The Baltimore Ravens understood their need to improve the passing attack following last season's finish. The team did more than enough to address this issue with the offseason additions of Rashod Bateman via the draft and Sammy Watkins in free agency.
But, sometimes the NFL can be brutal when it comes to bad luck. That's exactly what's happened in Baltimore thanks to a slew of injuries to the entire wide receiver depth chart.
On Monday, the Ravens took to their training camp practice field without six wide receivers. Yes, six. That's enough injured players to fill out the entire wide receiver depth chart on most NFL rosters.
Ravens WR Depth Chart
This list includes Marquise Brown, Watkins, Bateman, Miles Boykin, Deon Cain and Michael Dereus. This list of talented playmakers has all dealt with a wide range of injuries from Bateman's lengthier groin issue to Watkins' minor injury from last week.
Regardless of the severities, it's pretty remarkable to have six wideouts missing multiple practices, at the same time, all because of injury.
Last year, the Ravens dominated opposing defenses to the tune of 191.9 rushing yards per contest, by far the best mark in the NFL. But, the passing attack managed just 171.2 yards per game, to rank dead last.
If the injury recoveries of any or all of these wide receivers doesn't progress quickly, Baltimore will be in for a rude awakening when Week 1 of the NFL regular season rolls around. Currently, the Ravens are 4.5-point favorites in their Week 1 matchup with the Las Vegas Raiders, according to NFL odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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