Ravens' wide receivers at a glance

Aaron Wilson reviews each of the Wide Receivers currently on the roster, including all the newcomers and rookies.

WIDE RECEIVERS

11 Devard Darling

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 213 Age: 22

Year: Rookie

College: Washington State

Acquired: Third round, 2004 Resume: Transferred from Florida State following his twin brother, Devaughn, dying during an off-season conditioning drill. Caught 104 passes for 1,630 yards and 18 touchdowns for Cougars. All-Pacific 10 Conference honorable mention selection as a junior when he caught 50 passes for 830 yards and seven touchdowns.

Outlook: Speedy, sculpted wideout has flashed sure hands, explosiveness. Will push for playing time at split end.

13 Cecil Moore

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 215 Age: 23

Year: 2

College: East Tennessee State

Acquired: Free agent, 2004

Resume: Briefly with the New York Jets after going undrafted, Moore didn't generate any statistics last season.

Outlook: Performed well during off-season minicamps and is a special-teams candidate.

16 Clarence Moore

Ht: 6-6 Wt: 211 Age: 21

Year: Rookie

College: Northern Arizona

Acquired: Sixth round, 2004

Resume: Caught 182 passes for 3,042 yards and 28 touchdowns while winning the indoor triple jump championship for the Lumberjacks. Caught 63 passes last season for 1,184 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Outlook: Lanky developmental project presents an imposing red-zone target with long-range starting potential.

17 Todd Devoe

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 198 Age: 24

Year: 1

College: Central Missouri

Acquired: Free agent, 2003

Resume: Caught 16 passes for 277 yards and five touchdowns for NFL Europe's Cologne Centurions. Spent last season on Ravens' practice squad.

Outlook: Front office encouraged by his overseas showing.

80 Randy Hymes

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 211 Age: 24

Year: 3

College: Grambling

Acquired: Free agent, 2002

Resume: Missed entire season with torn anterior cruciate ligament after converted college quarterback caught six passes for 123 yards as a rookie. Started twice as a rookie.

Outlook: In line for significant playing time as third receiver behind starters Travis Taylor and Kevin Johnson. Has good hands, size and leaping ability, but lacks experience.

83 Ron Johnson

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 225 Age: 24

Year: 3

College: Minnesota

Acquired: Fourth round, 2002

Resume: Caught one pass for 12 yards last season before undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, appearing in six games. Started four games as a rookie, but only collected 10 receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown.

Outlook: Consistently impressive during preseason games and practice sessions, but that hasn't translated into regular-season success because of inconsistent hands, confidence.

84 Javin Hunter

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 190 Age: 24

Year: 3

College: Notre Dame

Acquired: Sixth round, 2002

Resume: Missed entire season with a ruptured Achilles' tendon following four-game suspension two years ago that ended his rookie season for testing positive for ephedra, a banned substance. Caught five passes for 35 yards as a rookie in three starts, playing in a dozen games.

Outlook: Will be experimented with at cornerback and might be used on kick returns, too.

85 Kevin Johnson

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 195 Age: 28

Year: 6

College: Syracuse

Acquired: Trade, 2004

Resume: Acquired for a fourth-round draft pick, Johnson was released by the Cleveland Browns last fall and signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Caught 58 passes last season for 634 yards and three touchdowns and has averaged 66 receptions in five seasons. Career totals of 332 receptions, 4,089 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Outlook: Savvy wideout was brought in to address most glaring weakness on the roster. Will start at flanker and operate as a possession receiver.

87 Kareem Kelly

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 186 Age: 23

Year: 1

College: USC

Acquired: Free agent, 2003

Resume: Signed to practice squad last season after being cut by the New Orleans Saints after being drafted in the sixth round. Caught 204 passes for 3,104 yards in college.

Outlook: Quarterbacks and receivers coach David Shaw said he's eager to see how Kelly competes in training camp.

89 Travis Taylor

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 210 Age: 26

Year: 5

College: Florida

Acquired: First round, 2000

Resume: Finished second on the team in receptions (39) and yards (632) with three touchdowns. Led team with seven catches for 82 yards in playoff loss to Tennessee. Caught 61 passes for 869 yards and six touchdowns two seasons ago. Has career totals of 170 receptions, 2,337 yards and 15 scores.

Outlook: Entering final season of his contract, Taylor has yet to demonstrate the consistency and production hoped for when he was drafted four years ago. Moving back to split end in an attempt to jumpstart his career.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.


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