Ravens roster: Ranking the candidates for the No. 4 WR job

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4. James Proche, WR, Ravens

The biggest longshot to win the job out of training camp is 2020 sixth-round pick James Proche.

Proche was used sparingly in his rookie season hauling in just one catch for 14 yards on three targets. Instead, he was primarily used on special teams where he served as the team’s primary punt returner for the majority of the year.

Proche returned 23 punts for a total of 198 yards — an average of 8.6 yards per return. He was a reliable, albeit unspectacular returner.

However, he eventually lost his job to fellow rookie Devin Duvernay (more on him later) and was rendered a healthy scratch for most of the remainder of the season.

Proche is at his best when asked to work in space as a quicker-than-fast slot receiver. What he lacks in size and athleticism he makes up for with his good hands and quick feet.

There’s a role for a player like Proche on the roster, but he faces an uphill battle when competing for the No. 4 receiver job.

Proche’s inexperience as a pass-catcher in the NFL will likely work against him and he currently finds himself competing more for a roster spot than for a role in the offense.

But with a strong summer, anything is possible. James Proche could surprise some people in training camp.