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Despite $260,000,000 Deal, Ravens GM Accepts Nasty Truth About Handling Lamar Jackson

Published 05/04/2023, 11:45 AM EDT

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A record-breaking $260 million deal, but behind the scenes, the Ravens‘ general manager was forced to confront a harsh reality. Lamar Jackson’s future in the NFL seemed bright as he secured his spot as one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in league history. Meanwhile, GM shared how they had handled the superstar athlete Lamar over the past few years.

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The Baltimore Ravens’ quest for a top-rated wide receiver seems to be a never-ending story. Despite their efforts to improve their offensive game, they still lack representation in the top 10 fantasy rankings. But with a mix of seasoned veterans and promising rookies, the Ravens’ depth chart looks solid.

Eric DeCosta’s poor job!


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The GM of the Baltimore Ravens admitted he hasn’t supported Lamar Jackson enough by not providing sufficient wide receivers. “We want to maximize Lamar’s ability.” Eric DeCosta added. “I’ve probably done a poor job of doing that over the last couple of years in some ways, and not having more receivers around him [Lamar].” He admits that he has not done a good job in this aspect and is trying to improve it by investing more resources in getting more receivers.

Eric sees Odell Beckham Jr. as valuable for the team, despite acknowledging that OBJ’s addition may affect Lamar’s passing ability. He believes OBJ can contribute through leadership and community involvement. “We see OBJ is a big part of that whole thing.”


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DeCosta acknowledges that every player’s addition to the team can have different impacts on the team’s long-term success.

An interesting highlight is the 2023 ESPN Fantasy Football draft rankings for PPR Wide Receiver Rankings feature the top wide receivers.

Such as Ranked first are Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings and Cooper Kupp of the Los Angeles Rams. Ja’Marr Chase of the Cincinnati Bengals is ranked third, followed by Tyreek Hill of the Miami Dolphins and Davante Adams of the Las Vegas Raiders.

Notably, there are no wide receivers from the Baltimore Ravens in the top 10 fantasy rankings.

What have the Ravens got?

The Baltimore Ravens’ 2023 Depth Chart lists the players who are expected to start at the wide receiver position: Rashod Bateman, Odell Beckham Jr., and Zay Flowers are the first-choice wide receivers, while Devin Duvernay, Nelson Agholor, and James Proche II are the second-choice.

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Rashod had a decent 2022 season with 15 receptions, 285 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns, and an average of 19.0 yards per catch. Meanwhile, Odell had a productive 2021 season with 44 receptions, 537 receiving yards, 5 touchdowns, and an average of 12.2 yards per catch.


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On the other hand, SBNation ranked Zay Flowers as the 3rd best wide receiver out of the top 15 prospects in the 2023 NFL draft. He is a promising talent from Boston.

On the other hand, for Ravens, Tylan Wallace, Andy Isabella, and Mike Thomas make up the third-choice, and Shemar Bridges and Tarik Black are listed as fourth-choice wide receivers.


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Will the Baltimore Ravens prove their doubters wrong and unveil something unexpected, or did Eric DeCosta truly make mistakes?

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Mohammad Asif Ansari

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Mohammad Asif Ansari is an NFL writer at EssentiallySports, with a passion for bringing sports news to life through engaging content. As an ardent sports fan, Ansari likes to cover core sports angles. His latest article, “Dallas Cowboys Reportedly Making It Difficult for Aaron Rodgers to Pursue His Dream Team” got a hoard of interested sports readers.