Alejando Villanueva: Ravens offense not as fun for WRs, they’re making TikToks

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Tackle Alejandro Villanueva is making the move from the Steelers to the Ravens and that means a significant change in offensive philosophies.

Villanueva said on Wednesday that learning his new playbook is a bigger challenge than switching from left to right tackle, but it is one he is embracing. That embrace is because of how much more the Ravens like to run the ball than the Steelers did.

Villanueva told reporters “it becomes very stressful” for linemen when you drop back to pass over and over again because it gives pass rushers — he used Myles Garrett as an example — a lot of chances to get into a rhythm. That makes him feel that Baltimore’s a better fit for him than it is for players at other positions.

“It was incredibly challenging that we knew we had to go with these gameplans that involved passing the ball, potentially, the entire game and not really practice or rehearse that other part of football that relieves some of that angst,” Villanueva said. “So, the mentality, when you have a balanced offense, or when you run the ball, it’s obviously better for the offensive line. I’m assuming it’s not as fun for the wide receivers, because they’re not getting all the catches. They’re making the TikToks, and they’re having fun on their social media.”

A reference to TikTok and wide receivers from a former Steeler calls to mind JuJu Smith-Schuster, whose pregame dances for social media drew negative attention from opposing players last season. While the comment seems like a swipe at his former teammate, it seems Smith-Schuster agrees as he passed on an offer from Baltimore in order to return to Pittsburgh this offseason.

15 responses to “Alejando Villanueva: Ravens offense not as fun for WRs, they’re making TikToks

  1. Everyone who leaves the Steelers has nothing but bad things to say about them. Guy was so tired of being part of a one dimensional offense led by a burned out con man. It was inevitable that the Steelers would implode mid season. They’ve been doing it every year.

  2. Gee Al, Steelers were only team to give you a chance. Good to see how appreciative you are. For $7mill, Ravens are getting a turnstile backup at a very expensive tag.

  3. As I remember it Pittsburgh went to a passing game because they had such poor run blockers. Just look at PFFs blocking grades.

  4. I didn’t think it was a swipe at his former teammate, but it seems like a big swipe to his new one

  5. AV can say whatever the hell he wants. He’s earned it. Stud person, warfighter, 95% of the people on this planet couldn’t do what he done. Good luck with Ravens dude.

  6. Alejandro Villanueva
    Stat Line: Carl Lawson with 2 total tackles, 2 solo, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 6 QB Hits

    Have fun with the turnstile at right tackle, and he didnt even have to play against Watt since they were on the same team.

  7. ncfloyd says:
    May 6, 2021 at 8:44 am
    As I remember it Pittsburgh went to a passing game because they had such poor run blockers. Just look at PFFs blocking grades.
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    That explains why they drafted a lineman in the 1st round…..oh wait.

  8. With Lamar Jackson much of running seems triggered when his pass blocking breaks down. He’s a unique weapon with insane open-field skills. Yes, the Ravens have other run plays, but their whole offense is based around Jackson’s ability to escape and turn broken plays into something – and often that “something” is pretty spectacular.

    So, if the pass blocking was better would we then see more passing from Jackson? I doubt the Ravens want or expect that. And I won’t disparage Jackson – he’s unique in what he does and he’s fun to watch, but my thought has always been that he’s one big hit away from the Raven’s offense going away almost entirely.

  9. I never realized losing a 32 yo tackle would get Steelers fans so salty lmao, look at em go!

  10. AFW says:
    May 6, 2021 at 9:33 am
    With Lamar Jackson much of running seems triggered when his pass blocking breaks down.

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    His running is triggered when his 1st read isn’t open. He shows zero ability to stay in the pocket and run through his progressions.

  11. @AWF
    The Ravens want a more balanced offense so that Lamar isn’t at risk, when he is running around from broken coverage etc. That is why they bolstered the receiving corps and offense line. Yes, Lamar is a special open field talent, but the Ravens don’t want him at risk when it isn’t a designed play.

  12. Sounds like sour grapes to me because the Steelers didn’t resign him. His skills are declining.

  13. He runs his mouth a bit too much for me. He and Marcus Peters should have their jaws wired shut 😊

  14. “ His running is triggered when his 1st read isn’t open. He shows zero ability to stay in the pocket and run through his progressions.”

    Not true. There have been multiple interviews/stories about him going through his progressions. One player from another team talked about seeing him go through his progressions and jumping the route on the third read for the pick.

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