Both Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and HC John Harbaugh labeled WR Chris Moore a 2019 breakout candidate. "I would say Chris is ready to do that and has been ready to do that," Harbaugh said. "He practices really hard, he works hard in the weight room, he knows the offense very well, and he makes spectacular catches out here very often.” Moore has tallied just 44 catches over his first 3 NFL seasons, so we're not ready to go all-in yet. The Ravens also project to be 1 of the league's run-heaviest offenses under QB Lamar Jackson. But there's opportunity in the WR corps. Ryan Mink of the team's official website expects Moore, Marquise Brown and Willie Snead to operate as the top 3 wideouts this year -- although Miles Boykin, Seth Roberts and Michael Floyd are also in the mix. We'll watch the situation as we roll into training camp and preseason action.
The Ravens have released WR Michael Crabtree. He lasted just 1 season in Baltimore, tallying a 54-607-3 line in 16 games. Crabtree struggled for production (along with the rest of the Ravens pass-catchers) after QB Lamar Jackson took over. But he also averaged just 52.4 yards per game with QB Joe Flacco. The 31-year-old Crabtree can still help a team as a short-range target but shouldn't be the focal point of a passing game. We'll see where he lands. The Ravens, meanwhile, now sport Willie Snead and Chris Moore atop the WR depth chart. They'll be addressing the position in free agency and/or the draft.
Ravens WR Chris Moore has been a standout early in training camp, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley. He's been getting 1st-team reps with WRs Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman sidelined and has hauled in a couple of long TDs from QB Joe Flacco. Moore averaged 21.8 yards per catch at Cincinnati last year -- 8th best in the country. Hensley compared Moore to former Raven Torrey Smith for his ability to stretch the field. Smith, of course, turned in 4 top-30 fantasy finishes in Baltimore. We'll see if Moore can maintain a role when the rest of the Ravens' WRs get healthy -- assuming they get healthy. The rookie should be on your watch list.
The Ravens added WR Chris Moore in the 4th round of the 2016 draft. Moore was a downfield weapon at Cincinnati, averaging 19.3 yards per catch over his 4-year career. He also totaled 24 TDs over his final 3 seasons on a 20.9% TD rate. The 6’1, 206-pounder disappointed a bit with a 4.53-second 40 time at the Combine but flashed his explosion with a 130-inch broad jump. Moore joins a crowded but unsettled WR corps in Baltimore, featuring Steve Smith, Breshad Perriman, Mike Wallace and Kamar Aiken. Perriman and Moore could emerge as the eventual starters. Moore’s downfield ability is a nice fit with the big-armed Joe Flacco.