We all know that the Ravens boast the NFL’s top rushing attack. Well they also had the NFL’s worst passing attack last season.. The Ravens wide receivers position group needs an upgrade!
It’s hard to win a Super Bowl when you finish dead last in total passing yards at 2,739 and in passing yards per game at 171.2. The Ravens just could not get it done in Buffalo with the passing game. Though, I honestly think they abandoned the run too soon, but that’s not what this post is about.
It’s time for the Ravens to silence the critics.
There are so many critics that are trying to say that Lamar can’t get it done throwing the ball Or that he is just a running back. However, we are just one season removed from him winning the MVP. Not only that, but he also threw 36 passing touchdowns as well.
Lamar Jackson is more than capable of getting it done. It’s just hard to do so when you have an elementary passing scheme. Not to mention that your only reliable (not always either) targets are Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews. I love Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews, but we need better passing schemes. We also need more Baltimore Ravens wide receivers! Whether that is through Ravens free agent signings or other Ravens offseason moves, it needs to happen.
Ravens offseason coaching moves.
Before we get started with the wide receivers that I think the Ravens should add, I will say I am very happy with the coaching moves they have made so far. The Ravens added Keith Williams as the Pass Game Specialist and Tee Martin as Wide Receivers Coach.
Tee Martin has a lot of college coaching experience with a number of great current NFL wide receivers, such as JuJu Smith-Schuster, Robert Woods, etc. Also, his son is former Clemson wide receiver Amari Rodgers.
Great Ravens offseason moves en route to upgrading the passing game and getting us a Super Bowl! I believe that both of these additions to the coaching staff will help the Baltimore wide receivers already on the roster especially.
Corey Davis – Free Agent of the Tennessee Titans
Corey Davis is a free agent this year. I honestly don’t see the Titans franchise tagging him or reaching a contract agreement. I say this because they have A.J. Brown. The former 2017 5th overall pick has been overshadowed by A.J. Brown. Even so, he finished 2020 with 65 receptions for 984 yards and 5 touchdowns, which is more than any Ravens receiver. At 6–3, Corey Davis is what Baltimore is missing - that big body playmaking receiver.
Yes, Baltimore only has 18 million dollars projected in cap space and also needs to fix up its offensive line and make sure it still has a pass rush next year, but it’s past time for us to get a solid WR, don’t you think? And the thing is Corey Davis is only 26 years old. This means he could grow with Lamar Jackson. He has the potential to be a top receiver. He also wouldn’t cost nearly as much as the other top receivers in free agency. Allen Robinson could fetch over $20 million a year. According to Spotrac, Corey Davis is projected to receive about 9.8 million per year or a 4 year deal at just shy of 40 million. A run-heavy team is not going to pay more than $10 million a year to a receiver, but we do need a guy like Corey Davis.
Take a look at some Corey Davis highlights below. This is what Baltimore needs. Restructure some contracts if you need to and make Corey Davis a Baltimore wide receiver.
Michael Gallup – Trade with Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys have Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb. Michael Gallup is nearing the end of his rookie contract and has a cap hit of $1,142,495 in 2021. The Cowboys need to get younger at LT. They need to get someone like Orlando Brown Jr protecting Dak Prescott’s blindside. That’s where the Ravens come in. Why wait until next season and lose Brown to free agency, then maybe get a 3rd-round comp pick for a pro-bowl tackle?
By trading Brown for Gallup, the Ravens can fill a need and probably get a day 2 draft pick (round 2 or 3). Furthermore, the Ravens can then use free agency and the draft to focus on fixing the entire offensive line and their pass rush with proven veterans and young depth. I would love to have Michael Gallup who had 66 receptions for 1,107 receiving yards (16.8 yards a catch!) in 2019. This past season he had 59 receptions for 843 yards.
Gallup would be a huge upgrade to our passing game and he is only 24 years old! Then, you sign a cap casualty like Rick Wagner to a cheap deal, who is a former Raven. That will help fill in losing Brown. This is one of my favorite possible Ravens offseason moves.
Curtis Samuel – Free agent of the Carolina Panthers
This is a sleeper choice. Curtis Samuel has really found his way the past couple years. He is a playmaker. In 2019, he had 54 receptions for 627 yards and 6 touchdowns, as well as 19 carries for 130 yards and 1 rushing touchdown. In 2020, he finished with 77 receptions for 851 yards and 3 touchdowns, as well as 41 carries for 200 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns.
Not only would Curtis Samuel fill a hole in the Ravens passing game, but he would add another threat to their already great rushing attack. This could be just what the Ravens offense needs to keep doing things the way they do, but also have another threat in the passing game. Maybe with someone like Curtis Samuel, the Ravens could win a superbowl by mostly running the football.
Though, Spotrac says that Curtis Samuel will probably fetch around 12.4 mil per year. That’s a pretty price for a run-first team to pay for a wide receiver, but I think it is worth it because of what he can potentially add to the run game. Curtis Samuel would be a great Ravens free agent signing. Not only would he boost the Baltimore Ravens wide receiver group, but he adds to their running attack as well.
At the moment, we have 18 million projected cap space, but there are potential players that we can cut or contracts that we can restructure to create more room. We also can fill many of our holes in the draft. I think the most important thing to do this offseason is to create a stronger offensive line, but a close second is finding a receiver to improve the passing game.
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