In the NFL, pressure is inevitable. Over a span of 10 days CSNBaltimore.com is ranking the top 10 Ravens who are under pressure heading into training camp. Check back daily to see who is next in our countdown.
Why the pressure is on:
The team seemingly has openings at both receiver and return specialist, and second-year wide receiver Michael Campanaro should be a candidate for both. But he has been hurt for much of his brief NFL career, and he didn't help his cause when he suffered a quad injury in the first OTA workout this spring and missed all the rest. The receiver competition figures to be intense this camp, and while Campanaro was sidelined this spring, Jeremy Butler made catch after catch, and other receivers also did their best to make a good impression.
At times last year it sounded as if coach John Harbaugh was losing patience with Campanaro and his injury history, so another injury this spring was not what the River Hill High School graduate needed.
What Campanaro needs to do:
More than anything else, Campanaro needs to show that he can stay healthy. He needs to be on the field in training camp catching balls, showing the speed and hands that can earn him a job as a slot receiver. There were flashes of that last season, with six catches for 85 yards and a touchdown over one three-game span, but then he missed the next seven games with a thigh injury. He then had a career-high four catches in the playoff loss at New England.
Campanaro also must take advantage of his chances as a return specialist. The job is wide-open with Jacoby Jones departing to San Diego. The talent is there in a compact 5-foot-9 frame, but his body needs to hold up.
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