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Ravens snap-count analysis: Dez Bryant, J.K. Dobbins take center stage in offensive shake-up

The Ravens tried to jump-start their offense with several lineup changes against the Tennessee Titans. Wide receiver Dez Bryant played a significant role for the first time, and rookie J.K. Dobbins worked as the featured running back.

Ravens offensive snap counts vs. Tennessee Titans 11/22/20

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Orlando Brown Jr. T 65

Bradley Bozeman G 65

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Lamar Jackson QB 65

Patrick Mekari C 65

Ben Powers G 65

Mark Andrews TE 56

Willie Snead IV WR 48

Marquise Brown WR 47

J.K. Dobbins RB 41

D.J. Fluker T 35

Dez Bryant WR 35

Will Holden T 30

Patrick Ricard FB 23

Miles Boykin WR 15

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Devin Duvernay WR 13

Gus Edwards RB 13

Luke Wilson TE 11

Matt Skura OL 9

Justice Hill RB 7

Mark Ingram II RB 6

James Proche II WR 1

Observations: The Ravens made several changes as they tried to jump-start their offense. With Mekari at center in place of Skura, Powers received a full starter’s workload for the first time this season. Fluker and Holden split time almost evenly at right tackle. The Ravens would like to settle on an offensive line for the rest of the season, but don’t be surprised if this experimentation continues for a few weeks. At wide receiver, Bryant went from inactive to a significant contributor in one week. His playing time seemed to come mostly at the expense of Duvernay, who played 23 fewer snaps than he did against the New England Patriots. As Brown’s slump continued, he played his lowest snap count since Week 4. With Nick Boyle out, Andrews played a season-high 86% of offensive snaps. At running back, the Ravens largely abandoned their rotation and turned the keys over to Dobbins. Coach John Harbaugh said the decision was based on the flow of this game, so it’s unclear how Edwards and Ingram will be used going forward.

Ravens defensive snap counts vs. Tennessee Titans 11/22/20

Chuck Clark SS 70

Marlon Humphrey CB 70

DeShon Elliott FS 69

Marcus Peters CB 68

Patrick Queen LB 59

Justin Ellis NT 58

Derek Wolfe DE 56

Matthew Judon LB 47

Pernell McPhee LB 43

Malik Harrison LB 35

Justin Madubuike DT 33

Broderick Washington DT 29

Tyus Bowser LB 26

Jimmy Smith CB 26

Yannick Ngakoue DE 22

L.J. Fort LB 20

Chris Board LB 20

Jaylon Ferguson LB 19

Observations: Ellis’ workload jumped again as the Ravens tried to counter Tennessee’s run-first game plan. That also meant ample work for Wolfe, Madubuike and Washington. Ngakoue, meanwhile, played a season-low 31% of defensive snaps, indicating that the Ravens really do see him as a pass-rushing specialist. He excelled in that role against the Titans despite the limited workload. With Fort back from injury, Harrison played 50% of defensive snaps compared to 84% the previous week. Bowser vaulted Ferguson in the outside-linebacker rotation, perhaps because he’s more adept in coverage, which he demonstrated with an interception. The Ravens again steered away from sets using five and six defensive backs. That meant a relatively light workload for Smith after his one-week absence due to an ankle injury. Cornerback Tramon Williams did not play at all on defense.

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