No, I don’t think Jeremy Maclin will be the best receiver Joe Flacco’s ever thrown to. Forget the fact that he’d slot behind Anquan Boldin and Steve Smith in the historical hierarchy — Maclin won’t even be the best receiver on the Ravens this season.
As I wrote last week, I have great faith that youngster Breshad Perriman will finally have his breakout year. Maclin, meanwhile, is coming off the worst season of his career, and he’s no longer the player he was when he first arrived in Kansas City. Once older players begin to have trouble generating big plays, they usually don’t get any better. Notably, the 29-year-old Maclin produced just six receptions of 20-plus yards in 2016, and one of 40-plus yards.
Forsett’s workload dropped from 14 carries in Week 2 to seven the following week. In a loss to the Oakland Raiders this past weekend, he was inactive as Terrance West continued to gobble up a bigger opportunity in the offense. Against Oakland, West went for 113 yards and a touchdown.
As the Ravens anxiously await the arrival of rookie Kenneth Dixon, who has yet to take the field thanks to a knee injury toward the end of the preseason, they decided they no longer had the roster space and resources to devote to Forsett, a 30-year-old who emerged from obscurity to pace Baltimore’s offense back in 2014.
The former Washington wide receiver is among the elite prospects at his position for the 2017 NFL Draft. Between a breakout season on the field (1,150 yards, 17 touchdowns) last year, and a NFL Scouting Combine-record 4.22 40-yard dash set a few weeks ago, Ross is positioned well for the draft among top receivers, along with Clemson’s Mike Williams and cheap jerseys and Western Michigan’s Corey Davis.
The Ravens are among the NFL clubs that are in need of draft help at the wide receiver position. The Ravens hold the No. 16 overall pick in the draft, and he’s projected to be selected by the Ravens in the mock drafts of NFL.com analysts Bucky Brooks and Charley Casserly. NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah ranks Ross as the No. 22 player available.
Williams was ranked No. 42 on NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah’s list of the draft’s top 50 prospects. Although Williams was widely viewed as a first-round talent, he slipped due to failed drug tests, an arrest for carrying a pistol without a permit last September and had issues with Alabama’s defensive schemes at times.
That said, Jeremiah raves about his ideal length, twitch and power as an edge rusher. His spin move is especially impressive.
One year after joining Baltimore, Arrington missed all of 2016 with a concussion. The ninth-year cornerback played the bulk of his career in New England where he started 56 games over six seasons and won a Super Bowl. Cutting Arrington in the final year of his three-year deal saves the Ravens roughly $2.1 million in cap space, according to Spotrac.
Boykin and Shabazz will fill the void on Baltimore’s roster left by Tavon Young, a promising nickel cornerback entering his second season in Charm City who suffered a torn ACL during organized team activities last week. However, given the Ravens’ cornerback depth and the former’s injury history, there’s no guarantee either see significant playing time or is even on the roster by the end of the preseason.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported the hip dislocation put Pitta’s career in jeopardy, but no long-term decision has been made.
The pass-catching tight end missed 41 games from 2013-2015 due to two previous hip injuries. Despite indications he could retire in 2015, Pitta bounced back last season to play in all 16 games and lead all tight ends in the NFL with 86 receptions. The latest hip injury could wind up ending his career after the remarkable comeback.