The Baltimore Ravens saw quite a bit of coaching staff turnover this offseason. But perhaps no two new members of the coaching staff have made as a large of an impact already than Tee Martin and Keith Williams.
With David Culley departing to Houston, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh decided to get a little creative in his search to replace the former assistant head coach/wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator.
Rather than hire just one individual to take on his responsibilities, the Ravens hired both Martin and Williams to oversee the wide receiver room.
And the early results have been incredibly promising.
The Ravens have to be pleased with Tee Martin and Keith Williams so far.
From players to fellow coaches, members of the Ravens organization can’t stop singing the praises of two of the newest members of the coaching staff.
Marquise Brown called the experience of working with Martin, the team’s wide receivers coach, and Williams, the pass game specialist, “amazing” and praised them for pushing the players to get better every day.
Meanwhile, cornerback Marlon Humphrey expressed that there has been a “major energy change” at the wide receiver position this spring. And he credited that to both the coaches and players.
The Ravens went into the offseason eyeing an upgrade at the wide receiver position after a lackluster season a year ago. They managed just that signing Sammy Watkins in free agency and adding both Rashod Bateman and Tylan Wallace in the 2021 NFL Draft.
All three players have flashed this spring with Watkins and Bateman, in particular, coming on strong.
Watkins had a rough start to OTAs but came alive in minicamp establishing chemistry with Lamar Jackson and looking every part of the game-changing wide receiver the Ravens know he can be.
As for Bateman, he looks like he could become perhaps the team’s best receiver before long. He’s that good already.
It hasn’t just been those three, however. A number of Ravens receivers shined this spring.
Miles Boykin has made noticeable strides. Under-the-radar guys like Jaylon Moore and Binjimen Victor had big days. Of course, Devin Duvernay and James Proche made their presence felt as well.
The Ravens’ wide receiver room looks completely transformed, and while it’s still too early to predict the success the unit will find in 2021, it’s safe to say that Humphrey is right.
There’s a different vibe to the Ravens wide receivers right now. And Martin and Williams deserve plenty of praise for the work they’ve done in their short time with the organization.
Don’t underestimate the impact that Tee Martin and Keith Williams might have in 2021.