up 339 yards and...

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