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These Young Ravens (Not at the Pro Bowl) Emerged in 2019


The Ravens have 12 Pro Bowlers in Orlando this week (Marcus Peters would make 13), and half of them are 25 years old or younger.

That list includes quarterback Lamar Jackson, offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr., cornerback Marlon Humphrey, tight end Mark Andrews, fullback Patrick Ricard and offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley.

All six of those players have had their "breakouts" previously, but there's another group of young Ravens who emerged this season, and provide a strong base for Baltimore moving forward.

S Chuck Clark

Clark, 24, stepped into the starting lineup in Week 6 and didn't flinch. He led the team in tackles (73) and helped stabilize the communication in the back end of the defense. From the time he became a starter, Baltimore had the NFL's top-ranked defense. Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale said Clark had a "tremendous year" and was like the Eric Weddle of the defense. Clark enters his fourth NFL season haven proven he can be a full-time starter.

TE Hayden Hurst

The 2018 first-round pick had a tough rookie season that was derailed by a preseason foot injury. He bounced back in Year 2 to play all 16 games and posted 30 catches for 349 yards and two touchdowns. He also scored the Ravens' only touchdown in the playoff loss. Hurst was one of the Ravens' most reliable pass catchers, hauling in 30 of 39 passes that came his way. His 61-yard touchdown in Buffalo was the turning point of the game, and he made numerous clutch and difficult catches.

"Hayden made huge strides," Head Coach John Harbaugh said. "He was another guy that came up [to my office] and we talked for a long time, and he's another guy that nailed it. He's going to be working really hard to keep expanding himself as a football player. He wants more, and he's going to get more."

OG Bradley Bozeman

Bozeman ironed out the questions about who would start at left guard this season. He started every game and was an effective blocker in both passing and running situations. Bozeman proved he's nimble enough to move around in Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman's diverse schemes and powerful enough to anchor against top-notch defensive tackles.

OLB Tyus Bowser

The pressure was on Bowser to step up in Year 3 and he delivered with a career-high five sacks (second-most on the team) and 24 tackles. The second-round pick flashed his explosiveness and showed a better overall understanding of his role in the defense. With Matthew Judon a pending unrestricted free agent, Bowser could be leaned on even more heavily in 2020.

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