Ever since the trade of Anquan Boldin, the Baltimore Ravens have been faced with an issue at wide receiver. Only one wide receiver on the roster has ever been a starter, Torrey Smith, so Baltimore will basically have an open competition for the number two and number three receiver spots.
Phrasing it as an open competition for the number two spot may be a bit of a stretch as it has become apparent that Jacoby Jones will be the number two wide receiver for Baltimore in 2013, barring a trade or free agent acquisition of some sort.
The third spot however is wide open and one guy that may surprise you as the third wide receiver and slot guy come week one is Deonte Thompson.
Thompson, the second year man out of the University of Florida, signed as an undrafted free agent last offseason after he was not selected in the 2012 NFL Draft. A two sport star for the Gators, Thompson also ran track and field and is actually considered to be the fastest guy on the Ravens roster. A focus of his this offseason has been to improve his hands and route running.
It has been easy to see that Thompson has improved in both areas thus far this offseason and knows he has a legitimate shot at making a name for himself on this 2013 Ravens team. As long as he continues to improve his route running and can go up and snag some passes out of the air, his blazing speed is going to make him quite a weapon. Baltimore could have quite a hidden gem with Thompson.
Thompson will be going up against Tandon Doss, Aaron Mellette, and David Reed among others for the third and fourth wide receiver positions this offseason. Last year Thompson did get into a few ball games for the Ravens and reeled in a total of five catches for 51 yards. He also returned 15 kicks last season for a total of 389 yards, a 25.9 yard average.
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