Ravens: James Proche deserves a role on offense going forward

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It’s time for the Ravens to cash in on James Proche

While Marquise Brown and Sammy Watkins are already bringing more to the Ravens’ passing game, and Rashod Bateman will soon be worked into the offense, James Proche needs to be more involved.

He had somewhat of a coming-out party against the Denver Broncos, catching five of six targets for 74 yards — he tied Mark Andrews for the most catches and finished with the second-most yards.

On all of his catches, he showed good awareness of the defense’s coverage, doing a nice job settling in space between zones or maneuvering around defenders into space.

With the ball in his hands, he is a positive and aggressive runner. He always finished upfield and wasn’t scared to initiate contact with defenders, gaining extra yards on multiple occasions after contact.

In fact, he gained yards after the catch on every one of his receptions. He also showed the ability to make nice catches away from his body on his first reception, plucking the ball off the ground on the move.

Proche showed key production as a clutch weapon while only scratching the surface of his abilities. He absolutely belongs as a key part of a dangerous rotation of receivers.