Throughout its franchise history, Baltimore has rarely been deep at wide receiver. The offense has traditionally been a run-first group that's featured running backs Earnest Byner, Priest Holmes, Jamal Lewis, Willis McGahee and Jamal Lewis.
Entering the 2012 season, the Ravens may have the best group of receivers they've ever seen. With quality bodies in training camp, will Baltimore keep five or six?
Last year, the Ravens kept six. The NFL is turning into a pass-happy league, and the Ravens are looking to keep up with the trend as they expand their no-huddle offense. Here's a look at each player and his chances:
Lock No. 1: Anquan Boldin -- Boldin's been the go-to veteran for the young receivers on this team. With the depth Baltimore has at outside receiver, Boldin can be used in the slot more this year. That's where his strength is, and that's where he put up big numbers in Arizona.
Lock No. 2: Torrey Smith -- Smith's a burner. A year ago, he got behind secondaries frequently. Smith has added a lot more to his game this offseason and has worked a ton on timing with quarterback Joe Flacco. He's dealing with a minor ankle injury but should be fine.
Lock No. 3: Jacoby Jones -- Baltimore hopes Jones becomes what Lee Evans was supposed to be last year. If Jones stays healthy, Baltimore will have two deep threats on the outside. Jones, who played his first five seasons in Houston, fits into offensive coordinator Cam Cameron's vertical passing attack and could keep defensive backs honest in three-WR sets.
Lock No. 4: LaQuan Williams -- Rarely has Williams dropped a pass in training camp. Not only that, but some of the passes Williams has caught have been nothing short of outstanding. During the NFL lockout, Williams was working at a paint store and thought about enlisting in the military. Now he's got a good chance of entering the WR rotation on Sundays.
Here's where the battle gets interesting. Are there two spots open or just one?
Bubble No. 5: Tandon Doss -- Baltimore spent a fourth-round pick on Doss in 2011 and has liked what its seen this offseason. But a hamstring injury has hampered Doss during training camp. Before Doss enters the rotation, he'll need to prove he can stay healthy and produce this preseason. That said, Doss should make this team again.
Bubble No. 6: Deonte Thompson -- Thompson has made the most of each opportunity so far and has continued to receive reps, primarily with the second team. He's got excellent speed and is a fluid route-runner. Like most rookies, he just has to work on consistency. He can contribute on special teams in both coverage and return units, and he could be an emergency return specialist.
Bubble No. 7: Tommy Streeter -- The Ravens have an interesting question to ponder: How do you balance a decision between potential and production? Streeter has yet to prove he belongs on the roster. Yet, at 6-feet-5, 220 pounds, he has ideal size as a wideout. He also has blazing straight-ahead speed. Coach John Harbaugh has described Streeter as a project, and his potential could be too much to risk placing on the practice squad.
Bubble No. 8: David Reed -- Reed hasn't had a chance to participate in training camp because he's still rehabbing a torn ACL. In limited action at receiver in 2011, Reed flashed some playmaking ability. He's also been a return specialist, though his two fumbles on kickoffs against Seattle last year did him no favors. However, his ACL injury could place him on PUP or IR to start the year.