It’s oh so lovely turning on the TV or YouTube and seeing the Baltimore Ravens live even in the current conditions of an empty stadium. I’ll be honest. The first drive on defense had me looking like…
Yes, I said first because the first play, the Ravens got gutted for 11 yards. Sure it all went to crap from there for Cleveland on that drive thanks to Calais Campbell, but that first play showed either that Baltimore was rusty or that Patrick Queen was just getting started. I am thrilled it was the latter. You could see the vision of the Ravens’ first-round selection get better as the game went on.
Coming in just behind L.J. Fort in tackles, the former LSU tiger had quite the day, delivering multiple pressures on the QB from the inside and even notching a sack in his debut.
OH, BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!
On the last play of the third quarter, Nick Chubb had what looked like a glimpse of hope scamper that gashed the Ravens for 10 yards when Fort and Queen came in to save the day. Just as Chubb was lying across bodies after fighting for more yardage, the rookie reached in and ripped the ball out! Ravens’ ball to begin the 4th!
What a debut. If this is any sign of things to come from the play-making Queen, Eric DeCosta will once again look like a genius!
Queen was not the only Raven to have a day. His “Super Mario” franchise villain teammate, Tyus Bowser, was vital in giving Baker Mayfield so much distress, the QB went just 20 for 38 on the day. The pressure definitely paid off as the 2017 second-round pick got home for one of the team’s two sacks. Bowser’s 14-yard-sack caused the Browns a turnover on downs.
The 4th year player had five sacks in 2019 after being challenged by Coach John Harbaugh to step it up or step out.
According to Childs Walker of the Baltimore Sun, Bowser said the following in an interview:
“I’m nowhere where I want to be. I still have this standard that I want to get to. … I know it’s going to be a process, especially with how this camp is going. And I just want to take advantage of every practice, every snap that I get, to work on what I need to be the best.”
It was easy to see the 6-3, 242-pounder’s potential early in camp back in his rookie year. It just took a while to catch on.
Tyus Bowser is going to be so fun to watch this year ? pic.twitter.com/2lsdOasBI1
— RAD (@ReigningRavens) July 24, 2017
Bowser has most definitely stepped his game up and proved he belongs here on this stingy defense that caused two sacks and forced two fumbles in Week 1.
I am excited to see what the Super Smash Brothers will do next week against the Houston Texans. With the way these two have been applying pressure, DeShaun Watson’s nightmare will continue for the second straight week (and second straight time against the Ravens).