Eric DeCosta not concerned about attracting wide receivers to Ravens

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If you’re a free agent wide receiver who cares a lot about catches and yards, the Ravens probably aren’t the top destination on your list.

As Jeff Zrebiec of TheAthletic.com pointed out, the Ravens had just 406 passing attempts in 2020, which is 157 fewer than the league average. That works out to 9.8 fewer passes per game.

While Baltimore finished No. 7 in points scored, the club was 19th in yards because they were last in passing. Marquise Brown finished with a team-leading 769 yards.

The Ravens could unquestionably use a leading receiver. And despite the paltry passing stats, General Manager Eric DeCosta isn’t all that concerned about attracting a top WR to Baltimore.

“I don’t really think too much about that,” DeCosta said, via Zrebiec. “Basically, what I do is evaluate the players, and then if we like them, we’ll call the agent and we call the player. If they want to play for us, great. If they don’t, OK — that’s just the way it is. Not a lot of rocket science involved.”

The flip side to that is that Baltimore has been a consistent contender, with John Harbaugh presiding over just one losing season since taking over as head coach back in 2008. But the likes of free agents Kenny Golladay and JuJu Smith-Schuster may be more inclined to sign elsewhere if their goal is to be a true No. 1 in the league.

15 responses to “Eric DeCosta not concerned about attracting wide receivers to Ravens

  1. Are we going to ignore the elephant in the room… that the lower number of passing attempts is also a factor of the poor quality of the Ravens receiving corps? Hollywood Brown dropped at least 1/5th of all the passes his way. Does that not make someone want to pass less in critical situations? (It does).

    Yeah, the Ravens offense is less concerned with passing than rushing, but you’d be remiss to ignore the fact that poor play from the WR’s has no major impact on why so few passes were thrown to them later in the season. Hopefully a free agent can wrap their head around that before deciding that it isn’t worth going to Baltimore.

  2. Such negativity. How about if you’re a top free agent WR, your mentality is that you’ll make Jackson a better quarterback with a bigger open window to throw into or a larger catch radius?

    Regardless, money talks the loudest. If Ravens offer $15m to make 65 catches, I’ll that over another teams’ offer of $12m to make a 100 catches.

  3. Why would he? All they have to do is run their route, then watch the ball sail 2 yds over their head or land 2yds in front of them. Can get any mug to do that.

  4. None of this matters as few people seem to realize Lamar Jackson’s limitations will keep them out of the SB until they eventually upgrade at QB. So far he’s only been a very special running back in the regular season and then disappears in the post season.

  5. Baltimore has always struggled to get good WR’s. Even going back to the Flacco years they had sub par WR’s. Factor in the cap issues and the reality that their QB is basically a RB, I don’t see that changing any time soon.

  6. The passing game won’t be a strength in Baltimore until they get a passing QB. Jackson is well below average in that area. The Ravens will contend for the playoffs as long as the defense is good and Jackson can run at a high level. Once either of those change, the Ravens are in trouble.

  7. If a WR receiver signs with the Ravens, he can look forward to the national media constantly insulting his play because they are afraid to criticize Lamar Jackson, and someone has to take the blame for that meager passing offense.

    Then he can look forward to being jettisoned before his contract is up, because no way will his stats justify what he is being paid, and his value on his next contract with another team will be damaged.

    So the question is, why would any WR want to sign with the Ravens even if they significantly overpaid him? He’ll never see most of that money.

  8. ‘I dont really think too much about that’ is the perfect slogan for the Ravens approach to offense most years

  9. *Is in charge of improving talent on the roster* “I don’t really think about that.” Good job.

  10. Then he’s delusional. What top-flight WR is going to Baltimore to act as a decoy to Lamar can run the ball even more? I’ll tell you–NONE.

  11. Can someone explain to me why, after 4 years of watching Lamar play, it is so hard for media and the analysts to just state the fact: he is a very poor thrower. You have years of tape and regular season and playoff games to watch. He is a one-dimensional QB who throws to set up the run. He is a highly effective RB and highly ineffective QB when it counts. All the regular season stats are useless. You play to win the Super Bowl. You play to win multiple playoff games each season. Lamar never has done that, nor will he, because he is highly inaccurate, can’t read defenses, and when he needs to make a pass at the right time in crunch time he can’t do it.
    This doesn’t mean Lamar is bad. I for one enjoy watching him play. Stud athlete. But you won’t win many playoff games with him and after 4 years the proof is clear.

  12. It’s not smart to pay big money for free agent WR’s anyway. You can find quality WR’s in the 4th or 5th round every year. Every year I go down the list of high priced free agent WR’s, and many that are in line to break the bank were drafted after the 3rd round. The Ravens have confidence in their ability to evaluate talent, so why pay someone else to do it for you?

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