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Ravens Free Agent Wide Receivers to Watch

The Baltimore Ravens have a long history of signing veteran wide receivers. Three of the most popular and successful moves that come to mind are Derrick Mason from the Tennessee Titans, Anquan Bolden from the Arizona Cardinals and Steve Smith Sr. from the Carolina Panthers. 

Their names are attached to various Ravens franchise pass catching records. For some reason, the Ravens have had a much higher success rate with free agents receivers than drafting them. The latest receivers that have been drafted by Baltimore are still working to make a mark for themselves, especially 2021 first-round pick Rashod Bateman.

This year’s free agent group of receivers don’t present a Bolden, Mason or Smith level veteran talent, but here are four options that could help bolster the group:

Nelson Agholor

Agholor spent last season with the New England Patriots. He caught 31 passes for 362 yards and two touchdowns. Agholor reportedly visited with the Ravens last week. At 29 years old, he isn’t the same receiver as he was but there is still talent left in his tank.

Jarvis Landry 

Although he’s 30 years old and cleary not as consistent as he once was, Landry is the type of veteran that would help Baltimore’s young group. Landry only caught 25 passes for 272 yards and a touchdown for the New Orleans Saint last season, but he still knows how to get open and is always willing to do the dirty work. His gritty play fits the Ravens tough guy persona.

Marvin Jones 

Jones is 33 years old, but he had a solid season last year. His 46 receptions for 529 yards with the Jacksonville Jaguars are the most among the receiver options mentioned. Jones also scored three touchdowns. Like Landry, Jones can provide veteran leadership for the young group.

Kenny Golladay

At 29 years old, Golladay is three years removed from the last time he had a one-thousand yard receiving season. The last two seasons with the New York Giants were less than stellar. The upside probably isn’t as high. They could have something with Golladay, if they can somehow tap into the talent that warranted signing a big contract with the Giants in 2021.

Robbie Anderson 

The Arizona Cardinals traded for Anderson last season. The move didn’t yield positive results. Anderson had 20 receptions and 282 yards combined with the Cardinals and Carolina Panthers last season. Once known as mostly a vertical threat, Anderson has now become more of a possession receiver.

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