Eric DeCosta: I think we have some good young players at receiver

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The Ravens spent a lot of time working to improve their passing offense last offseason, with moves like signing receiver Sammy Watkins and drafting Rashod Bateman in the first round.

But now the team likely has some more work to do in that area after trading receiver Marquise Brown to the Cardinals.

Brown finished last year with 91 receptions, 1,008 yards, and six touchdowns — second on the team to tight end Mark Andrews in each category. It was the first time Brown had reached 1,000 yards receiving in his career. That is not entirely a surprise, given the run-heavy nature of Baltimore’s offense.

Now without Brown, who had requested a trade after the conclusion of the 2021 season, the Ravens may need to address receiver again.

In Thursday night’s press conference, G.M. Eric DeCosta joked that he wanted to get back to the days of old with questions about improving the receiving corps.

“I think that we have some good young players. I’m excited,” DeCosta said. ‘Rashod has had a tremendous offseason, so far. He’s in great shape. We’ve got Mark, and he’s about as good as you get. Devin [Duvernay] made a jump this year. He’s a Pro Bowl special teams guy, Pro Bowl returner. His best has yet to come. James Proche II had some moments last year. [He] had some big games and some clutch plays. We think Nick Boyle is going to come back this year and be healthier.

“And there’s still three rounds to go, four rounds to go, whatever it is — in terms of rounds that we have picks. And as [executive vice president] Ozzie [Newsome] says, and has said many times, ‘We don’t play until September.’ And we will continue to look at different opportunities to get better as a club. There’s still some free agents out there, and we’ll have the best team we can have come September.”

The Ravens currently hold two Friday selections at No. 45 overall in the second round and No. 76 overall in the third round. Even with the start of the season months away, it seems like the Ravens will have to draft a wideout sooner than later.

7 responses to “Eric DeCosta: I think we have some good young players at receiver

  1. I guess he isn’t too excited about last year’s fourth-round pick, Tylan Wallace. Two catches for 23 yards on six targets all year.

  2. It’s not like he’s going to admit they’re running a skeleton crew out there on offensive positions. Focus on getting a healthy RB in the game and teach Lamar that RPO means running is an option and you’ll get buys like Andrew and Bateman the ball on more than just 3rd and long to save a drive.

  3. Count me among those who think Jackson’s talent deserved sticking with, but I lost a huge amount of respect for him due to his reactions last night.

    What kind of team leader publicly says, “WTF?” to the team’s first round in the draft? He knows his receiver wants to leave, he must know he’s the reason, and the team drafts a protector for him after a season marred by injury – and that’s how he reacts?

    His talent is off the charts, but this is a good reminder of how much of his spectacular play follows mistakes by him that dig his team into a hole to begin with.

    At what point does all this become not worth it? Over the last day, he’s moved in the wrong direction.

  4. The Ravens offense will be solid this year if, and only if, their injured players return to form. Lamar took much of the blame last year but look at who they were missing: All 3 starting RBs, all pro LT, their best blocking TE, all pro fullback, and many others for a few games at a time (including Lamar). They are a running and TE-oriented team so the loss of a disgruntled, undersized WR is not that serious.

  5. Virtually every step Lamar has taken in the past two years – on the field and off – has been in the wrong direction. Was a fun experiment. I’m over it. See ya.

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