Offensive Line Grades vs. Raiders Baltimore Ravens/Shawn Hubbard

Filmstudy Offensive Line Grades vs. Raiders

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The Ravens ran 67 scored snaps (excludes 1 accepted penalty and 2 kneels from Gamebook* total).

Stanley: Ronnie continued his run of fine play. I charged him with 1/3 of the sack on the Ravens’ second offensive play (Q1, 8:14) when he was bulled by DE Frostee Rucker to compromise the pocket. I gave Lewis 1/6 of the same sack for pressure surrendered to DT Jonathan Hankins who arrived a little later. The rest of the charge went to Lamar for failing to unload the ball as he rolled left from the pocket. Stanley had just 1 other pass-blocking charge, a pressure on which he oddly backed into the pocket without an opponent to block (Q2, 8:01). He had 4 blocks in level 2, 1 pancake, and made 2 of 3 pulls. His highlight was a pull to find and drive Nelson 7 yards into L2 to lead Montgomery’s 6-yard conversion of 3rd and 5. That play was one of 3 occasions where the Ravens ran right while pulling both the backside guard and tackle. 

Pulling Stanley looks for work and spies Nelson (27)

Scoring: 67 plays, 61 blocks, 4 missed, 1 pressure, 1/3 sack, 57 points (.85 per play). That’s an A- with adjustment.

Lewis: Alex lost 15 snaps to injury and took a step back amidst broad success on the OL. He surrendered 2 full pressures by bull rush (Hankins and McDonald). Alex was beaten for a third pressure when he pulled and was unable to square up against blitzing S Karl Joseph (Q3, 14:26). The miss on Joseph hurt his pulling score (-2 for that play) where he otherwise made all 7 such assignments. He made 3 blocks in level 2, delivered 1 pancake, and scored 5 of 8 possible points while pulling. His highlight was a pull to push CB Worley out of the frame on even the top view of the coaches film (used primarily for assessing the secondary). The play was snapped from the Oakland 28 and the broadcast video shows Worley leaving the game from near the goal line, so Lewis maintained his push to the echo of the whistle.

Scoring: 52 plays, 46 blocks, 2 missed, 3 pressures, 1/6 sack, 1 false start, 36 points (.69 per play). That’s a D after adjustment.

Skura: Matt barely missed his second consecutive A. He surrendered a full pressure when beaten left by Hankins (Q1, 5:26) which flushed Jackson. He also shared a pressure with Yanda on the 74-yard completion to Andrews (Q2, 9:26). Of his 3 missed blocks, he was beaten twice at the LoS and slipped moving to L2 on a third. He had 6 blocks in level 2, 1 pancake, and pulled successfully on his only attempt. His 2 highlights included a combination block and a kickout/pancake of LB Nick Morrow (Q2, 2:34) that opened the way for a 19-yard run by Edwards.

Scoring: 67 plays, 62 blocks, 3 missed, 1.5 pressures, 59 points (.88 per play). That’s a B+ with adjustment.

Yanda: Marshal rebounded to a solid A in a game where he missed a snap despite vehemently arguing his fitness to avoid concussion protocol. The share of the pressure when beaten by Maurice Hurst (Q2, 9:26) was his only charge of the day. He missed 3 blocks, none of which were potentially costly losses at the LoS (Pull no block, L2NB, tripped moving to L2). He had 6 blocks in level 2 and 2 highlight combination blocks (Q4, 13:04 and Q4, 3:47). He missed his only pull and while all other elements of his game are sound, this is an area where he may have surrendered some mobility to age.

Scoring: 66 plays, 62 blocks, 3 missed, ½ pressure, 61 points (.92 per play). That’s an A with or without adjustment.

Brown: Zeus was effective as a run and pass blocker. He did not have a single charge for pass or run blocking other than the holding flag on Calhoun that negated the 48-yard completion to Brown. His 4 missed blocks were an odd combination. He was bulled by Calhoun on a ball that was out quickly for a gain of 25. Twice he passed up a block at the LoS which might have been schematic (Q1, 3:28 and Q4, 14:28). He had 6 blocks in level 2, delivered 4 pancakes, made both of his pulls, and impressively maintained his push on Calhoun (Q3, 11:48). He used his size well in this game by finishing his blocks, but I’ve also been impressed the last 2 games in how Mornhinweg’s run scheme relies on Brown to provide mobility that was not advertised before the draft.

Scoring: 67 plays, 63 blocks, 4 missed, 1 false start, 1 offensive holding, 54 points (.81 per play). That’s a B after adjustment.

Bozeman: Bradley entered for Lewis for 16 plays and made all his blocks, which was 4 snaps short of my minimum for a game grade. In his short outing, he made 4 blocks in level 2, pulled successfully on both assignments, and had 2 highlight combination blocks among the first 4 plays of the 4th quarter. A skeptic might point out A) he had an opportunity against a tired group of defenders and B) he didn’t have to do much pass blocking (5 snaps), but he’s now played 110 snaps (a little less than 2 full games) with a raw score of .87 at guard which would be a low A if aggregated. The Ravens are fortunate to have identified solid OL depth as the season has progressed.

Game-by-game scoring trends are charted here.

Note*: The methodology of Gamebook snap totals does not appear to be consistent between the Bengals and Raiders games (Bengals total includes pre-snap penalties, Raiders total does not). If you have understanding of the methodology involved, I’d like to hear from you.

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