Ravens Know What Kind of Wide Receiver They Want to Add


The Ravens' offense has loads of good, young talent around the crown jewel, Lamar Jackson.

Baltimore has arguably the best tight end room in the NFL, two young Pro Bowl offensive tackles, a loaded running backs corps, and more.

But one primary position where the Ravens could still look to add more pieces this offseason is the spot seemingly always being talked about in Baltimore – wide receiver.

"We have a really good feel for the type of receivers we want to bring in," Head Coach John Harbaugh said at his season-ending press conference last week.

"I know it's a great year for wide receivers, I've been told, in the draft. Maybe it's a free agent, maybe it's a trade. Who knows what it could be?"

The Ravens know what they have in 2019 first-round pick Marquise "Hollywood" Brown, a dynamic speed threat that showed excellent ball tracking and a knack for making clutch plays.

Brown finished second on the team in receptions (46), receiving yards (584) and touchdowns (seven), all behind tight end Mark Andrews. Brown was perhaps the Ravens' best player on the field in the divisional playoff loss, as he hauled in seven catches for 126 yards, including a ridiculous deep one-handed catch.

Brown did it all despite not being 100 percent healthy all year, as it takes a while for players to fully bounce back from a Lisfranc foot injury. Brown said throughout he wasn't at top speed and couldn't change direction as well as he would like.

"[He was] really not 100-percent most of the year – and that was pretty obvious, right?" Harbaugh said. "He had a great game in his last game, and he's a huge piece of what we're doing and fits this offense so well."

Willie Snead IV was second among Ravens receivers with 31 catches for 339 yards and five touchdowns, but provided more than just stats with strong blocking and a tone-setting work ethic. The Ravens signed him to an extension during the season.

So now the question is who Baltimore pairs with Brown and Snead.

Boykin showed flashes of his promise as a third-round rookie with 13 catches for 198 yards and three scores. Veteran Seth Roberts did well with his opportunities and was another strong blocker. Chris Moore is also poised to hit free agency.

The Ravens could bring some players back, but will have an eye on the market regardless.

"Without letting the cat out of the bag too much, we want a certain type of guy, and we want a certain type of other guy that would fit us," Harbaugh said. "And we'll be looking hard for those guys. You know what I mean?"

Baltimore has the vertical threat to take the top off a defense (Brown). It has a gritty, chain-moving underneath receiver (Snead). Now what the Ravens could seemingly use is a big-bodied playmaker to haul in contested catches and still stretch the field.

Simply put, the Ravens need more playmakers outside. That was evident in the playoff loss, when Baltimore found itself behind early and Jackson had to air it out to the receivers. He targeted his wideouts a season-high 31 times but got a total of 238 yards.

If the wide receivers are getting open and making plays regularly, the NFL's top scoring offense can be much more dangerous next year. That possibility should be tantalizing for free-agent wide receivers.

Last offseason, there was a lot of talk about how wideouts may not want to come to Baltimore because they weren't sure about Jackson's passing ability and the direction of the Ravens' run-heavy offense. After seeing the unit's success, that narrative has been put to bed.

"If you remember, last year I kind of said it in a way like, 'They're going to find out,'" Harbaugh said. "And yes, I absolutely believe that players are going to be very excited to be here and to be a part of this offense."

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