There was a lot of hype around the Ravens’ receiving corp last year. The additions of Anquan Boldin, T.J. Houshmanzadeh, and Donte Stallworth were huge for the Ravens and looked to bolster an already prolific offense.
Donte Stallworth got injured in the preseason and didn’t see much action the whole season. When he did play, Cam Cameron put him to great use on end arounds that averaged 0.5 yards a carry *sarcasm*. He was rarely used in passing situations except during the second Steelers matchup where he caught a bomb by Joe Flacco.
T.J’s only memorable moment came in the first Steelers game where he caught the game winning touchdown. He also contributed a little in short yardage situation but other than that, he remained fairly quiet the whole season. Now that they are both free agents, the big question remains: Do you keep one, both, or neither of them for next season?
Everyone has been complaining that we need a deep threat and should draft a new wide out. If you ask me, we’ve had one all along. Donte Stallworth has tremendous speed, but he never saw much playing time due to his injury. While playing for the Browns, Eagles, and Pats he was always going deep and making plays. I would re-sign Donte, and let T.J go. T.J. has had his best days and what he brings to the table is no improvement over what we HAD in Mark Clayton and HAVE in Derrick Mason. David Reed is the answer to our problems at wide receiver. He has great speed and should definitely see more playing time next year. Drafting a wide receiver in the first round is a waste, especially when our defense is on the decline. We have the pieces in place, but more maturation from Joe Flacco is what it will take to get us to the next level.
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