Chances fad­ing for re­ceivers to shine

Seven wide­outs bid­ding for two or three re­maing spots on team’s 53-man ros­ter

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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.

Then, there’s Griff Whalen, an ex­pe­ri­enced hand on spe­cial teams and in the slot; Pre­sea­son Tonight, 7 TV: Chs. 11, 7 Ra­dio: 97.9 FM, 1090 AM

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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.

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