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Baltimore Ravens’ Tandon Doss Using 2013 As a Wake-up Call

Mitch Stringer – USA TODAY Sports

We all know that the Baltimore Ravens have been hurting all year long for depth at the wide receiver position, but maybe Tandon Doss is the guy going forward that the Ravens can rely on out of the slot.

It is no secret that quarterback Joe Flacco loves Doss and looks to target him even more than No. 1 wide receiver Torrey Smith in some games. Defenders key more on Smith because they know that if Smith is stalled, so goes the Ravens offense. This opens up opportunities for guys like Doss to shine and slip through the creases of defense for big gains.

Just look at Tandon’s performance last weekend against the Green Bay Packers: four catches, 99 yards receiving, including a 63-yard reception that kept the Ravens alive in the fourth quarter.

The former 2011 fourth-round pick has shown not only an ability to show up at times as a receiver, he has shown consistency catching punts and even took one to the house against the Houston Texans for 82 yards. If there ever was a  true utility player in football like there is in baseball, the 24-year-old Doss would be it.

He’s not exceptional at a lot of skills but good enough to be plugged in to virtually any role the team needs him. Keep in mind, the former Indiana Hoosier has to be playing with a chip on his shoulder as well after being cut by Baltimore at the end of the preseason.

While he may never become a true No. 2 wide receiver for this offense, Doss has shown at practice as being a guy who displays solid hands. In the games it’s a different story, but Doss is improving game-by-game and that has to build confidence in the young player. After all, as much as Doss probably enjoys catching punts, he was drafted to catch footballs on the offensive side and score touchdowns.

Jeffrey Kryglik is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter at Jeff_Kryglik, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.