Baltimore Ravens Don't Need A Veteran Wide Receiver

By Wola Odeniran
Torrey Smith(Left) Brandon Stokley (Right)
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As much as it bothers some Baltimore Ravens‘ fans that wide receiver Anquan Boldin is doing well so far with the San Francisco 49ers, the fact of the matter is the Ravens need a long-term solution at receiver, and there will be growing pains.

A standout so far has been wide receiver Marlon Brown who made great impressions during the preseason, and had a solid game in week one with six catches for 65 yards and one touchdown. But even with that, Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco is still facing a challenge with three out of his five main targets in Jacoby Jones, Boldin and Dennis Pitta from 2012 either left the team or are currently on the Ravens’ injury list, which no doubt makes Flacco’s job harder as the season goes on.

“I’m sure it has, but what are you going to do?” Flacco noted via “It’s the way it is. That’s the way this league is. You just have to embrace it and take it on as a challenge and try to make it work the best you can.”

Flacco is right, and that is why the Ravens pay him the big bucks. Flacco is talented enough, and is also at a point in his career where he can make his receivers better. Flacco threw for 362 yards in week one with all of the questions the Ravens have at wide receiver and tight end which is quite the accomplishment.

However, I’m sure there are people who think the Ravens made a dumb move by trading Boldin, and how the 49ers look so smart trading for him, as the Ravens are supposedly putting Flacco in a tough spot. But the 49ers still have to win the Super Bowl to prove the Ravens wrong. After all, the Ravens did beat the 49ers with Boldin in the big game last year.

Wola Odeniran is a writer for Follow him on twitter at WolaOdeniran52, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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