Ravens re­ceivers may be the league’s best

The Star Democrat - - SPORTS - By SEAN GROGAN sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

OWINGS MILLS — On the eve of train­ing camp, Bal­ti­more Ravens wide re­ceiver Mike Wal­lace said he ex­pects his unit to be the NFL’s best.

Fol­low­ing the Ravens’ first prac­tice Thurs­day morn­ing, Jeremy Ma­clin dou­bled down. He be­lieves no team has a bet­ter trio of re­ceivers than him­self, Wal­lace and Bre­shad Per­ri­man.

“I think we should ex­pect to be the best trio in the league,” Ma­clin said. “You look at all three of us, we all kind of add some­thing dif­fer­ent to the ta­ble, but we’re also three guys who kind of have the abil­ity to do it all. I think that’s what we should ex­pect, that’s what every- body should ex­pect from us and that’s what we’re go­ing to work to­ward.”

Wal­lace said Bal­ti­more did more than add a good wide re­ceiver to its of­fense. Ma­clin is the type of per­son he’d like to have on his team.

“We ex­pect to be the best in the league. Peo­ple look over us, but we do not care,” Wal­lace said Wed­nes­day. “We are go­ing to go out, and we are go­ing to prac­tice hard. We are go­ing to play hard every sin­gle week. We ex­pect to have three 1,000yard [re­ceivers].”

Ma­clin signed with the Ravens in June shortly af­ter he

was un­ex­pect­edly cut by the Kansas City Chiefs.

“Af­ter the ini­tial shock, I was on to the next. Luck­ily, I found a spot here in Bal­ti­more and I couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter spot to land,” he said Thurs­day. “I’m ex­cited per­son­ally, I’m ex­cited for the team and I’m look­ing for­ward to putting the work in this train­ing camp.”

Ma­clin missed four games in Kansas City last sea­son and his pro­duc­tion dipped. He had caught for 1,000 yards in

each of the pre­vi­ous two sea­sons.

Ma­clin hopes for a bounce-back year with the Ravens. It’s some­thing Wal­lace knows a bit about.

Wal­lace signed with Bal­ti­more prior to the 2016 sea­son and im­me­di­ately recorded his first 1,000-yard sea­son since 2011.

Ma­clin and Wal­lace each failed their first con­di­tion test in Bal­ti­more, too, but head coach John Har­baugh an­nounced Ma­clin had passed it Thurs­day morn­ing and was on the field by the start of an 8:45 a.m. prac­tice.

Per­ri­man presents a big­ger ques­tion mark than the two es­tab­lished vet­er­ans. The for­mer first-round pick both strug-

gled and flashed glimpses of po­ten­tial in 2016, one year af­ter a knee in­jury kept him out of his en­tire rookie sea­son.

Wal­lace said he ex­pects a step for­ward from Per­ri­man, who was among the most im­pres­sive play­ers on the field dur­ing or­ga­nized team ac­tiv­i­ties.

“I think he started to do it at the end of last year,” Wal­lace said. “I think [OTAs were] just a lit­tle taste of what we are go­ing to get. I un­der­stand it is OTAs and there are no pads and things like that, but just to see his skill set and the way he works every day, I think he is go­ing to make a big jump and is go­ing to im­press a lot of peo­ple and show why he was a first-round pick.”

CECIL WHIG PHOTO BY JOR­DAN SCHATZ

Bal­ti­more Ravens re­ceivers Jeremy Ma­clin, far left, Mike Wal­lace, mid­dle, and Bre­shad Per­ri­man, right, par­tic­i­pate in a drill dur­ing the first day of train­ing camp at the Un­der Ar­mour Per­for­mance Cen­ter on Thurs­day.

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