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Looking at the Baltimore Ravens' Crowded Receiving Core

July 06, 2018 - 12:10 pm
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The Baltimore Ravens enter the 2018 NFL season with a new look receiving core. Revamping the position was a top priority for Ozzie Newsome and the front office and they did just that, cutting Jeremy Maclin and choosing not to re-sign Mike Wallace or Michael Campanaro. In return, they went out and signed Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead to free agent deals and drafted rookies, Jaleel Scott and Jordan Lasley.

It’s a crowded group with 13 receivers on the current roster and the Ravens will have tough decisions to make regarding the 53-man roster. How many receivers will they take? Which receivers will make the cut and who will get sent packing.

This will undoubtedly be the most intriguing position to watch heading into training camp and here’s where I believe the rankings stand amongst the group.

LOCK: Michael Crabtree, John Brown, Willie Snead, Chris Moore

Barring any suspensions or season-ending injuries, all three new free agent signings are locks to make the roster. The Ravens possessed limited cap space coming into the offseason and invested over $30 million in Crabtree, Brown, and Snead alone. They are going to be Joe Flacco’s top receiving targets and it’s a much-needed upgrade.

After coming into his own mid-way through the end of the 2017 season, Chris Moore is one of two receivers returning that caught have caught a pass from Joe Flacco in the regular season. Entering his third season, Moore is a breakout candidate and sits as the No. 4 receiver on the depth chart with a very good chance to move up.

The Ravens don’t have a clear No. 1 receiver and Crabtree is the closest thing to that. He’s a possession target that will see most of the targets this season.

BUBBLE: Jordan Lasley, Jaleel Scott, Breshad Perriman

Both draft picks – Lasley and Scott come in as bubble players but both have a good shot at making the 53-man roster given the lack of depth behind the top three receivers. Lasley is the quick, shifty receiver while Scott is a 6’6” red zone threat. The Ravens invested a fourth and fifth round draft picks into the duo and it would be disappointing to see either hit waivers or fall on the practice squad but their outlook heading into training camp looks positive.

Breshad Perriman is the ultimate x-factor. His time in Baltimore is ultimately limited after the Ravens declined his fifth-year option for next season but the fact that he’s a former first-round pick still keeps him in the roster discussion. I believe it’s time for both sides to mutually part ways but the Ravens could certainly see the situation differently.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN: Tim White, Quincy Adeboyejo, Jaelon Acklin, Devier Posey, Janarion Grant, Andre Levrone

The final group has an outside chance of making the 53-man roster this season. As it stands, Tim White has the best chance among the group. White had a solid showing in the preseason last year that was overhyped before he was stashed on season-ending injured reserve with a pinky injury. But with the lack of return options, White could see his way on solely as a returner.

Quincy Adeboyejo underwent offseason surgery and the rest of the group is totally unproven in the NFL. It’s going to take injuries or a superior offseason performance to secure a roster spot among a crowded group.