Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh is the latest “right-guy at the right-price” acquisition for Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and his personnel staff.
Jamison Hensley of The Baltimore Sun shares some good quotes from Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh that you can read here: Ravens upgrade receiving corps by signing Houshmandzadeh and also brings up the fact some detractors say Housh is the same type of receiver as Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason. I’m sure the Ravens are banking on it.
As someone who has only watched Houshmandzadeh play on Sundays, I can’t speak to his work-ethic, desire or presence in the locker room or the community. What I do know of the veteran heading into his 10th season is that he catches the ball and is consistent.
The Ravens have drafted talent at the WR position over the years including 1st round selections Travis Taylor and Mark Clayton, who was traded today to the St. Louis Rams for a conditional draft pick. Both of these players had some incredible games and memorable catches. Unfortunately they both have made critical drops at inopportune times over the years, respectively.
The revamped receiving corps gives offensive coordinator Cam Cameron more options and provides 3rd year QB Joe Flacco with piece of mind. The trio of Boldin, Mason and Houshmandzadeh should prove clutch in times of need and will make it about as physical an afternoon as most corners around the league can handle. I can’t imagine an uncontested ball when the Ravens offense is on the field.
Whether it’s the running game or the passing game, there appears to be an identity forming on the offensive side of the purple and black: they may be able to run past you but there is no question they can run over you.
And the best part about it is the teams, players and fans will see the potentially high-powered offense of the Ravens dropping the gloves Monday night against the New York Jets and their vaunted defense and secondary.
Are you ready for some football?