After Boldin Loss Ravens Turn to Doss

Tandon Doss

During the Ravens’ Summer Training Camp in 2011 following a morning practice, former Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron took the podium to field questions from the media.

One member of the media commented on how good then rookie wide receiver Tandon Doss looked during this particular practice. Cameron apparently unimpressed said, “We’ll see how he performs once we introduce the threat of contact.”

The words hung in the air.

Was Cameron sending a message?

Players know that their teammates won’t initiate violent collisions during practice and that knowledge alone can boost even a timid player’s productivity during practice.

Fast-forward to Summer Training Camp 2012, and Doss is seen often in t-shirt and shorts, working out on the sidelines trying to heal a nagging injury. He misses practice often. Valuable time trying to develop a rapport with his quarterbacks is lost.

Other players notice as they battle the blazing elements. And you have to wonder if Doss lost a little bit of respect from his peers and coaches with each missed practice.

While observing one particular practice, Doss said something to Cary Williams from the sideline. The comment isn’t audible from the spot reserved for media but it’s clear that Williams isn’t happy and he goes after Doss, even ridiculing him for being a regular observer and not a participant.

Only Williams’ words weren’t so politically correct.

This season Doss will have an opportunity to fill some big shoes, those left behind by Super Bowl hero Anquan Boldin. His toughness will be watched closely and when compared to Q he’ll be hard-pressed to match such high-end physicality.

He will have to make plays, not just in practice but when the Steelers’ Ryan Clark is bearing down on him from the safety position and the threat of contact is introduced.

Only then will the Ravens truly now what they have in Tandon Doss.

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14 Raves on “After Boldin Loss Ravens Turn to Doss

  1. Tgun42 on said:

    SO basically we will see if he is a punk or not. Something about him I dont really like. I like Deonte better. More heart to me. I think Doss will be lucky to make the team this year if Streeter plays better and we pick someone else up.

  2. seatraveller on said:

    If you look at what Doss did last year, he sucked. They tried to force him into the offense and it didn’t work. I think it’s stupid to consider him as Boldin’s replacement. If they don’t get a decent slot guy the best solution may be Pitta.

    While we’re at it, if they don’t fix LT and put Oher back instead, then Flacco reverts back to the 30 million$ quarterback he was earlier in the season.

  3. Simon on said:

    Can’t disagree on this one. Solid piece. He really has only made one big catch for us and that was a 39 yd against Cleveland.

  4. Jerry M on said:

    DUDE Some guys just need a LiL time to blossom. He has great potential to fit in the plans but we always have a backup plan. Anyway I dont think he will be a every down reciever but he can help. I’m thinking Bailey from WV would be a nice addition at the slot. Lets concentrate on that secondary with Vaccarro, Elam, Cyprien, Just one of those guys will do a world of justice.

  5. Josh on said:

    The only significant thing Ryan Clark has ever done in his career is a lay a cheap shot to McGahee a few years ago. If he is someone Doss has to worry about, I think he’ll be okay. Hopefully he is ready to step up, considering he was Joe’s selection and has arguably the best hands on the team.

    • Tony LombardiTony Lombardi on said:

      If you don’t think that Ryan Clark captures the attention of opposing receivers crossing the middle because of his heavy hitting, you haven’t been paying attention to Clark or this blog.

      • Josh on said:

        I think that last part is a little strong. And just because Clark is a hard hitter does not mean he’s a great/significant player. That’s all I was saying.

  6. Jason Gray on said:

    I think he will never match the physical style of player of Boldin. Boldin had his face broken and he still never hesitated to do whatever was necessary to make the play. That to me is why he was the best definition being a Raven. I hope Doss can turn up and prove people wrong.

  7. Boldin Raver on said:

    What about Tori Gurley? I know he’s been in a few practice squads, I know he’s big. Seems like he could be beastly. Heard any rumors?

  8. JerryB on said:

    The jury is still out on Doss, who was “hand-picked” by Joe Flacco if I recall. He was only thrown to 17 times last year, but still managed to drop more than his fair share. What’s with David Reed? He was impressive at times as a receiver before his injury……

  9. plantsman on said:

    It looks to me that he gets a case of the nerves during games. He has had far to many drops for my taste, although he could improve. If it were up to me I would put in Deonte Thompson in the slot. He is very fast and has caught everything that was thrown at him during his limited playtime. I especially liked his fingertip snag for a touchdown in the preseason.

  10. Mike in Grasonville on said:

    I’ve seen the nerves displayed by Doss during the season, and the playoffs, and have little reason to believe he will overcome them, though I hope I’m proved wrong. The words spoken by Cameron weren’t for no reason, as he saw this player on a daily basis. It’s going to be really hard to replace Boldin, either by commitee, or through someone not yet on the radar. It sure as hell isn’t going to be Doss on his own, if I had to bet on it.

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