It’s business as usual in the NFL despite the 2020 season ongoing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ravens acquired Yannick Ngakoue from Vikings for draft picks, thus send a 2021 3rd-round pick and a 2022 conditional 5th-round pick to the Vikings for Ngakoue.
The Defensive End Yannick Ngakoue is expected at the Baltimore to go through COVID-19 testing and physical. If he passes, then he will be expected to join his new team next week.
The Minnesota Vikings traded for Yannick Ngakoue from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 2021 2nd-round pick and a conditional 2022 5th-round. At Vikings, Ngakoue registered five sacks, two forced fumbles, seven quarterback hits, and twelve tackles in 6 games.
Finally, the Ravens got their man after countless times trying to acquire Ngakoue over the past few months. It might have taken longer than expected, but the wait is no more.
The 25-year-old, Ngakoue is thrilled with the deal after his dream came true as he had hoped to wind up on the Ravens. In August, he requested a trade from the jaguars for Ravens instead landed at Vikings.
The Baltimore Ravens intend to overturn their misfortunes now that their pursuit of a pass-rusher is over after acquiring Ngakoue. At the moment, they lead with the fewest points per game (17.3) in the NFL.
Ravens head coach Eric DeCosta couldn’t hide his excitement after the deal completed by praising welcoming him to the team and insisting Ngakoue is the kind of a player they were looking for as he is a dangerous pass-rusher.
Ngakoue grew up in Bowie, Maryland, before being drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016. The prodigal son is back, and as long as he passes physical and tests negative for the COVID-19, he should be warming up for Week 8 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Moreover, he will be reuniting with former Jaguars teammate Calais Campbell. They played in 1,829 snaps over 3 seasons in Jacksonville and were the starting defensive ends for the Jaguars in the 2017 AFC Championship game.
Calais Campbell, whom the Ravens brought in this offseason for 5th-round selection, was overwhelmed on hearing the announcement that Ngakoue will be joining him in Baltimore and hinted that Ngakoue must be ecstatic too.
At the moment, the Ravens are the third-highest team in league with a pressure rate at 29.2% and a league-high 12.1% quarterback knockout rate, and now with Ngakoue joining the team, those numbers are expected to sky rock.
Baltimore Ravens are expected to play even more aggressively on the back end. While the Vikings will presumably struggle even further now that Ngakoue is gone and they are without their defensive end, Danielle Hunters, after suffering from a herniated disk in his neck and placing him on IR Sept. 9.
We hope that Week 8 of NFL games will be thrilling and captivating amid the COVID-19 pandemic and that there won’t be more positive tests for coronavirus in the league.
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