From day one, Deonte Thompson has been making plays. The un-drafted free agent from Florida has serious speed and good hands. Thompson is fighting for a roster spot among group of receivers filled with youth and talent. Most predict that the Ravens will keep six wide receivers on the final 53-man roster. Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, and Jacoby Jones are locks to make the roster. After those three players, the picture is not so clear.
The players competing for the final three wide receiver spots are LaQuan Williams, Tandon Doss, Tommy Streeter, and Deonte Thompson. Williams and Doss will most likely make the roster because of their production on special teams and their potential at wide receiver. Although coaches have praised Doss, he has struggled to stay on the field due to injuries. If Doss can’t stay healthy, the Ravens could surprise everyone and let him go. While this is unlikely, it is still a possibility.
Every team in the league values players who can make an impact on special teams. The Ravens are no different. Therefore, the competition for the final three roster spots could come down to special teams. Williams and Doss have been good on special teams and are somewhat established players in the Ravens organization. Therefore, you can really narrow down the competition to be between Tommy Streeter and Deonte Thompson for the final roster spot at wide receiver.
While Tommy Streeter was a sixth round draft pick and Thompson was un-drafted, Thompson seems to be making more of an impact on offense and special teams. Streeter is more of a project player and Thompson could produce for the Ravens right away. Therefore, I think Thompson should make the team.
In addition to his potential role on special teams, I think Thompson could make an impact on the offense. The Ravens are looking for a fourth receiver and neither LaQuan Williams or Dandon Doss have made significant strides to win that job. Thompson’s presence in the offense would make the Ravens receiving core one of the fastest in the NFL.
If the Ravens do pick Thompson over Streeter, they can still keep Streeter seeing as they love his potential and raw ability. Streeter could spend one year on the scout team and come back next year to make the team. After all, Anquan Boldin will be a free agent and the Ravens might decide not to resign him. Streeter could, one day, become the number two receiver for the Ravens. He just needs time to develop.