Rashod Bateman

American football player (born 1999)

American football player
Rashod Bateman
No. 7 – Baltimore Ravens
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1999-11-29) November 29, 1999 (age 24)
Tifton, Georgia, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Tift County (Tifton, Georgia)
College:Minnesota (2018–2020)
NFL draft:2021 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Career history
  • Baltimore Ravens (2021–present)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Receptions:93
Receiving yards:1,167
Receiving touchdowns:4
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Rashod Bateman (born November 29, 1999) is an American football wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Minnesota and was drafted by the Ravens in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Early years

Bateman grew up in Tifton, Georgia and attended Tift County High School. Bateman caught 56 passes for 825 yards and five touchdowns in his junior season and committed to play college football at the University of Minnesota the following summer upon receiving a scholarship offer from the school.[1] As a senior, he was named first team All-State after catching 83 passes for 1,539 yards and 21 touchdowns.[2] Bateman's productive senior season led to him receiving late recruiting interest from many top-level college programs, but he chose to stick to his commitment to Minnesota.[3]

College career

As a true freshman at Minnesota, Bateman started at wide receiver and set freshman records for the Golden Gophers with 51 receptions, 704 receiving yards, and six touchdowns.[4][5] As a sophomore, Bateman was named a semi-finalist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award and first team All-Big Ten with teammate Tyler Johnson (the first time teammates shared wide receiver honors) and the Richter–Howard Receiver of the Year after catching 57 passes for sophomore records of 1,170 yards (20.5 yards per catch, second all time to Johnson) and 11 touchdowns.[6][7][8] Bateman was named a second team All-American by Sports Illustrated and USA Today and was a third team selection by the Associated Press.[9]

On August 4, 2020, Bateman announced that he would forgo his 2020 season due to the Big Ten's decision to not play football during the COVID-19 pandemic.[10] However, the Big Ten would later reverse their decision,[11] with Bateman also rejoining the team for the shortened season.[12]

College statistics

Minnesota Golden Gophers
Season Games Receiving
GP GS Rec Yards Avg TD
2018 13 13 51 704 13.8 6
2019 13 13 60 1,219 20.3 11
2020 5 5 36 472 13.1 2
Career 31 31 147 2,395 16.3 19

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 0+38 in
(1.84 m)
190 lb
(86 kg)
33 in
(0.84 m)
9+12 in
(0.24 m)
4.41 s 1.55 s 2.56 s 4.35 s 6.95 s 36.0 in
(0.91 m)
10 ft 3 in
(3.12 m)
All values from Pro Day[13][14][15]

2021 season

Bateman was selected by the Baltimore Ravens with the 27th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft,[16] making him the first Gopher to be drafted in the first round since Laurence Maroney in 2006.[17] On May 12, 2021, Bateman signed with the Ravens on a $12.6 million contract that included a $6.5 million signing bonus.[18]

On September 1, 2021, Bateman was placed on injured reserve to start the season after undergoing groin surgery.[19] On October 16, 2021, Bateman was activated to the active roster from injured reserve.[20] In Week 14, Bateman recorded his first 100-yard game catching seven passes for 103 yards in a 22–24 loss against the Cleveland Browns. In Week 16 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Bateman scored his first NFL touchdown on a 4-yard pass from Josh Johnson in the 41–21 loss.[21] He finished with 46 receptions for 515 receiving yards and one touchdown in 12 games.[22]

2022 season

Bateman became a full-time starting wide receiver along with Devin Duvernay following the trade of Marquise Brown to the Arizona Cardinals during the offseason. In a Week 2 38–42 shootout loss to the Miami Dolphins, Bateman recorded 108 receiving yards on four catches, including one catch that he took 75 yards for a touchdown.[23] The following week, in a 37–26 win over the New England Patriots, he had two catches for 59 yards, although he fumbled away the ball on the first catch.[24] However, he also injured his foot during the game and missed the following two games.[25] Bateman returned against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but left in the second quarter with a foot injury. On November 3, 2022, it was announced Bateman will undergo surgery on his foot, ending his season.[26] He finished with 15 receptions for 285 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in six games.[27]

2023 season

Bateman recorded at least one reception in all, but two games during the 2023 regular season. He caught his only touchdown of the season on a 10-yard reception in a Week 11 34–20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.[28] Bateman's best game came in Week 17 when he caught four passes for 54 yards in a 56–19 blowout win over the Miami Dolphins.[29] Bateman finished the season with 32 receptions for 367 yards and a touchdown along with one rush for 18 yards.[30]

In the Divisional Round against the Houston Texans, Bateman recorded three receptions for 39 yards in a 34–10 rout.[31]

2024 season

Bateman has signed a 3 year 15 million dollar contract extension through the 2026 season on April 24th 2024.

