Ravens vs. Falcons, Preseason week 4: What to watch for
By Brett Foote
Aug 29, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (23) tackles Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jeremy Butler (17) during the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
How many wide receivers will the Ravens keep, and who will they be?
The Ravens have a very unpredictable situation at the wide receiver position behind Steve Smith. They could opt to keep 6 receivers, or perhaps even 7 on the final roster. The big question is, who will they be? This week’s cuts didn’t provide us with much clarity.
Smith, Breshad Perriman, and Kamar Aiken are locks. But behind them, we have a quagmire of Jeremy Butler, Darren Waller, Michael Campanaro, and Marlon Brown fighting for the remaining 3-4 spots. Here’s how they stack up through 3 preseason games.
Jeremy Butler – 98 snaps, 7 receptions, 60 yards.
Darren Waller – 104 snaps, 5 receptions, 38 yards, 1 touchdown.
Michael Campanaro – 16 snaps, 2 receptions, 58 yards, 1 touchdown.
Marlon Brown – 71 snaps, 2 receptions, 36 yards.
Campanaro should be safe, but crazier things have happened. The Ravens are frustrated with his injuries, but when on the field he has flashed serious playmaking ability. They should ride with him at least one more season.
Waller is this year’s 6th round draft pick and has played well in spots. He has a ton of potential and the Ravens knew he would take some time to develop when they drafted him. Would they be safe from prying teams by trying to sneak him on the practice squad?
Butler has had an up and down preseason, but has played much better than Brown. But the Ravens seem to trust Brown even after his disappointing 2014, which is why most are predicting that he beats out Butler for the final receiver spot.
Thursday night might provide some clarity in this situation. But with Perriman’s unknown timetable for return and Campanaro’s endless injuries, the Ravens might just all keep seven of these guys.
Next: Can the secondary rebound?
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