Due to the uncertainty of the position, the Ravens chose to keep seven receivers on the roster, which is more than they've kept in the past two years. There is a good mix of playing styles in the receiving corps, but everybody besides Torrey Smith has a lot to prove.
Smith has all the tools to be an elite NFL receiver, but he needs to show the world those talents this year as the only established receiving threat.
Jacoby Jones is a burner that can take the top off opposing defenses and has a knack for making huge plays. But his hands are questionable, he isn’t a great route runner and most of his value comes on special teams.
Brandon Stokley seems to have adjusted well to his new team. He is a veteran with excellent hands. At 37 years old, he no longer has the speed or ability to get consistent separation, but he makes plays with his refined route running.
He should be the go-to slot receiver this season, a role that suited him well last season. ProFootballFocus calculated that only Michael Crabtree had a higher catch percentage than Stokley out of the slot.
The two rookies, Aaron Mellette and Marlon Brown, turned excellent preseasons into roster spots. Both of them have size and have shown the ability to run with the first-teamers. Brown in particular has demonstrated phenomenal chemistry with Joe Flacco in limited action.
Deonte Thompson has drawn praise from the coaching staff but has missed every practice since the first preseason game due to a foot injury.
LaQuan Williams made the team on the merits of his special teams value. He's a gunner on punts and a good tackler in return coverage.
The wide receiver position is a weakness only in terms of the starters. There is excellent depth on the roster, so if one of the young receivers becomes a good starter (my money’s on Marlon Brown), this grade could jump up to a B.
Position Grade: C