It looks like Baltimore Ravens wideout Rashod Bateman will be making his NFL debut this weekend against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh told reporters Friday that he expects Bateman to play on Sunday. The 27th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft has been on the injured reserve since the start of the season after undergoing groin surgery in August.
Rashod Bateman Injury Update
Bateman's debut has been highly anticipated. He was a star for the Minnesota Golden Gophers in college, catching 147 balls across 31 games for 2,395 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns.
He was also the recipient of the 2019 Richter–Howard Receiver of the Year award — an honor that was won by the likes of Allen Robinson and D.J. Moore, who've both been No. 1 wideouts at times during their NFL careers. If Bateman can be similar to those players at the NFL level someday, Baltimore will be thrilled.
Bateman also enters a favorable situation with the Ravens. Beyond Marquise Brown, none of Baltimore's wide receivers has stepped up this season. The rookie has a great opportunity to grab the No. 2 job with his explosiveness and athleticism.
The Ravens are also averaging the sixth-highest passing yards per game (291.8) in 2021, so there will be a good opportunity for Bateman to feast — maybe as early as this weekend.
The Ravens are 2.5-point favorites against the Chargers in Week 6, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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