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Who Will Be The Ravens' Breakout Player In 2016?

September 15, 2016
PressBox asked readers a trending sports question. Their answers appear below. 

PressBox posed a question on Facebook asking fans who they think will be the key factor or breakout player for the Baltimore Ravens this year, and what will it take for the team to get back to playoff contention.

"Mike Wallace or Breshad Perriman. The Ravens have to establish the deep route again to open the field for this offense to be successful and become a playoff contender again."
- Howard Blumberg

"If Ronnie Stanley is as good as advertised, the Ravens are playoff bound. Alas, many rookies take a few weeks to settle in to the position."
- Jim Oremland

"If I had to name one player and one thing we need to turn around, I'd say Eric Weddle, and we need to stop giving up the big plays and create more turnovers. OK, that was two things, but same secondary."
- Bill Bolander

"No doubt it has to be Ronnie Stanley. If he can protect Joe Flacco effectively, he may be the MIR, Most Important Raven. And being a rookie, he can add breakout player to his resume if he does well protecting the "ELITE" quarterback."
- Elie Goldstein 

"I think the breakout player is going to be Za'Darius Smith. He's added muscle and has experienced the speed of the NFL. He had only 5.5 sacks last year, but they all came near the end of the season. He'll be especially important because we need some youth to help out Old Man Terrell Suggs."
- Mike Novak 

"It sounds strange to name an offensive lineman, but if Ronnie Stanley can step in on Week One, protect Joe Flacco and open lanes for the running game, then he will be the breakout player in 2016. To get into playoff contention, the Ravens need to find a true deep threat that they haven't had since Torrey Smith left. They're going to need to score to win this season, as I think the secondary is still questionable. Whether Breshad Perriman is the wide receiver to fill that void is still to be determined. But if he is, I think it will lead to great seasons for Mike Wallace, Kamar Aiken and all of the tight ends."
- Nick Kelly 

"I have my doubts about making the playoffs this year. My breakout rookie would be Matt Judon. He may be starting by the end of the year. Ronnie Stanley is the standout player of the year."
- Ron Weiss

"This team needs the secondary to come up with turnovers while limiting big plays. Last year's squad made virtually every quarterback they faced look like Peyton Manning pre-neck surgery. In order to do that, Eric Weddle will need to be the most important part of the defense to lead them back to respectability."
- Jonathan W Steele 

Issue 225: September 2016