Two pros and two cons for the Ravens making a blockbuster WR trade

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Pro: These players are good at football

Sports can be very complicated. We spend all our time analyzing every decision, looking at how different pieces fit, and writing long analytical think pieces about things that may never come to fruition (oops).

And sometimes, the answer can be as simple as good player = better team, and the Ravens might need receivers more than any other contending team.

Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman has, to put it nicely, issues getting receivers open. In order for the Ravens’ offense to succeed, they often have to overcome the types of spacing issues as documented in this Twitter thread from The Athletic’s Nate Tice.

And those examples are from when the Ravens offense was working — as in Lamar Jackson posting arguably the greatest statistical passing performance in NFL history.

When you have a passing system as structurally damaged as that of the Ravens, it is nice to bring in extra bodies who can help overcome those issues. While the “F it, Andrews out there somewhere” meme is fun, the fact that it is more reality than meme is a problem.

Even if Rashod Bateman develops into the player that the team thinks he can be, the Ravens still are short on depth at the receiver position, and could use an upgrade.