Ravens fans were holding their breath for a few days as Jeremy Maclin decided between Baltimore and Buffalo, and this afternoon, we got our wish:
Ravens and WR Jeremy Maclin agree to a two-year deal, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 12, 2017
RSR staff react to the signing here:
Big signing. The Ravens have received a lot of flack all offseason (including from me) about not addressing the receiver position, but they deserve a pat on the back for this. Maclin has the versatility to be a move receiver, work the slot, and line up out wide. It’ll be interesting to see how he’ll be used in the offense along with Breshad Perriman and Mike Wallace but he’s a nice fit for what Roman and Mornhinweg want to do — which is stretch defenses out horizontally and vertically.
Unlike many who follow the Ravens, I have faith in the guys who currently catch passes from Joe Flacco and therefore, right tackle is the position that needs to be addressed more than any other, particularly if the running game is going to be a big part of the team’s offense. But adding Maclin certainly makes the Ravens better. He has dependable hands, is a good route runner and he does have the ability to stretch the field even those his per catch average suffered on the receiving end of game manager Alex Smith.
It’s interesting that the other team in the mix for Maclin was the Eagles after they publicly stated that they were not interested. Make a note of that Ozzie. Now we’re hearing that the Ravens are still in the mix for Eric Decker. Really? Color me shocked if that happens.
Did I say the Ravens need a right tackle?
Welcome to Baltimore Mr. & Mrs. Maclin!
The Ravens could not lose out on Maclin to the Bills. The Ravens pride themselves on being an organization that gives players a chance to win a ring and the Bills haven’t made the playoffs in over a decade. You cant understand the importance of the addition. The Ravens offense lacks weapons and Maclin is a playmaker under the age of 30. Welcome to Baltimore Jeremy.
Cautiously optimistic until I see the money, but Adam Schefter is reporting the Ravens are still in on Decker? This could get interesting FAST.
In the meantime, take a deep breath Ravens fans… we didn’t lose out to the Bills.
Maclin has just two fewer seasons with 80+ catches than all pass catchers in Ravens’ franchise history combined. Let that sink in for a minute. An absolutely critical signing. Joe needed an established target who can work the route tree, and that’s exactly what Maclin brings.
This is a MUCH needed signing for an offense that has lost way too much. I still would like to see an additional veteran WR or slot receiver but Maclin makes me a happy fan today.
Great sign by the Ravens to bolster a questionable receiving corps. Maclin fits the mold perfectly. Now the organization needs to find a right tackle or the addition of the veteran wideout won’t matter.
Maclin is a solid signing who addresses needs directly, but I encourage managed expectations. He’ll probably catch 50-60 passes and my over/under is 700 yards. However, he can stretch the field and improve performances for other receivers as well.
In particular, the Ravens need to rediscover their play-action passing game, from which many of the extended time and space opportunities came. Those created both big plays and long PI fouls, which should be back with this speedy set of receivers.
The Ravens biggest need by far is now RT. Signing Eric Decker would be a big mistake if it means there is no money for a tackle. Marshal Yanda or Alex Lewis could play there by creating holes at other positions and reducing their own personal contribution. I’m OK with either as plan B at RT, but hope neither is plan A.
This gives the passing game a more realistic chance at success in 2017. Maclin significantly upgrades the slot and if he can return to his 2016 form, he’d give them a more versatile threat outside the numbers. Running the ball well will still be paramount in any legitimate success the team has this season but this addition takes some pressure off.
Can he pitch? Sorry, in baseball mode.