Cameron Makes Plans for Wideouts

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Ravens Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron says quarterback Joe Flacco is the happiest person in the organization right now. But Cameron's not far behind.

"I'm in the top five," Cameron said Thursday with a laugh.

That's because with the re-signing of Derrick Mason, trade for Anquan Boldin and free agent signing of Donte' Stallworth, Cameron will have more toys to play with in 2010.

But how does Cameron see that all coming together? Trust me, he already has some ideas.

"We're all excited about the possibilities," Cameron said. "We all are excited about the potential of what we can do."

The three things Cameron specifically thinks should improve in the passing game is its efficiency, versatility and execution.

Not surprisingly, Cameron envisions Boldin and Mason being the team's top two receivers, although he said it didn't really matter who is ranked No. 1 on the depth chart and that one of the two players will have to earn that distinction.

"I think, as of today, you'd think they're 1a and 1b," Cameron said.

Behind them, it's more up in the air. Cameron said Stallworth will be in the mix as the Ravens' third receiver and if restricted free agent Mark Clayton signs his tender, he will of course compete for that position as well.

What excites Cameron is how much flexibility he has with the group. Mason and Boldin can each play all three wide receiver spots (both outside positions and in the slot) and Stallworth can play in two, including the slot.

"Just like you see on our defense, with guys playing different positions, the more a guy can do, the more flexibility we can have in a game plan," Cameron said.

Cameron said opposing defenses could see a four-wide receiver set with tight end Todd Heap also in the game. He even said there could be a five-wide receiver set, which seems almost foreign in what has been a traditional run-based Baltimore attack.

But just because Cameron has what could be a much-improved wide receiver cast doesn't mean he plans on calling more pass plays.

Cameron pointed to the New Orleans Saints as an example. In 2008, the Saints led the NFL in passing attempts with 636 and completed 64.9 percent of the time. Last year, when it won the Super Bowl, New Orleans ranked 15th in the league with 544 attempts. Only this time, the Saints completed the pass 69.5 percent of the time.

Cameron's goal this year is for the Ravens to complete 70 percent of their passes. "It's doable," he said.

"Just throwing the ball more doesn't translate to more points. Will we throw it more? That can happen. But the biggest thing for us is being efficient. I think you'll see a more efficient passing game and better execution."

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