What’s the outlook for Ravens’ Jaleel Scott and Jordan Lasley?
Much has been made about the new additions to the wide receiver core this off-season for the Ravens, but already forgotten are Jaleel Scott and Jordan Lasley.
Because of the colossal failure of Michael Crabtree and the Baltimore Ravens allowing John Brown to walk via Free Agency, the team looked to once again rebuild its wide receiver core in the 2019 off-season. The Ravens did just that through the addition of 2019 first round draft pick Marquise Brown and then again in the third round with Miles Boykin. 2018 contributors Willie Snead and Chris Moore also return for this upcoming year.
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Those four receivers are solid, with the rookies possessing some major upside. However, fans and media have seemingly already forgotten about the two draft selections from the 2018 NFL Draft: Jaleel Scott and Jordan Lasley. While it’s not totally unwarranted considering neither made any sort of splash, let alone appearance, as rookies, it’s still surprising, and definitely upsetting.
When looking at Scott and Lasley we can see a lot of what Baltimore is trying to establish in its receiving core. Scott brings a massive 6’6″ 215-lbs. frame that is perfect for end-zone looks, while Lasley’s 6’1″ 210-lbs. build represents a more modern-looking receiver with play-making abilities.
Both had the upside that the Ravens love to gamble on, but neither did anything to help themselves last season. For Scott, he was on Injured Reserve all season long, while Lasley was inactive the entire season, essentially taking an observer role.
This is not ideal for these two considering the changes the entire offense will be undergoing. There will be very little familiarity between these two and Lamar Jackson, and it’s likely that a run-heavy offense will hardly get Scott and Lasley onto the field. Even though Baltimore’s wide receiver depth chart is far from established, it hurts Scott and Lasley because they don’t have any discerning skills or tape that would separate them from vets like Snead, Moore, or newly added Seth Roberts.
The wide receiver position will not nearly be the dog fight to make the team that it’s been in past years, but Scott and Lasley are already at a huge disadvantage. Right now the two rookies and the three vets we mentioned have practically locked a spot on the roster. After them are undrafted free agents like Jaylen Smith and Antoine Wesley who will fight for a spot as well. The outlook is certainly bleak for Scott and Lasley’s future in Baltimore.
The Baltimore Ravens are likely only to keep six wide receivers on the active roster with five spots likely filled. It’ll be an uphill battle for Jaleel Scott and Jordan Lasley to make the final roster because of their inexperience on the NFL field; it’ll be that much harder because of the rest of the group’s experience and youth. The front office and coaching staff knows that the two have talent, but their time with the Ravens may be up sooner than any of us hoped.