The Baltimore Ravens‘ depth at wide receiver took a massive hit this week, as rookie wideout Rashod Bateman suffered a groin injury during Tuesday’s practice that will keep him out of action for an extended period of time.
In an effort to improve their passing attack before Week 1 of the regular season, the Ravens made at least one phone call to see if they can work out a trade.
According to NFL insider Benjamin Allbright, the Ravens called the Broncos to check in on wide receiver Tim Patrick’s availability. As of now, it’s unclear how that conversation between the two teams went.
Patrick might not be a household name, but he proved in 2020 that he can be a reliable weapon in the passing game. Last season, he had 51 receptions for 742 yards and six touchdowns.
— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensDNVR) August 14, 2021
Patrick is currently set to be a free agent after the 2021 season is over. If the Broncos aren’t going to re-sign Patrick next offseason, they might want to see what they can get in return for him. That is, of course, if the front office doesn’t envision Patrick in their long-term plans.
The Ravens, meanwhile, may have to look elsewhere for a veteran wideout.
Now that Bateman is hurt, the current receiving corps for Baltimore looks nearly identical to last year’s. That’s alarming because we all know how anemic the team’s passing attack was in 2020.