Eric DeCosta: Insulting to say we don’t have any receivers

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A tour of articles, podcasts, and other content being produced by draft pundits finds that a lot of people think the Ravens should be looking to upgrade their receiver group in this month’s draft.

Ravens General Manager Eric DeCosta has heard those things and he’s heard from fans who wonder why the team’s draft success at other positions hasn’t carried over to the receiver spot, but he took issue with the notion that the cupboard is bare when asked about wideouts at Monday’s press conference.

“We want to have good players at every position,” DeCosta said. “I’m aware that there’s some fan discontent with our wide receivers and our drafting and all that. In general, I look at our record and how we win games and how we played football and I’m proud of the team. . . . We’ve got some really good young receivers. It’s insulting to these guys when they hear we don’t have any receivers. It’s quite insulting. I’m insulted by it too, to be honest. I think we’ve got some guys who want to show everybody what they can do.”

The Ravens have taken six wideouts over the last three drafts and they signed Sammy Watkins as a free agent this offseason, but the depth of this year’s receiver class and the Ravens’ need to do more in the passing game makes it a good bet that there will be more new players to the group.

13 responses to “Eric DeCosta: Insulting to say we don’t have any receivers

  1. I’ve watched this team a few times. It’s not Lamar, it’s the play callers. Sure they could use some more WR talent, but they skewed so heavily run last year, it was bad. When they were closer to 50-50 run/pass split 2 years ago, they were much better.

  2. The WR’s look bad because the QB struggles to throw for over 100 yards sometimes.

  3. The Ravens had Brown & TE Mark Andrews and nobody else worth mentioning last season. Now they sign Watkins, who usually has 2 very good games a year and then disappears or gets injured. How does Watkins keep getting signed by teams?

  4. Even a decent passing QB will make average receivers look good, QB’s that cannot make a lot of the needed accurate throws makes receivers disappear because the defense only needs to cover parts of the fields. The play calling is covering for the inability of the QB to accurately throw outs and precision crossing routes, they need receivers that can run deep routes (AB) and catch 50/50 balls to match Lamar skills and it will open more running lanes if the safeties have to stay back instead of playing a modified zone that was more to cover Lamar’s running then his passing.

  5. If your QB can’t hit you in stride is it the receivers fault? They don’t have household names but they aren’t that bad. Jackson is the problem, couldn’t pin the tail on the donkey even if he wasn’t wearing a blindfold.

  6. Might wanna tell Sammy Watkins Eric because he said he watched the tape and guys weren’t getting open. Don’t really agree, Hollywood gets open at will, but Ravens continue to be total dysfunction

  7. One big problem is that no diva free agent wideouts want block all game long for the running game because it kills them on their next free agent contract.

  8. Sammy “pulled my hammy” Watkins will give you everything he has for all four games that he’s not hurt.

  9. Q: How to stop criticism that you don’t draft good receivers?
    A: Draft good receivers.

  10. The Ravens don’t throw the ball. So he can choose one of two reasons for that: the OC doesn’t trust the QB or he doesn’t trust the WRs. Can’t have it both ways.

  11. Even if the WRs have talent, with who they have at QB you’d never know it. Jackson is a one read, then run QB. It’s not the OC who’s getting the most out of the QB he has. It’s not the WRs, because if they aren’t immediately open, they have to block. Certainly no quality free agent WR is going to commit to that situation.

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