The Ravens finished with just the 20th best passing offense in the league in 2010, averaging just 208.4 passing yards per game. Fingers throughout the Mid-Atlantic area were pointed in various directions, but most shifted blame towards Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron and QB Joe Flacco.
It’s worth noting however that in 2011, the Ravens could provide the Cameron/Flacco duo a completely different look at receiver than they did in 2010.
In 2010, the Ravens’ top four receivers were Mason (5’10”), Anquan Boldin (6’1″), TJ Houshmandzadeh (6’2″) and Donte’ Stallworth (6’0″). The group failed to establish a significant size or speed option, with the top three receivers used mostly the same areas of the field as predominantly “possession”-type receivers, while injuries and arguable misuse prevented Stallworth from establishing himself as a threat to stretch the field. TE Todd Heap (6’5″) offered size, but in his tenth year after a career of taking hits over the middle, he was no longer much of an option to make leaping grabs or to make plays downfield.
Should the Floyd signing become official, the Ravens would enter 2011 with Boldin (6’1″), Floyd (6’5″), and rookies Torrey Smith (6’1″) and Tandon Doss (6’2″) as their top four receivers. While Boldin would still give the team a top possession receiver to lead the corps, they would get a legitimate jump ball threat in Floyd and a speedster in Smith-a player General Manager Ozzie Newsome labeled as being capable of “peeling the top off a defense.” Joining them would be top Tight End Ed Dickson (6’4″), who did not make significant statistical contributions in 2010 but certainly showed himself capable of using both his size and speed.
(If you forgot Dickson’s 58 yard grab against the Denver Broncos last season or his 34 yard TD catch against the New Orleans Saints, perhaps a visit to his NFL.com profile could help jog your memory.)
There’s no guarantee that the group of Boldin, Floyd, Smith and Doss would make the Ravens offense explosive, but having a group of receivers capable of using different areas of the field certainly bodes well for the chances of seeing the team improve on a 22nd place finish in total offense a season ago.
The deal isn’t done, but the potential is exciting for sure.