Clayton poised for a Breakout Season

August 15, 2010 |

Former First round Pick Mark Clayton has looked anything like a first rounder in his career as a Baltimore Raven. Throughout Clayton’s career he has battled injuries, dropped passes at key moments and has failed to live up to the first round, number one wide receiver role that the Baltimore Ravens expected him to fulfill. However this season Clayton looks poised for a breakout season. With the additions of Anquan Boldin, Donte Stallworth, and the return of Derrick Mason the opposing defenses will have a tough time deciding who to cover. I believe that this will leave the field of play open for Clayton to catch a number of balls at key points this season.  Clayton is also getting an opportunity to field punts and kickoffs this preseason, and could make an impact on special teams, with last year’s special teams surprise Lardarius Webb, still recovering from a knee injury.  We also cannot forget that the Ravens have used Clayton in the past in a variety of roles on offense, running reverses, and being the quarterback in the wildcat formation.  It is rare that Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens miss on a high draft pick such as Clayton, but this season could be a factor in determining if Clayton is a rare Raven bust.

Just a reminder, I will be on with Nestor on Monday August 16th at 6:20 am, as a part of the “Next Baltimore Idol Contest” I will be taking about the Raven’s first preseason game, and the NASCAR race at Michigan,as well as what ever Nestor and company throw at me.