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NFL.com: Greg Roman: Ravens' new WRs 'expand our profile quite a bit' in passing game.
https://www.nfl.com/news/greg-roman-ravens-new-wrs-expand-our-profile-quite-a-bit-in-passing-game

The Baltimore Ravens used their first of two first-round picks in the 2021 NFL Draft to upgrade their receiver corps, snagging Rashod Bateman with the No. 27 overall pick, and then added wideout Tylan Wallace in the fourth round.

Bateman has the talent to be an alpha in Baltimore with NFL-ready route-running skills. He should immediately complement Marquise Brown atop the Ravens starting corps. Baltimore then returned to the position to add Wallace, who slipped due to injury concerns. Wallace has the skills to be a steal as a route technician with strong hands and a solid catch radius.

Bateman and Wallace joined a receiver corps that included Brown, Sammy Watkins, Devin Duvernay, Miles Boykin and James Proche. It's the deepest group of offensive coordinator Greg Roman's tenure.

Roman believes the additions this offseason will open up the passing offense for Lamar Jackson.

"I don't want to call it an embarrassment of riches, but when you talk about Hollywood and Devin and Miles, I really feel good about the guys we have," Roman said, via the team's official website. "This offense is really one that runs through Lamar. We're always going to do what gives us the best chance to win. When you add talent like that, it's really going to expand our profile quite a bit, actually. To play with the kind of balance that we really want to play with.

"I really think it will probably take some pressure off guys that have been here like Marquise, free him up a little bit as well. The field's about 53 yards wide, and I think people are going to have to defend all 53 yards of it."

Ravens GM Eric DeCosta took issue with criticisms of his receiver corps ahead of the draft, saying those disparagements were "insulting." DeCosta's actions speak louder than words. Using his first pick and a valuable mid-round selection on wideouts with polished route-running skills underscored his desire to upgrade the group in the draft.

Last offseason, the storylines revolved around Jackson's efforts to improve as a passer. The season, it's been about the franchise's plans to buffer the QB with as many weapons as possible.

DeCosta swung and missed at bringing in JuJu Smith-Schuster before landing on the former first-round pick Watkins in free agency. He then doubled down in the draft. In his three drafts as general manager, DeCosta has used six selections on wideouts, including first-round picks in Bateman and Brown.

Assets have been sunk in improving the passing game once again. Roman believes this is the year that the Ravens can take advantage of defenses selling out to stop Jackson and the rushing attack.

"Definitely some things that people are going to see from us that they haven't seen before," Roman said. "Our staff is working really hard and diligently on that. When you really look at who we have to beat in the AFC these days, you've got to have talent everywhere. There's some really good teams out there. I really feel great about what we're building here. Schematically wise, we're always going to change it a little bit. I'd probably say more so this year than we did last year.

 

 

 

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"Definitely some things that people are going to see from us that they haven't seen before," Roman said.

How about a...#15th ranked passing offense? Imagine that jump from 31 to 15. Playoffs!!!:gorave:

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You know you've had a really crappy passing offense when settling for mediocrity is a definite plus.

Now is the problem the receivers, schemes, or Lamar?

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Like you say oldno, he lays out in broad daylight. There's no excuses for Lamar.

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, it's pretty clear what needs to happen to make the passing game more efficient and productive. Jackson needs to use more of the field and throw more consistently to a broader array of targets.

 

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2 hours ago, vmax said:

Like you say oldno, he lays out in broad daylight. There's no excuses for Lamar.

 

On paper it at least looks like there is a good bit more talent. On paper it also looked like Hollywood would not be among the league leaders in drops and it looked like Boykin might be a real NFL player.

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15 hours ago, oldno82 said:

Eisenberg Nails It:

 

https://www.baltimoreravens.com/news/eisenberg-ravens-have-put-the-pieces-around-lamar-jackson

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He has been more comfortable throwing to targets over the middle rather than outside the hash marks – a habit that opponents have picked up on and used against the Ravens.

We've been talking about this here adnauseam, bout time someone wrote about

15 hours ago, oldno82 said:

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Anyone have any interest in playing the Draft A Franchise Game.

 

It is a snake draft where each participant builds a team with active players, including rookies, and one coach.  No trades are involved and very easy to do.  Each particpant has 12 hours to make a pick, which allows for time zone.   The game is gong to be played on PurpleFlock.com.    Below is where you can find the thread to show if you have interest.  If we have enough interest, I'll start a sign up thread..

 

https://purpleflock.com/threads/3754/

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