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Should the Ravens' Mark Clayton Be Defined by Numbers?

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Mark Clayton  against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers September 10, 2006 in Tampa.  The Ravens defeated the Bucs 27 - 0.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Jarrett CarterAnalyst IDecember 3, 2009

The simple answer is yes; professional athletes and teams are heralded or jeered by wins and losses and the stats that amount to them.

But is it that simple for Ravens’ receiver Mark Clayton? Between dropped passes, more attention from Joe Flacco to other receivers, and the occasional big play down the field, it may not all be so simple.

But since catching 67 passes for 939 yards and five touchdowns in 2006, Clayton hasn’t caught more than 48 passes or compiled more than 774 yards in a season. And he has yet to record back-to-back 100-yard receiving games, averaging just 30 yards a game after a 100-yard performance.

No one would say Clayton is a detriment to the passing game, and very few would argue against him as an asset. He’s a heckuva ‘tweener, Clayton is. But on any given screen or deep route against any opponent, you’d much rather be 50/50 with Clayton than search for another option on the current roster.

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