Sifting Through the Options at Wide Receiver

Tommy Streeter

It’s been an offseason unlike any other in Charm City. It would be hard to argue that there has been an organization that has done more than the Baltimore Ravens through just about three months after winning Super Bowl XLVII.

Started by the record-breaking contract handed to Mr. Super Bowl MVP, Ozzie Newsome has been working every angle to ensure another playoff run for John Harbaugh’s ‘Mighty Men’.

Of all of the needs that have been addressed, the one that wasn’t might be the biggest talking point for fans. Many have been vying for another wide receiver to add to Joe Flacco’s arsenal, but that move hasn’t, and might not be made! Some have questioned why the team missed out on some of the hot names early on the market. The organization has always believed in grooming players for the future and it seems like they will follow that same confidence in 2013.

The overflow of talent is incredible, and it’s clear why moves didn’t need to be made. While an acquisition still could be in the works, let’s take a look at the possibilities already on the roster.

Tandon Doss is the option most intriguing when looking at the receiving corps. Doss is the technical “number three” on the roster, and you can expect him to step it up and make an impact next year. Fans remember some crucial drops last season, but knowing Doss, he won’t let that faze him in impressing coaches in camp.

Many label him as “Flacco’s pick” in the 2011 NFL Draft, but the coaches have to like what they see as well. He took a lot of passes and hits over the middle in college, and this could be the year we see a lot of shots up the middle to Doss. Without Cam Cameron, who seemed to think there was a black hole in the middle of the field, Doss will be able to use his skills across the field and beat linebackers game after game.

2013 might be the first of many impact seasons for Tommy Streeter. The 6’6 college standout possesses very few weaknesses and every bit of his athletic build has upside written all over. He was a 2012 6th round pick who missed last season with a foot injury, but that ended up being beneficial. He got time with the team, and coaches stated that they were pleased with what they were seeing with the Miami FL product.

His biggest downside coming out of college is that he was very raw. His big senior season was greatly because of his sheer size and athleticism. With some tuning up, which was done last year, Streeter could be a name you hear several times per game.

As much as fans might hate to hear it, David Reed could be the fit in the slot to replace Anquan Boldin. His natural quickness and explosiveness could earn him some reps in the preseason. Reed has had his chances but this will be the first year that he will have the chance to get 15-20 snaps a game.

He will need to make the most of his opportunities as he has been on the borderline for quite a while now. For a guy that has a whole lot of potential and upside, I would love to see Reed have a breakout training camp, followed by a productive pre-season.

Should those three not work out, you could dig a little deeper into the depth chart to find some dark-horse candidates. LaQuan Williams has had his opportunities, but has failed to see any time on the field. Deonte Thompson and Aaron Mellette both have a chance to make the squad with a good training camp, but they could be stored away for the future, particularly Mellette as they both are still very young.

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16 Raves on “Sifting Through the Options at Wide Receiver

  1. Dave on said:

    The Ravens made a big mistake not trading up in the 4th and taking Patton. They didn’t need another outside linebacker in Simon. Doss sucks and Reed is always hurt. Of the receivers you listed Deonte Thompson is head and shoulders the best.

  2. biscuit on said:

    I cannot believe how many people say that Doss “sucks.” He had 2 memorable TD drops yes. He also snagged a crucial 3rd down in the game against San Diego to ensure a tie then a win. Of course he didn’t get many reps with the 1st team… how could he with Q in the game? When you watch the film on this kid from Indiana, he is a prototypical hands guy with some physicality. Ozzie, Harbaugh, et al see a lot that we don’t. I am looking forward to seeing him get an opportunity!

  3. Brian on said:

    I dont care whos out there just make some catches can’t replace Q but we wont need to D is going to smash teams we just need 2-3 scores a game.

  4. Anonymous on said:

    Doss doesn’t suck. he had a couple drops, but who doesn’t? Q and Pitta both had crucial 3rd down drops in the super bowl. he’s got potential.

    Reed has potential also. he seems to get decent separation when he does get in the game.

  5. biscuit on said:

    Let’s not forget when we picked up Jacoby last year. If Ravens Brass isn’t impressed by what they see with training camp, there will be some free agents available too.

  6. Michael on said:

    Where did you learn to write so well? I know students in grad school with me, and for that matter other writers on this website, that can’t put together an article this professional. Keep up the good work, I enjoy your insights!

    • Joe Wedra on said:

      I do work very hard to provide the best possible content I can to all of the readers. Thanks for the comment, Michael!

    • Rants N Ravens on said:

      I agree with Michael, I couldn’t believe it when I read how young you are. Great job young man!

  7. Sdot on said:

    I give Ozzie and Harbaugh credit for giving our young receivers a chance to prove themselves. This is the opportunity they needed and I believe one or two of them will show up big. Just let one of these guys get ample playing time and they won’t disappoint, giving them a few snaps throughout the season won’t work, look how long it took jacoby, pitta, even Torrey to develop chemistry and they all damn near started every game. I really think Deonte will break out this season along with Doss or Reed. Just give then a chance, I like their odds better than many of the prospects in this years draft

    • Robert Fuse on said:

      No thank you. He’ll be 32 by the time the season starts and people say he is a locker room headache. We have some guys that can give us the same production or more without the baggage.

  8. Robert Fuse on said:

    Hmm. I don’t think Deonte Thompson gets on the practice squad. I think his skill is too much to ignore and he gets the number 4 spot behind Doss. We don’t even know if Doss is gonna get the number 3 spot even though he does have good hands. Doss has been injured multiple times. Reed has been injured multiple times too. This whole thing is up in the air. All that I know is the Ravens have some really talented WRs. They were right not to draft one high. Also remember that Juice can be lined up as a receiver. There is a lot of versatility with this offense and with Cam Cameron gone.

  9. Big C on said:

    I’ve seen every Ravens snap for the past 8 years… Still havent’ seen Laquan Williams get this chance. Except fro the Steelers game a few years ago when he came up big. Haven’t seen him really get a chance. In fact, he ran with the 1′s for 1 pre season game… had a ball get broken up. Didn’t have a pass thrown from Flacco in his direction the rest of the year. Give him a chance like Doss gets, I’ll bet money he does his thing…

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