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The Competition: Wide Receivers
A handful of players will compete for the third spot and to make the roster. by Ryan Mink
Jul 9, 2012, 1:30PM

"The Competition" is a BaltimoreRavens.com series that will break down every position leading up to training camp.

Returning Players

Anquan Boldin (6-foot-1, 223 pounds, 10th season): Boldin is still one of the most sure-handed and hard-nosed receivers in the game. Never a speedster, but adept at running routes both outside and inside, the veteran gives the Ravens offense flexibility. He’s also an excellent blocker.

Torrey Smith (6-0, 205, second season): Smith is trying to become more of a complete receiver after a breakout rookie campaign in which he set a Ravens rookie record with seven touchdowns. His speed stretches defenses, and he’s looking to add more of an underneath game.

Tandon Doss (6-2, 205, second season): After being active for just six games and not catching a single pass, the former fourth-round pick is looking to contribute more this season. Doss has perhaps the best set of hands on the team, but is learning how to better separate from coverage.

David Reed (6-0, 190, third season): Injuries have plagued Reed throughout his brief career. A hand/wrist injury ended his rookie campaign early. A torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) cut last season short. He says he’ll be back for training camp, and that fans will finally see his talent.

LaQuan Williams (6-0, 200, second season): It was a fairy tale story when the undrafted rookie made the roster last year. Being active for 12 games and contributing four catches (including two against Pittsburgh in Week 9) was icing on the cake. Now Williams is looking to make more big plays and earn a more permanent spot.

Patrick Williams (6-1, 204, first season): A rookie free agent who signed with Green Bay in 2009, Williams has yet to see game action. The Ravens signed him to their practice squad last December after he was waived by the Packers and Seahawks.

New Vet

Jacoby Jones (6-2, 212, sixth season): A burner who explodes off the line of scrimmage, Jones should further help the Ravens stretch the field. He’s experienced and very good in his routes. The one knock on Jones from Houston is that he dropped too many balls, and he did have an issue with that occasionally during offseason practices.

Rookies

Tommy Streeter (6-5, 219, Miami): The sixth-round pick has tantalizing potential with his long frame and 4.3-second speed. Streeter tore it up at Miami for one season, but has yet to string together back-to-back productive years. He’s trying to find consistency in his game.

Deonte Thompson (6-0, 200, Florida): A speedster who claims he can run in the 4.2s, Thompson was hampered in college by injuries, a rotating cast of offensive coordinators and a passing attack that wasn’t known for its vertical explosiveness. The undrafted rookie can also return kicks.

Dorian Graham (5-9, 188, Syracuse): The small-framed undrafted rookie finished his collegiate career with 24 receptions for 260 yards and two touchdowns and had 29 kickoff returns for 685 yards (23.6 avg.) and one score.

Devin Goda (6-2, 225, Slippery Rock): The undrafted rookie has only showcased his tools at the small-school level, but posted 75 receptions for 1,028 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2011. He finished his career ranked second on the school’s career receptions and receiving yards lists.

Position Battle

The top two receivers are pretty much a given in Boldin and Smith. Smith could turn into the team’s top target, and most productive receiver, as he continues to build on his game. He feels he should have posted 1,000 receiving yards last year, when he played through a sports hernia.

The best competition is for the No. 3 spot, which gets some action in three-wide packages. It’s likely between Jones, Doss, LaQuan Williams and Reed.

The veteran Jones was given a two-year deal worth a reported $7 million, hinting the Ravens believe he’s the target they need. But Williams had perhaps the best Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and minicamp of any wide receiver. Doss spent minicamp on the sideline for unspecified reasons, but was productive in OTAs. Reed has to get healthy before he enters the competition.

Beyond that, it’s a battle just to make the roster in a deep corps. One would think the Ravens would keep five, or maybe six wideouts. The last couple spots could come down to Reed, Streeter, Patrick Williams and the undrafted rookies. Thompson turned a lot of heads during OTAs and minicamp.


Yes, two AFC North wide receiver threads in one day. Aren't you lucky?

I just liked the breakdown in the above article.
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hard 10 wrote:I'd much rather bet on the WR2 in Baltimore than the WR2 in Cincinnati. Also, every other position in Baltimore.


Agreed. I'm buying Torrey where he's going. I like what I've heard him saying about what he's trying to do better this year. Seems to have a good head on his shoulders.
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hard 10 wrote:I'd much rather bet on the WR2 in Baltimore than the WR2 in Cincinnati. Also, every other position in Baltimore.


Agreed. I'm buying Torrey where he's going. I like what I've heard him saying about what he's trying to do better this year. Seems to have a good head on his shoulders.


