Baltimore Ravens All Decade Team: Offense edition
Wide Receivers: Anquan Boldin, Steve Smith Sr., Torrey Smith and Derrick Mason
*Jacoby Jones will be listed as the return specialist on the defense and special teams edition of the All-Decade team.
The Baltimore Ravens haven’t had much luck at the wide receiver position in the draft. Before Marquise Brown, the only star the Ravens have drafted at the position was Torrey Smith. Smith was a fan favorite in Baltimore and was one of the most important players to the Super Bowl run. Smith played with the Ravens from 2011-2014 and was responsible for some of the greatest memories in franchise history. As a rookie he caught the game winning touchdown pass in a very important road victory against the Steelers. In the 2012 playoffs, Smith beat Champ Bailey deep twice. It may have been the best game of his career and it was in a big spot for the Ravens.
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Anquan Boldin should have been a Raven longer than he was. Boldin only had three years with the Ravens and his run ended with a Super Bowl ring. He was one of the toughest players to ever wear the purple and black and the Ravens couldn’t have won Super Bowl XLVII without him. The Ravens will never have a receiver more universally loved by their fan base than Boldin.
Steve Smith Sr. was the heartbeat of the Baltimore Ravens from 2014-2017. He was a fiery receiver who showed that he wasn’t done when the Carolina Panthers let him go. Smith Sr. filled the Boldin void. He was a leader and he was the most exciting offensive player in his time with the Ravens.
Derrick Mason ended his run with the Ravens in the first year of this decade, but he has to be included. Mason may be the best receiver the Ravens have ever had. He was Joe Flacco’s first favorite wide receiver and that counts for something.