Friday, June 17, 2011

Ravens rookie receivers have a tall task ahead

The position of wide receiver is one of the more difficult positions to grasp when moving from the collegiate ranks to the NFL. Timing and rapport with the quarterback are essential and that takes times. Pre-snap reads and adjustments can be the difference between a successful play and a pick six but mastering these things also takes time including repetitions on the field and in the classroom.

And thanks to the lockout this task just got tougher for Baltimore Ravens rookies Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss.

On The Coach’s Buzz this past Wednesday I asked Ravens’ Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta about the challenges in store for the first year pass catchers.

“It will be difficult initially”, said DeCosta. “But I think both guys – one of the things that we were attracted to initially, both are very smart football players.

“Fortunately in Torrey Smith’s case, he’s here and able to work with Joe [Flacco]. It will be tougher for Tandon to catch up.”