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Ravens roll, but still looking for receivers

Anthony Gaitor, LaQuan Williams AP

Though it’s dangerous to draw too many conclusions from preseason football, especially the first week of it, it is reasonable to wonder when long-standing questions linger.

After losing tight end Dennis Pitta for the season to a hip injury and trading wide receiver Anquan Boldin in a salary dump, the Ravens are looking for options to emerge in the passing game.

They’re still looking.

Despite a solid beating of the Buccaneers, the top-of-the-depth-chart pass-catchers didn’t do much.

Quarterback Joe Flacco was 7-of-9 with an interception in limited time. Torrey Smith caught a couple of passes, but Jacoby Jones didn’t, and the young guys they’re looking for progress from (Tandon Doss, Deonte Thompson) had a catch for 5 yards between them. It’s probably a good sign that recent pickup Visanthe Shiancoe caught three passes, as they’re short on tight ends at the moment.

Otherwise, the star of the night for the Ravens was special teamer/wideout LaQuan Williams, who caught a touchdown pass from backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor and recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown.

Again, it’s early. But over the next two weeks, when the regulars play more, someone is going to have to emerge from an odd lot of players to be a reliable target for Flacco.

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31 Responses to “Ravens roll, but still looking for receivers”
  1. jebbiesmallz says: Aug 8, 2013 10:51 PM

    The objective for the first preseason game is for starters to avoid injury. Anything beyond that is gravy.

  2. t8ertot says: Aug 8, 2013 10:55 PM

    And the Super Bowl hangover begins. It’s the Bengals division this year

  3. bmorethansteel says: Aug 8, 2013 11:03 PM

    Aaron Mellette will be a player in the near future. maybe not this year or next but soon. The Doss experiment is already over. Shut it down and move on. OZ will make something happen. Always does.

  4. bmorethansteel says: Aug 8, 2013 11:06 PM

    Aaron Mellette

  5. dickjagger says: Aug 8, 2013 11:10 PM

    Soooo.. You say we need receivers then praise a guy (as the star of the night) who happens to be a receiver? Contradict much?

  6. ahostiletakeover says: Aug 8, 2013 11:12 PM

    A torrential downpour in the first half didn’t help either team’s receivers but some of those drops were indeed pathetic. Jacoby Jones in particular was disappointing. Made no real effort on a comeback route that led to a INT and alligator armed Flacco’s only other incompletion, just confirming what all my fellow Ravens fans know: keep Jacoby on special teams where he is ace. Confident that these by and large green wide receivers like Thompson, Doss, and company will improve with more reps. Laquan Williams continues to shine on special teams and made some nice catches, rookies Mellette, FB/HB/TE Juszczyk and TE Furstenburg were solid receiving options in their first game ever as well. EVERY receiver has to start somewhere and these guys are finally getting their first real shots. No real worries in the true fans, the talking heads are free to spin it as I like.

  7. chc36 says: Aug 8, 2013 11:14 PM

    Tandon Doss showed the ability to get open a few times but it looks like he and flacco have yet to develop a report and he rarely looked his way. By game 1 I expect that to change

  8. ravenscaps48 says: Aug 8, 2013 11:29 PM

    XLVIII BOUND………………… Sorry

  9. ravenadam81 says: Aug 8, 2013 11:57 PM

    I actually only half agree with this. If you remember 2 years ago undrafted rookie LaQuan Williams made an impact in the preseason and made the team. He kind of got lost in the fold last year as the ravens didn’t use too many 4/5 wr sets.. Tonight he looked good and I look for him to make an impact and win tht number 3 spot. He has the build to go over the middle.

  10. Norseman says: Aug 9, 2013 12:38 AM

    Flacco isn’t good enough to make mediocre receivers look good. Gonna be a tough year offensively for the Ravens.

  11. ampatsisahypocrite says: Aug 9, 2013 1:28 AM

    Hey, what does Flacco care now? He’s locked up his big contract — amazing what one fluke playoff run at the right time can do to offset five years of mediocrity.

    Will the Ravens find the new WRs they so badly need? To Joe that’s about as important a question as whether to order the chicken nuggets or the quarter pounder at the drive-through.

  12. gotampabay52 says: Aug 9, 2013 7:19 AM

    Yeah we had 13 starters not playing you better roll want for block punt might of been a better second half

  13. guitarkevin says: Aug 9, 2013 7:24 AM

    We’re one game into preseason folks. There is such a thing as developing a rapport with your receivers/qb. I’m sure Ozzy and Harbs know how things will shake out going into the regular season.

  14. jtbsteeler says: Aug 9, 2013 9:30 AM

    HAHAHA. This is hilarious….

  15. steelerben says: Aug 9, 2013 10:02 AM

    ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Aug 9, 2013 1:28 AM
    Hey, what does Flacco care now? He’s locked up his big contract — amazing what one fluke playoff run at the right time can do to offset five years of mediocrity.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I’m no Ravens fan, clearly, however it is a little bit of a stretch to call it five years of mediocrity when they made it to the playoffs five years straight, the AFC championship two years running, and won the Super Bowl.

    I’ll agree that the 4th and 29 dump off was flukey, but not the playoff run. They played clean, relatively mistake free, football. That’s what it takes to win in the post season.

    I believe that Boldin being gone, Pitta out for the year, and Dixon with the hammy will hurt the passing game, however don’t forget that the team has two very good running backs to rely on and bring in the safety to open things up to throw down field to Smith. Something tells me that just like the past several seasons, the Ravens will field a competitive football team. Hitting the panic button and bringing in a TO or Ochocinco isn’t an Ozzie move. I wouldn’t be shocked to see them take a flier someone after first round of cuts as a possession receiver, but I don’t think that anyone in the Baltimore Front Office is talking about the sky falling.

