You can knock the Jaguars for being 2-6, but don’t knock their wide receivers.The Ravens could certainly use a pair of wide receivers like the Jaguars’ Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns. Both are on pace to have 1,000-yard seasons. Both are young – Robinson 22 years old, while Hurns is 24.
When the Jaguars visit M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, the Ravens (2-6) will try to keep Robinson and Hurns from displaying just how good they are. While people are wondering if Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has enough weapons to win consistently now that Steve Smith (torn Achilles) is done for the season, nobody is asking Jaguars’ quarterback Blake Bortles if he has enough weapons.
“They look like pretty legit receivers,” said Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith.
They are definitely legit. As good as Steve Smith was for the Ravens (46 catches, 670 yards, three touchdowns) before he was injured, Robinson has almost as many catches (40) as Smith, and more yards (707) and more touchdowns (six). Hurns (36 catches, 635 yards, six touchdowns) is also dangerous after the catch, and will test the tackling of the Ravens’ secondary.
The Ravens thought first-round pick Breshad Perriman would address their need for speed at wide receiver, but he has yet to play a snap due to a knee injury. Bortles and Perriman were teammates at Central Florida, where they were a productive duo. Now Bortles enjoys throwing to a pair of young wide receivers who could be a problem for the Ravens on Sunday.
“Guys have been able to attack them (the Ravens) in certain areas, and that’s football,” Bortles said. “I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily a big weakness of the Baltimore defense, and that we’re going to throw a ton of balls down the field. I think we’re going to stay within our game plan and be who we are and do what we do, but it’s definitely something that you notice watching tape, is the amount of shots taken and the successful shots taken, for sure.”
The Ravens have already seen five players have 100-plus-yard receiving days against them - A. J. Green of the Bengals (227 yards), Gary Barnidge of the Browns (139), Michael Crabtree (111) and Amari Cooper (109) of the Raiders (111), and Anquan Boldin (102) of the 49ers.
The Ravens could be in trouble Sunday if Robinson and Hurns are added to that list.
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