2. WRs Odell Beckham and Rashod Bateman return. Will OBJ be the Ravens' WR1?
No, Beckham was not a "full" participant in Wednesday's practice. That said, don't be so picky and take what is in front of you, which is already good!
Beckham was injured midway through Week 2 and we had yet to watch him play in any game since then. OBJ was sidelined with an ankle injury and he didn't make it to the field for the second half of the Week 2 victory against the Bengals in Cincinnati. It'd been crickets since then, until yesterday.
Beckham is far from producing at the level his hefty one-year, $15-million deal speaks about, but hey, you have to start somewhere I gues...
Bateman, on the other hand, has been uber-efficient but his role has only been an ever-decreasing one since the arrival of new Offensive Coordinator Todd Monken.
So far this season, Bateman has caught seven of only nine targets for 59 yards and no touchdowns. That is simply not the WR1 role we expected he'd take on in 2023, and perhaps not even a WR3-type usage when everybody is available including rookie Zay Flowers and veteran Odell Beckham.
The good news is that Bateman finally returned to practice on Wednesday after dealing with a hamstring injury for the past couple of weeks. Both Bateman and OBJ ran some drills on the day and Bateman was actually listed as a "full" participant in all exercises.
Bateman has been out since the Week 3 loss to the Colts, but having already gone through a full practice this early in the week everything points in the right direction for him to make a return in Week 5 at Pittsburgh.