Ravens: 3 takeaways from the first day of 2021 mandatory minicamp

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2. The Ravens’ new-look wide receiver corps is impressing

The Ravens made it a point of emphasis to upgrade what was a lackluster wide receiver corps a year ago. They did so by adding the likes of Sammy Watkins, Rashod Bateman, and Tylan Wallace this offseason.

And all three players have taken turns making plays this spring.

Bateman has been the star of the show and once again made his presence felt on Tuesday as he might very well have caught more passes than any one of his teammates.

He continues to establish chemistry with Lamar Jackson and it might not be long before the rookie is rivaling Mark Andrews for Jackson’s favorite target.

Watkins had the play of the day on Tuesday when he skied over superstar cornerback Marlon Humphrey to make an acrobatic catch in the corner of the end zone.

The catch earned him plenty of praise from his teammates and it was the first big play that Watkins had made since arriving in Baltimore.

Wallace had a quieter day on Tuesday but has still managed to make an impact this spring. The team’s new trio of wide receivers should help bolster a unit that had its fair share of struggles last season.

The Ravens will continue to rely on their dominant ground game for the foreseeable future, but they do want to lean on their passing game a bit more this season.

The early indications are that it shouldn’t be an issue.