The battle in training camp for the No. 5 receiver spot looks to be between James Hardy, a 2008 second-rounder released by the Buffalo Bills, and Tandon Doss, a fourth-round pick from Indiana University.
Hardy has some experience in the league, but was a disappointment for the Bills. He was not the right pick for their offense and was injured. He appears to be a possession-type receiver and a red-zone threat with slightly suspect catching ability.
Tandon Doss was picked as a result of Ravens QB Joe Flacco, who was given a list of receivers to evaluate and picked Doss. Doss is big at 6'1, 201 lbs., has good hands and is versatile. He has average speed and is another possession receiver.
Marcus Smith has been a special teams contributor for the Ravens, as he was buried in the depth chart by the talent in front of him. He was drafted by the Ravens in the fourth round in 2008, a big receiver at 225 lbs and 6'1 lbs. If Baltimore keeps six receivers on the active roster, Marcus Smith could likely end up at No. 6.
Justin Harper was a practice-squad player for the Ravens in 2010, another 2008 draft pick. Unless he can improve his catching ability, Harper looks to remain on the practice squad to be held in reserve in case of injuries to the receiving corps.
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