The Baltimore Ravens had many players who underwhelmed in 2015, but a few Ravens really took a step forward despite the circumstances of the rest of the roster. Despite catching passes from 4 different quarterbacks in 2015, Kamar Aiken was one of them. Aiken overcame mediocre offensive line play, a rotating cast at quarterback and running back, and an inexperienced cast of receivers and tight ends opposite him to put up a career year.
Aiken posted a season which was the 6th most receptions and the 12th most yards in Ravens history, despite not really getting started until Steve Smith Sr. went down in week 8. He added 5 touchdowns, and had just under a 60% catch percentage, which is up there with the most sure handed receivers in Ravens history, Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason, and ahead of others like Michael Jackson, Derrick Alexander, and Torrey Smith.
PFF chose Aiken as one of their 25 Breakout players of 2015, slotting in at 19th:
19. Kamar Aiken, WR, BAL
2014 cumulative grade: +0.2 on 334 snaps
2015 cumulative grade: +12.7 on 955 snaps
Few good news stories emanated from the Ravens’ franchise this season, including at wide receiver, where Steve Smith suffered a season-ending injury. Kamar Aiken stepped up with Smith sidelined, however, suggesting he can contribute in the NFL. The undrafted free agent caught 75 passes for 944 yards and five scores. His hands proved more reliable, dropping only 5 percent of passes compared with 7 percent in 2014, and he made more happen after the catch, breaking eight tackles compared with one. Set to hit free agency, the Ravens will surely want to ensure stability at the position by resigning their young receiver on an upward trajectory.
Aiken left Ravens fans excited to see what he can contribute in 2016, with a true burner threat next to him in Breshad Perriman, and with a full season of Joe Flacco. One thing is for sure, we have not seen the best yet from Kamar Aiken.