Written by BSR Contributor Judd Bleser
I think at this point it’s fair to say that the Baltimore Ravens offense could use an extra playmaker or two.
Here’s a suggestion for you mourning Ravens fans out there: Instead of putting your head down or laying out premature disclaimers in case the team has a bad season, why don’t you have faith in the process?
By the process, I mean the things that have made the Ravens a model franchise year, after year, after year: building through the draft, developing young talent, and acquiring timely free agents at a good price.
In this particular case, the most pertinent move to fill the playmaking void of Pitta would be to acquire a free agent who has done it before. Don’t get me wrong; I have faith in our young talent, but we need someone who can step in right away and take some of the load off of Torrey Smith.
The perfect fit in this situation would be free agent wide receiver Brandon Lloyd. The ten-year veteran has 385 career catches for 5,695 and 35 touchdowns. His production hasn’t necessarily slowed down either; he had 74 catches for 911 yards and 4 touchdowns last year for that team up in New England.
What Lloyd would bring to Baltimore is sharp route running, consistent hands, and lots of receptions. With Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones being more of the home-run-threat receivers, the Ravens really need a possession receiver to go across the middle and make tough grabs in traffic, which is precisely Lloyd’s game.
This would provide more balance to the offense, which in turn would keep defenses guessing more often. Being that the free agent market is dwindling and those guys really want to get deals done with contenders, I would hope that the Ravens take a shot at acquiring Lloyd.
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