Rashod Bateman “excited” to become Ravens top receiver


When the Ravens traded receiver Marquise Brown to the Cardinals on draft night, they inherently elevated Rashod Bateman to be their No. 1 receiver.

Bateman was Baltimore’s top draft choice in 2021, as the club selected him with the 27th overall pick. Though Bateman dealt with a groin injury that kept him out of the early portion of the season, he still finished third on the team with 46 catches and 515 yards. He also had one receiving touchdown in 12 games with four starts.

During the team’s mandatory minicamp last week, Bateman said he’s ready to be No. 1.

“That’s the role that I’ve always wanted to be in,” Bateman said, via Matt Cohen of the Baltimore Sun. “I’m excited to take that role.”

Bateman noted he’s not the most vocal, but still finds other ways to lead.

“Hopefully I can show that by the way I work, by being the first one here every day,” Bateman said.

Brown’s production won’t be easy to replicate, as he finished last season with 91 catches for 1,008 yards and six touchdowns. But with tight end Mark Andrews still on the club, Bateman has a chance to become one of quarterback Lamar Jackson’s top two targets for 2022.

12 responses to “Rashod Bateman “excited” to become Ravens top receiver

  1. LOL!

    I don’t think I have seen more talk from a team than this one. Miami and the Jets are also in the running.

    My goodness.

  2. Get ready for many inaccurately thrown passes coming your way, and you leading the league in “drops.”

  3. How is it that he can be excited? There is no starting caliber QB on that team that can throw the ball. This guy will be lucky to catch as many balls as a 3rd level one on a good team with a real QB.

  4. Someone should inform him that there hasn’t been a true number 1 receiver in Baltimore since… well, I can’t think of one… ever.. but they do use the tight end ‘so quite a bit.

  5. Aside from TEs, no receivers have flourished with Lamar at the helm. And no good free agent WRs want to play for the Ravens. I wonder why? By the way, the hype for Bateman after his draft was through the roof in Baltimore. Let’s see how this year goes. He looked like a solid player, precise route runner, good intangibles… but if the ball isn’t delivered to him on a consistent and accurate basis, who cares?

  6. Being the number one in Baltimore is about the same as Being a boat captain in the desert. No true number one guys will go there so just being there makes him top guy almost.

  7. Can’t get away from the Ravens hype this year and exactly what have they done?

  8. So many haters as always. What’s wrong with a player trying to take his game to a new level?? Some people on this site have serious issues.

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