4 most likable players on the Ravens roster in 2022

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3. James Proche, WR, Ravens

A quick scroll on James Proche’s Twitter feed will reveal countless inspirational quotes and workout videos that reveal the honest, hard-working side of the young Ravens receiver.

Proche has received undue criticism these past few months for supposedly lacking the skill and talent to serve as one of the team’s top wideouts, but Proche has clapped back at the haters and promises to deliver the goods this season. In his words, “don’t be a fan later.”

The 2020 sixth-rounder hasn’t yet found his footing in the league and recorded just one catch for 14 yards in his rookie season, more often being utilized on special teams.

Proche amped it up last season with 16 catches for 202 yards, but he hasn’t yet evolved to become the prolific receiver he was at Southern Methodist.

Even if the Ravens bring on a veteran wideout this offseason, Proche will still get his hard-fought opportunity to make an impact on the field as long he puts together a solid preseason.

For his part, Proche has been working his rear off getting ready for this upcoming campaign — and that’s just what he does. He works hard when nobody’s watching and doesn’t expect anything to be handed to him.

Last year, Proche told The Baltimore Sun that he considers the late Kobe Bryant one of his biggest role models and was inspired by Bryant’s “Mamba mentality” to put in an insane amount of hours that offseason. This is what his schedule looked like:

"“Wake up at 4:30 a.m., work out at 11, work out at 1 p.m. , work out at 5, then get a good night’s sleep. During training camp, he’s pushed his wake-up time back to 5:25 a.m., a good three hours before he heads out for sticky, exhausting, 150-minute training camp practices with the Ravens.”"

Proche may not be the most skilled player on the team, but he’s without a doubt the most hard-working. You’ve got to love that sheer willpower and determination.