K Justin Tucker
Tucker temporarily saved the Ravens' season with his game-winning 61-yard field goal against the Detroit Lions and missed just three of his 41 field goal attempts for the year. He was the only Raven named an All-Pro by the Associated Press.
CB Jimmy Smith
The 2011 first-round pick struggled during his first two seasons in the NFL, but he rarely stood out in a bad way this season. Baltimore feels like Smith has become one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL.
WR Marlon Brown
Brown went undrafted and missed the spring and beginning part of training camp as he worked back from knee surgery, but he impressed enough during the latter part of the summer to make the team. He ended up catching a team-high seven touchdowns.
DL Arthur Jones
Jones set himself up to get a good-sized contract as a free agent during the spring. He became a productive starter for the Ravens in 2012. This year, he led Baltimore defensive linemen with 53 tackles and had four sacks.
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ILB Daryl Smith
Smith helped soften the loss of Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe. He was beaten at times in coverage and was to blame for some of the big runs Baltimore gave up, but he led the team with 123 tackles. He also had five sacks, three interceptions and 19 pass deflections, a team-record for a linebacker.
Honorable Mention: S James Ihedigbo
Free agent class
Free safety Michael Huff was benched after one game and eventually released. Defensive lineman Marcus Spears battled injuries and was eventually released. Defensive end Chris Canty finished with just 22 tackles and two sacks. Outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil had 9.5 sacks but just one during the final six games he played in.
Safety Matt Elam was the only member of the Ravens' draft class to play a significant role during the season. Second-round inside linebacker Arthur Brown finished with just 15 tackles. Fourth-round fullback Kyle Juszczyk only played four snaps on offense. And third-round defensive lineman Brandon Williams and fourth-round outside linebacker John Simon were inactive for much of the second half of the year.
The offensive line
Baltimore finished fourth-worst in the NFL in total offense. The offensive line was a big reason why. Running backs rarely had room to run, especially during the first half of the season, and Baltimore ended up averaging the fewest yards per carry in the NFL (3.1). Also, only three teams allowed more sacks than the Ravens.
RB Ray Rice
Rice said that he was limited throughout the year by the hip injury he suffered in Week 2. The offensive line was also to blame for Rice's numbers being what they were. Regardless, Rice simply didn't look like the same dynamic, Pro Bowl-caliber playmaker that he was during his first five seasons in the NFL.
QB Joe Flacco
Like with Rice, other factors contributed to Flacco's numbers being what they were, but the Ravens needed Flacco to be better than he was this year in spite of anything else going on around him. He threw more interceptions (22) than touchdowns (19), and his quarterback rating (73.1) was worse than 31 other quarterbacks.
Dishonorable mentions: TE Ed Dickson, P Sam Koch, OLB Courtney Upshaw, OLBs Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil during second half of year