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Rashod Bateman embracing new job as Ravens No. 1 WR: ‘That’s the role that I’ve always wanted to be in’

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If you have any questions regarding the Baltimore Ravens, Rashod Bateman is here to answer them. Bateman became No. 1 in Baltimore after the team unexpectedly traded Marquise Brown on draft night after Bateman had only played 12 games with the organization.

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The Ravens have seen enough from Bateman in this small sample size for him to lead the wide receiver, a role he accepts.

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“That’s the part I’ve always wanted to play,” Bateman said last week. “I’m excited to take on this role.”

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Since Bateman debuted in week six last season, he was tied for fifth among rookies in receiving (46), sixth in receiving yards (515), and fourth in first downs (29). He averaged just 11.2 yards per catch last season but remained nonchalant when asked if he could be a wide receiver.

“We’ll see,” Bateman said with a smile.

Bateman and Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson have only played seven games together since Jackson missed the last five games of last season with an ankle injury. While on-field chemistry has a small sample size, Bateman and Jackson will get their representatives this offseason as the Ravens quarterback will rely on him for production.

“We just had chemistry [the] bat,” Jackson said. “In fact, I never stopped playing, and it just seemed to me that when I got to the camp, everything would be the same as it was.”

Bateman is trusted by the Ravens coaching staff, as wide receiver coach Ty Martin named him as a leader in wide receiver. It’s the job Bateman wants, and he’s ready to face the criticism that he and his teammates will take throughout the year.

Without Marchioness Brown, all eyes are on Bateman and the Raven gang. He doesn’t mind.

“I just want to know why us? Rookie receivers everywhere are going crazy and everyone is talking about us,” Bateman said. “But we accept it. It’s a challenge, but we’re learning from Lamar. [Jackson]. We don’t care anymore.

“I talk a lot, but hopefully I can show them how I work, be here first every single day, working hard in training, running routes, studying films, whatever it looks like. This is the role I’m in. It’s a role I’ve always wanted to be in and I’m thrilled to take on this role.”



Source: www.cbssports.com

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