  16. anonymousraven1 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:02 AM

    Sorry, Jacoby Jones has never been, is not, and will never be a number 2 WR. Both Joe’s interception and incompletion are on him. He jogged through his comeback route and didn’t make a play on the ball at all. The other one was just a drop.
    I love Torrey, and I have a lot of faith in Dickson. After that, though … Brandon Lloyd, how you doin’?

  17. scoobies05 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:58 AM

    steelerben, thanks for your objectivity. i hope you have an enjoyable season

  18. scoobies05 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:59 AM

    jb, the ravens put up over 40 pts. when did the steelers last do this

  19. lovefootball4life says: Aug 9, 2013 11:26 AM

    If the Ravens look for a veteran receiver likely they’ll look for someone who can play the slot. The only ones I know about in FA is Brandon Stokley or Laurent Robinson. Not sure at Stokley’s age and size that he’s a better option than growing someone from inside. Robinson has injury concerns or he’d be signed.

  20. buzzbeaubank says: Aug 9, 2013 12:06 PM

    ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Aug 9, 2013 1:28 AM
    Hey, what does Flacco care now? He’s locked up his big contract — amazing what one fluke playoff run at the right time can do to offset five years of mediocrity.

    Will the Ravens find the new WRs they so badly need? To Joe that’s about as important a question as whether to order the chicken nuggets or the quarter pounder at the drive-through.
    ————-
    This comment is even more hilarious when you consider how ampatsisahypocrite would spin it if Big Ben ever came close to an 11 TD, 0 INT postseason.

  21. jtbsteeler says: Aug 9, 2013 12:41 PM

    Big Ben is responsible for making the receiver’s drafted by the Steelers better. Joe Flacco’s receiver’s struggle and don’t scare anyone.

    Mason was your #1 WR for three straight seasons, then Boldin for two. I’m waiting for Jumpball to develop some dern homegrown receivers!

  22. barbasol11111111 says: Aug 9, 2013 1:27 PM

    Rookie te furstenburg made a great catch in traffic up the seam with concentration and good hands

    Rookie wr mellette had a great td catch where he showed great patience lulling the DB to sleep before exploding over him to make a nice grab

    If anything I was more worried about how mediocre the defense was last year

    Aside from brown they looked great

  23. ftomasic1961 says: Aug 9, 2013 1:38 PM

    just have the raven ‘receivers’ practice with a mini trampoline to get to jump ball joe’s throze…and tell the secondary in practice, to fall down, or grossly misplay the receiver to make joe look good….

  24. scoobies05 says: Aug 9, 2013 1:42 PM

    steelers were in the twenties in offensive scoring, ravens were tenth. you are grasping at straws at thus point

  25. scoobies05 says: Aug 9, 2013 2:22 PM

    hey jb. the last great steeler rb was bettis(a free agent). when are you guys gonna develop a great rb? man you guys are pathetic. does colbert know what hes doing

  26. lovefootball4life says: Aug 9, 2013 3:21 PM

    jb if you were a fan of Atlanta, Dallas, Denver or just about any team with returning stud receivers you could talk smack about your receivers. But you are a Steeler fan and you are hoping your #3 and #4 step up who combined did less than the best receivers in the league did last year alone. Recognize both teams have an issue and just stop talking about receivers and pick a new topic ok?

  27. bobbyosborne569 says: Aug 9, 2013 6:24 PM

    THE HATERS OF RAVEN NATION..I WILL LEAVE YOU WITH THESES WORDS: THE RAVENS ARE THE REIGNING NFL CHAMPS..YO CAN TALK ABOUT OUR QB THE RECIEVERS OUR DEFENSE..REVAMPED N ANYTHING ELSE..U WANT US OFF THE TOP..COME KNOCK US OFF…CAUSE GUESS WHAT?…WE READY..WHAT ABOUT YOU & YOUR TEAM?…HMMMMMMMMMMMM…LOL!!!

  28. ampatsisahypocrite says: Aug 10, 2013 4:41 AM

    Added Flacco, “it doesn’t matter, LAST year is when we needed the guys to bail me out and get me the big contract, and they came through! There was Rice in the San Diego game, and Jacoby who saved me from losing to Leftwich with that kick return, not to mention bailing me out in the big one when I disappeared that second half. Oh and Anquan too, who made my blind jump balls look good all playoffs. So let’s all chill — what difference does this year make? It’s not like it’s a contract year or anything. Relax!”

  29. jtbsteeler says: Aug 10, 2013 7:24 AM

    WRs – Steelers
    Defense – Steelers
    RB – Yet to be seen, Ray Rice is fading. Too many dumpoffs from Joe
    QB – Two rings, three bowls
    Coach – Two bowls
    GM – Colbert. Ozzie’s drafts are pathetic.

    There you go, I’m talking something else.

  30. scoobies05 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:33 PM

    too bad most things you said are wrong. keep trying. its absolutely amazing that everyone recognizes ozzie newsome as a hall of fame gm. your opinions are truly comical.. the honest truth is the steelers and the ravens are both excellent franchises. its a shame you cant grow up

  31. scoobies05 says: Aug 10, 2013 3:14 PM

    i bet torrey smith scared your dbs when he torched them for two tds in his rookie season. i remember when he dropped a td pass and joe said, no worries…we are just going to do it again…they cant stop you. and thats exactly what happened. and when oh when are the steelers going to draft a running back that has any staying power. keep trolling

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