Ravens preseason preview: competition at wide receiver

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 27: Chris Matthews
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 27: Chris Matthews /

How many wide receivers will the Baltimore Ravens keep? Who makes the 53 man roster let’s discuss:

The Ravens have a very compelling battle brewing for the six to seven roster spots for wide receivers. There is no doubt at the top of the depth chart. Jeremy Maclin, Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman are the top three receivers. The next four spots (if there are four spots)  are up for grabs.

Chris Moore should be a lock to make the roster. He has blazing speed and hopefully can develop at the receiver position. Moore is a jack of all trades special teams player. Michael Campanaro is the presumptive kick returner, though it is worth noting that he’s very injury prone.

Tim White has been making big splash plays so far into training camp. White has speed and he has good vertical ability, despite being on the undersized side. Despite his flashy play, White has a ton to prove as an undrafted free agent. Would it be shocking to see White make the roster? No, but it isn’t a given either.

Tonight the Ravens go to the stadium of the Naval Academy for an open practice. This was the old stomping grounds for Keenan Reynolds. Reynolds had a nightmarish 2016 preseason, but a year later he should be improved. The jump from Navy quarterback to Ravens receiver hasn’t proven to be a seamless one. One thing that will be interesting to watch will be the growth of Reynolds in his second season.

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Then you have Chris Matthews. Matthews came into the limelight with some great grabs for the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl. Since then, Matthews has fallen into a bit of obscurity to the football world. Matthews has one big advantage, he’s big. Campanaro, White and Reynolds lack a huge frame.

Quincy Adeboyejo is another player trying to get into the fold. Like White, Adeboyejo is an undrafted free agent. The former Ole’ Miss receiver has a pretty big frame. If he can impress in the preseason it will help his cause.

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The Ravens have some tough decisions on their hands. The wide receiver battle is one to watch during the preseason.