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Taking a gamble for insurance at wide receiver

The Ravens are making a risky move if they are keeping Mark Clayton and Demetrius Williams around for insurance at wide receiver.

There is a chance -- some believe a strong chance -- that either Clayton or Williams won't make the final cutdown. It's possible that both could get released. There's two factors working against them: Clayton and Williams are making big-money for backups and neither make an impact on special teams (which fourth and fifth receivers need to do).

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So, the consensus is the Ravens are keeping them around as a safety net in case one of the top wide receivers (Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason and Donte' Stallworth) go down with a serious injury.

Still, if Clayton and Williams sustain major injuries during offseason camps or training camp -- and both have regularly battled injuries during their NFL careers -- the Ravens are on the hook for their salaries. Clayton is scheduled to earn $2.2 million, and Williams will make $1.176 million.

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When looking at the roster, the only three wide receivers considered locks are: Boldin, Mason and Stallworth. A fourth spot will probably be given to the top special teams player at wide receiver (perhaps David Reed or Marcus Smith). The big decision will be whether the Ravens want to carry a wide receiver whose only role is playing wide receiver (Clayton or Williams).

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