OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Ravens are getting more and more fit with the wide receiver and they already have four running backs on the depth card who can carry the load.
Now the challenge is not only to hit those players enough, but also to choose which of them will be active on match day.
“Without a doubt, it’s a very good problem to have,” said offensive coordinator Greg Roman. “You have good and bad problems; I like good ones. So that is definitely going to be a consideration as well. As the roster is put together for a game, there is defense, there are special teams, [and]there are a lot of things going in there. So the main thing is for us, really, everyone in this locker room, we have to rely on them all. Because at some point it could be every week, it could be 14 weeks, 12 weeks, 10 weeks, or five weeks – they all have to help the team win.
With rookie Rashod Bateman and Miles Boykin expected to be back in the lineup, the Ravens’ wide receivers will be Marquise Brown, Sammy Watkins, Devin Duvernay, James Proche and Tylan Wallace. They’ll likely only keep five active on game day.
The Ravens had to revamp their running back room when JK Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill each suffered late-season injuries in training camp.
As a result, the Ravens brought in Latavius Murray, Devonta Freeman and Le’Veon Bell to join Ty’Son Williams, who was already on the roster.
Last week against the Broncos, the Ravens made a surprise move by deciding to disable running back Williams, who leads the team with 6.1 yards per carry,
Again, Roman loves the challenge.
“Lots of different things, but we also want to keep guys fresh – that’s one thing. I certainly wouldn’t read too much about it either, ”Roman said. “We love them all. They all have slightly different styles. I think we’re really starting to learn more about each of them, and that’s a big part of that, really, and giving each one an opportunity. Getting four saves for a match is hard to do.
“But I think they’re all worth it. Le’Veon [Bell] played last week. I thought he was playing really well in a lot of areas [and]maximized every opportunity he had. But we keep learning and working through it – that’s the exciting part. “