Ravens WR Roster Battle May Be For 5th Slot

July 24, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Deonte Thompson (83) practices during the Baltimore Ravens opening day of training camp at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE

Most people would agree that the Baltimore Ravens top three wide receivers is a foregone conclusion. Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones are without question the three top options for QB Joe Flacco. There was the question of who would be the fourth option and there is no guarantee that it will be this way when rosters are cut down, but it does appear that second-year receiver LaQuan Williams has the inside track on that position.

So then that leaves the battle to secure a roster spot for the fifth wide receiver slot and that is where the glut of options will surely end up surprising someone and disappointing others. Tandon Doss, Tommy Streeter and Deonte Thompson would seem tobe fighting for this position, and while the team may carry more than those five, any more would have to excel on Special Teams in order to get on the field in passing situations.

Currently, it would seem that undrafted rookie Deonte Thompson has the edge over the others based on his play in both practice and the team's first pre-season game. Streeter has been relatively quiet and Doss still cannot stay healthy enough to prove he deserves this honor. A lot of time is left to change this order, but right now the addition of the speedy Thompson may end up being one of the Ravens steals of the undrafted market.

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