Sep 3, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (89) prepares for a game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Starters: Steve Smith, Kamar Aiken, Crockett Gillmore
Backups: Breshad Perriman, Marlon Brown, Michael Campanaro, Darren Waller, Maxx Williams, Nick Boyle
Practice Squad: Jeremy Butler, Daniel Brown, Konrad Reuland, Jeremy Ross (added 9/8), Dominique Jones (added 9/8)
Everyone was pretty excited about the competitions at wide receiver and tight end this offseason, but they both turned out to be duds. Outside of Steve Smith, no one really stood out on a consistent basis, though several flashed in spots.
Aiken begins the season as a starter by default due to Perriman’s ongoing injury that could extend weeks into the regular season. In all fairness, Aiken played fairly well this offseason, making quick work of the competition behind him.
At tight end, the slow development of Maxx Williams and the better than expected performance of Crockett Gillmore means that the sophomore has a tight hold on the starting job for now. This is a fluid situation, of course, but everything hinges on how/if Williams can grasp the playbook this season.
Williams has a leg up as a second round pick and is more of an athletic pass catcher and playmaker than Gillmore. He’ll get his chances in this offense, and might see a lot of action in two tight end sets.
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