Eric DeCosta: We’ve stacked the deck and created competition at wide receiver

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Before the draft, Ravens General Manager Eric DeCosta said it’s “insulting” to suggest that the Ravens don’t have any receivers.

Then DeCosta chose one with Baltimore’s first-round pick, bringing in Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman. The club then added Oklahoma State’s Tylan Wallace in the fourth round.

So that “insulting” comment? On Saturday, DeCosta made it seem like that was all a smokescreen.

“I think one thing that people will learn eventually is that sometimes what we say leading up to the draft — there’s different ways to interpret those types of things. And it’s a game,” DeCosta said during his press conference. “The draft is a game. It never serves us any purpose to give away any inside information. We’re not going to talk about players that we love. We’re not going to talk about players that we want to pick, strategies, those types of things. And so for us, we’re competing with other teams.”

Maybe not, but it wasn’t difficult to see that the Ravens needed to improve their receivers. The club now has 10 players at the position after the additions of Bateman and Wallace, led by 2019 first rounder Marquise Brown and recent free agent signee Sammy Watkins.

“We’re very happy the way it played out. We’re excited,” DeCosta said. “But we also want to say that we feel really, really good about the guys who are on campus. Those guys are going to compete. They’re good players. They’re going to help us win a lot of games. All we’ve done, really, is just kind of stack the deck and create a lot of competition.”

Baltimore was the best rushing team in the league last year. But for the club to take the next step, its passing game has to improve from last in the league.

22 responses to “Eric DeCosta: We’ve stacked the deck and created competition at wide receiver

  1. With a one read, then run QB, all the WRs in the world won’t make a big difference.

  2. The problem with this team is that they have a running back who throws the ball every now and then. Receivers are not important to him – you see, if he could throw the ball to himself, he’d do it consistently. This clown is selfish and not very good at his position when it matters.

  3. First in the league in rushing, last in the league in passing, has nothing to do with their run first QB.

  4. With all the early round draft picks the Baltimore Ravens have allotted to wide receiver over the past 5-6 seasons…you would think they would eventually hit on one. But if we’re being honest…Jerry Rice would struggle to get consistent receptions,yards and TDs with Lamar Jackson throwing him the ball.

  5. I don’t know why we’ve bothered with WR’s – wasted picks I think

  6. While the ravens haven’t seemed loaded at WR, they also haven’t seemed bereft of talent. Some teams use and draft certain positions better than others. The Ravens don’t seem to realize the draft capital they put in to it with corresponding performance. Is that Jackson, the OC I don’t know. But something in that offense is broken. With that type of issue you’re always going to lean on the side that works and be 1 dimensional when it counts. Just my opinion

  7. The Browns are loaded at WR too but they have an erratic, small, unathletic QB that completed 62.8% of his passes good for 30th in the NFL. The Browns offense is stacked too, but they have an awful QB and a HC that doesn’t know how to call plays. The Ravens WRs have improved but Jackson couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat just like Mayfield.

  8. Everyone says it’s a QB-driven league, but the Ravens have proven that you don’t need one to make the playoffs.

  9. howboutthemcowboys2020 says:
    May 1, 2021 at 7:55 pm
    The Browns are loaded at WR too but they have an erratic, small, unathletic QB that completed 62.8% of his passes good for 30th in the NFL. The Browns offense is stacked too, but they have an awful QB and a HC that doesn’t know how to call plays. The Ravens WRs have improved but Jackson couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat just like Mayfield.
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    lol might want to take a look at your own team before talking smack about others.

  10. To many weapons all over the field plus threat of run. Lamar gonna have a huge year and once again prove the doubters wrong on his way to the Superbowl.

  11. lol!!

    If the qb is that good, where is the planner contract moron Eric?

    DeCosta and Harbaugh are going to hitch their wagons to Jackson and th le delusion and bury themselves with Jackson.

  12. “Maybe not, but it wasn’t difficult to see that the Ravens needed to improve their receivers.”
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    In the two mock drafts on this site (PFT’s and King’s), neither had the Ravens selecting a WR. So it appears the smoke screen worked.

  13. Lamar Jackson tore other teams up by passing and running the ball in 2019 and deservedly won MVP because of it. He had his issues at times passing last year and needs to improve some things but can and likely will since he’s such hard worker.

    Now he’s got some receivers and the running threat between himself, JK Dobbins and Gus Edward’s so if the the new oline upgrades work these Ravens have the potential to be quite formidable.

  14. Bateman was a steal. I just dont know if the qb can get it to him. If develope as a passer though, they have an awesome set of weapons for him. If jackson fails to develop it wont be because the ravens didnt help him with weapons.

  15. So what are the excuses going to be next offseason, after the Ravens go 11-5 and roll in the regular season despite Lamar only throwing for 180 yards a game but then lose in the first round of the playoffs again? What else will Lamar need then? You have your WRs and O line “issues” covered now. I’m guessing next it will be the OC’s fault and the play calling.

  16. The hate for a transcendent talent at QB the likes of which is hard to process for most of the knucklehead comments here is sad to see. I don’t get why? This kid has thrown for 62 TDs in the last 2 yrs? Has your white, sit in the pocket QB done that? Has he rushed twice for 1000 yds that has never before ever been done? Get off your prejudices and envy and appreciate a decent, humble but incredibly talented young QB. Please be better behind the anonymity your computers provide. That makes you better people.

  17. The ravens have won super bowls with joe flacco and Trent dilfer as qb… we can win one with lamar at qb… you can’t sit here 10 years later and say joe flacco was elite…

  18. You win in the trenches and I would have liked if Baltimore invested in linemen over receivers. Jackson can throw the ball. Unfortunately, he was running for his life last year because of a depleted O-line. Give Lamar time and we already have receivers that can catch.

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    laserwizard2021 says:
    May 1, 2021 at 6:30 pm
    The problem with this team is that they have a running back who throws the ball every now and then
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    Remember when this same guy, 1 year and 2 months ago, was awarded the NFL MVP for leading the NFL in passing touchdowns with 36 TDs and just 6 interceptions, while rushing for over 1,200 yards too? Pepperage Farm remembers. Haters have a very short memory, though.

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