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Joe Flacco likes what he sees in his new weapons on offense.
The Ravens upgraded their receiving corps this offseason by adding free agent Jacoby Jones and drafting Tommy Streeter, and Flacco has high expectations for what the group can accomplish this year.
“I’m excited,” Flacco said. “It’s cool to see a bunch of big guys that are athletic, they move well. It’s exciting to see guys out there that are explosive and really willing to go out there and learn the offense and be a part of this team.”
Flacco was able to do some initial work with both Jones and Streeter last week during voluntary workouts. While they aren’t running full team practices yet, Flacco still had a chance to see his new targets run routes and catch passes.
Jones, 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, is an explosive downfield threat who comes to the Ravens after spending the first four years of his career in Texas. He had 31 catches for 512 yards and two touchdowns last season.
The Ravens signed him to a two-year contract earlier this month and expect him to provide another deep threat in the passing game.
Streeter, 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, is a big-bodied receiver who could give Flacco a jump-ball target in red-zone situations. As a sixth-round draft pick, his chances of making the 53-man roster are more up in the air, but he has the size and speed to develop into a valuable piece of the offense.
The two players are expected to challenge for the third and fourth wide receiver positions behind Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith. That competition will be tight, as Tandon Doss, LaQuan Williams and David Reed are all returning and hoping to earn more playing time.
“With the couple new faces that we got this year, we’re going to add those guys in and really be able to bring them up to speed I think a little quicker because we have so many guys this year that are back from last year,” Flacco said.