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Ravens receivers are getting better catching passes this year

The Ravens receivers have not been dropping as many passes as they have in previous years.

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The Ravens have had problems with receivers dropping passes over the years. From disappointments like Travis Taylor and Ed Dickson dropping passes to some of the franchises' better receivers like Torrey Smith having trouble holding on to passes. But this year, believe it or not, the Ravens' receivers have actually gotten better at catching the ball.

PFF has given us a chart telling how many passes each receiver has dropped during the 2013, 2014, and 2015 seasons.  The chart has data on how many passing snaps each receiver has played, their grade for the season, how many times each receiver has been targeted, how many of those targets were catchable, how many of those catchable passes were dropped, and where said receiver is ranked based off of their drop percentage.

As you can see from the chart, the Ravens went from dropping 25 passes in 2014 to 15 in 2015. A major reason for that is the fact that the Ravens let Torrey Smith walk in free agency, as Smith dropped 11 of the 60 passes that were deemed catchable, which gave him a drop rate of 18.3%, good for 87th among wide receivers. Another departed culprit was Jacoby Jones, who dropped five of the nine catchable passes thrown his way.

This year the Ravens have been faring well. Kamar Aiken has been targeted 83 times, with 52 of those targets being declared catchable. He has dropped three of those passes, giving him a drop percentage of 5.8% putting him at 30th, which would be average. Marlon Brown dropped four out of 18 catchable passes, leaving him with a drop percentage of 22.2%, good for 81st in the league if Brown had a large enough sample size. Steve Smith has dropped four out of 50 catchable balls, giving him a drop rate of 8%, good for 45th in the league.

Jeremy Butler, Darren Waller, and Michael Campanaro have caught every catchable ball thrown their way. Granted the three have a combined total of 19 catchable passes thrown their way, so it's not much of a sample size to work with.

The tight ends are even better. Crockett Gillmore has only dropped two out of the 35 catchable passes, giving him a drop rate of 5.7% good for 16th in the league. Rookies Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle have caught every single one of the catchable passes thrown their way.

The Ravens have struggled with their receivers dropping passes over the years, but they've gotten better in 2015. Maybe Coach Engram is making his players better after all.