The Ravens rookies running back J.K. Dobbins and linebacker Patrick Queen were not nervous about playing in their first NFL game.
Ravens tight end Mark Andrews played a higher percentage of offensive snaps against the Cleveland Browns than he did in any game last season, while first-round pick Patrick Queen made good on predictions that he’ll be a three-down linebacker.
Here’s what else we learned from the Ravens' snap counts in Week 1:
Ravens offensive snap counts vs. Cleveland Browns in Week 1
Observations: Andrews absorbed most of Hayden Hurst’s snaps from last season, playing a higher percentage (71%) than he did in any 2019 game. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman rotated his running backs as promised, with none of them playing more than 39% of offensive snaps. By contrast, Ingram often played more than half the team’s offensive snaps in 2019. Roman also employed a democratic rotation at wide receiver, with Boykin, Snead and Brown sharing almost identical snap counts. Skura handled close to a full workload in his return from knee surgery. The Ravens used Ricard as a ball carrier and receiver, but his snap count fell in line with his pattern from the second half of last season.
Ravens defensive snap counts vs. Cleveland Browns in Week 1
Observations: In his debut, Queen lived up to predictions that he’d be a three-down linebacker, playing more defensive snaps than Josh Bynes did in any game last season. The Ravens stuck to their pattern of keeping both starting safeties on the field for almost every snap. They reduced Judon’s workload; he played more than 80% of all defensive snaps last season. Smith was seemingly limited by the back spasms that caused him to be listed as questionable for the game. Expect to see him more in later weeks. Harrison started beside Queen, but he and Fort split playing time almost evenly. As expected, Wolfe and Campbell played the most snaps among the team’s defensive linemen, but the Ravens got Washington on the field more than anticipated as they maintained their practice of rotating interior defenders liberally. Ferguson remains behind Bowser and McPhee among the team’s edge defenders.