The Baltimore Ravens finished last season with an NFL-best 206-yard rushing average per game. The trio of Mark Ingram, Lamar Jackson, and Gus Edwards made up most of the race, but the offensive line led by Guard Marshal Yanda was an equally important part.
Yanda retired after the season, leaving a void on the right. The experienced offensive lineman DJ Fluker was realized shortly after the design by the Seattle Seahawks. He made no secret of the fact that he wanted to become a member of the Baltimore Ravens.
"The ravens said: 'Hey, if they let you go, we'll pick you up.' It was perfect timing," Fluker said to Ben Baller on the podcast "Behind the Baller".
Soon afterwards his wish was fulfilled. The Ravens officially announced that Fluker signed a one-year contract on Monday, May 11, 2020.
Fluker will fight for the starting place for Yanda with Ben Powers from the second year and Tire Phillips from the third round in 2020. Fluker started 14 games for the Seahawks last season.
At 6-foot-5,342 pounds, Fluker is known as the Bulldozer Lineman, perfect for a strength scheme the Ravens use. The game between players is obvious.
It goes beyond the scheme. Fluker was a standout player in Alabama, where he was a teammate of Ravens in 2009 and 2010, who trailed Mark Ingram. Ingram was selected by the New Orleans Saints with the 28th election in the 2011 NFL Draft.
"Ingram was one of the guys who talked rubbish to you. He knew he was the man when he stepped into the backcourt. His dad played in the NFL so he had it embedded in him that he was meant to be great I knew that because of his mentality and the way he worked, he would go to the league, "Fluker told Baller.
As a freshman, he was a candidate to replace the current Ravens offensive lineman Andre Smith, who was number 6 for the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2009 NFL Draft. Two years later, Fluker was selected by the San Diego Chargers with the 11th election in 2013.
The Chargers had originally selected Fluker for the right tackle, where he started all 16 games as a rookie and was appointed to the all-rookie team. He moved to the right guard in 2015.
The chargers were released by Fluker in 2017. Four days later, he signed a one-year contract for $ 3 million with the New York Giants. Fluker started six games on the right before being transferred to the injured reserve in Week 11 with a toe injury.
Fluker moved to the Seahawks the following season, where he started nine games on the right. He signed a two-year extension of $ 9 million with Seattle in 2019 but was released a year after the deal was signed despite starting 14 games. One of his starts was a 30-16 loss to the Ravens.
Now Fluker is reunited with Ingram in the plan of Greg Roman, Ravens' offensive coordinator. Fluker is one of six ravens who have played in Alabama.