Ravens Training Camp Battle Preview: Kamar Aiken vs Breshad Perriman vs Marlon Brown


Dec 28, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Kamar Aiken (11) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens have (arguably) never had as much wide receiver depth as they coming into 2015.  Last offseason, final cuts were admittedly tough at the position, and this year will be even harder.  We do have a little more clarity in regards to how the depth chart will pan out, but many snaps (and hopefully catches) are at stake as we head into training camp and the preseason.

Kamar Aiken seemingly came out of nowhere to not only earn a roster spot in 2014, but also a pretty significant role.  With only 24 catches, Aiken racked up 267 yards and three touchdowns in spot duty. The Ravens like Aiken enough to let him run as a starter at OTAs, ahead of first round pick Breshad Perriman.

The Ravens also seem willing to let the two battle it out for a starting gig.  Both (along with Marlon Brown) are speedy, big bodied receivers in the mold that Marc Trestman prefers, but Perriman has the obvious talent edge.  Not to mention the team invested a first round pick in him.

Brown was a forgotten man last season after becoming a savior in the injury plagued 2013 season, also recording 24 catches for 255 yards and zero touchdowns.  The Ravens have remained high on Brown despite the drop in production, making this a true battle.

I don’t truly believe that the Ravens will enter 2014 with anyone other than Breshad Perriman starting next to Steve Smith, but crazier things have happened.  Regardless, there is a lot of eating to do behind the feisty Smith.  There are plenty of targets to support three wide receivers in this offense.

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Given the love that the Ravens have shown Aiken this offseason and how good he looked in OTAs, I’m going to give him the advantage over Brown.  I fully expect Perriman to slot into his rightful place as a starter by the start of the regular season.  That leaves Brown in a bit role once again.

The best news to come out of all of this is that the Ravens have a heated competition at the wide receiver position.  Making tough choices at final cuts and on game day means that you’re doing something right. And the Ravens seem poised to win, no matter who lines up on when the action begins.

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