Sure, the Ravens needed to clear up the cap space, and moving Boldin for a sixth-round draft pick did just that. However, the concern was whether or not the Ravens had a backup plan to aid the loss of Boldin.
At the time of the trade, the possession receiver who was supposed to finally step in and take over for Boldin was third-year player Tandon Doss. The 2011 fourth-round pick from Indiana struggled to touch the field during his first two seasons, but entering year three, it appeared that he was primed to take on a role in Baltimore's offense.
Boy was that narrative wrong.
It's no secret that Doss struggled mightily during his first two seasons, as the wide receiver who was hand-picked by quarterback Joe Flacco in the 2011 draft only played in 20 games, registering seven catches.
His issues with catching the ball have been no secret, however, and that led to a minimal role in the offense in years one and two.
But have his problems cost him a chance at any role in the offense in 2013? They should, and the best course for the Ravens would be to cut their losses and move on from Doss, opting not to keep him on the final 53-man roster.
So far during the 2013 preseason, Doss has been a disappointment yet again, with his struggles culminating on Thursday night when his inability to adjust his route on a blitz led to a pick-six for Flacco.
It's a problem that can be easily fixed, but also one that shouldn't occur for a third-year player.
Finding new receivers to step up in the offense has been a month-long struggle during training camp thus far, however Doss has failed to truly even put his name in the mix. The addition of veteran Brandon Stokley, as well as the emergence of rookies Aaron Mellette and Marlon Brown, has made Doss expendable, and there's nothing that the three other receivers can't do that Doss can.
Ultimately, Doss is a third-year receiver with catching issues and uncomfortability in the offense. Is that really the type of receiver that's worth keeping when there's other receivers with more talent, reliability and upside? Sure doesn't seem like it.
Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome often struggles to find talented wide receivers in the draft, and Doss appears to be another case of just that.
When the Ravens take the field in Denver in less than two weeks, not having Doss on the roster may be the best route to go.
Kyle Casey is a sports writer living in Baltimore, Md. He contributes to various football sites and is the editor of Cat Crave.
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