Lesson No. 1: Take Fight to Ravens Pass Catchers
Aside from tight end Mark Andrews, the Baltimore receiving corps isn’t the most sure-handed in the NFL. Rookie first rounder Marquise Brown has big-play ability but had a bad drop near the goal line Monday night.
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The most physical of the Ravens receivers is rookie Miles Boykin, who checks in at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds.
The 49ers secondary is going to have to get physical with the Ravens pass catchers in order to take Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore offense off schedule. Cornerback Richard Sherman won’t have any issues in that department. Neither should safeties Jaquiski Tartt and Jimmie Ward.
The Ravens offense is designed to give Jackson easy defined throws, which require his receivers to maintain timing and precise routes.
If the 49ers defense can disrupt that timing and even beat receivers to their spots, Jackson will be forced to make second and third reads, which can lead to turnovers or negative plays.
The Niners and Ravens kick off on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. ET from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.