The Baltimore Ravens of 2015 were pretty much the AFC version of the New York Giants — injury-ravaged and playing far below their standards while finishing a dismal 5-11. When the two teams meet at MetLife Stadium in Week 6 of the 2016 season the outcome might go a long way toward telling us which team has a bounce-back year.
Let’s learn more about the Ravens as we continue our offseason look at the Giants’ 2016 schedule. Our friends at SB Nation’s Baltimore Beatdown are here to help us out with the basics.
One interesting note for this game is that the Ravens drafted Ronnie Stanley, the left tackle many thought the Giants would select if he was still available to them in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Notable free agent additions: Eric Weddle DB, Mike Wallace WR, Benjamin Watson TE
Notable free agent departures: Kelechi Osemele OG, Matt Schaub QB, Courtney Upshaw OLB,
Draft picks expected to contribute as rookies:
1st round (6th overall) OT Ronnie Stanley - With Eugene Monroe was cut it is clear the Ravens have complete faith for the young gun to become a blindside blocker
2nd round (42nd overall) LB Kamalei Correa - Some uncertainty where Correa will be playing, as the Ravens are testing the speedy LB at inside & outside positions. Nonetheless expect Correa to be a rotational necessity
4th round (134th overall) RB Kenneth Dixon - The tailback from La. Tech is expected to become the starter by mid-season by some pundits. Will be interesting come later down the road, with Justin Forsett & Javorius Allen ahead in the Depth Chart currently.
6th round (182nd overall) ST/PR/KR Keenan Reynolds - The former Navy QB is transitioning towards a receiving role, but for the first time in Ravens history the depth chart is more stout. Expect Reynolds to fight for Special Teams and PR/KR snaps.
Biggest offseason addition: Eric Weddle - No doubt the highly intelligent and skilled safety is the biggest addition. Once Reed left the back end of the defense seems in disarray. Expect him to ground the secondary and make the Ravens defense great again!
Biggest storyline heading into training camp: Health - Baltimore suffered loses to starting OLB, QB, RB, WR, WR, TE, LT and many second string role players.
Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp: Dennis Pitta return - The reason for calling this under-the-radar is we’ve heard this story twice. It’s less notable now.
Notable injuries heading into training camp: LOL. . . - Joe Flacco ACL & MCL, Steve Smith Sr. Achilles, Terrell Suggs Achilles, Jimmy Smith screw removal, Dennis Pitta dislocated hip, Breshad Perriman ACL minor tear, Crockett Gillmore shoulder surgery
Giants 2016 regular season schedule
Week 1: at Dallas Cowboys, Sept. 11, 4:25 p.m. ET (FOX) — Cowboys overview
Week 2: vs. New Orleans Saints, Sept. 18, 1 p.m. (FOX) — Saints overview
Week 3: vs. Washington Redskins, Sept. 25, 1 p.m. (FOX) — Redskins overview
Week 4: at Minnesota Vikings, Oct. 3, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) — Vikings overview
Week 5: at Green Bay Packers, Oct. 9, 8:30 p.m. (NBC) — Packers overview
Week 6: vs. Baltimore Ravens, Oct. 16, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Week 7: at Los Angeles Rams (London), Oct. 23, 9:30 a.m. (NFL Network)
Week 8: BYE WEEK
Week 9: vs. Philadelphia Eagles, Nov. 6, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Week 10: vs. Cincinnati Bengals, Nov. 14, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Week 11: vs. Chicago Bears, Nov. 20, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Week 12: at Cleveland Browns, Nov. 27, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Week 13: at Pittsburgh Steelers, Dec. 4, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Week 14: vs. Dallas Cowboys, Dec. 11, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
Week 15: vs. Detroit Lions, Dec. 18, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Week 16: at Philadelphia Eagles, Dec. 22, 8:25 (NBC/NFL Network)
Week 17: at Washington Redskins, Jan. 1, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Week 1: vs. Miami Dolphins, Fri., Aug. 12, 7 p.m.
Week 2: at Buffalo Bills, Sat., Aug. 20 (TBA)
Week 3: at New York Jets, Sat., Aug 27, 7:30 p.m.
Week 4: vs. New England Patriots, Thurs., Sept. 1, 7 p.m.