Aiken caught two passes for 14 yards on two targets in Sunday's 13-7 win over the Bills.
Baltimore's leading receiver last season, Aiken now finds himself competing with Breshad Perriman and rookie Chris Moore for snaps behind starters Steve Smith and Mike Wallace. The Ravens did rotate all five players throughout the game, but Aiken's role largely seemed to revolve around his run-blocking ability. Wallace, Smith and Perriman all offer more fantasy appeal.
Aiken caught two passes for 24 yards on three targets in Saturday's preseason game against the Lions.
Aiken took a backseat to fellow starter Mike Wallace, who caught three passes for 37 yards on six targets in Joe Flacco's (knee) return to game action. While Aiken and Wallace still figure to enter Week 1 as starters, they could eventually face pressure from Steve Smith (Achilles) and Breshad Perriman (knee), both of whom recently returned to practice. Although neither player was available Saturday, the Ravens haven't ruled Smith or Perriman out for Week 1. Aiken thus finds himself in the same situation as Wallace, with a shot to emerge as Joe Flacco's top target, but without the benefit of good job security.
With Steve Smith (Achilles) and Breshad Perriman (knee) unavailable, Aiken and Mike Wallace have consistently worked with the first-team offense throughout offseason activities and into training camp. The real competition is further down the depth chart, and while it isn't out of the question that Perriman and/or Smith could eventually return and push for a starting job, neither receiver has a timetable to get back on the practice field. Though not much of a downfield threat, Aiken emerged as a reliable possession receiver late last year, catching 50 passes over the final eight games while serving as the go-to target in an injury-riddled offense. The 2011 UDFA was one of last year's more surprising breakout players, as he only had 24 career receptions entering the season, with all of those coming in 2014. While unlikely to garner the kind of massive volume he got during the second half of last year, Aiken could be Joe Flacco's favorite target on the outside.
Aiken is still a favorite to lock down one of the starting wide receiver jobs in Baltimore, according to the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec.
A 2011 UDFA and a career journeyman, Aiken took advantage of Baltimore's many injuries last season, catching five or more passes in each of the final nine games. To be fair, he was a starter even before all the injuries struck, yet still had just 18 receptions (on 38 targets) through the first seven games of the season. The Ravens responded to last year's struggles by adding depth in the receiving corps, with free-agent signings Mike Wallace and Ben Watson joining 2015 first-rounder Breshad Perriman and second-rounder Maxx Williams -- neither of whom had much impact as a rookie. The team also hopes to have Steve Smith (Achilles) available, though it's far from a sure thing he'll be ready by Week 1. While the competition for targets has drastically increased, Aiken proved to be a capable possession receiver and could reprise a similar role -- albeit with fewer targets -- during the upcoming campaign. Offering reliable hands at 6-2, 215 pounds, Aiken provides a nice contrast to the speedier Wallace and Perriman. It should be an interesting training camp for the Baltimore receiving corps.
A former UDFA, the 26-year-old Aiken seemingly came out of nowhere to post a 75-944-5 receiving line (on 127 targets) in 2015 for a
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