The Baltimore Ravens offense hinges on two starters returning to elite form in 2022: Lamar Jackson and Ronnie Stanley.

Jackson has been working hard to get back into shape and is expected to be in the starting lineup in Week 1. Stanley, who trained for the first time on Mondayis more of a question mark for Week 1 as the Ravens continue to pray for a healthy recovery.

If and when Stanley is deemed ready to go, Baltimore hopes Stanley can replicate his production from his 2019 All-Pro and Pro-Bowl year, although that’s a lot easier said than done.

After becoming arguably the league’s best left tackle in 2019, Stanley has played just one game in two years. Having a healthy Ronnie Stanley in the lineup is one thing, but having a fit Ronnie Stanley is another. What version of Stanley will the Ravens have in 2022?

Ravens bet on Ronnie Stanley to return to dominance in 2022

Behind Stanley, the Ravens unfortunately don’t have many starting caliber options. Ja’Wuan James has been touted as Stanley’s potential replacement, but James’ own troubling injury history makes him more of a liability than a constant palliative on the left side.

The Ravens have been plagued all of last season with offensive line issues, and a key part of their success this year will be eliminating those issues, starting with the highly anticipated return of Stanley.

With Week 1 fast approaching, the Ravens are hoping Stanley can feature in the season opener, but also don’t want to recreate the sticky situation from last year. In 2021, Stanley was rushed onto the pitch, suffered a setback and opted to undergo season-ending surgery.

Seeing Stanley finally training with the team is at least a promising sign in 2022.

For now, Stanley joins running back JK Dobbins as two of the team’s main starters racing against the clock to play in Week 1.


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