Baltimore Ravens training camp: Do not forget about Jaleel Scott
You may have forgotten about Jaleel Scott, but he is a compelling player to watch during Baltimore Ravens training camp:
The Baltimore Ravens are never really comfy when it comes to wide receivers. They’ve never had an over abundance of play-makers at this position and the talent they’ve had has mostly come from seasoned veterans on their second or third team. So while the Ravens wide receiver unit may feel set in stone, Jaleel Scott may have a chance to make this team.
Think about it. Scott is one of the only big targets the Ravens have in training camp that isn’t a tight end. Miles Boykin is supposed to make the jump to the number two target and he’s got a big frame. Outside of that, every Ravens receiver is under six feet tall. Scott could fill a need for the Ravens. He’s got a long lanky frame and he’s a great athlete. It’s not like the Ravens can’t find a spot for him if he can help the least proven group of receivers in the NFL.
Scott won’t have the preseason to help prove himself. Whatever Scott does, he has to do in practice. He has to be on top of his game at One Winning Drive. Scott is seemingly on the outside looking in for a roster spot.
With Marquise Brown, Willie Snead, Miles Boykin the Ravens may have their main trio. Devin Duvernay could steal the show as a rookie and James Proche is going to make the team. Chris Moore is a special teams ace, yeah I know we’ve been through this list before.
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If the Ravens don’t keep seven wide receivers Scott is on the outside looking in. Here’s the thing though, we’re forgetting that Scott was a fourth round pick. We’re forgetting we haven’t gotten a chance to see much of him. The Ravens basically stashed him away on injured reserve in 2018. So it may not be a cut and dry kind of thing. Scott may not be a player the Ravens are willing to say goodbye to. It’s not overly difficult to keep him around. John Harbaugh and Eric DeCosta may not have forgotten about Scott. He still could fit into the plan.
Remember, Proche is a sixth round pick who figures to impact special teams more than the offense as a rookie. Am I crazy high on Proche? Absolutely. Does it mean that he’s going to be light years ahead of Scott offensively? No.
Scott was really good at New Mexico State. In 2017, he had a 76 reception season for 1,079 yards and 14 touchdowns. One thing that was obvious about Scott, is that he can make some circus catches. It’s important to remember that the Ravens have almost the same exact draft capital invested in Scott as they do Boykin. Scott doesn’t need to be a fourth round miss.
The Bottom Line:
The receiver we have forgotten about has potential that didn’t leave him. If he has a great training camp, say hello to the seventh addition to the receiver spot on the depth chart. It can happen. It actually probably should happen.
The Ravens need all the young talent at this position to be part of the answer. That’s because they don’t know what the answer is. They are working with a couple second year players, a couple rookies and Willie Snead. Are you seriously trying to imply that Scott emerging as one of the core players at wide receiver isn’t plausible? It seems like most people are.