Sammy Watkins: Rashod Bateman can be a “very special” wide receiver

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One of the Ravens’ top priorities over this offseason was improving their receiving corps. They did so by signing Sammy Watkins in free agency and drafting Rashod Bateman in the first round.

Bateman hasn’t been around for long, but he’s already left a positive impression on his team.

Watkins had high praise for the young receiver out of Minnesota during minicamp.

“He runs just about every route at a professional level,” Watkins said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “I think he’s a very special wide receiver; he just has to put it together.”

Bateman should be a significant contributor early, alongside Watkins and Marquise Brown as the top receivers in Baltimore’s offense. If he does put it together with a strong training camp, the Ravens will have a good chance to get their pass game up from dead last in the rankings.

11 responses to “Sammy Watkins: Rashod Bateman can be a “very special” wide receiver

  1. Sammy couldnt put up numbers in KC and was not a difference maker…just sayin’

  2. Bateman was electric at the U of M but couldn’t have asked for a worse landing spot as a wide receiver.

  3. Classic Baltimore. The entire team runs its mouth and pats each other on the back due to the poor leadership of their coach.

    The Jackson contract will send them into a tailspin for years.

  4. Run first team with historical record setting results.

    Ravens will be good to go for years unfortunately the Steelers rivalry will die since they

    will be in a tailspin for years trying to find a quarterback.

  5. Every reporter wants to ask “How does Bateman look?” because he is their first round pick. They’re not running their mouth or patting themselves on the back. Just a stupid troll comment.

  6. Right…
    They’re not a pass heavy team and he’s a rookie behind several veterans. But to be fair, when Watkins gets hurt again, he will have more opportunities. Maybe even to do more than just blocking.

  7. Without a single doubt, this year the passing game will be improved and add just another wrinkle to this electrifying offense. When Sammy Watkins was signed he instantly became the 1a / 1b receiver to Hollywood and the addition of Bateman further cements a role player for a position of need. Factor in Mandrews doing Mandrew things and 2nd year contributions from Duv / Proche, or an improved 3rd year from Boykin and this passing offense is light years ahead of last year. This is in addition to getting Boyle back who was always an X-factor in blocking / receiving outlets and Dobbins who’s been working on his receiving all offseason. Even being NFL middle of the tier passing would be a welcomed sign of life for this offense and lead to increased wins and another playoff birth as Lamar has done since his rookie year. Hate all you want but the arrow is pointing up for the Ravens! Cheers!

  8. thatravenguy says:

    June 29, 2021 at 11:19 am

    Without a single doubt, this year the passing game will be improved and add just another wrinkle to this electrifying offense. When Sammy Watkins was signed he instantly became the 1a / 1b receiver to Hollywood and the addition of Bateman further cements a role player for a position of need. Factor in Mandrews doing Mandrew things and 2nd year contributions from Duv / Proche, or an improved 3rd year from Boykin and this passing offense is light years ahead of last year. This is in addition to getting Boyle back who was always an X-factor in blocking / receiving outlets and Dobbins who’s been working on his receiving all offseason. Even being NFL middle of the tier passing would be a welcomed sign of life for this offense and lead to increased wins and another playoff birth as Lamar has done since his rookie year. Hate all you want but the arrow is pointing up for the Ravens! Cheers!
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    Ok now take the homer glasses off and let’s be realistic on some of the things you said. Brown in no way shape or form is a 1 anything. The Ravens best hope is Bateman grows into that role. 2nd Proche has little athletic ability so his ceiling and floor are very low and hes 1 of the only wr that hasn’t been mentioned by name by the ravens coaches who have went out of their way to praise specific wr. 3rd As for Duvernay, yes he improved but hes going to get little to no time on offense as their wr4 and really at best hes an average wr4/5. 4th If you think Boyle makes a difference your smoking better stuff than me. Hes an above average blocker and a well below average receiver. That doesn’t even take into account the changes on the oline. Now I’m not saying this to bash the ravens but just simply pointing out your homer-ness.

  9. Bateman was an absolute pleasure to watch in MN — fast enough, ran precise routes and has great ball skills. The combo of him and Tyler Johnson (now with the Bucs) was solid. If his QB can get him the ball and not run every chance he gets, Ravens fans will love Bateman.

  10. Clear as day that SS does not know what he is talking about – Boyle is one of the best blockers in the NFL and was an absolute wrecking ball paired with Patrick Ricard on some huge chunk runs for the Ravens. Carry on haters! Cheers!

  11. L Jack: 1-3 in post season. 3 TDs, 5 picks. 55% completion rate, passes for a little over 200 yards a game.
    THAT’S the dude you want to pay $40mm to?

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