The Ravens' top three receivers appear all set. Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith return as starters, and Jacoby Jones has established himself as the No. 3 receiver this team was lacking last season.
After that? It figures to be a battle royale for the final spots, with the Ravens likely to keep five, perhaps six receivers on the final 53-man roster.
There could be some difficult decisions when it comes cutting time.
Baltimore native LaQuan Williams has had a strong camp and appears likely to make the team. Tandon Doss, who played sparingly last season and has been slowed by a hamstring injury this preseason, is listed ahead of Williams on the depth chart (for what that's worth.)Then there are the rookies, undrafted Deonte Thompson, whose raw speed has been on display frequently, and sixth-round pick Tommy Streeter, the 6-foot-5 project out of Miami. Then there's Logan Payne, who at least has limited NFL experience, and rookie Devin Goda, and...you get the idea.
The Ravens' 90-man roster includes a dozen receivers, and it's likely that no more than half will make the final roster.
For those on the bubble, special teams play could be their ticket to the final roster.When asked on Sunday about keeping six receivers, coach John Harbaugh said one determining factor would be special teams play.
"Those guys are going to play important roles on special teams," he said.
Indeed, special teams play probably helped Williams stick with the Ravens last season. He showed some flashes as a return man in preseason, but his main contribution during the season was in coverage. He finished the season with four special teams tackles and forced a fumble on a punt return in the AFC Championship Game at New England.
Special teams drills such as punt coverage aren't the most flashy or exciting. But for these receivers fighting for a spot in the Ravens locker room come Week 1, they just might be the most important.