Bateman ready to be Ravens’ No. 1 WR: I’ve always wanted this role

Posted: 21/06/2022 in NFL
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Rashod Bateman is aiming to make the most of his opportunity as the Baltimore Ravens‘ top wide receiver next season.

“That’s the role that I’ve always wanted to be in,” Bateman said, according to Matt Cohen of the Baltimore Sun. “I’m excited to take that role.”

The Ravens are turning to Bateman as their No. 1 wideout after they dealt Marquise Brown to the Arizona Cardinals and opted not to re-sign Sammy Watkins this offseason. The Minnesota product hauled in 46 receptions for 515 yards and a touchdown in 2021 after missing the first five games of his rookie season due to a groin injury.

Bateman is poised to lead a receiving corps that’ll feature Devin Duvernay and James Proche. Although Bateman is only in his second year, All-Pro tight end Mark Andrews believes he’s ready for the opportunity.

“He’s a guy that’s just gonna get better and better and better,” Andrews said.

For his part, Bateman – along with Proche – will work out with quarterback Lamar Jackson prior to training camp to work on their chemistry. Bateman is hoping to provide leadership to a young receiving group through his work ethic.

“Hopefully I can show that by the way I work, by being the first one here every day,” he said.

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