Ravens: 4 reasons James Proche could turn some heads in 2021

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3. James Proche is an adept slot receiver

Anyone who watched the 2020 Baltimore Ravens’ season unfold would agree that then-rookie Proche was underutilized. One catch for 14 yards is far from a productive rookie season.

In preparation for the 2021 season, however, the Ravens hired a new wide receivers coach (Tee Martin) and passing game coordinator (Keith Williams). The team hopes the new coaches will be able to increase the productivity of their young receivers.

Proche, specifically, could use an assist. As he’s assimilating to the pro game, the Ravens will likely take to heart the advice of The Draft Network’s Kyle Crabbs.

"“He has found success in all areas of the field but keeping him in the MOF (middle of the field) where he can be given more room to work can shine as best pro usage.”"

And where does Lamar Jackson love to throw the football?

For throws inside the numbers as opposed to outside, Jackson’s completion percentage is five percent higher, his passer rating is more than 16 points higher, and he throws half as many interceptions.

Additionally, Willie Sneed’s departure opens up the 63 targets that Sneed averaged the past three seasons.

Although Sammy Watkins often lined up in the slot during his time in Kansas City, he hasn’t always done so. And based on his history, it would be a surprise if he didn’t miss games due to injury.