Since trading former Pro Bowl wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers following a contract dispute, the Ravens haven't pursued an experienced replacement. That's partially by design. Although general manager Ozzie Newsome has said the Super Bowl champions could add a veteran receiver at some point between now and the start of the regular season, he also wants to evaluate the current receivers on the roster before making such a move. And the returning receivers, a group led by former University of Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith, have made it a personal goal to try to convince Newsome that he doesn't need to acquire another receiver. "I think that obviously our goal is to try to make sure that Ozzie doesn't have to go out there and get another vet and I think we take that as kind of a challenge for us," Smith, who caught 49 passes for 855 yards and eight touchdowns last season, told The Baltimore Sun. "We know this offense. We're looking forward to the challenge. We're all getting better every day. None of that matters if we don't do it between the lines, but I think we're heading on the right path. [Wide receivers coach Jim Hostler] is doing a great job with us." Besides Smith, the Ravens are looking to Pro Bowl kick returner Jacoby Jones, who caught 30 passes for 406 yards and one touchdown during the regular season and had key touchdown catches in the AFC divisional round and the Super Bowl.
Torrey Smith says receivers want to show Ravens don't need to add veteran
Baltimore Sun | May 31