Jun 19, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receivers Torrey Smith (left) and Steve Smith, Sr. (right) walk off the field after minicamp at the Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
The wide receiver position
Losing Torrey Smith was a big deal for the Ravens because in his four years as a Raven, he developed a reputation as a strong and speedy receiver with the ability to catch deep passes and run effective routes up the sideline.
He was the No. 2 and even the No. 1 receiver at one point, so with him out of the equation, that wasn’t going to be an easy void to fill and even though there has been heavy competition among the receiver core, we still don’t know if that void will be filled this season.
At one point, things looked good for Baltimore as they had a rookie receiver in Breshad Perriman that drew some comparisons to that of a Torrey Smith. They also had guys like Kamar Aiken and Michael Campanaro to make things that much more interesting in the receiver department. And the playmaking and experience that veteran Steve Smith Sr. brings to the table goes without even saying.
However, given Perriman’s health issues, still being sidelined for an injury attained early on in training camp, the dynamic has changed a bit. Aiken is the No. 2 receiver and he’s showing good signs as the Ravens get prepared for the regular season, but how about Campanaro?
Campanaro’s stock definitely grew when he took charge in Baltimore’s preseason opener, but at the same time, he hasn’t been healthy on a consistent basis this offseason, which makes the coaching staff worrisome.
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