When it comes to returns, Ravens have options

When it comes to returns, Ravens have options
September 2, 2014, 8:00 am
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(Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)

When it comes to punt and kickoff returns, the Ravens have plenty of options.

One reason Michael Campanaro made the 53-man roster is his ability to return punts. Campanaro did well handling punts during the preseason, showing an ability to allude the first defender, and using good judgment when to return, and when to fair catch.

It remains to be seen if Campanaro will dress for Sunday’s game vs. the Bengals, and if he does, if he will return punts. The Ravens made an unexpected decision to carry seven wide receivers on their 53-man roster, at least for now. The top four on the depth chart are Torrey Smith, Steve Smith, Jacoby Jones, and Marlon Brown, leaving Campanaro, Kamar Aiken, and Deonte Thompson fighting for a consistent role in the offense.

Jones’ ability as a dangerous punt and kickoff returner is well proven. Meanwhile, Thompson returned a kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown during preseason.

Jones figures to get his chances to return punts and kickoffs, especially in key situations. However, with Campanaro and Thompson on the roster, the Ravens have other wide receivers capable of making big plays on special teams.

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