Kamar Aiken WR BAL (8) 2 days ago
Aiken caught his only target for a five-yard gain in Sunday's 19-17 win over Jacksonville.
Baltimore's leading receiver last season, Aiken has just five catches in three games. He finished fifth among Baltimore wideouts with just 23 offensive snaps in Sunday's contest, offering little hope for fantasy utility down the road. Steve Smith and Mike Wallace are the leading options, but Breshad Perriman and rookie Chris Moore at least have some long-term upside. Aiken, on the other hand, is likely resigned to a depth and special teams role.
Kamar Aiken WR BAL (8) 2 weeks ago
Aiken caught two passes for 14 yards on two targets in Sunday's 13-7 win over the Bills.
Baltimore's leading receiver last season, Aiken now finds himself competing with Breshad Perriman and rookie Chris Moore for snaps behind starters Steve Smith and Mike Wallace. The Ravens did rotate all five players throughout the game, but Aiken's role largely seemed to revolve around his run-blocking ability. Wallace, Smith and Perriman all offer more fantasy appeal.
Kamar Aiken WR BAL (8) 1 month ago
Aiken caught two passes for 24 yards on three targets in Saturday's preseason game against the Lions.
Aiken took a backseat to fellow starter Mike Wallace, who caught three passes for 37 yards on six targets in Joe Flacco's (knee) return to game action. While Aiken and Wallace still figure to enter Week 1 as starters, they could eventually face pressure from Steve Smith (Achilles) and Breshad Perriman (knee), both of whom recently returned to practice. Although neither player was available Saturday, the Ravens haven't ruled Smith or Perriman out for Week 1. Aiken thus finds himself in the same situation as Wallace, with a shot to emerge as Joe Flacco's top target, but without the benefit of good job security.
Kamar Aiken WR BAL (8) 2 months ago
Aiken and Mike Wallace are listed as the starting wide receivers on the Ravens' initial preseason depth chart, the team's official website reports.
With Steve Smith (Achilles) and Breshad Perriman (knee) unavailable, Aiken and Mike Wallace have consistently worked with the first-team offense throughout offseason activities and into training camp. The real competition is further down the depth chart, and while it isn't out of the question that Perriman and/or Smith could eventually return and push for a starting job, neither receiver has a timetable to get back on the practice field. Though not much of a downfield threat, Aiken emerged as a reliable possession receiver late last year, catching 50 passes over the final eight games while serving as the go-to target in an injury-riddled offense. The 2011 UDFA was one of last year's more surprising breakout players, as he only had 24 career receptions entering the season, with all of those coming in 2014. While unlikely to garner the kind of massive volume he got during the second half of last year, Aiken could be Joe Flacco's favorite target on the outside.
Kamar Aiken WR BAL (8) 4 months ago
Aiken is still a favorite to lock down one of the starting wide receiver jobs in Baltimore, according to the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec.
A 2011 UDFA and a career journeyman, Aiken took advantage of Baltimore's many injuries last season, catching five or more passes in each of the final nine games. To be fair, he was a starter even before all the injuries struck, yet still had just 18 receptions (on 38 targets) through the first seven games of the season. The Ravens responded to last year's struggles by adding depth in the receiving corps, with free-agent signings Mike Wallace and Ben Watson joining 2015 first-rounder Breshad Perriman and second-rounder Maxx Williams -- neither of whom had much impact as a rookie. The team also hopes to have Steve Smith (Achilles) available, though it's far from a sure thing he'll be ready by Week 1. While the competition for targets has drastically increased, Aiken proved to be a capable possession receiver and could reprise a similar role -- albeit with fewer targets -- during the upcoming campaign. Offering reliable hands at 6-2, 215 pounds, Aiken provides a nice contrast to the speedier Wallace and Perriman. It should be an interesting training camp for the Baltimore receiving corps.
Kamar Aiken WR BAL (8) 5 months ago
Aiken signed his second-round RFA tender, the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reports.
A former UDFA, the 26-year-old Aiken seemingly came out of nowhere to post a 75-944-5 receiving line (on 127 targets) in 2015 for a Ravens team that was decimated by injuries. He likely did enough to ensure that he'll have some kind of role in 2016, but he'll have to compete for playing time against Mike Wallace, Breshad Perriman (knee) and possibly Steve Smith (Achilles). The Ravens could also add further competition in the upcoming draft, though wide receiver doesn't appear to be one of the team's priorities.
Kamar Aiken WR BAL (8) 7 months ago
Aiken will receive a second-round restricted free agent tender from the Ravens, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Aiken caught 50 passes over the final eight games of the 2015 season after injuries to teammates thrust him into a role as the Ravens' go-to receiver. Even after the impressive breakout, no team will part with a second-round pick for the right to sign Aiken, which means he'll be back with the Ravens next season. The Ravens hope that he'll be competing with Steve Smith (Achilles) and Breshad Perriman for targets, but with Smith trying to return from a major injury at the age of 37, Baltimore may look to the draft for help.
Kamar Aiken WR BAL (8) 8 months ago
Aiken easily set career-high marks in every major receiving category in 2015, catching 75 passes for 944 yards and five touchdowns on 127 targets.
It was a tale of two seasons for Aiken, a 26-year-old former UDFA who had just 24 career receptions (all in 2014) prior to 2015. He opened the year as Baltimore's No. 2 wide receiver, but he was largely an afterthought until Steve Smith (Achilles) suffered a season-ending injury in Week 8. Aiken then erupted for 50 receptions over the final eight games of the season, with at least five catches and seven targets in each of those contests. The production was largely due to the Ravens' lack of other options in the passing game, but with Smith (Achilles) and Breshad Perriman (knee) both facing uncertain futures, it's not entirely clear that the team will have an improved receiving corp in 2016. Aiken thus offers considerable potential for next season, though it's also quite possible he'll be bumped back to a complementary role.
Kamar Aiken WR BAL (8) 9 months ago
Aiken caught five of 13 targets for 76 yards during Sunday's loss to the Bengals.
Quarterback Ryan Mallett really struggled with his accuracy, connecting on just 30 of 56 passes, so Aiken's conversion rate isn't overly surprising. The fourth-year wideout finishes the regular season with 75 catches on 127 targets for 944 yards and five touchdowns, all career-highs by a wide margin. With Steve Smith expected to retire this offseason, Aiken is likely to be the top wideout on the depth chart next season unless the Ravens make a big move in free agency.
Kamar Aiken WR BAL (8) 9 months ago
Aiken caught all eight targets for 66 yards in Sunday's win over the Steelers.
The 26-year-old led the team in receiving for the third time in four weeks, tying his season-high of eight receptions in the process. Aiken is clearly the go-to receiver for the Ravens at this point, and his fantasy value hasn't suffered terribly despite the ongoing quarterback carousel. He should be the most heavily-targeted Raven once again versus the Bengals in the season finale.