Your Monday Reality Check-Size Matters And I Won’t Stop Saying It

April 23, 2012 | Glenn Clark

Your Monday Reality Check-Size Matters And I Won’t Stop Saying It

Remember the guy who scribbled what (at least looking back on it) was nearly a love letter to San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd last summer?

Remember the guy who pounded on the desk for days during his first full week as host of “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net about how much he wanted to see the Baltimore Ravens add Floyd to their receiving corps for 2011?

Remember the guy who received ridicule for not being excited (and frankly showing a level of discontent) after the Ravens failed to acquire Floyd and instead dealt for Buffalo Bills WR Lee Evans?

The name’s Glenn Clark. It’s good to talk to you again. In case you were wondering, I haven’t stopped bitching about the need for the Ravens to add size to their receiving corps.

After a relatively quiet start to the 2012 NFL Offseason, the Ravens will absolutely add players this week. The Ravens have eight picks in this weekend’s NFL Draft, and will have the opportunity to address both depth and need over the course of the weekend. Fans and analysts have debated the order of the team’s needs, largely agreeing that Offensive Line, Interior Linebacker, Pass Rusher, Running Back, Safety, Wide Receiver and Kick/Punt Returner tend to make up the list.

I don’t particularly care what order the Ravens use to rank their own needs. As we all know, General Manager Ozzie Newsome and company won’t suddenly move away from the “best player available” philosophy that has worked so well for them in recent years.

I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that at some point during the course of the weekend the team will draft at least one receiver.

My rallying cry will remain the same. When they do, they need to find a receiver who can get up and get the football.

In 2011, six of the top seven total offenses in the National Football League included a significant contributor (either at WR or TE) who stood at least 6’5″ or taller. The other team (the Philadelphia Eagles) had a 6’4″ TE target in Brent Celek.

The Baltimore Ravens have two tight ends (Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson) who are both listed at 6’4″ but who have been unable to establish themselves as legitimate red zone threats at the pro level. This has at least something to do with why the Ravens managed to score TD’s on just 50% of their trips to the red zone in 2011, a mark good enough for only 18th in the NFL.

(The lack of a singular red zone receiving target isn’t necessarily the ONLY reason why the Ravens have struggled to score TD’s in the red zone, but it’s hard to fathom mutual exclusivity here.)

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  1. FRANCHISE Says:

    Glenn,

    I agree that the Ravens need to address their need to add a WR target that is 6’5″ or greater to be more successful in the red zone.

    Regards,

    Plaxico Burress

  2. The "Armchair QB" Says:

    This may not come as a surprise, but I’m going to disagree on your assessment of Pitta and Dickson who, in my opinion, have the size, but not the play design/pass routes etc. because they play in a very bad system! Don’t take my word for ir; check out what Michael Lombardi had to say about the Ravens’ offense last year after breaking them down on tape! That doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t go after a bigger receiver, but given the fact that ALL of our receivers seem to have trouble getting “separation” in this offense, there’s no guarantee that a big receiver will fare any better……..

    (Edit from Glenn: Torrey Smith had little trouble getting separation…)

  3. The "Armchair QB" Says:

    Glenn: Torrey Smith was one-dimensional as a receiver last year, using his blinding speed to out run DB’s on “fly routes”, which is of little value in the “red zone”! That’s where play design/pass routes are critical to getting receivers open. Agree, however, that a bigger target would help. Hopefully, Cameron will implement some changes to his offense next year, but I’m not holding my breath……

    (Edit from Glenn: That’s sort of my point though Jerry…Cam Cameron’s offense got slightly more dynamic just by having a guy that was capable of running fly routes. You can’t use them if you don’t have the personnel. With a size target, so many more things become options in the red zone.)

  4. Marlon Says:

    Glenn you are preaching to the choir, I’ve been saying this for years and this draft is practically loaded with talented big WRs. I would be pissed if the Ravens don’t come away with one of them (Hill, Jeffrey, Quick etc…).

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