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The Baltimore Ravens released Michael Crabtree after just one season with the team, leaving the Ravens with a wide receiver depth chart led by Willie Snead. Beyond him, it's a bunch of players that you've likely never heard of. With that being said, here are three free-agent wide receivers that the Ravens should target this offseason.
3. Dez Bryant
In terms of skillset, Dez Bryant seems like a logical replacement for Crabtree. He's a big-bodied alpha that can win 50-50 balls in the red zone. Bryant would fit well on the outside with Snead staying in the slot. The former All-Pro with the Cowboys likely needs to prove he's healthy, following a season-ending Achilles injury during a short stint with the Saints, before the Ravens take a chance on him.
2. Tavon Austin
It's no secret that the Ravens want to be a run-first team. They have an athletic, run-first quarterback in Lamar Jackson and a deep running back room, that combined to run the ball 49 percent of the time last season. The perfect compliment to that type of offense would be a gadget player like Tavon Austin. He'll never be a target hog, and when deployed correctly, Austin can be a game-changer. He averages 6.8 yards per carry in his career and would be the perfect complement to the Ravens' already run-heavy offense.
1. Tyrell Williams
The Ravens' one-two punch in 2018 was Crabtree and speedster John Brown. When Joe Flacco was under center, Brown was the burner that took the top off the opposing defense while Crabtree dominated the intermediate targets. Tyrell Williams is the best of both worlds. He stands at 6' 3" and runs a 4.4 40-yard dash – he has the speed to burn past defenders, but he isn't a one-trick pony like Brown. Williams filled in for Keenan Allen in 2016 as the Los Angeles Chargers' No. 1 receiver and posted a 1,056-yard season with seven touchdowns. He is only 27 and would slot in as the Ravens' No. 1 wideout for years to come.
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