Reign Check: Which free agent receiver should the Ravens target?Posted on March 11, 2014 by Gordon McGuinness
With Free Agency upon us, the Ravens have plenty of needs. We know they need to get better at protecting the quarterback, but they also need to get better weapons for Joe Flacco to throw to. With that in mind, and just like they did when they debated whether or not the team should re-sign certain free agents, Gordon McGuinness and Justin Ford have picked the receiver that they feel the team should be targeting early in free agency. So which pass catchers do they believe can help the Ravens the most in 2014?
McGuinness' Take - James Jones
Not to be confused with Jacoby Jones, the electric return man who helped the Ravens during their Super Bowl run a year ago, Green Bay's James Jones would give the Ravens another badly needed threat at wide receiver. There's a lot to like about Jones' play since arriving in Green Bay in the third round of the 2007 draft and, despite turning 30 at the end of this month, there's reason to believe he could help the Ravens out for a few seasons.
He hasn't had a regular season where he has put up 900+ receiving yards, but he was also surrounded by other weapons in Green Bay and pulled in an impressive 14 touchdowns in the 2012 regular season. That year he had a reception of 20 yards or more in 10 of the Packers 16 regular season games, and in each other their two post season encounters, showing his ability as a downfield threat.
He's also shown sure hands in the past two seasons, with just 7 drops from the 140 catchable passes thrown his way (http://www.profootballfocus.
Jones hasn't worked out of the slot much in Green Bay, but doesn't appear to have much fear going across the middle so it's not unreasonable to think he would be fine in an increased role from the slot if he signed for the Ravens, but regardless his sure hands and big play ability are exactly what the Ravens are looking for as they look to another weapon for Flacco.
Ford's Take - Kenny Britt
All the talk about free-agent wide receivers this off-season has been about Eric Decker and Hakeem Nicks but Kenny Britt at his best was more dominant than both of those players.
Most of the time teams would be lining up to sign a 6 foot 3 inch 220 pound 25 year old wide receiver (even if he does have injury concerns), but Britt also has been arrested 8 times since 2010. The arrest record combined with 2 knee surgeries and some spats with coaches may shy most people away, but I believe all of that is what makes Britt the perfect low risk/high reward signing.
A player with all these red flags will not command a ton of money, and even less guaranteed money. But all the red flags in the world can not change Britt’s size. All the red flags in the world can not change the fact that Britt has the top-end ability to be an impact receiver in the NFL.
None of Britt's numbers will wow you. Not his yards, not his receptions, not even his touchdowns. But if you have watched him play when he is healthy, motivated, and had reliable quarterbacking he has been borderline unstoppable at times.
That plus the fact you likely will get him for pennies on the dollar makes him a valuable free agent to the Baltimore Ravens.