Ravens receivers may be the league’s best
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.”
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.