If Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome has a criticism of himself coming off the disappointing season in Baltimore last year, it’s that he didn’t get the team enough offensive playmakers.
Some of the problem was a matter of injuries that were beyond the team’s control, but Newsome also knew heading into this offseason that he wanted to make moves to shore up an offense that struggled last year.
“It was tough for the offense, much more than we anticipated. The lack of weapons really hurt at times,” Newsome told the team’s website.
Newsome sounds excited about the acquisition of the 35-year-old veteran wide receiver Steve Smith.
“We landed Steve, who is not your typical aging player. He’s a special competitor, driven to show everyone he can play at a high level. You saw him during the camps. He’s going to help,” Newsome said.
Smith should make some big plays and make the Ravens’ offense better. Considering that the Ravens ranked dead last in the league with 4.5 yards per play last season, it could hardly get worse.