Chances fading for receivers to shine
Seven wideouts bidding for two or three remaing spots on team’s 53-man roster
The group of wide receivers that took the field nearly a month ago for the Ravens’ first full-squad practice of training camp was an eclectic mix of veterans, young players trying to establish themselves as NFL regulars and undrafted free agents just hoping to catch somebody’s eye.
The competition for two or three open receiver slots behind proven commodities Mike Wallace and Jeremy Maclin and 2015 first-round pick Breshad Perriman was expected to be one of the fiercest position battles in camp. However, injuries and uneven performances have prevented the competition from really materializing. That figures to change starting with Saturday night’s preseason game against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium and continuing with next Thursday’s preseason finale against the New Orleans Saints. With the roster needing to be cut to 53 by Sept. 2, the Ravens still are unsettled at the fourth, fifth and perhaps sixth receiver spot if they decide to keep that many, creating a sense of urgency among the pass catchers over the next week.
“It’s hot and heavy,” offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said of the wide receiver competition. “They are all just a little bit different. They have different strengths. These next couple of games are big for the receiver spots.”
Seven players are competing for two or maybe three roster spots. The top competitors for those spots are roster holdovers Michael Campanaro (River Hill), 2016 fourth-round pick Chris Moore, Chris Matthews and rookie undrafted free agent Quincy Adeboyejo.
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Chris Davis and Manny Machado of the Orioles celebrate during the third inning. Davis hit his 21st homer and Machado had three hits in the first five innings.