Keyshawn Johnson: Ravens are ‘ready to shock a lot of people’
One of the main takeaways of the Ravens’ 2021 schedule is the brutal second half of the season, with seven of their last eight games against teams that made the playoffs last season, and five against opponents from the last season. ‘AFC North.
ESPN analysts debated whether the Ravens could overcome the schedule difficulties, and Keyshawn Johnson was confident they could, in large part because of the team’s improvements to the passing game this past. off-season.
Not only was Johnson high on the selection of wide receiver Rashod Bateman in the first round and the signing of veteran Sammy Watkins in free agency, the former Pro Bowl wide receiver also praised the Ravens for bringing in coaches to elevate the passing game.
“They also went looking for a great guy, a guy named Keith Williams, a former college receiver coach who trained people like Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill, adding him to the hall, [and] Receiver coach Tee Martin of Tennessee, ”said Johnson. So I think the passing game for the Baltimore Ravens will be a lot better than it was a few years and even a year ago with Lamar Jackson.
“I think this team is about to shock a lot of people again. ”
Williams, whose title with the Ravens is a passing specialist, coached wide receivers for 18 years at the college level and worked as Watkins’ personal trainer. Martin, the Ravens wide receivers coach, has spent the past two seasons as an assistant head coach / passing play coordinator / wide receivers coach at the University of Tennessee.
The Ravens’ 12-18 week schedule is daunting, but they have played well in recent years. With Jackson as a starter, the Ravens are 21-4 regular season record through November, December and January.
When Calais Campbell was asked about the tough second half schedule, the veteran defensive end said: “I feel like it’s going to be tough towards the end. But that’s what we’re made for. We have to win the right, find a way to get to the playoffs. ”