The Ravens were back at The Castle on Wednesday as their offseason workouts are in full swing in preparation for OTA’s and minicamp.
It didn’t take long for several key members of the offense to speak up about the wide receiver position and the addition of one through the draft or in free agency.
“I think we have more than enough wide receivers, honestly, but you can always have more, and whoever comes here, we’re going to welcome them with open arms,” responded Mike Wallace when asked about the receiving corps. “I don’t care who it is; I don’t care if it’s a wide receiver, lineman, running back, it doesn’t matter.
“But in the room, it’s always good to have somebody else to take more reps,” Wallace continued. “In OTAs and training camp, those reps get long and tough, so if we have another body and a high-caliber guy, that’s going to be great. You can’t ever go wrong with more weapons, but I feel confident in the guys that we have. I feel like we have more than enough to get it done.”
Wallace, who posted 1,017 yards on 72 receptions last season leads a receiving unit facing many questions marks entering the draft. The veteran wideout’s option was picked up this offseason, something he thinks was the smart choice by the Ravens organization.
“Smart decision by them,” joked Wallace during his podium session. “ Good job.”
Wallace wasn’t the only key member of the offense to field questions about the wide receiver position and whether or not the team needs to add a complementary wideout.
“No. No, I do not,” said Joe Flacco. “I think we have a lot of young, talented guys – guys that are ready to make a name for themselves and are going to work really hard this offseason to get that done.
“Whenever you have guys that are working really hard and you have that camaraderie out here and everyone is looking to get better, you are just developing relationships,” added the Ravens signal caller. “I think that is all going to help when we get to the field. It is nice to have guys that are here and want to work that we are going to develop here as Baltimore Ravens.”
One player in particular turning heads through workouts thus far has been second-year wideout Chris Moore.
“I think a lot of people will be surprised by Chris Moore this year,” bellowed Wallace. “He works hard and he’s a great player. I see him in practice every day, and I know the types of plays that he can make.
“So, I think people are sleeping on us a little bit, but we’ll take whoever we can get, and if it’s a first-round receiver, I’m all for it.
“I’ll welcome him with open arms, and I’ll be the first to get him on the JUGS machine and catching passes, and get some candy from him for the [meeting] room.”
Judging from the players’ responses, it appears as if the jury is still out on whether or not the offense needs another wideout.
Thankfully, it’s not up to those players to make roster decisions and as the offseason heats up, you can rest assured that Ozzie & Co. will add another receiver.
Even if his quarterback thinks it’s unnecessary.
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