Problem is, no matter how fast Torrey Smith runs, Flacco might not have enough time behind that now-worse OLine to even throw the ball.
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hard 10 wrote:I'd much rather bet on the WR2 in Baltimore than the WR2 in Cincinnati. Also, every other position in Baltimore.


Agreed. I'm buying Torrey where he's going. I like what I've heard him saying about what he's trying to do better this year. Seems to have a good head on his shoulders.


Problem is, no matter how fast Torrey Smith runs, Flacco might not have enough time behind that now-worse OLine to even throw the ball.


I like Flacco's chances for a solid year. And I like him at his ADP a lot more than Matt Ryan at his, and way more than RG3, Luck, Freeman, Bradford and Dalton (all of whom are going ahead of Flacco right now, according to MFL).
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Not sure I agree with you there, hard10. I'd much rather take Ryan where he's going. Flacco has basically put up the same numbers for three consecutive years. I'm not sure why anyone would expect him to suddenly be any better.

He is what he is.

Ryan OTOH Has a new OC who wants to install a no huddle offense, he's throwing to infinitely better targets, he plays more than half his games in a dome... I don't think we've seen the best from Ryan.
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dukeman_92 wrote:Not sure I agree with you there, hard10. I'd much rather take Ryan where he's going. Flacco has basically put up the same numbers for three consecutive years. I'm not sure why anyone would expect him to suddenly be any better.

He is what he is.

Ryan OTOH Has a new OC who wants to install a no huddle offense, he's throwing to infinitely better targets, he plays more than half his games in a dome... I don't think we've seen the best from Ryan.


I keep seeing the Ryan lovefest but what is it that people think he's gonna do? He gonna throw for 40 TDs or 5000 yards? The HS QB my son's hiking the ball to has as strong an arm.

What's the upside for Ryan for 2012?
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dukeman_92 wrote:Not sure I agree with you there, hard10. I'd much rather take Ryan where he's going. Flacco has basically put up the same numbers for three consecutive years. I'm not sure why anyone would expect him to suddenly be any better.

He is what he is.

Ryan OTOH Has a new OC who wants to install a no huddle offense, he's throwing to infinitely better targets, he plays more than half his games in a dome... I don't think we've seen the best from Ryan.


agree dukeman - I'm not high on either but I'd much rather take Ryan where hes going, too. Flacco is what he is.

If I'm willing to settle for Flacco I'm passing and grabbing Ponder.
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dukeman_92 wrote:Not sure I agree with you there, hard10. I'd much rather take Ryan where he's going. Flacco has basically put up the same numbers for three consecutive years. I'm not sure why anyone would expect him to suddenly be any better.

He is what he is.

Ryan OTOH Has a new OC who wants to install a no huddle offense, he's throwing to infinitely better targets, he plays more than half his games in a dome... I don't think we've seen the best from Ryan.


agree dukeman - I'm not high on either but I'd much rather take Ryan where hes going, too. Flacco is what he is.

If I'm willing to settle for Flacco I'm passing and grabbing Ponder.


That's an interesting thought but I'd think you could get Ponder very, very cheap as a flyer. I might even pass on Flacco a while and then grab Bradford.
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dukeman_92 wrote:Not sure I agree with you there, hard10. I'd much rather take Ryan where he's going. Flacco has basically put up the same numbers for three consecutive years. I'm not sure why anyone would expect him to suddenly be any better.

He is what he is.

Ryan OTOH Has a new OC who wants to install a no huddle offense, he's throwing to infinitely better targets, he plays more than half his games in a dome... I don't think we've seen the best from Ryan.


agree dukeman - I'm not high on either but I'd much rather take Ryan where hes going, too. Flacco is what he is.

If I'm willing to settle for Flacco I'm passing and grabbing Ponder.


That's an interesting thought but I'd think you could get Ponder very, very cheap as a flyer. I might even pass on Flacco a while and then grab Bradford.


I think thats the point I'm getting at here. There is nothing that excites me about Flacco at all. I think hes about the most mediocre talent in the league right now and I don't like counting on mediocre talent/upside at QB. Unless I went into a coma and drafted myself into a corner somehow. All and any homerism aside - Ponder's upside vs the NFC North Defenses while keeping up with their respective offenses for 6 games plus JAX/INDY/STL/WAS/AZ/SF/HOU/TB/SEA/TEN theres some tasty stuff on that buffet.. and cheap at this point. Like you mentioned - Bradfords going in that Flacco area also. I'd take Sam all day if given the choice -or- had to choose.