NFL career statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2021 BAL 12 4 46 515 11.2 36 1 0 0
2022 BAL 6 5 15 285 19.0 75 2 1 1
2023 BAL 16 12 32 367 11.5 29 1 0 0
Total 34 21 93 1,167 12.5 75 4 1 1

Postseason

Year Team Games Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2022 BAL 0 0 did not play due to injury
2023 BAL 2 2 4 41 10.3 21 0 0 0
Total 2 2 4 41 10.3 21 0 0 0

References

  1. ^ Wiltfong, Steve (June 12, 2017). "Bateman earns Minnesota offer, commits right away". 247Sports.com. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  2. ^ Parker, Danny (December 10, 2017). "Bateman gains offer from Big Orange". 247Sports.com. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  3. ^ Johnson, Randy (November 9, 2018). "Rashod Bateman finds his form after standing firm to Gophers". APNews.com. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  4. ^ Ryan, Megan (August 15, 2019). "Gophers receiver Rashod Bateman looks to build on record freshman season". Star Tribune. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  5. ^ Graff, Chad (November 21, 2019). "How Rashod Bateman found the Gophers — and why he stuck with them". The Athletic. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  6. ^ "2020 Football Media Guide WEB" (PDF). University of Minnesota Athletics. Retrieved October 24, 2022.
  7. ^ Greder, Andy (November 20, 2019). "Scary thought: Gophers receiver Rashod Bateman has a 'lot of room to grow'". Star Tribune. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  8. ^ Ruane, Blake (December 4, 2019). "Minnesota Football: Rashod Bateman named Big Ten Wide Receiver of the Year". TheDailyGopher.com. SB Nation. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  9. ^ Russo, Ralph (December 17, 2019). "University of Minnesota players Winfield, Bateman earn All-American honors". Owatonna People's Press. Associated Press. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  10. ^ Cooper, Sam (August 4, 2020). "Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman becomes second NFL draft prospect to opt out due to COVID-19 concerns". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  11. ^ Rittenberg, Adam (September 18, 2020). "Minnesota Golden Gophers' Rashod Bateman re-enrolls, hopes for waiver to play this season". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  12. ^ Greder, Andy (September 30, 2020). "Rashod Bateman reinstated for Gophers' season this fall". Twin Cities Pioneer Press. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  13. ^ "Rashod Bateman Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  14. ^ "Rashod Bateman, Minnesota, WR, 2021 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved September 7, 2021.
  15. ^ "Rashod Bateman 2021 NFL Draft Profile". insider.espn.com. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  16. ^ Gordon, Grant (April 29, 2020). "Ravens pick WR Rashod Bateman at No. 27, take pass rusher Jayson Oweh at No. 31". NFL. Retrieved April 29, 2020.
  17. ^ Johnson, Randy (April 30, 2021). "Minnesota's Rashod Bateman goes to Baltimore with 27th pick". StarTribune.com. Star Tribune. Retrieved April 30, 2021.
  18. ^ Robinson, Sam (May 12, 2021). "Ravens Sign First-Rounder Rashod Bateman". Pro Football Rumors. Retrieved August 16, 2021.
  19. ^ Brown, Clifton (September 1, 2021). "Ravens Move Rashod Bateman, Miles Boykin to Injured Reserve; Sign Eric Tomlinson". BaltimoreRavens.com. Retrieved June 1, 2023.
  20. ^ Mink, Ryan (October 16, 2021). "Ravens Move Rashod Bateman, Tyre Phillips to 53-Man Roster". BaltimoreRavens.com. Retrieved June 1, 2023.
  21. ^ Wald, Jeff (December 26, 2021). "Former Gophers star Rashod Bateman catches first NFL touchdown". FOX9. Retrieved June 1, 2023.
  22. ^ "Rashod Bateman 2021 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved June 1, 2023.
  23. ^ "Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens – September 18th, 2022". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 25, 2022.
  24. ^ "Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots – September 25th, 2022". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 25, 2022.
  25. ^ Mink, Ryan (October 3, 2022). "Injury Updates: Rashod Bateman Is Day-to-Day With Foot Injury". BaltimoreRavens.com. Retrieved October 24, 2022.
  26. ^ Edholm, Eric (November 3, 2022). "Ravens WR Rashod Bateman undergoing foot surgery, out for remainder of season". NFL.com. Retrieved November 3, 2022.
  27. ^ "Rashod Bateman 2022 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved June 1, 2023.
  28. ^ "Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens – November 16th, 2023". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 19, 2024.
  29. ^ "Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens – December 31st, 2023". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 18, 2024.
  30. ^ "2023 Baltimore Ravens Rosters, Stats, Schedule, Team Draftees, Injury Reports". Pro Football References. Retrieved February 19, 2024.
  31. ^ "Divisional Round – Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens – January 20th, 2024". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 18, 2024.

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