The Baltimore Ravens of late have been known for two things: their defense, and the power and prowess of running back Ray Rice. As such, their passing game has fallen to the wayside of the minds of outside observers—and it very nearly has on the football field as well.
The reasons for this are many—a glut of young targets last season for quarterback Joe Flacco meant a steep learning curve, and a conservative passing game built by an offensive coordinator who isn't very interested in a heavily-involved No. 3 receiver led to the Ravens ranking 19th in average passing yards per game.
However, things look to be a bit different in Baltimore this year. They've made a veteran addition at the position, players who struggled with lingering injuries last season are now healthy, and it appears that the Ravens are going to try to throw the ball more in the modern, pass-happy NFL.
Now, as center Matt Birk pointed out on Monday, Flacco isn't going to be asked to throw for 450 yards every game in order to lead the Ravens to a win, but there's reason to believe that Baltimore will seek to maximize the potential of its receiving corps this season in the hopes of having a more consistent aerial attack.
Let's take a look at the Ravens' crew of receivers and try to see how they'll fit into the team's offensive game plan this season.