The Baltimore Ravens currently have no plans to add a veteran wide receiver. Are they right to not be pursuing one, though? Yes, yes, and yes.
If you talk to most Raven fans, one concern that most share is who will fill the void left by Anquan Boldin? Torrey Smith appears to be a legitimate starter, Jacoby Jones has started before, but he’s a more big play/returner type of guy, and then you have a bunch of unproven guys.
Tandon Doss is the receiver on the roster that is most compared to Boldin, but it’s hard to imagine someone emulating what Boldin did when they haven’t done it yet. Not that it’s Doss’ fault, he just hasn’t had that opportunity. There are a lot of other receivers on the roster that have upside and perhaps just need an opportunity. Guy’s like Denote Thompson (I like him), Laquan Williams, David Reed, Tommy Streeter, and Aaron Mellette.
The free agent guys out there, you pretty much know what you’re getting from them. The two biggest names left out there are Brandon Lloyd and Austin Collie, and have been mentioned as possible options, but it’s not a good sign when the best options can be compared to embarrassing movie characters.
Collie can best be compared to Samuel L. Jackson’s Mr. Glass in the movie Unbreakable. That was a pretty sweet movie if I say so myself. Lloyd can best be compared to Kevin Bacon’s Invisible Man in the movie Hollow Man. That movie, on the other hand, made me wish my TV was invisible as I was watching it.
There’s no no doubt that life after Boldin holds a lot of uncertainty and that can be a scary thing, but there’s no reason that the young guys shouldn’t get a chance before Mr. Glass and Invisible Man.