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Floyd could help the Ravens but should proceed with caution

The Ravens are said to be the front runners for Malcom Floyd and could sign him at any moment.

Many media outlets in San Diego have reported that the Baltimore Ravens are the front runner to get Malcom Floyd and he could sign as soon as today. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Ravens have offered Floyd more than $3 million per year, which was the limit the chargers set for the 6-foot-5 wide out.

If Floyd joins the Ravens if would be a very good pickup, he’s a solid wide receiver unlike anything the Ravens have on their roster right now. However, his success would be dependent on second-round draft pick Torrey Smith having instant success.

Last season the Ravens traded to acquire Anquan Boldin from the Arizona Cardinals. While Boldin thrived in Arizona he was good but not great in Baltimore. Joining a new system likely had something to do with his drop in production but more so than that, the Ravens did not have the pieces around him to make him great. Boldin is not a No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL; he’s an absolutely tremendous No. 2. The reason he was great with the Cardinals was because he had a big, fast, incredibly athletic wide receiver by the name of Larry Fitzgerald opposite of him.

Boldin is not a guy that is going to stretch the field. He’s smaller, more physical, and a guy that will clean up in the middle as Fitzgerald pulled defenders 30 or 40 yards up the field.

In many ways Floyd is just a taller version of Boldin. He’s strong, he’s physical, and he’s a solid No. 2 receiver when the right pieces are around him. When he was great he was playing opposite of a big, fast, and incredibly athletice guy by the name of Vincent Jackson playing on the other side of the field. While Jackson stretch the defense, Floyd cleaned up underneath.

Last season Jackson held out for the first 13 weeks of the season. For the first six weeks of the season Floyd was the top target for Philip Rivers and had pretty impressive statistics; then he got hurt and the rest of the season is pretty much empty with six missed games and rough outings in the four he played in. Over the first six weeks though, without Jackson there to stretch the defense Floyd caught 24 balls for 513 yards and three touchdowns. Those are impressive numbers, especially when you see his eight receptions for 213 yards and a touchdown against Oakland in week five.

But take this into account, Floyd played in a pass happy system. Norv Turner runs the “Air Coryell” offense, which basically just takes two tall receivers, runs them down the field, and the quarterback throws a jump ball to them; it works when the average cornerback is 5-foot-11.

Second-round draft pick Torrey Smith has all the tools to be an elite wide receiver in the NFL. He he develops into that next year it would really benefit Anquan Boldin and Malcom Floy should he sign with the Ravens..

Otherwise, Floyd never made himself great. Phillip Rivers threw the ball 36.7 times per game in the first six weeks of the season and Floyd had three catches twice and two catches twice. When he had his six reception game against the Seattle Seahawks Rivers threw the ball 53 times and when he caught eight passes against the Raiders Rivers threw it 42 times.

The numbers were there for Floyd but the production was not.

The same thing happened to Bolding last season. He started off with 27 receptions in the first four games but really dropped off after, getting open for three or less passes per game more often than not.

Now their fortunes can change next season is Smith plays up to his potential. It was almost shocking to see Smith around that late in the second round because he’s a guy that can stretch the field and though he’s not as tall as Fitzgerald or Jackson, he has some size to him.

Rookie wide receivers often struggle since it is the hardest position to transition to the NFL in outside of quarterback since the coverages he’ll see in the NFL was way more complex than anything he saw in college but he certainly has the tools to be an elite wide receiver in the league, which would make Boldin and Floyd both very valuable weapons on the Ravens offense.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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