The last three Super Bowl champions were the New York Giants, Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints. That these three teams also have among the best receiving corps in football is no coincidence.
The Ravens have finally made the receiver position a priority after years of settling for mediocrity. That has led to the fastest and most dynamic receiving corps in franchise history.
The headliner is Torrey Smith who has lit up the preseason and is expected to be a breakout star. Smith has developed immensely this offseason, showing improved hands and route running along with his track-star speed.
Anquan Boldin continues to age, but he could improve this season as well with defenses paying more attention to Smith. One of Boldin's best games came against the Texans in the playoffs because the Texans rolled coverage toward Smith. Boldin is still talented enough to take advantage of single coverage, and he can expect to see much more of it this year.
Behind the starters are several young and new players. Jacoby Jones is a speedster with inconsistent hands. He will probably used extensively on deep routes, end-arounds and the occasional screen.
Tandon Doss has a bright future, but for this season, he should see the field as a reliable third down target. His hands might be the best on the team.
Deonte Thompson is a hypertalented undrafted free agent with immense speed and surprising polish. Thompson won't be given a big role on offense initially, but he could start to earn reps if he continues to impress in practice.
Finally, LaQuan Williams will definitely get reps, thanks to his toughness and ability to make the tough catch. If he develops some semblance of consistency, Williams could have a nice season this year.
How the young players develop will be key for the Ravens this year. A breakout season from Smith and a solid season from one of the backups would provide a major spark for the offense and might be enough to push the Ravens over the edge this season.