ATLANTA -- Another mixed performance for Asa Jackson probably led to a sleepless night, wondering if he would make the Ravens’ 53-man roster.
Jackson fumbled a punt for the second consecutive week during Thursday night’s 20-19 victory by the Falcons. Fumbling punts is not something a player on the bubble can afford to do. However, Jackson also showed his electrifying potential on a 53-yard punt, which could have gone for a touchdown if he had not tripped himself trying to fake out the Falcons’ punter.
Jackson also had a long kickoff return against the Redskins last week. So if the Ravens keep Jackson, will his good outweigh the potential bad? That is what coach John Harbaugh was trying to figure out, as the Ravens focused on trimming the roster to 53 players by Saturday’s 4 p.m. deadline.
“You’ve got to be consistent,” Harbaugh said. “You’ve got to be dangerous for them, not for us.
“It makes it difficult. You know the guy’s capable of making plays.”
The Ravens may not keep more than five cornerbacks, and Jimmy Smith, Lardarius Webb, Kyle Arrington, Rashaan Melvin, and fourth-round rookie Tray Walker are in line to be the first five. That could leave Jackson on the outside looking in, especially with Michael Campanaro, Lardarius Webb, and Steve Smith among those capable of returning punts.
Give Jackson credit for being a standup person, through good and bad times. Jackson stood in front of his locker after the game, and answered every question posed to him.
“The guys out there are making the best blocks,” Jackson said. “We deserve to have someone back there who will score. Good things are in the future, though.
“I’ve always been a player that has a lot of confidence and try to make plays. Sometimes being aggressive, that’s the result sometimes. It’s not okay. I feel this loss is on my shoulders. That’s real frustrating. But you know, I’ll just go back to the drawing board tomorrow and try to get better from there.”
However, it remained to be seen if Jackson would have a tomorrow with the Ravens after Saturday.
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