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With the Ravens adding a complete receiver in
Will Maclin become the best receiver that quarterback Joe Flacco has ever had in his nine seasons with the Ravens?
Time will tell whether Maclin deserves to be a serious contender with the likes of Steve Smith Sr., Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason. The former Kansas City Chief just turned 29 years old this offseason, and when healthy in 2014 and ’15, he amassed 172 catches for 2,406 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Maclin certainly fits the blueprint in terms of being a productive veteran signed through free agency, but it’s simply too early to put him on the level of the three aforementioned receivers. The potential is there.
To me, if we’re judging the receivers’ time with Flacco alone (not their entire careers), I hands down go with Boldin simply because he was a major cog in the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII run. But, there’s certainly solid arguments for the others.
Nine analysts from NFL.com weighed in on the topic, and I highlight four below:
Bucky Brooks: Maclin could be the Ravens’ WR1 in 2017, but he isn’t Flacco’s all-time WR1
“No disrespect to the veteran pass catcher or his list of accomplishments to this point, but he’s just not on the same level as Steve Smith Sr., Anquan…
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