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The Ravens didn’t draft a wide receiver this past weekend until the sixth round, when they scooped up 6-foot-5 Miami wideout Tommy Streeter.
But they could still add another.
While the draft is over, there are undrafted free agents to be signed and free agency continues.
“The roster is still fluid,” General Manager Ozzie Newsome said at the draft’s conclusion.
“There will be some unrestricted guys that are available, and then there will probably be some guys that are going to be waived over the course of the next months because people have drafted players, and they are going to decide to create some cap room or just create the opportunity for a young player to get on the field. So, the roster will not be completely set up until we get to September.”
Baltimore has a history of pouncing on late deals, particularly at wideout. Last year, Newsome traded for Lee Evans midway through August. The year before, he signed T.J. Houshmandzadeh a week before their season opener.
If the Ravens don’t add anyone, they look to have strong competition behind Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith between Streeter, Tandon Doss, LaQuan Williams and David Reed, who is coming off knee surgery.
The fact that the Ravens didn’t address receiver earlier in the draft may be an indication that they didn’t see it as a massive need or other targeted players were taken.
“We like our guys,” Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron said. “We like our tight ends, we like our backs, we like our receivers.”
Doss was only active for six games last year and didn’t make a reception, but the 2011 fourth-round pick with outstanding hands could be in line for more action this season.
He said he feels much more comfortable with the playbook after being thrown into it following last year’s lockout. He learned every wide receiver position the Ravens have. Now, Doss is looking to fill out in the offseason weight-lifting program and to show the coaches that he can handle whatever is called.
“I’m going to come in the same way I did last year with a chip on my shoulder,” Doss said. “I approach it like I’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain, so I’m going to do everything I can.”
Last year’s undrafted free agent, LaQuan Williams, made somewhat of a splash as a pass catcher and on special teams. He hauled in four receptions for 46 yards, including two catches against the Steelers.
“I’ve got to show coaches that I can make big plays, that I’m reliable, that they can trust me with the ball in my hands. That’s what I plan on doing,” Williams said.
Streeter adds another element to the corps, and could turn into a deep playmaker and potential red-zone target. Before Streeter was selected, Cameron was asked whether the team needed a big wide receiver.
He said size wasn’t as important as catching radius. But in the case of Streeter, the two go hand-in-hand. The Miami product has 34 ¾-inch arms and 9 ½-inch hands.
“Big throwing to big is tough to stop,” Cameron said. “We see a lot of big receivers in this division.”