Ravens Give First Look at Rashod Bateman in New Jersey Number
Wide receiver Rashod Bateman took advantage of the NFL's relaxed jersey number rules this offseason by switching from No. 12 to No. 7. The Baltimore Ravens gave fans their first look at the second-year pro's transformation when they tweeted out a few pictures on Wednesday.
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Bateman was the first Ravens player to change his jersey number before being followed up by former Baltimore wideout Marquise Brown among others. The Minnesota product is set to enter training camp as Lamar Jackson's No. 1 WR on an offense looking to revert back to a rush-heavy scheme.
The 22-year-old missed the first five weeks of his rookie season with a groin injury, but ended up filling in his role quite well. Bateman hauled in 46 passes for 515 yards and 1 touchdown in 12 games. He even posted the first 100-yard effort of his career against the Cleveland Browns in Week 14.
Quarterback Trace McSorley was the last Ravens player to don the No. 7 on their jersey from 2019-20. Other players include the likes of Kyle Boller, Ryan Mallett, Billy Cundiff and Chris Redman.
Bateman will hope some offseason workouts with Jackson can lead to an improved connection out on the field. For now, the Ravens are tied for the best odds to win the AFC North at +200 and are tied for the 10th-best odds to win Super Bowl 57 at +2000, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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