Projecting stats for Baltimore Ravens pass catchers
Miles Boykin: 30 receptions 400 yards, six touchdowns
Boykin should take some steps forward in his second season. He should be more acclimated to the NFL game and he should be able to run more routes well than he did as a rookie. Boykin is a big bodied target. That should help him in the red zone. Boykin will be the receiver that Jackson goes to when he just needs to throw it up and trust one of his receivers, yet Andrews is absolutely smothered with attention from the defense.
Boykin averaged 15.2 yards per reception in 2019 yet with only 13 grabs that was a small sample size. Boykin caught a couple of long passes which brought his average up a little more than it will probably look like in 2020. He’s still a big play threat, and the Ravens need to make sure the defense is afraid of his speed. For that reason I still have him churning out a bit over 13 yards per reception.
The Ravens have a clear number one wide receiver in Brown. It doesn’t look like they have a clear number two receiver. The Ravens will get exactly what they need out of each receiver under Brown. Solid numbers in this offense won’t necessarily be glamorous numbers yet it will get the job done.
Willie Snead: 35 receptions 315 yards four touchdowns
Snead is a thing that every Ravens fan needs. He gets the job done. It’s not overly exciting but he’s a good chain moving receiver for the Ravens. If the Ravens need a third down conversion, Snead is often the player Jackson will turn to. Snead will be the forgotten play-maker for the offense and it should help the Ravens.
Nick Boyle: 15 receptions, 150 yards
This is the big drop off in my projection. It’s not really about Boyle regressing, it’s more about the Ravens using more three wide receiver sets. I just don’t see where the Ravens have room in their pass game distribution for another 31 catch season for Boyle. If the Ravens get more out of Boykin and Duvernay produces, Boyle’s receptions in a run heavy offense just aren’t there.
Mark Ingram: 20 receptions, 200 yards, four touchdowns
This is very similar to what the Ravens had happen for Ingram in 2019. He caught 26 passes last season for 247 yards and five touchdowns. The only reason I see the numbers dropping just slightly is because the Ravens have four running backs they want to feature in this offense. The Ravens aren’t going to change the formula, yet the amount of targets will have to be tinkered with a bit.
The Ravens should get some receptions from James Proche and J.K. Dobbins as well. This is just a look at the main ingredients of the passing attack. Lamar Jackson should pass the ball a little more in 2020 to keep defenses a little less focused on stopping the run. It should mean more production for the entire offense while the Ravens stay true to what they are about.