The Baltimore Ravens have completely remade their receiving corps in the last two seasons, but the jury is still out on the results. Anquan Boldin had 64 catches for 837 yards in his first season in Baltimore—both career-lows with the exception of 2004, when he played in only 10 games.
The chemistry does not seem to have improved thus far in the preseason, as Boldin has just two catches for 27 yards. Even more disturbing is Flacco has completed only half of his passes through two preseason games.
The Ravens need to justify releasing fan favorites Derrick Mason and Todd Heap. The remaining receivers on the roster have a combined 10 catches—all to former Bills’ second-round bust James Hardy. Tight end is not much better, as presumed starter Ed Dickson has just 11 catches and one touchdown for his career.
Granted, neither of the two veterans are the elite players they once were. But they aren’t getting paid like it with their new teams, either. Heap signed a two-year, $5.5 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals, while Mason signed a modest two-year $3.8 million contract with the New York Jets.
The bargain contracts and lack of proven talent begs the question as to why Baltimore did not bring back their own guys for a similar price. Ravens fans could be screaming for their former stars if some playmakers do not step up in the regular season.