Search goes on for wide receiver for Ravens

Search goes on for wide receiver for Ravens
May 7, 2013, 9:00 pm
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Former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) celebrates a play against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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With Bryant McKinnie now in the fold at left tackle, and with early-round draftees filling up slots at inside linebacker and safety, wide receiver might be the Ravens most pressing area of need.

Anquan Boldin is gone to San Francisco, leaving a notable void at the slot receiver position. The Ravens have suggested they will give the first shot at the job to internal candidates -- and there are plenty of them, including Tandon Doss, David Reed, Jacoby Jones, LaQuan Williams and Deonte Thompson.

But both general manager Ozzie Newsome and assistant GM Eric DeCosta have also hinted that the Ravens will continue to scour the free agent marketplace for receiver help as well.

Speaking to ESPN's John Clayton, Newsome said, "We could use a veteran receiver. And so we could possibly be looking out for that.”

There are a few notable free agent receivers out there now -- Brandon Lloyd, Austin Collie, Steve Breaston -- and more are sure to become available in August when rosters get trimmed down.

The Ravens have frequently found valuable additions late in training camp. McKinnie, who recently re-signed with the Ravens, was originally signed by the Ravens in August of 2011 after being released by the Vikings. Last season, the Ravens signed safety James Ihedigbo just a week before the season opener after he was one of the last cuts by the Patriots.

In 2010, the Ravens signed receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh on Sept. 7, less than a week before the season opener.

A similar move definitely can't be ruled out.

"I think the hunt goes on," DeCosta told the crowd at the Baltimore Sun Sports Forum on Monday night. "We're still working. The roster is not set. We're always evaluating. We're always looking at guys. Guys get signed, guys get cut. ... We'll consider all options."

 

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