Likely to fill Steve Smith role in offense
Jeremy Maclin is expected to be the Ravens’ slot receiver because Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman provide speed on the outside and Baltimore lost valuable inside targets Steve Smith Sr., Dennis Pitta and Kamar Aiken this offseason. (ESPN)
Nerdy Football Analysis: Smith’s retirement and Pitta’s hip injury have freed up a ton of over-the-middle targets for Maclin, who shouldn’t have much problem leading the team in receiving if he avoids the injury bug that bit him a season ago. The ex-Kansas City Chief should start with Wallace in two-receiver formations and move inside when Baltimore opts for three-wide sets. Maclin should be a rock-solid fantasy WR3 option in 2017 with WR2 upside.