Baltimore Ravens rookie wide receiver Aaron Mellette has been under fire with his head coach John Harbaugh. According the baltimoreravens.com, Harbaugh told Mellette that he was, “lazy, and lackadaisical.” Mellette definitely heard the criticism, as he now leads all Ravens wide receivers with two touchdown passes during the preseason.
“I think he has done a great job of battling through some adversity and responding well to some hard coaching,” Harbaugh noted via baltimoreravens.com. “And that’s the mark of a guy that I think has a lot of character, a lot of confidence – so he’s done really well. I’m proud of him, very proud of him.”
Earlier in the offseason, I picked Mellette to win the second wide receiver spot opposite Torrey Smith due to his exceptional hands. At Elon University, Mellette had 97 receptions for 1,408 yards. Yes, Elon is not a school that attracts big-time teams, but there is something to be said about catching over 90 passes.
“It kind of toughened me up,” Mellette noted via baltimoreravens.com. “You can’t let the good plays or the bad plays affect you.”
While Mellette took Harbaugh’s criticism with a positive outlook, the rookie has pride, and wants to show that he is a quality player.
This kind of fire is important for the Ravens. Usually, defending Super Bowl champions don’t have much to be motivated about, but the Ravens are treating the 2013 season like they have something to prove. That’s a good sign for the team and Ravens fans going forward.