At various points since trading Anquan Boldin to the 49ers, Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome has said that the team could use a veteran wide receiver on the roster.
The players currently on the team’s depth chart hope that doesn’t wind up happening. Wide receiver Torrey Smith explained that the team’s receivers hope to prove to Newsome that there’s no need to look outside the organization because the players on hand can handle the job.
“I think that obviously our goal is to try to make sure that Ozzie doesn’t have to go out there and get another vet and I think we take that as kind of a challenge for us,” Smith said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “We know this offense. We’re looking forward to the challenge. We’re all getting better every day. None of that matters if we don’t do it between the lines, but I think we’re heading on the right path.”
From the looks of things, they’ll get every chance to prove their value to Newsome and the Ravens since the team’s made no actual moves toward signing a veteran wideout. That seems likely to continue, at least through minicamp, and that means players like Deonte Thompson, Tandon Doss and LeQuan Williams will have the opportunity to prove they are capable of playing alongside Smith and Jacoby Jones.
If they fail to show they’re up to the task, the Ravens could look into free agents like Brandon Lloyd and Devery Henderson, but it certainly seems the Ravens’ first choice is to keep things in house.