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Who’s going to step up in the Ravens receiving department?

Big shoes to fill

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70 catches. 799 yards. 5 touchdowns. Three looming statistics hanging over the Baltimore Ravens front office, and the Ravens offense. These are Steve Smith Sr.’s totals from last season, and somebody on the team will need to catch these passes.

The passing game deserves worry, after a tight end led the team in catches, and the player with the fourth most receptions is a fullback.

Ravens Receiving Stats 2015-2016

Player Rec Yards TD
Player Rec Yards TD
Dennis Pitta 86 729 2
Mike Wallace 72 1,017 4
Steve Smith 70 799 5
Kyle Juszczyk 37 266 0
Terrance West 34 236 1
Breshad Perriman 33 499 3
Kenneth Dixon 30 162 1
Kamar Aiken 29 328 1
Justin Forsett 11 36 0
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Justin Forsett, who was cut by the team back on October 4, was ninth on the team in receptions.

Once more, Smith Sr.’s absence is looming large. Even with Breshad Perriman impressing in OTA’s, this is a serious problem.

Even I’m starting to come around to the idea of an Anquan Boldin reunion. Last season he continued his talented, physical work with the Detriot Lions. In fact, he produced a better statsheet with Detroit than Steve Smith Sr. with the Ravens.

Anquan Boldin totals:

67 catches | 584 yards | 8 touchdowns

If there’s anything the Ravens are good at, it’s signing a ‘too-old’ veteran receiver. Anquan looks like the best target for Baltimore, and I know quite a few Ravens fans would love to wear their Boldin 81 jerseys with his return.