Ravens relying on Jeremy Maclin, four other new starters on offense

The Baltimore Ravens could have as many as nine new starters when the NFL season opens. Here's a starting lineup projection:


Quarterback (Joe Flacco): Since being the Super Bowl XLVII MVP, Flacco has a 82.5 passer rating, which ranks 33rd in the NFL in that span.

Running back (Terrance West): He averaged only 4.0 yards per carry in his first year as a starter for the Ravens, but his hold on the job got tighter this offseason when Kenneth Dixon was suspended for four games and then underwent knee surgery.

Tight end (Nick Boyle): He's been the starter by default this offseason because Dennis Pitta was released after reinjuring his right hip, Benjamin Watson hasn't practiced fully while recovering from Achilles surgery and Crockett Gillmore can't stay healthy.

Left tackle (Ronnie Stanley): He was the NFL's best left tackle during the last four weeks of the season, according to Pro Football Focus.

Left guard (Alex Lewis): There's an option to move Lewis to right tackle, but the Ravens believe guard is his best position.

Center (John Urschel): The biggest competition on offense right now is between Urschel, Ryan Jensen and Matt Skura.

Right guard (Marshal Yanda): The six-time Pro Bowl performer was named the NFL's top offensive lineman in 2016 by Pro Football Focus.

Right tackle (James Hurst): He didn't give up a sack on 305 snaps last season after being ranked among the worst offensive tackles in 2014 and 2015, according to Pro Football Focus.

Tight end (Benjamin Watson): The 36-year-old hasn't caught a pass in the regular season since January 2016.

Wide Receiver (Mike Wallace): His five catches of 50 yards or more led the NFL last season.

Wide receiver (Jeremy Maclin): In seven NFL seasons, he has averaged 68 catches, 914 yards receiving and seven touchdown catches.


Defensive end (Brent Urban): He's been working with the first team this offseason, but he'll need to hold off Bronson Kaufusi and Chris Wormley.

Nose tackle (Michael Pierce): He's the favorite to replace Timmy Jernigan after he was the second-best rookie interior defensive linemen in the NFL in 2016, according to Pro Football Focus.

Defensive tackle (Brandon Williams): Baltimore has allowed 3.5 yards per carry since 2013 when Williams is on the field.

Outside linebacker (Terrell Suggs): The franchise's all-time sack leader has totaled 27 in his past 37 games.

Inside linebacker (C.J. Mosley): Since 2014, he is one of just three defensive players in the NFL to record at least 300 tackles, five sacks and five interceptions.

Inside linebacker (Kamalei Correa): The little-used 2016 second-round pick has a big void to fill in replacing Zachary Orr, who was the team's leading tackler.

Outside linebacker (Albert McClellan): Known more for special teams, McClellan started 11 games last season and finished as the fifth-leading tackler.

Cornerback (Jimmy Smith): He broke up four passes last season, his fewest since becoming a starter in 2013.

Free safety (Eric Weddle): He was one of three NFL safeties who recorded more than 85 tackles and three interceptions last season.

Strong safety (Tony Jefferson): The highly sought-after free agent totaled 96 tackles, two sacks, five passes defensed and two forced fumbles last season.

Cornerback (Brandon Carr): He gets the early nod because he's started every game in his nine-year NFL career, but he will be competing with first-round pick Marlon Humphrey to keep the job throughout the season.

Special teams

Kicker (Justin Tucker): The unanimous first-team All-Pro selection is the most accurate kicker in NFL history, making 89.8 percent of his field goal attempts.

Punter (Sam Koch): He ranked 15th in gross average (45.8 yards) and 18th in net average (39.9) last season.

Kickoff returner (Chris Moore): He averaged 23.1 yards on seven returns as a rookie and is the No. 4 receiver on the depth chart.

Punt returner (Michael Campanaro): He has to prove he can stay healthy or the Ravens will look at other options, such as Keenan Reynolds, Lardarius Webb or a free agent.