With the Bengals adding three linebackers in the draft, it’ll be all eyes on the unit to see if the front office has successfully fixed what was once the biggest weakness on the team. The only two guys with NFL experience are Josh Bynes and Germaine Pratt, meaning the young guys will have to be relied upon to contribute right away.
The Raven’s, namely Lamar Jackson, put the Bengals on their highlight reel numerous times last year. Baltimore’s rushing attack looks to only get more deadly moving forward after they added J.K. Dobbins in round two.
To avoid a repeat of last season’s events, Logan Wilson will more than likely be asked to stay on the field all three downs, thanks to his ability in coverage. We’ll get to see just how quickly the small school linebacker can adapt to the speed of the NFL.
Don’t be surprised if Akeem Davis-Gaither gets significant playing time as well. His supreme athleticism could be exactly what the Bengals need to slow down the league reigning MVP.
Ultimately, what makes the matchup even better is that fans will get to see it twice. If the Bengals’ linebackers can win this battle, it gives them a better shot at knocking off the high-powered Ravens and remaining competitive in the AFC North.