The Baltimore Ravens are looking to bounce back after a rough finish to their 2020-2021 season. It won’t be easy after the team traded wide receiver Marquise Brown to the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL Draft.
Currently, the Ravens receiving corps includes Rashod Bateman, Devin Duvernay, James Proche II and Tyler Wallace.
During a recent one-on-one interview with Tyler Dunne, former Ravens wide receiver Willie Snead IV commented on the team’s offensive scheme and why Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman needs to add more creativity to the passing game.
“Yeah, it’s tough. When we’re comparing Greg Roman to a Sean Payton offense or Greg Roman to a Jon Gruden offense, it’s like night and day. There’s a lot more creativity in the passing game,” Snead told Dunne. “If the Ravens had more creativity in the passing game and they put more emphasis on it during the season, I think more receivers would be open to coming. Because Lamar is a great player to play with. He’s all about the team. He’s fun. He brings the energy every single day. You want to play with quarterbacks like that. But the system pushes guys away.”
Snead continued: “That’s why the Ravens are always drafting two receivers every year. They keep them young. They keep them locked in on contracts, but for an older veteran guy coming in, he might get one shot to do this. I don’t know if the Ravens are going to be that one shot for them unless you’re a tight end or a big-bodied receiver who can win those 50/50 balls.”
In three seasons playing for the Baltimore Ravens, Snead had 126 receptions for 1,422 yards and nine touchdowns. He had 149 catches for 1,971 yards during a three-year stretch with the New Orleans Saints.
The Ravens last wide receiving to surpass 1,000 yards receiving was Mike Wallace in 2016.
The 29-year-old Snead remains a free agent this offseason.