Wallace’s peers have already gotten rave reviews and predictions this offseason as Rashod Bateman is touted by many to enjoy a breakout campaign and James Proche was recently named the team’s best-kept secret.
While Bateman’s WR1 role is pretty much locked down for the season, Wallace will compete against Devin Duvernay for the starting WR2 position, and he could very well come out on top.
The 2021 fourth-rounder started just one game last season recording two catches for 23 yards. By contrast, Duvernay started seven games and had 33 catches for 272 yards along with two scores.
Heading into training camp, the WR2 job is Duvernay’s to lose, and though Wallace carries less starting experience, a solid preseason showing could turn the tables and see Wallace, not Duvernay, take the field in Week 1 of 2022.
Ravens’ Tylan Wallace is an underrated player to watch at 2022 training camp
Wallace hails from Oklahoma State University where he had a career average of 78.0 receiving yards per game; in his last three seasons, Wallace averaged more than 1,100 yards and scored 26 touchdowns.
He’s been awarded countless honors during his college tenure but has yet to make a mark in the NFL, and just like any other young and hungry Ravens player, 2022 could be his year.
The wide receiver position battle at training camp proves to be one of the biggest catfights of the season with no player guaranteed to earn a starting spot behind Bateman.
Wallace joins Devin Duvernay, James Proche, Jaylon Moore, as well as undrafted options like Slade Bolden and Shemar Bridges in the cutthroat competition for playing time in 2022.
When Wallace was initially drafted by Baltimore, the team was impressed by Wallace’s physical performance in contested catch situations, and Wallace produced a touchdown or first down on 73.7 percent of his catches at Oklahoma State.
His only knock was that he tore his ACL in 2019 and has a family history with knee injuries, but in regards to pure talent, Wallace can hold his own against anyone else in the Ravens’ current wideout room.
Training camp will be Wallace’s best chance to outshine his competitors, and the young receiver may end up surprising everybody with his playmaking abilities on the field. Don’t count him out in 2022.