Aiken led all Ravens wide receivers with five catches for 50 yards and a touchdown on eight targets in Sunday's win over the Rams. Aiken and tight end Crockett Gillmore were quarterback Joe Flacco's two favorite targets in this one, and the third-year receiver rewarded his quarterback's trust by finding pay dirt for the first time since Week 6. Unfortunately, Flacco will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, which lowers the upside of any players involved in Baltimore's passing game moving forward.
Aiken secured seven of his team-leading 14 targets for 73 yards Sunday against the Jaguars. Aiken was heavily targeted in Baltimore's first game since Steve Smith's season-ending Achilles injury. The third-year man out of Central Florida should continue to see plenty of attention from quarterback Joe Flacco moving forward, as the Ravens lack better alternatives at the wide receiver position.
With Steve Smith (Achilles) out for the season, Aiken is expected to assume the leading role in Baltimore's receiving corps, according to the team's official website. Aiken easily ranks second among Baltimore wide receivers in every key category, and he had at least four catches and 63 receiving yards in each of the three games that Steve Smith missed all or part of due to an injury. Chris Givens is listed as the other starter on Baltimore's latest depth chart, and while the former Ram figures to get some looks down the field, Aiken is a clear favorite to lead the team in targets. He'll start his run as the Ravens' No. 1 wide receiver with a friendly home matchup against the Jaguars.
Aiken had a team-high six catches on six targets for 62 yards Sunday against the Chargers. A nice bounce back game for Aiken, who caught just one pass for six yards in Week 7 against the Cardinals. Aiken has been a decent option this season, but he could see even more passes thrown his way after Steve Smith was ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn Achilles. Up next is a Week 10 home game against the Jaguars following the Ravens' Week 9 bye.
Aiken caught a six-yard pass off of three targets in Monday's loss to Arizona. Aiken's totals were his lowest since his catchless performance during Week 3. In the three games between, he averaged four catches and eight targets per game. Everyone knows that Steve Smith Sr. is the go-to guy in Baltimore, but after him Aiken, Crockett Gillmore, Marlon Brown and Justin Forsett are all within two targets per game of each other. Sans a consistent role, Aiken is a tough start during any given week.
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