After the Baltimore Ravens surprisingly traded Marquise Brown away to the Arizona Cardinals, the team was left with a weaker wide receiver core. However, the move has created a unique opportunity for Rashod Bateman to play a major role in the offense. The second-year wide receiver reacts to becoming a top target for Lamar Jackson.
According to Kevin Patra, Bateman is ecstatic to be the number one wide receiver for Baltimore. He states, “That's the role that I've always wanted to be in.” Rashod Bateman is showing extreme confidence in himself, which is a great sign for the Ravens in general. Lamar Jackson is going to need someone to step up in the passing game and his new top receiver is ready for the challenge.
Additionally, tight end Mark Andrews is excited for Rashod Bateman as well, per Kevin Patra. The Ravens' star likes what he's seeing from the young receiver so far and believes he will take the league by notice. “He's getting open at the line super, super quick. And then he's got a burst of speed people don't really talk about. Second-year, he's a guy that's just gonna get better and better and better. The sky's the limit for him.”
These are the exact words Ravens fans want to hear. Although Marquise Brown's departure left a hole on the roster, it's not like Baltimore lost an elite wide receiver either. Rashod Bateman's potential is through the roof and he is in line to have a monster year. If he can do that, then Lamar Jackson will throw his way often.
Look for the hype to continue building around Bateman with training camp just around the corner. He is going to play a vital role in the team's success as the Ravens aim to re-take the AFC North crown.