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Ravens lose out on Floyd, now where do they go?

He may not have been good last year but now that he knows the system the T.J. Houshmandzadeh could be better in round two.

Now what?

While I was not a fan of Malcom Floyd anyway, the remaining wide receiver crop looks dead and the Ravens current wide receiver situation looks even worse.

Currently at wide receiver the Ravens have Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, Tandon Doss, Davis Reed, Justin Harper, Marcus Smith, and James Hardy. As a group they have combined for 660 passes in the NFL with 650 of them coming from Boldin. Oh, you can add 11 more receptions by Ed Dickson (10) and Dennis Pitta (1) if you want to.

As I’ve previously said, I think Torrey Smith can turn into one of the league’s elite wide receivers but the key word is can. When a team has to go into the season with that much inexperience at one position – forget about the inexperience at center, right tackle, backup quarterback, and backup RB – it’s not generally a good thing.

Derrick Mason, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Randy Moss (unless you believe he’s actually retired), Terrell Owens, Steve Smith (New York’s), Mark Clayton, Brandon Stokley, and Hank Baskett currently headline the crop of available free agents and none of them are very inspiring at all.

Derrick Mason probably is not a good re-addition to the team, not for what he’s given the team the last few seasons. He’s virtually the same receiver as Anquan Boldin but less physical, and we all saw how ineffective the passing game was last season with the two of them as Joe Flacco’s top targets.

Randy Moss has quit on every single team he’s ever been on and Flacco is not a quarterback that could control him, eventually Tom Brady was unable to control him.

Terrell Owens is somebody the Ravens should completely stay away from and the fact that he injured his ACL in the offseason makes that reason even bigger.

Steve Smith, he’s a solid player but he’s coming back from a really bad injury and he’s another short polished route-runner, just like Boldin and Mason are.

Mark Clayton. We all saw how that played out in Baltimore.

Brandon Stokley. Even three years ago his quickness and agility would have been a thing the Ravens could have used but now as a guy at the end of his career he probably wouldn’t bring much of anything.

Hank Baskett. I probably should have left him off the list mentioned above though bringing him to Baltimore would also bring Kendra Wilkinson…making me wish the Orioles still had Kris Benson.

Whose name from that list of top free agent wide receivers did I not go back and mention yet? Oh yea, T.J. Houshmandzadeh. At this point he is probably the Ravens best option. Yes, during the season he was complaining because he wasn’t getting the ball or being used properly but a few weeks ago he admitted that every problem he had last season was hit fault. He wore out his welcome in Seattle, put himself in a situation where he was going to get cut, had to go to a new system and learn there system but a couple months behind everybody else.

Houshmandzadeh said that the reason he didn’t get the ball was because he was still struggling getting the system down, which isn’t surprising since he came in a few days before the first game.

Now he has to be the Ravens only option. Like I said before, Mason would not benefit the Ravens. All he’s been good for lately has been short underneath route. Houshmandzadeh on the other hand, he may not be able to go down and stretch the defense but his height makes his a good weapon to run up the sideling and make a catch over a receiver, spreading the defense out horizontally instead of vertically, but spread out nonetheless.

The Ravens have to get an experienced player in to help bolster their receiving corp. and at this point Housh has to be the best option. He knows the system. He knows what it takes to success in the NFL. He wants to come back. The Ravens should bring him back.

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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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