Does Stefon Diggs Trade Push Texans Past Ravens in AFC Hierarchy?

The Ravens beat the Houston Texans within the season opener and within the divisional spherical of the playoffs, however the upstart crew made one other large transfer yesterday in an try to slim the hole between them and AFC elite groups such because the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore.

Houston acquired four-time Pro Bowl extensive receiver Stefon Diggs (together with a 2024 sixth-round choose and a 2025 fifth rounder) from the Buffalo Bills in trade for a 2025 second-round choice. Diggs joins Nico Collins and Tank Dell to offer the defending AFC South champions arguably the most effective extensive receiver trio within the league.

With quarterback C.J. Stroud, final 12 months’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, and defensive finish Will Anderson Jr., final 12 months’s Defensive Rookie of the Year, as cornerstones, the Texans have loaded up this offseason. Besides Diggs, the Texans’ additions embrace four-time Pro Bowl outdoors linebacker Danielle Hunter, Pro Bowl operating again Joe Mixon, and veteran defensive finish Denico Autry.

CBS Sports’ Tyler Sullivan ranked the most important threats within the AFC to the two-time defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs, and he put the Texans second, behind the Cincinnati Bengals and forward of the New York Jets and Ravens.

“Maybe we’re a prisoner of the second by placing the Texans this excessive, nevertheless it’s warranted given the strikes they’ve made this offseason,” Sullivan wrote. “When you account for the expertise coming in and the general maturation of the roster from a 12 months in the past — notably Stroud — Houston has the makings of a crew that might take a substantial leap in 2024. DeMeco Ryans additionally proved to be a stellar head coach in his first season with the Texans, and it was a large coup that the group did not lose Offensive Coordinator Bobby Slowick to a head-coaching alternative this offseason as effectively. That continuity and injection of top-tier expertise ought to make the Texans an especially formidable opponent.”

In the wake of the Diggs commerce, the Texans’ odds to win the Super Bowl jumped from from +2500 to +1500 on BetMGM, via The New York Post. However, they remained behind the San Francisco 49ers, Chiefs, Ravens, Detroit Lions, Bills, and Bengals. Five of the seven groups with the most effective odds reside within the AFC.

“It’s far too early to make soccer predictions, however there isn’t any doubt that the Houston hurdle on the Ravens’ Super Bowl path seems to be way more formidable than it did final week,” Sports Illustrated’s Geoff Magliochetti wrote.

The Ravens will play the Texans in Houston this coming season.

NFL Executive on Ravens: ‘Love Their Chances, Love Them With a Chip on Their Shoulder’

The Athletic spoke with executives across the league for his or her ideas on all 32 groups’ offseason strikes.

Included with the executives’ feedback was every crew’s common per-year wage (APY) of gamers who have been added from different groups and gamers who left to signal with different groups, together with the differential between the 2. Here are the numbers for the Ravens:

* APY added: $14.8M (twenty eighth)

* APY differential: -$43.5M (thirty second)

One government stated of the Ravens’ plethora of losses this offseason: “They are paying a quarterback now, so they’re dwelling with that they usually have been changing base salaries to bonuses, so they’re taking their medication.”

Despite the Ravens’ roster turnover, one other government stays excessive on them, due partially to the addition of four-time Pro Bowl operating again Derrick Henry.

“I simply love in two years what they’ve executed on offense,” the manager stated. “Last 12 months, including [Offensive Coordinator] Todd Monken, including the weapons to assist Lamar [Jackson], and now it is like a correction. ‘Hey, we acquired away from the run towards Okay.C. [in the playoffs], we ain’t ever doing that once more. We are going to slam it on you with the final word finisher, the final word playoff man.’ Tennessee’s offensive line was gawd-awful final season, and [Henry] nonetheless had over 1,000 yards with a rookie quarterback.

“Love Baltimore, love their probabilities, love them with a chip on their shoulder. The incontrovertible fact that Baltimore is tied with the 2 Super Bowl groups for the very best preseason win complete speaks to the respect that Baltimore has.”

WR Prospect Ladd McConkey Would Welcome Reunion With Monken

Some mock drafts have the Ravens choosing Georgia extensive receiver Ladd McConkey within the first spherical, and NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah stated on “The Lounge” podcast that “Baltimore would embrace him in a giant method.”

If the Ravens did draft McConkey with the Thirtieth-overall choice, he can be reunited with Monken, who was Georgia’s offensive coordinator throughout two of McConkey’s seasons with the Bulldogs. Georgia received the nationwide championship each of these years.

McConkey spoke about doubtlessly enjoying for Monken in Baltimore throughout an look on FanDuel TV’s “Up & Adams.”

“Yeah, it could be cool,” McConkey stated. “Heck yeah.”

McConkey additionally stated of Monken: “He acquired the most effective out of me and we received some video games. He’ll get the most effective out of you. His large factor is [that] the whole lot issues, and that is from walk-throughs, to highschool, to conferences, to follow. I do know he most likely stored that motto going into the NFL. He produced this 12 months and I do know they’re most likely solely going to get higher.”