Looking forward to Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns I have here a Q&A with Ravens fans. Questions were submitted via Twitter:
@cancelpennies asks: Where is the biggest opportunity on offense that hasn’t been utilized enough this year? And what is the best way to get that going against Cleveland?
Answer: This is a great question to start with, so thanks for that, but more importantly thanks for being a regular with these submissions. Going into the season Ravens fans wanted to see what their rookie wide receivers could bring to the table.
Devin Duvernay has 19 receptions while James Proche has just one. Considering the talent both players have, that’s an opportunity that has been wasted in Greg Roman’s offense. For some inexplicable reason, the Ravens just can’t figure out what to do with their wide receivers. The rookies are paying the biggest price for that.
Against the Browns, the Ravens could start to give them some more targets. They’ve gotten creative with Duvernay, but that’s part of the problem. They need to think of him less as a gadget player and more as a prototypical wide receiver. I’ve said all year long that the mistake that Baltimore is making is thinking of Duvernay as a young Percy Harvin when they really have a young Derrick Mason.
The Ravens need to let Duvernay attack defensive backs in one on one matchups. They need to let him attack down the field. The Ravens need to get him the ball. With Proche, it’s all about the opportunity to make plays. They think of him as a project, yet his routes look more polished than those of Marquise Brown half the time. Until they treat their rookie receivers the way they do Brown, Willie Snead, and even Dez Bryant, they will be throwing away chances for them to make a play.