Ravens Not Looking To Add WR

Baltimore is expecting big things from Tandon Doss, David Reed and LaQuan Williams.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

The Redskins released Jabar Gaffney on Tuesday. The Texans later parted ways with Jacoby Jones.

Will the Ravens be interested?

During a live chat with fans, Ravens Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta indicated they are not.

“I think at this point we’re happy with the receivers we have on the roster,” he said. “We expect big things this year from David Reed and Tandon Doss. It’s unlikely that we’ll look for any receivers on the streets.”

The Ravens traded for wide receiver Lee Evans last August. They signed T.J. Houshmandzadeh in September the year before.

But after drafting two wide receivers (Torrey Smith and Doss) and retaining another (LaQuan Williams) as an unrestricted free agent last year, it appears Baltimore will stick with its youth this season.

Asked who has the best chance of winning the third spot, DeCosta said it was a good question.

“I’d say Tandon Doss or David Reed,” DeCosta said. “It’ll be a dogfight between Tandon, David Reed and LaQuan Williams. This offseason will be very important for all three players.”

Doss didn’t catch any passes in his rookie season. The fourth-round pick impressed with his hands and catching ability in the preseason, but was studying behind Anquan Boldin and was active for just six games.

Doss said he learned every wide receiver position in Baltimore’s system, and is ready to make more of an impact using that knowledge this season. It will be his first true offseason.

“I approach it like I’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain, so I’m going to do everything I can,” Doss said of winning the No. 3 wide receiver spot.

Reed is returning from a torn ACL suffered on Dec. 24 against the Cleveland Browns. The former fifth-round pick has not yet recorded a reception in his first two seasons, but Baltimore’s coaches feel he was ready to break out as a receiver had it not been for injuries.

Williams has the most pass receptions of any of the three. Last year’s undrafted free agent had four catches for 46 yards last season.

Another player in the wide receiver mix is new sixth-round pick Tommy Streeter. But he may need more time to develop before he passes the young receivers ahead of him.

DeCosta said he wants to see Streeter contribute on special teams early and make consistent improvement throughout the year.

“He’s a young player with freakish skills,” DeCosta said of the 6-foot-5 Miami product. “He needs refinement and maturity, but so do many of our players. We’re confident that he’ll take a jump with NFL coaching and another year of maturity.”

The Ravens had a chance to draft Louisiana State wide receiver Rueben Randle with pick No. 60 in the second round in the draft, but instead went with tackle Kelechi Osemele. The Giants took Randle three picks later.

“We liked Randle,” DeCosta said. “But quite honestly, we had some other receivers that we favored more. We’re happy with our young receivers and we think they’ll make a big jump this year.”

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