4 starters on the Baltimore Ravens who should play against the Pittsburgh Steelers

Todd Olszewski/GettyImages
2 of 4

3. The Baltimore Ravens need Rashod Bateman at wide receiver

Rashod Bateman has had a disappointing season, to say the least. Despite being healthy for nearly the entire year, Bateman still only posted 367 yards with one touchdown. He is at 1.15 yards per route run this season, which is below the 1.26 he posted as a rookie and 2.38, which he posted in his shortened second season. 

Needless to say, this year has been a step back. Some of it comes down to his health taking away from his ability to progress. Other issues are all of the new receivers around him. This week, that will not be a problem. 

Odell Beckham is out, and Zay Flowers is doubtful. When you add in that Devin Duvernay is on the IR, and Tylan Wallace is on the injury report this week, the Ravens simply do not have enough wide receivers to bench Bateman. 

Right now, the only three healthy wideouts are Bateman, Nelson Agholor, and Laquan Treadwell. If the Ravens want to pass on Saturday, they will keep Bateman active. 

Bateman is not complaining, either. He needs to get into a groove, and maybe getting peppered targets this week will spark something for the playoffs.