The Baltimore Ravens are undoubtedly a run-oriented offense, led by Lamar Jackson as their quarterback. Steve Smith, a former NFL wide receiver for the Ravens, suggested on 106.7 The Fan that Baltimore's current wide receivers may get frustrated with their roles.
“I’m a wide receiver, and my question is always going to be how is this passing game going to develop? I hate to say it this way, but as a wide receiver, I loved to block. But I didn’t wake up trying to block and run 70 plays a game and 68 of the 70 are run plays. Because then when the contract season comes up, you have leverage because my numbers aren’t up,” Smith said.
Last season, with Jackson in his second season as the quarterback, the Ravens finished with the No. 1 rushing offense in the NFL, averaging 206 yards per game. On the other hand, Baltimore boasted the 27th ranked passing offense, averaging 201.6 yards per game.
When Smith played for the Carolina Panthers and the Ravens, he put together a legendary career by catching passes — not by blocking. Albeit, the former scrappy wideout didn't shy away from being physical when he was asked to block.
However, a season ago, the leading pass-catcher on Baltimore's roster was Mark Andrews, who is a tight end. Marquise Brown, a rookie first-round pick, finished with 46 receptions for 584 yards and seven touchdowns. All of those numbers were the most among all Ravens wide receivers.
After drafting J.K. Dobbins in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, it's apparent that Baltimore wants to continue pounding the rock. While everything seems peachy right now, some wide receivers — unless they make changes — may avoid signing with the Ravens due to their lack of usage in the passing game.