Theres other QBs I'd want to count on -or- take a shot on besides Flacco. Let someone else grab the stiff and keep working on RB/WR/TE.. hell top kickers and Ds are going in that area - theres good depth to get mined out yet @ where Flacco's price tag is hanging (MFL 12tm ppr redrafts) depending on your league format and what roster you built by that time etc.,.
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dukeman_92 wrote:Not sure I agree with you there, hard10. I'd much rather take Ryan where he's going. Flacco has basically put up the same numbers for three consecutive years. I'm not sure why anyone would expect him to suddenly be any better.

He is what he is.

Ryan OTOH Has a new OC who wants to install a no huddle offense, he's throwing to infinitely better targets, he plays more than half his games in a dome... I don't think we've seen the best from Ryan.


agree dukeman - I'm not high on either but I'd much rather take Ryan where hes going, too. Flacco is what he is.

If I'm willing to settle for Flacco I'm passing and grabbing Ponder.


That's an interesting thought but I'd think you could get Ponder very, very cheap as a flyer. I might even pass on Flacco a while and then grab Bradford.


I think thats the point I'm getting at here. There is nothing that excites me about Flacco at all. I think hes about the most mediocre talent in the league right now and I don't like counting on mediocre talent/upside at QB. Unless I went into a coma and drafted myself into a corner somehow. All and any homerism aside - Ponder's upside vs the NFC North Defenses while keeping up with their respective offenses for 6 games plus JAX/INDY/STL/WAS/AZ/SF/HOU/TB/SEA/TEN theres some tasty stuff on that buffet.. and cheap at this point. Like you mentioned - Bradfords going in that Flacco area also. I'd take Sam all day if given the choice -or- had to choose.

Theres other QBs I'd want to count on -or- take a shot on besides Flacco. Let someone else grab the stiff and keep working on RB/WR/TE.. hell top kickers and Ds are going in that area - theres good depth to get mined out yet @ where Flacco's price tag is hanging (MFL 12tm ppr redrafts) depending on your league format and what roster you built by that time etc.,.


I'd lump Sanchez into that same spot as Flacco myself.

Ironic though as I think real football Flacco's as good or better than Ryan right now. And those type of thoughts make me think FF is just stupid sometimes.
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dukeman_92 wrote:Not sure I agree with you there, hard10. I'd much rather take Ryan where he's going. Flacco has basically put up the same numbers for three consecutive years. I'm not sure why anyone would expect him to suddenly be any better.

He is what he is.

Ryan OTOH Has a new OC who wants to install a no huddle offense, he's throwing to infinitely better targets, he plays more than half his games in a dome... I don't think we've seen the best from Ryan.


agree dukeman - I'm not high on either but I'd much rather take Ryan where hes going, too. Flacco is what he is.

If I'm willing to settle for Flacco I'm passing and grabbing Ponder.


That's an interesting thought but I'd think you could get Ponder very, very cheap as a flyer. I might even pass on Flacco a while and then grab Bradford.


I think thats the point I'm getting at here. There is nothing that excites me about Flacco at all. I think hes about the most mediocre talent in the league right now and I don't like counting on mediocre talent/upside at QB. Unless I went into a coma and drafted myself into a corner somehow. All and any homerism aside - Ponder's upside vs the NFC North Defenses while keeping up with their respective offenses for 6 games plus JAX/INDY/STL/WAS/AZ/SF/HOU/TB/SEA/TEN theres some tasty stuff on that buffet.. and cheap at this point. Like you mentioned - Bradfords going in that Flacco area also. I'd take Sam all day if given the choice -or- had to choose.

Theres other QBs I'd want to count on -or- take a shot on besides Flacco. Let someone else grab the stiff and keep working on RB/WR/TE.. hell top kickers and Ds are going in that area - theres good depth to get mined out yet @ where Flacco's price tag is hanging (MFL 12tm ppr redrafts) depending on your league format and what roster you built by that time etc.,.


I'd lump Sanchez into that same spot as Flacco myself.

Ironic though as I think real football Flacco's as good or better than Ryan right now. And those type of thoughts make me think FF is just stupid sometimes.


Snatchez scares the hell out of me with Sparano in town Timmy in tow. Last year @ this time I inherited my deep blue dyno team with Sanchez and Tebow as the 'young QBs' + Hass/Orton :F Guess whos thinking about drafting 2 rookie QBs and a backup this season... can someone say, "Challenge!"? .. anywho - I don't trust Rex and that entire crew as far as you, yourself, can throw Rex.

As far as Flacco on Sundays working games - meh.. hes right there with Ryan imo. Both have had a pretty nice supporting cast and crew since they arrived.
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