John Harbaugh speaks out on Ravens getting Lamar Jackson a true No. 1 receiver
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh had a pretty simple message for free-agent wide receivers: if you want to win, come to Baltimore.
Harbaugh commented on the team’s possible pursuit of a wide receiver this offseason. He said he will not recruit or woo any particular wideout, but instead will let the Ravens’ recent successes and culture do all the talking:
“I’m not going to beg anybody to be here,” Harbaugh said Wednesday, per ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “I’m not a college coach and I don’t have to recruit anybody. ‘You want to win? You want to win? You want to be a part of a great organization, and you want to be a part of a team, and you want to love coming to work every single day, and you’re a football player and you love football? If you’re all about stats, and numbers, and your stat line, and how many balls you catch, necessarily, and that’s all you care for — then there’s a lot of other teams you can go play for, and we’ll be looking forward to lining up against you.’”
The Ravens’ offense is powered by a dominant rushing attack. But the passing game has not been quite as dynamic, in part because Lamar Jackson does not have a true No. 1 receiver.
Baltimore hoped Marquise “Hollywood” Brown could be that guy in 2020 after undergoing foot surgery to fix an issue that hampered him during his rookie season. Brown had eight receiving touchdowns and averaged 13.8 yards per reception, but his drop percentage more than doubled. Meanwhile, Miles Boykin was mostly a deep threat, and Willie Snead is not attracting a ton of attention at this stage in his career.
Perhaps Eric DeCosta will make a more concerted effort to address the receiving corps this offseason. Allen Robinson and Kenny Golladay are set to be top free agents on the market.
However, Harbaugh will leave those decisions to the front office.