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Ravens 2010 Positional Review/Preview – Wideouts

Overall Wide Recievers Grade: C+

With the big name additions of T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Anquan Boldin, there were high levels of optomism going into the 2010 campaign. However, due to game plan, poor offensive line play, or a lackluster effort, the core of receivers never got their footing, and largely struggled for most of he season.

Anquan Boldin  – Grade B-

Despite disappearing at times throughout the season, Anquan Boldin actually led the Ravens in most statistical receiving categories. I don’t know about you constant reader, but I was surprised to discover that was the case. He was brought in to be the big play wide out that the Ravens so desperately coveted, but in the end he never fully materialized as a legitimate game changing weapon

Improvements in 2011:

Anquan ran head first into the fact that the Ravens were sporting too many of the same type of receiver. Couple hat handicap with the fact that Joe already had a pretty strong raport with Derrick Mason, and it’s a wonder Anquan had as many yards as he did. Going into 2011 the Ravens need to get a speedy wideout to complement Anquan’s style, and get him worked into game plans that play to his strengths. Namely, crossing routes and slot routes.

Derrick Mason – Grade B-

I’m giving Derrick the same grade as Anquan if for no other reason than he only slightly trailed Anquan in total production this season. Derrick had a productive season numbers wise, and as always, served as an effective and reliable safety net for Flacco when everyone else was covered. That being said though, Mason’s season could have been a lot better, and his attitude and diva-ish ways servely inhibited his ability to have a monster year.

Improvements in 2011:

If Derrick returns to play in 2011, he will likely continue his steadfast and dependable ways. There’s really not much room for improvement aside from attitude and mental focus. Derrick is a stout and reliable wide receiver when he wants to be.

T.J. Housmandzadeh – Grade C

For all of his talk and bluster, T.J. failed to deliver the goods when his name was called and the game on the line. His costly dropped pass in the waning minute of the divisional round game in Pittsburgh will haunt many a fan for years to come. T.J. did add a new dimension to the offense, but his attitude left many fans questioning his devotion. Although in his defense he was forced to establish a rapid connection with Joe Flacco and did the best he could with the situation at hand.

Improvements in 2011:

Although it I highly unlikely T.J. will return to the Ravens next year, if he does return, one would hope his skills and his attitude would improve given an extra few months to grow comfortable with the offensive system.

Donte Stallworth – Grade Incomplete

Stallworth receives a grade of incomplete due in large part to the fact that he was injured for much of the season, and even when he did finally return, was used sparingly in the Ravens game plan. Although it is worth noting that Stallworth’s speed was impressive even given more than a year away from the game of football.

Improvements in 2011:

If Stallworth returns to the Ravens, I’d like to think that Cam and Joe will utilize his speed more effectively, and get him worked into the game plan more consistently.

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