Rashod Bateman has just 800 yards through two NFL seasons. Needless to say, this is not how he or the Baltimore Ravens saw his first couple of years going. However, as he enters year three, there may still be some signs of hope.
Is there still hope for Rashod Bateman with Baltimore Ravens?
Historically, there have been 80 players in the past 30 years who were drafted in the top two rounds and played two seasons but had under 1,000 yards. While Bateman has been injured, these are now the names that you have to compare him to. The players who were drafted high, but for some reason or another are entering year three without any consistent production.
The reality is that there are not many hits. The big names that stand out include Tim Brown, Santana Moss, Davante Adams, Tyler Boyd, Zay Jones, Demaryius Thomas, Golden Tate, Amani Toomer, and Vincent Jackson.
The first thought is that there are some pretty solid hits on this list, and some of them have a sky-high ceiling. So, it is not the end of the world. The other thought is that the rest of the names are bust after bust.
Darius Heyward-Bey, Charles Rogers, Corey Coleman, Aaron Dobson, Justin Hunter, Carl Pickens, Dorial Green-Beckham, and Jonathan Baldwin are the names more prevalent on the list. Even some names like Nelson Agholor were not complete busts, but they have hardly been trusted and were not worth the pick.
So, could Rashod Bateman be Davante Adams? It is at least possible. But, the odds lean closer to 12.5% that he actually will live up to his draft status.
The injury factor is major, and of receivers to not hit 1,000 yards in their first two seasons, he is one of the best in yards per game, with over 40 yards. Of the top 30 receivers in yards per game there are four of those big hits, so you could bump the odds closer to 17%. Either way, it is pretty clear to say that Bateman is facing an uphill battle after his first two seasons did not go as planned.