Wide receiver rumblings

The list of free agent wide receivers that the Ravens have not signed, for one reason or another, is growing.

We can now add Jerricho Cotchery and Steve Smith to the group.

After bringing Cotchery in for a visit and a physical on Tuesday, the Ravens have decided to pass on the former Jets wide receiver, according to The Sun. While Cotchery was the best healthy option remaining on the free agent market, the Ravens never truly seemed that interested in him, and they've decided to go in another direction instead of throwing some of their limited cap space at the 30-year-old.

Cotchery caught 41 passes for 433 yards and two touchdowns for the Jets last season.

Smith, who spent the last four seasons with the Giants, inked a deal with (who else?) the Eagles yesterday. Coming off microfracture surgery on his knee, Smith never drew much interest from the Ravens. The USC product will likely not be ready for the start of the season, but he gives the Eagles another big-name free agent signing to add to their "Dream Team".

So, with no experienced wide receivers behind Anquan Boldin on their depth chart, why are the Ravens letting all these free agent wideouts head in other directions?

Trust me when I say that the Ravens really like what they've seen from rookies Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss thus far in camp.

It should say enough that when talking to Derrick Mason about possibly returning, the Ravens told him that he wouldn't be the team's No. 2 wide receiver, and according to a source close to Mason, the veteran receiver was worried he might not find much playing time in Baltimore this season.

That's how much faith the Ravens have in their rookie tandem at this point.

Smith has shown his speed and physicality so far, and Doss is shifty and apparently has vacuums for hands, as he's caught everything thrown in his direction.

The Ravens will let things ride with Boldin and the two rookies for now, and they'll see how things shake out in preseason action. If one or both of the rookies proves that he isn't ready for the bright lights of the NFL just yet, a veteran free agent can be signed at a later time once cuts are made around the league.

In other wide receiver news, if you happen to be living in the New England area and are looking for a new roommate, Chad Ochocinco might be able to help you out.

Hey, if you want to find someone who will keep you entertained and won't have a problem paying his rent on time, you could probably do a lot worse than Ocho.

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