Aug 13, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Damian Swann (38) tackles Baltimore Ravens wide receiver DeAndre Carter (16) during the fourth quarter in a preseason NFL football game at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore Ravens defeated New Orleans Saints 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Will the wide receivers play better this week?
The Ravens were without most of their top wide receivers against the Saints, and the rest of the competition simply failed to make much of an impression. Outside of Michael Campanaro, of course, who snagged two passes for 58 yards and a touchdown.
The impressive Jeremy Butler only managed 1 grab on 3 targets for 14 yards, while UDFA rookie DeAndre Carter had 2 catches on 4 targets for 33 yards. Both of these guys are fighting for their roster spots despite impressive showings in training camp and offseason activities.
Both played a lot of snaps as well. Butler was in on 41/83 offensive snaps, while Carter was in on 24. Butler finished with a slightly positive PFF grade (0.3), while Carter received a slightly negative grade (-0.7).
Both of these young receivers will need to show more in the preseason if they hope to stick on the final roster. Looking great in practice is one thing, but they have to show up in actual competition as well.
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