How Will James Hardy Help The Ravens Offense in 2011

Sometimes it is the little known player acquisitions that can make a difference for a team. For the Ravens they are hoping receiver James Hardy, former college standout and second round pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2008 will be a factor in the offense. Towards the end of last season Hardy was signed to a reserve/future-deal by the Ravens after being released by Buffalo.

Hardy had an outstanding college career with the University of Indiana.  In his junior year he he finished with 74 receptions for 1075 yards.  He complied a record setting 36 TD’s, 2,690 yards, 196 receptions at his college.  After being drafted he suffered ACL tear in his rookie season and was slowed down by other injuries in 2009.  In two seasons with Buffalo Hardy caught 10 passes for 96 yards (2 TD’s).

Hardy’s Impact in the Offense:

Signing James Hardy was a low-risk move by the Ravens, they didn’t have to give up any draft picks and they probably didn’t have to dish out a ton of money. The odds are against Hardy because he is coming back from injuries. However, Hardy does have the potential to make an impact.  In the Ravens year end press conference GM Ozzie Newsome was optimistic, “we think he’s a guy that has the opportunity to become a good player in this league…” Assuming Hardy’s injuries are behind him, he makes the roster and is incorporated into the offense, then we can ask: What does Hardy bring to the table for the Ravens offense?

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