Kamar Aiken Steps To The Forefront

Featured, Sports and Bets — December 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm by

Hey, Justin Forsett, you’re not the only guy getting a big time opportunity around here.  Kamar Aiken, a practice squad journeyman for most of his NFL career, has found a home and a recent role in Gary Kubiak’s offense.  Last week, Aiken, who saw his first significant time due to a limited and injured Torrey Smith, hauled in six catches on seven targets, for sixty-five yards and a touchdown.  It was a huge performance for Aiken, and the Ravens, and his ability to play outside allowed the Ravens to line Marlon Brown up in the slot, where the tall target seems more comfortable and valuable attacking the middle of the field. Aiken was smooth working the sideline and he was key on the Ravens’ 97-yard drive that ended the first half and swung momentum the Ravens’ way going into the locker room for the break.  A quarterback can never have too many reliable hands and playmakers on the field, and Kamar Aiken has seemingly worked his way into Flacco’s trust tree.

What probably made Sunday’s game even sweeter is that Aiken hails from Hollywood, Florida, which is just up the road from Sun Life Stadium.  That means he had his break out game in front of a bunch of hometown folks, which is nice.  (Hollywood is next to Hallandale, Florida, which is where Gulfstream Park, one of the country’s best horseracing venues, is located.  But I digress.)

Aiken played his college ball at UCF and signed on with the Bills as an undrafted free-agent in 2011.  At UCF he never caught more than 36 balls in a season, but he did log a nine touchdown campaign during his junior year.  After the Bills released him, he signed on with the Bears and then the Patriots, seeing the active roster a few times but never breaking into any sort of real team role.  Aiken couldn’t break through, but he had enough talent and enough of a work ethic to keep getting signed to the outer fringes of the League.  The  Ravens signed him to the practice squad on October 30, 2013.

Now finally, Kamar Aiken has a stat-line:  (2014)  22 rec/245 yds/2 TDs.

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After grinding and working his ass off for almost four full seasons, Kamar is getting his break.  With Torrey Smith still hobbling around, it’s likely that Aiken will get a lot of work on the filed this Sunday against Jacksonville.  I’m sure if he keeps the solid stats up, he’ll find playing time no matter who’s healthy or who isn’t.  Keep up the good work and good luck, Kamar, we’re all counting on you.

 

stats: espn

cover pic, pic:  csnbaltimore

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