Rounding out their coaching staff, the Baltimore Ravens have hired former University of Pittsburgh wide receivers coach Bobby Engram to the same position.
Engram will take over for Jim Hostler who left to the team to become a senior offensive assistant with the Buffalo Bills after failing to land the Ravens' offensive coordinator position.
A 14-year NFL veteran, Engram is most known for playing eight seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, but he also played five seasons with the Chicago Bears and one season with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The 41-year old had his best season of his career in 2007––with the Seahawks––when he had 94 catches for 1,147 yards and six touchdowns (all career-highs or tied for career-highs).
With the Seahawks, he was able to reach Super Bowl XL where he recorded six catches for 70 yards in the Seahawks 21-10 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
For his career, he had 650 catches for 7,751 yards and 35 touchdowns.
After he retired, he quickly became part of the San Francisco 49ers coaching staff as an offensive assistant coach for the 2011 season. Following that, he was hired by the University of Pittsburgh––his alma mater is Penn State University––to be their wide receivers coach. He spent the last two seasons with the Panthers.
The Ravens wide receiving corps consists of Torrey Smith, Marlon Brown and others. Jacoby Jones is a free agent and it is unknown whether he will be retained. Another receiver is likely to be added this offseason via either the draft or free agency. The entire corps is young, meaning they need to develop their skills and now Engram is the man charged with doing that.
This is the Ravens second hiring in as many days as yesterday they hired Thomas Hammock to be their new running backs coach. Now, the entire Ravens' coaching staff has been completed.
While Engram lacks coaching experience with only three seasons of work, what he lacks in coaching experience, he more than makes up for with playing experience. He has been around the NFL for 15 years now as a player or coach and the game of football even longer than that. He is an up-and-coming coach who should help develop the Ravens young receivers.
This––like the Hammock hiring––is another great move by head coach John Harbaugh. The entire offensive coaching staff has been revamped and is now the best offensive staff that they have had in years.