The Ravens envision an offense under coordinator Gary Kubiak where many will share the wealth. So here’s today’s question? How many Ravens will have 50 catches or more in 2014? Among the possibilities are:
- Marlon Brown, WR
Why he will: Coming off his strong rookie season, Brown has the work ethic and talent to build on it.
Why he won’t – The WR position is crowded, and Brown will have to battle for consistent reps.
- Owen Daniels, TE
Why he will: Kubiak is familiar with Daniels and loves throwing to tight ends.
Why he won’t: Kubiak will use many packages and Daniels may not be targeted enough to catch 50.
- Jacoby Jones, WR
Why he will: Jones’ knack for delivering in the clutch has earned Joe Flacco’s trust.
Why he won’t: With a deeper WR corps, Jones may see fewer balls, and make his biggest splash on special teams.
- Dennis Pitta, TE
Why he will: Enjoys great chemistry Flacco and is healthy again.
Why he won’t: Even though Kubiak will use two tight-end sets, Daniels could cut into some of Pitta’s production.
- Ray Rice, RB
Why he will: Rice is an excellent receiver out of the backfield.
Why he won’t: He faces a possible early-season suspension, and must prove he still makes tacklers miss in the open field.
- Steve Smith
Why he will: He has looked superb during OTA’s. And Smith will see more one-on-one coverage than he did in Carolina.
Why he won’t: The Ravens won’t ask Smith to carry the workload he carried in Carolina, not at age 35.
- Torrey Smith
Why he will: Smith had his first 1,000-yard season and continues to improve.
Why he won’t: Smith had 65 catches last season, but he was not playing with a receiving corps this deep.
So how many Ravens will catch at least 50 passes next season? Let us know what you think in the comments section.