Sunday’s opponent, the Atlanta Falcons, aren’t any better defensively than the Bengals and Raiders but Ravens officials will get a better read on the progress of Lamar Jackson, who will likely be making his first NFL road start.
When Lamar Jackson was taken No. 32 overall in the draft this year, Ozzie Newsome acknowledged they were “building for the future” with the Heisman Trophy winner. But, he added, “In order for us to win this year, we need Joe Flacco.”
The Ravens open at home against the Buffalo Bills, will be done with AFC North road games after Oct. 7, have a three-game road trip, have a three-game homestand, face four straight 2017 playoff teams in the midseason, and have back-to-back road games against the Falcons and Chiefs in December.
On a day where money changed hands at a dizzying rate both before and after the free-agent market opened at 4 p.m., the Ravens stayed mostly quiet, but set themselves up to make moves in the days ahead.