Second-Half Breakout Candidate Named For Ravens Rookie


Second-Half Breakout Candidate for Ravens Rookie

Rashod Bateman of the Baltimore Ravens is only four games into his NFL career, but the rookie is already turning heads with his excellent route running and dependable hands.

The former Minnesota Golden Gopher is averaging over 60 yards per game and 15 of his 18 catches have resulted in first downs.

Bateman’s first 11 catches for his career all resulted in first downs, demonstrating situational awareness and a football IQ far beyond his years.

Rashod Bateman should be on the field for the Ravens whenever possible.

In recent weeks, Rashod has made some clutch catches that you’d expect to see from players with more (hashtag)NFL experience.

Makes a difference.

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Bateman, who was selected 27th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, is part of a new-look receiving corps in Baltimore, which includes veteran Sammy Watkins, who signed a free agent deal with the Ravens.

Despite a groin injury delaying his NFL debut, the rookie made waves in training camp with his clinical route running and dependable hands.

But, after four strong games to start his career, Bateman could be poised to build on his success and team up with Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown to give the Ravens a top-tier receiving tandem for the remainder of the season.

The Bateman craze is growing.

On Saturday, Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report named Bateman as Baltimore’s second-half breakout candidate, writing:

Rashod Bateman missed the first five games of the season due to core muscle surgery.

The Baltimore Ravens have made quick work of integrating him into the passing game.

Bateman commanded at least six targets in each of his four appearances.

He has 241 yards on 18 receptions.

Despite the fact that the rookie first-rounder has yet to score a touchdown, 15 of his receptions have resulted in first downs, allowing quarterback Lamar Jackson to count on him to move the chains in crunch time.

Bateman’s first game came a week after Watkins’ hamstring injury against the Indianapolis Colts, so he was able to step right into Watkins’ shoes, playing at least 60% of the Ravens’ offensive snaps in each of his first three games.

Even when Watkins returned to face the Miami Dolphins…

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