T.J. Houshmandzadeh Signs With Ravens: How It Affects Baltimore's Offense

Old AccountSenior Writer ISeptember 6, 2010

SEATTLE , WA - JANUARY 03:  T.J. Houshmandzadeh #84 of the Seattle Seahawks runs after a catch against the Tennessee Titans at Qwest Field on January 3, 2010 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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The Baltimore Ravens surprised the NFL on Monday by signing veteran receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh to a one-year deal.

Not only does this come hours after the Darrelle Revis signing, but makes next week's Monday night that more interesting.

More importantly, Houshmandzadeh joins a group of underrated receivers including Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason.

The biggest remaining question is how it affects the offense in Baltimore.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh Is Much Better Suited As a Second Option at Receiver 

Houshmandzadeh comes into a Baltimore, where he is put into a better position to succeed as a secondary option.

He proved in Seattle he is not cut out to be the main component of a receiving corps, and thus saw his tenure end quickly.

However, in Cincinnati he played well alongside Chad Ochocinco.

T.J. enters a situation where he is alongside two other good receivers in Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason. This makes the Ravens passing game much harder to stop.

Houshmanzadeh Signing Helps Set Up The Deep Ball 

Before you judge, hear me out. Joe Flacco and Anquan Boldin have been practicing the long ball in training camp this summer, and the signing of Houshmandzadeh only makes the situation better.

The added depth at receiver will make it more difficult to double-team Boldin, who may surprise teams this year with the deep ball from Flacco.

More importantly, T.J. does have speed in him to go deep down the middle of the field, giving more ways for Flacco to find his now elite group of receivers.

The Acquisition of Houshmandzadeh Brings Out The Best Of Clayton, Stallworth 

When Baltimore added another receiver to the depth chart moments ago, the pressure must have risen in the minds of Donte' Stallworth and Mark Clayton.

Both were battling to be the number three receiver up to this point. Donte' Stallworth lost his chance when he broke his foot and is out for two months. He worked very hard up to this point in camp, and is going to have to work even harder to make sure he gets playing time on the offense.

Mark Clayton was the likely No. 3 receiver when Stallworth went down. Now, he is going to step up a notch just to get extra playing time in the slot.

The Ravens' Offense Now Has Confidence With Three Good Receivers In The Offense 

This is an ideal situation for the Ravens. Signing T.J. Houshmandzadeh gives the Ravens three receivers who have been there, done that. More importantly, all of them have a chip on their shoulder to prove something.

Anquan Boldin has been questioned as a No. 1 target. Derrick Mason has always been underrated in this league, while Houshmandzadeh has plenty of doubters after getting cut by Seattle.

Combining all three of these guys will equal success on the offensive side. All are capable of putting up 1,000 plus yards, and their presence on the field will help set up the powerful running game.

As the Ravens prepare for the Monday night opener against the Jets, the signing of Houshmandzadeh puts Baltimore in position in being a top five offense this year and running the table to the Super Bowl.


Matt Miselis is an NFL and Baltimore Ravens Featured columnist for BleacherReport.com. 

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