That the Baltimore Ravens went 8-8 in 2013 was quite an achievement given the injuries, youth and lack of talent at numerous key positions. On the bright side, this meant there were obvious areas where improvements could be made. With a clear roadmap, general manager Ozzie Newsome went into the offseason knowing he had to target certain positions while sticking to his mantra of “right player, right price.”
With training camp, preseason and the actual season still to come, the jury is still out on how Newsome fared this offseason, but this slideshow is an early ranking of the seven most important upgrades of the summer.
Since this is an examination of “upgrades,” there are two main factors that make up the ranking criteria. The talent of the new (or in one case, returning) player is obviously a significant component of the ranking, but it is also important to consider how much better he is than his predecessor from the 2013 depth chart, and the extent of the upgrade will be the tiebreaker in the rankings.