Will personnel changes help Ravens special teams?

Will personnel changes help Ravens special teams?
November 1, 2013, 7:00 am
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Ravens cut Huff, Spears

EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens on Friday, as they hope November treats them better than October.

Two-minute topic: Will the Ravens’ special teams improve after this week’s personnel moves?

OWINGS MILLS - Elevating safeties Omar Brown and Brynden Trawick to the 53-man roster should help the Ravens in kick coverage. Also, with Jameel McClain reclaiming his starting job at inside linebacker, Josh Bynes will be free to spend more time on special teams.

The Ravens have had two punts blocked this season, and they have not been pleased with their overall performance on special teams. Poor play on special teams was one reason why safety Michael Huff was released this week.

Special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg is looking for improvement, with the additions of Brown, Trawick, and Bynes.

“Anytime you add defensive players that have the abilities that they do, you hope that they would improve you special teams,” Rosburg said.

Speaking of Brown and Trawick, Rosburg said, “Those are guys we’ve been working on since the start of training camp for these types of roles. They’re both backup safeties, and they’re both good football players, and we’ll see how it plays out Sunday exactly what their role might be. But yes, we expect them to be good special teams players. That’s why they’re on the roster.”

The Browns usually play the Ravens close, and a play on special teams could make the difference. At least the Ravens go into Sunday feeling better about their special teams than they did before the bye.

Morning thought: “The difference I think in this game for us is the fact that No. 12 (wide receiver Josh Gordon) is back. Here’s a guy who can take the top off a defense in a hurry.” - Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees talking about game planning for Gordon on Sunday.

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