Do Baltimore Ravens Need to Find True No. 1 Wide Receiver?

By jeffreykryglik
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The name Anquan Boldin was mentioned so much during the 2013 NFL season whenever the Baltimore Ravens‘ offensive struggles. Does the organization need to look elsewhere for a true top-receiving threat?

Looking at what Joe Flacco had at his disposal this season, it didn’t seem like he had that true No. 1 threat that scares defenses in terms of their game-planning tactics. But even when Boldin was in town, Torrey Smith was accounted for pretty regularly, other than a few successful deep-ball attempts. Marlon Brown was a nice surprise this season as the undrafted rookie came off of a torn ACL to lead the Ravens in touchdown catches, with seven. Jacoby Jones had a few nice games and made strides in becoming a better receiver in catching with his hands and running routes, but he’s no more than a No. 3 or No. 4. Dennis Pitta coming back into the fold at the Minnesota game didn’t spur the offense quite like most had predicted, so does the club need to look for other possible targets?

Whether it’s in the draft or in free agency, it’s something the team has to consider.

Do the Ravens look for more possession receivers like Eric Decker or Julian Edelman as they are unrestricted free agents? Is a guy like Hakeem Nicks, who Baltimore considered drafting despite his injury issues, worth the risk? What about a touchdown machine like Jerricho Cotchery?

All of these guys are free agent possibilities, but the draft might not be a bad avenue either. However, they will have to wait until at least the second round as the offensive-line issues should remain at the top of the priority list in terms of needs that must be addressed.

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