‘The process leads to the production’: Ravens looking for more from Odafe Oweh and struggling pass rush

During training camp, Ravens second-year outside linebacker Odafe Oweh looked every part of a player on the verge of a breakout season, using his speed and strength to wreak havoc on almost every snap.

Oweh’s solid rookie season and preseason performance made him poised to be a foundational piece for a Baltimore defense that hasn’t drafted a Pro Bowl player since cornerback Marlon Humphrey in 2017. But during the first two games of the 2022 season, Oweh hasn’t looked like the “monster” that Humphrey referred to after last year’s home win over the Cleveland Browns, recording just five tackles and zero sacks.

“[Oweh] has got to play better, like all of us do,” coach John Harbaugh said. “We’ve got to coach better, got to play better, and you’ve got to make a name for yourself out there. You’ve got to go do it.”

Oweh’s potential was hard to miss last season. The former Penn State standout totaled 33 tackles (five for loss), five sacks and 15 quarterback hits while contributing to the league’s best run defense.

He stepped up when it mattered most, too, recording four sacks, eight quarterback hits and three forced fumbles in five prime-time games. The first-round draft pick made an immediate impact, forcing a fumble by Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire late in the fourth quarter of the Ravens’ Week 2 victory over Kansas City. During the Ravens’ overtime win over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5, Oweh strip-sacked quarterback Carson Wentz in the red zone late in the first quarter to end a promising 11-play drive.

After 15 games of experience and offseason shoulder surgery that allowed Oweh to play without a brace for the first time since high school, he entered his sophomore campaign with big expectations under first-year defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald, who Oweh …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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