To commemorate the Ravens' 15 years of existence, Ravens Insider will select an All-Ravens team. It will honor the 26 best players (11 on offense, 11 on defense and four on special teams) who have played on the Ravens from 1996 to 2010.
The All-Ravens team continues with the offense, focusing on wide receivers and tight ends:
Wide receiver: Derrick Mason (2005-present)
Wide receiver: Qadry Ismail (1999-2001)
Tight end: Todd Heap (2001-present)
Comment: Derrick Mason has clearly been the best wide receiver in team history. He is the team's all-time leader in receptions (471) and receiving yards (5,777). Mason has also produced the three most prolific seasons as far as catches in team history – accomplishing that feat with four different quarterbacks (Kyle Boller, Steve McNair, Troy Smith and Joe Flacco).
The second-best receiver came down to Qadry Ismail and Michael Jackson. While Jackson helped carry the Ravens in their first season, Ismail finished with eight more receptions, over 200 more yards receiving and the same amount of touchdowns (and both played three seasons for the Ravens). Plus, the Ravens won a Super Bowl with Ismail, who led the team in catches that postseason.
At tight end, Todd Heap has set the marks that all Ravens tight ends will aspire to match. He has led the Ravens tight ends in receptions for eight of the past nine seasons (he was limited to six games in 2007 because of a hamstring injury) and led the team in catches for three seasons. But the Ravens wouldn't have won a Super Bowl without Shannon Sharpe, who continually made the big plays on offense in the playoffs, which included a 96-yard touchdown pass in the AFC championship game.
Second team: Michael Jackson (WR), Derrick Alexander (WR) and Shannon Sharpe (TE).
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