Late For Work 3/11: Maybe Deepest WR Corps in Team History

Plus Ravens could host Steelers in season opener and Bengals say no to T.O.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Thursday, March 11th, 2010 at 9:03 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

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Maybe Deepest WR Corps in Team History

Within the span of three weeks, the look of the Ravens wide receiver unit received an extreme makeover.

The depth of the position went from a concern to a strength by adding Anquan Boldin and Donte’ Stallworth, and then re-signing Derrick Mason last night.

“This could be the deepest wide receiver group in team history,” Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun said.

The top four receivers just changed from Mason, Mark Clayton, Kelley Washington and Demetrius Williams to Boldin, Mason, Stallworth and Clayton (pending a signed tender offer and deal).

Conversations regarding the order of the depth chart will of course follow. But, Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron has yet to see his entire receiving corps on the same field at the same time.

“[Mason] was the Ravens’ No. 1 wide receiver for the past five seasons, but that title appears to have been given to Boldin,” Hensley said.

Yes, that is the assumption at this point, but honestly, who cares? With Mason and Boldin on the field together, everyone benefits. Quarterback Joe Flacco will simply throw the ball to whichever of the two is open.

And while the veteran receivers seem to have similar styles, there are a few notable differences.

“Mason makes most of his catches to the outside (near the sideline), while Boldin has more of a reputation for going over the middle,” Hensley explained. “However the Ravens sort it out, they have definitely boosted themselves at wide receiver.”

Anyone else wish the Draft was this weekend, quickly followed by Week 1 of the NFL season? I’m itching to see this group come together and watch their chemistry grow with Flacco, who is coming into his all-important third season.

The crazy part, though…this thing still isn’t over. It remains to be seen what will happen with Williams and Washington, not to mention the Draft still more than a month away.

Whatever happens in the future, I agree with Hensley, this is already looking like the deepest wide receiver group in team history.

Ravens Host Steelers Opening Monday?

This little news tidbit is intensifying my itch for September football.

Analyst Ron Jaworski said that ESPN has requested a Steelers-Ravens showdown for their opening Monday Night Football doubleheader next year, according to a tweet from WNST.

Gregg Rosenthal of Pro Football Talk said that game would be played in Charm City.

Apparently the request is in, but we shall see if it is granted.

In addition to thousands of Ravens fans, I doubt Boldin would protest an opener against the hated AFC North rival. At his Baltimore introductory press conference, Boldin said he is seeking revenge on the Steelers after losing the Super Bowl to them.

“Depending on what happens next in Ben Roethlisberger’s legal case, the league may not want to showcase a team led by Big Ben or Dennis Dixon on opening weekend,” added Rosenthal.

Troy Smith Trade Possibilities Increasing?

After the Browns added quarterback Seneca Wallace, quarterback Troy Smith’s chances of being traded to the Browns seemingly faded.

However, Derek Anderson was subsequently released and now there are rumors that Cleveland is shopping Brady Quinn.

“If nothing else, the Browns will need numbers at the position,” explained Ken Murray of the Baltimore Sun. “Trading for Smith would not break the draft bank for any team.”

Smith was tendered with a fifth-round designation, and the Browns have four pick in the fourth round.

Bill Williamson of ESPN believes that Smith would make sense in Oakland, noting that the Heisman Trophy winner would reunite with his former Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson.

Ravens Sightings at Pro Day Work Outs and several tweets set Ravens representatives at the following pro day workouts, none of which have been confirmed by the team.

Tweet from RavensInsider (Aaron Wilson): “Ravens secondary coach Chuck Pagano is running the defensive back workout today at Rutgers.”

Tweet from RavensInsider: “Ravens also attended the University of Kansas Pro Day today.”

Tweet from bydavidwhite (San Francisco Chronicle): “Ravens have a RB coach here at Cal pro day.” “Representatives from every NFL team were at the facility in Tuscaloosa, Ala.”

Bengals Say Yes to Bryant, No to T.O.

Wide receiver Antonio Bryant agreed to a four-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Meanwhile, James Walker of ESPN said that barring an unforeseen spending spree, Owens is out in Cincinnati despite Chad Ochocinco’s campaigning to add T.O. as another receiving weapon.

Perhaps Ochocinco’s advice wasn’t heeded because of videos like this one circulating the Web.

Quick Hits

  • Former Ravens offensive tackle Adam Terry is visiting the Colts today after not receiving a tender from Baltimore, according to Pro Football Talk.
  • After making a free agent visit to the Baltimore Ravens two days ago, cornerback Marlin Jackson agreed to a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, reported Pro Football Talk.

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