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Ravens snap-count analysis: Injuries force significant lineup shuffling in loss to Patriots

With injuries depleting their defensive front and the New England Patriots hitting them with a run-heavy attack, the Ravens asked for season-high workloads from players such as Justin Ellis and Malik Harrison.

Ravens offensive snap counts vs. New England Patriots 11/15/20

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Orlando Brown Jr. T 66

Matt Skura C 66

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Bradley Bozeman G 66

Lamar Jackson QB 66

Patrick Mekari G/T 66

Marquise Brown WR 62

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Mark Andrews TE 50

Willie Snead IV WR 45

Devin Duvernay WR 36

D.J. Fluker T 34

Ben Powers G 34

Nick Boyle TE 31

J.K. Dobbins RB 29

Miles Boykin WR 19

Patrick Ricard FB 19

Mark Ingram II RB 17

Gus Edwards RB 15

Justice Hill RB 5

Observations: Powers played nearly as many snaps as he had in the previous eight games combined. Coach John Harbaugh said this did not signal the end of Fluker’s time as a significant contributor, so we’ll have to wait and see whom the Ravens line up to start against the Tennessee Titans. Duvernay nearly doubled Boykin’s snaps, continuing a three-week trend. Andrews played 76% of the offensive snaps, his second highest rate of the season, and that figures to increase after Boyle suffered a season-ending knee injury. As promised, the Ravens returned to their familiar running-back rotation with Ingram in the mix.

Ravens defensive snap counts vs. New England Patriots 11/15/20

Chuck Clark SS 58

DeShon Elliott FS 58

Marcus Peters CB 58

Patrick Queen LB 56

Marlon Humphrey CB 55

Malik Harrison LB 49

Derek Wolfe DE 49

Justin Ellis NT 47

Matthew Judon LB 37

Justin Madubuike DT 33

Pernell McPhee LB 27

Yannick Ngakoue DE 25

Jaylon Ferguson LB 19

Broderick Washington DT 18

Tramon Williams CB 14

Tyus Bowser LB 12

Terrell Bonds CB 8

Chris Board LB 7

Brandon Williams NT 5

Geno Stone FS 2

Observations: Ellis not only played the most snaps he ever has for the Ravens; he played more snaps than Brandon Williams has in any game this season. This shows how much the Patriots forced the Ravens to play out of their base defense with a run-first approach. Madubuike also reached a career-high snap count, while Washington played for the first time since Week 6. With New England presenting few pass-rushing opportunities, Ngakoue played 43% of the defensive snaps compared with 66% the previous week. That number will likely rise against almost every other team the Ravens face. After his promising game against the Indianapolis Colts, Harrison played 84% of the defensive snaps, easily his most active outing as a pro. Board, meanwhile, dropped from 35 snaps to seven. Perhaps the Ravens simply wanted the larger Harrison on the field against the Patriots' power-oriented attack. With New England attempting just 18 passes, the Ravens did not need as many defensive backs as usual, so recently signed free agent Tramon Williams made a modest debut. But expect to see his playing time increase over the balance of the schedule.

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