Rashod Bateman Excited for New Role in Ravens Offense

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman is excited to take on a new role in his second season.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman is excited to take on a new role in his second season. / Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Though a groin injury delayed the start to Rashod Bateman's rookie season, he still went on to make plays in his first year. Now he's getting set for his second NFL campaign, which is likely to feature a starring role for the Minnesota product after leading 2021 wide receiver Marquise Brown was dealt this offseason.

Suffice it to say, Bateman isn't scared about stepping up as the new WR1.

Bateman said he's "excited" at potentially being the top wideout because it's a role he's "always wanted to be in." The fact the relatively inexperienced pass-catcher is showing no qualms about being the top option in this receiving corps speaks volumes about his confidence.

It took a bit for Bateman to get going once he returned from that groin injury, playing between 44% and 70% of the team's snaps over his first eight games. His time on the field then took off to close the year, seeing no fewer than 81% of the snaps from Weeks 14-17.

Overall, Bateman finished his rookie campaign with 46 receptions for 515 yards and 1 TD. With Brown and Sammy Watkins leaving behind a combined 195 targets, Bateman is in a prime position to break out as a sophomore.

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