Sammy Watkins’ and other Ravens veterans’ statuses are ‘up in the air’ against the Vikings.
In the coming weeks, the Baltimore Ravens might see many veterans return from injury on both sides of the ball, providing much-needed relief to a squad that has been ravaged by injuries this season.
While defensive reinforcements such as defensive end Derek Wolfe and cornerback Chris Westry may be a few weeks away, the offense might have up to three players back for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.
According to head coach John Harbaugh on Monday, wide receiver Sammy Watkins and running back Latavius Murray “have a chance” to play on Sunday.
“It’s up in the air whether they make it or not,” he added, saying that tight end Nick Boyle was also “in that group.”
The Ravens have the fourth-best average yards per play in the NFL and the fourth-best overall offensive grade according to Pro Football Focus, but the trio of veterans still have a lot to offer Lamar Jackson’s offense.
According to the Ravens’ official injury report, Watkins practiced for the first time since injuring his hamstring against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5. His limited participation indicates that the team is cautiously optimistic about his Sunday availability.
Watkins appeared to be in good shape running routes in practice on Thursday, and his hamstring didn’t appear to be bothering him.
Sammy Watkins, the Ravens’ wide receiver, has returned to practice. Since injuring his hamstring in Week 5, he hasn’t played. pic.twitter.com/tSX0Tq68jW
November 4, 2021 — Jonas Shaffer (@jonas shaffer)
The Ravens will be able to carefully limit Watkins’ workload if he is able to play against the Vikings since rookie Rashod Bateman has stepped in admirably during Watkins’ absence.
Fans are still ecstatic about the possibility of having Watkins, Bateman, Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown, and Mark Andrews all on the field as Lamar Jackson’s targets at the same time. Even without all four of those superstars available at the same time, the Ravens’ passing offense has reached new heights this season.
However, the Ravens’ run game has not been as effective as in previous seasons. Part of that is undoubtedly due to many offensive line ailments, but Baltimore could also be getting more out of its backfield.
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