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3 things we learned about the Ravens' offense this preseason

2M7FD0H Baltimore Ravens fullback Patrick Ricard (42) reacts during an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, in Pittsburgh, PA. (AP Photo/Matt Durisko)

It’s a new dawn for the Baltimore Ravens offense.

Lamar Jackson didn’t take any snaps in preseason, nor did new wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., but we did see how things might play out in the regular season with new offensive coordinator Todd Monken at the helm.

The obvious caveat is that the Ravens won’t have given away all their secrets in three tune-up games this August, but there are still several takeaways to be had.

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More passing on first down

In Greg Roman’s final season as the Ravens’ offensive coordinator, the offense ran the ball on 53.4% of first-down plays. That dropped to 42.2% this preseason. New offensive coordinator Todd Monken called 13 more dropbacks than run plays on first down over those three games in August. Baltimore also passed the ball more in general, dropping back on 61.1% of base plays (not counting two-minute drills, red-zone possessions and goal-line situations) compared to 54.5% in the 2022 regular season and a playoff loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. For all plays, the Ravens were at a 62.6% passing clip, up from 54.4% in 2022.


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