Are Reed and Doss Tough Enough?

Lombardi's Way Are Reed and Doss Tough Enough?

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When the Ravens drafted David Reed in 2010 they believed the Ute would be a player with precise route running skills and good hands.

He wasn’t and isn’t a burner and won’t often gain separation on deep routes but he does possess good ball skills and has the ability to make a catch in traffic.

Add it up and at best Reed could be a No. 2 wide receiver in the NFL.

Running with the scout team, Reed has had a tremendous amount of success competing against the Ravens No. 1 defense. It’s been said that he’s difficult to cover and adeptly finds holes in coverages – during practice.

Combine the threat of contact in live game situations with rare opportunities to prove his worth to the offensive coaches on Sundays and mistakes can often happen. With a very limited body of work available to the general public save a couple of fumbles in Seattle in 2011, is there any wonder why the fan base has no confidence in Reed?

Ditto for Tandon Doss.

Hand-picked by Joe Flacco, Doss has had limited opportunities to show that he can be in the offensive mix on game day and when he has, passes slipped through his fingers like a hot knife through melted butter.

Doss has also been plagued by nagging injuries. Teammates probably question his toughness as he’s often seen on the sidelines during training camp in shorts stretching or going through a few agility drills with trainers.

Last summer, while doing so he made a snarky remark to Cary Williams during a morning practice session and the two nearly came to blows. Williams made it very clear that he considered Doss to be “soft.”

That’s the last label you want in the NFL. It’s akin to a lion pride knowing which gazelle is injured. It’s tough to survive.

It will be interesting to see if either of these two can step up.

If they don’t, the longing for departed Anquan Boldin won’t fade any time soon.

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