1. James Proche II, WR, Ravens
Aside from the offensive line, the position group that experienced the most overhaul in the offseason was the wide receiver room.
The Ravens went out and signed Sammy Watkins in free agency before adding Rashod Bateman and Tylan Wallace in the 2021 NFL Draft.
All three players are guaranteed roster spots and figure to factor into the offensive gameplan in one way or another. The same could be said for Marquise Brown and Devin Duvernay.
That leaves (likely) one roster spot for the remaining players on the roster to compete for. As a result, at least one recent draft pick will likely be cut.
Boykin has been a disappointment through two seasons as, despite receiving ample playing time, he’s failed to make the impact the team hoped he would.
As for Proche, he was almost exclusively a special teamer in his rookie season and surrendered his punt return job to Duvernay late in the year.
Proche’s path to the roster is simple — make yourself irreplaceable on special teams. But for Boykin, he likely has the edge when it comes to value on offense.
Boykin is the Ravens’ best blocking wide receiver and he remains a physical red zone threat as well. He has more standout traits than his teammate does which makes him the favorite for the roster spot.
Proche will need to put together a strong summer to keep his spot. If not, he might just find himself out of a job.