John Harbaugh: We want rough, tough guys at wide receiver

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Ravens General Manager Eric DeCosta is preaching patience when it comes to filling out the team’s wide receiver corps and head coach John Harbaugh’s comments about what the team is looking for indicate that finding the right type of wideout is part of the issue for the team.

Harbaugh said that “a certain type of receiver” doesn’t want to play for a Ravens offense that figures to be heavy on the run game with Jackson at the controls. Wide receivers were targeted for passes 45 times in Jackson’s seven starts last season.

Harbaugh said he’s OK with not having any contact with those players. He said that the Ravens “want rough guys … tough guys” and made an argument for why such receivers could thrive in Baltimore.

“The counterargument I would make to the naysayers, because of the offense we’re going to run and the skills of the quarterback that we have, you’re going to get open. You’re going to be more wide open,” Harbaugh said, via ESPN.com. “And if you’re the kind of guy that wants to catch a ball and go run for a touchdown, if that’s something that appeals to you as a wide receiver, then maybe Baltimore is a place you want to think about. Because you’re going to have an opportunity to do that.”

Willie Snead and Chris Moore are the only receivers on the roster who caught passes last season. Jordan Lasley and Jaleel Scott were drafted last season, but never saw the field. That quartet will likely be joined by additions in this year’s draft as the team tries to find the rough and tough mix they’re looking for at wideout.

33 responses to “John Harbaugh: We want rough, tough guys at wide receiver

  1. LOL. Have fun rooting for Georgia Tech, Ravens fans. I’m sure talented receivers will be kicking down the door to get 1 target per game.

  2. They just need a bunch of RBs and TEs, so they can go wide, block for the QB or RB, and provide multiple RB movements, reverses, etc.

  3. Translation we need wideouts who dont mind blocking all game for our running back/quarterback.

  4. I’d like to see a team like the Ravens go all in on the run game. Why not just have an unconventional NFL offensive roster with 2-4 more lineman (or maybe even 2 lineman, 2 tight ends, 3-1 etc) and cut back on the receivers-fullbacks rostered.

    The Ravens could line up a starting combination of 7-8 lineman-tight ends, Jackson-Ingram and 1-2 WRs every week. They would easily become the most physical team in the NFL and it would be fun to see opponents try to match their physicality on a weekly basis. It could very well be especially wearing on their division opponents in having to play them twice a year.

    I’d like to see a full on commitment roster wise to this style of play.

  5. ““The counterargument I would make to the naysayers, because of the offense we’re going to run and the skills of the quarterback that we have, you’re going to get open. You’re going to be more wide open,” Harbaugh said”
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    So more wide open that your quarterback only completed 58.2% of his passes. Question is, how BAD a passer is Lamar Jackson then if he can’t even hit wide open guys when the defense is keying in on the run game???

  6. We need blockers and we’ll pray the QB isn’t knocked out during the year or RG3 will be doing the same thing.

  7. Absolutely….if you plan on running the Flying Wedge 80% of the time, tough (speed is irrelevant) receivers are imperative to its success. Srsly, this new fangled forward pass thing is a gimmick.

  8. Running QB’s in the NFL run themselves right out of the league. Haven’t we already learned that?
    Jackson will throw more and throw more effectively this year. Watch

  9. The knock on running QBs is a fallacy. First of all, they have more success than the average QB. Second, there are currently 5 or 6 great drop passers and how many dropback passers have we seen over the years that completely suck? You guys tend to forget about those. Look at the current NFL, without Brady and Mannings eating up all of the SBs, who do you think is going to step to the forefront…it’s coming, don’t miss the boat.

  10. Remember that time an NFL team tried to hide their QB’s passing ability by going all in on the run game? Then finished the year 4-12.

    Ya, when was that? Oh ya, Ravens 2019…

  11. First off, you need guys that can catch at wide receiver, then you need guys that can get open, then you can worry about tough guys. Hines Ward, Boldin, Edleman. Those guys are hard to find, but teams with those kinds of players win a lot of games.

  12. nite2al says:
    March 28, 2019 at 1:39 pm
    The knock on running QBs is a fallacy. First of all, they have more success than the average QB. Second, there are currently 5 or 6 great drop passers and how many dropback passers have we seen over the years that completely suck? You guys tend to forget about those. Look at the current NFL, without Brady and Mannings eating up all of the SBs, who do you think is going to step to the forefront…it’s coming, don’t miss the boat.

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    The threat of the running QB taking over isn’t new. It’s been going on for a very long time. Some have had a great deal of success, but the ones that have could also play from the pocket well.

    The challenge for true running QBs is that they don’t last long enough. They inevitably take shots that cause injuries and they can’t move the way they used to. See Kaepernick.

    In Super Bowl history, there have been few champion QBs that were running QBs just because they get less opportunities than the pocket guys, not because they aren’t effective at their best.

    If you go down the list of multiple Super Bowl champions there are no true running QBs… quite a few mobile QBs that could work from the pocket, but no running qbs.

  13. sigbouncer says:
    March 28, 2019 at 9:39 am
    I’d like to see a team like the Ravens go all in on the run game. Why not just have an unconventional NFL offensive roster with 2-4 more lineman (or maybe even 2 lineman, 2 tight ends, 3-1 etc) and cut back on the receivers-fullbacks rostered.

    The Ravens could line up a starting combination of 7-8 lineman-tight ends, Jackson-Ingram and 1-2 WRs every week. They would easily become the most physical team in the NFL and it would be fun to see opponents try to match their physicality on a weekly basis. It could very well be especially wearing on their division opponents in having to play them twice a year.

    I’d like to see a full on commitment roster wise to this style of play.

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    See the 1978 Patriots. Still hold the team rushing record for a season. 3,165 yards. It won them their first division. It can work.

  14. That’s right, there are about 5/6 great dropback passers. They win all the SBowls. Moving arount to extned plays, like ARodgers and Roethlisberger are one thing. Running QBs in the NFL get hurt. Defenders are too big, fast and strong.

  15. John Harbaugh: We want rough, tough guys at wide receiver …. maybe because they are going to have to do a lot of run blocking?

  16. If you go down the list of multiple Super Bowl champions there are no true running QBs… quite a few mobile QBs that could work from the pocket, but no running qbs.

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    I’m not talking sbout the past and referring more to QBs with running ability. Lamar will pass more this year and like Kyler Murray, these types of QBs are being drafted and the future of the NFL. My main point was, these guys get slammed, but actually have more success than the average QB. Look what Tebow, V Young did, winning records, while countless number of dropback passers fail miserably!

  17. See the 1978 Patriots. Still hold the team rushing record for a season. 3,165 yards. It won them their first division. It can work.

    Really tough division they were in Bills Jests and Fins…..really tough….like Juco tough.

  18. “without Brady and Mannings eating up all of the SBs, who do you think is going to step to the forefront…it’s coming, don’t miss the boat.”

    Lolz yeah its “been coming” since Michael Vick and virtually none of them have ever sniffed a Super Bowl much less won one.

  19. annapterp says:
    March 28, 2019 at 3:47 pm
    The lack of football knowledge, and overall sports knowledge, in the comment section is hilarious.

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    Feel free to add some of your genius and set everyone straight.

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