‘That is the function that I’ve all the time wished to be in’

When the Baltimore Ravens traded Marquise Brown to Arizona throughout the 2022 NFL Draft, it thrust second-year receiver Rashod Bateman into the No. 1 wideout function.

After a stable rookie season, Bateman is wanting ahead to assembly these expectations.

“That is the function that I’ve all the time wished to be in,” Bateman mentioned through the Baltimore Solar. “I am excited to take that function.”

A groin harm bought Bateman’s rookie season off to a gradual begin, as he missed the primary 5 video games. However as he grew to become extra immersed within the offense, it was straightforward to see the expertise that made him a first-round choose.

Bateman completed the season with 46 catches for 515 yards and one TD. They’re numbers he may greater than double because the Ravens’ go-to goal.

“He is getting open on the line tremendous, tremendous fast,” tight finish Mark Andrews mentioned of Bateman. “After which he is bought a burst of pace individuals do not actually discuss. Second-year, he is a man that is simply gonna get higher and higher and higher. The sky is the restrict for him.”

The Ravens traded away Brown and did not use a draft choose on a receiver, signaling their religion that Bateman might be that alpha who can win in opposition to double coverages. On the prime of Baltimore’s WR depth chart sits Bateman, Devin Duvernay and James Proche — none have hit the 60 profession catch mark but.