Wide receivers: Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, Steve Smith Sr., Mike Wallace
Anquan Boldin may have only played for the Baltimore Ravens for three years, but he left his mark on the organization in a big way. Boldin gave Joe Flacco a security blanket over the middle of the field and a guy who he could trust to bring down the tough catches. Boldin was also instrumental in the team’s Super Bowl run, catching four of Flacco’s 11 touchdown passes, including the first touchdown of Super Bowl XLVII. It was heartbreaking when the team traded him following the team’s championship. Who knows where Baltimore would be if Boldin never left…
Torrey Smith is a fan favorite and someone the team never should’ve let walk. Smith is one of a very small sample size of wide receivers the Ravens actually drafted and developed. Smith was also a hometown kid after attending school at the University of Maryland. Smith was one of the biggest reasons Baltimore was able to upset the Denver Broncos in the 2012 playoffs.
There have been countless players to come to the Baltimore Ravens who just epitomized what it meant to “Play like a Raven.” No Free Agency signee embodied this ideology better than Steve Smith Sr. When many believed he was on the downslide of his career, Smith Sr. went out and had one of his finest seasons in 2014. He was on pace for his career-best season in 2015 before tearing his Achilles. After that, Smith Sr. played just one more season for the Ravens before retiring. We’ll always remember Smith Sr. for his toughness and grit… and of course his nasty stiff arm on Adam Jones.
Finding a fourth receiver was tough to slot. Marquise Brown is still too young, while others like Kamar Aiken and Marlon Brown simply didn’t have enough longevity and production to justify a spot here. I went with Mike Wallace, who was a bright spot in a somewhat dormant 2016 Baltimore Ravens offense. Wallace eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark and had a franchise-best 97-yard touchdown reception.