The pleasant surprises for the Ravens have been few and far between this year, but receiver-kick returner Jeremy Ross has to rank near the top of the list.
Signed to the Ravens practice squad after the Lions cut him loose, Ross has suddenly become the Ravens top return option and a key component of the underwhelming receiver corps.
Ross pretty much took over the role that Michael Campanaro had held before his season-ending back injury, right down to the slot-receiver-end-around, which Ross ran for a 2-yard gain and a first down against the 49ers.
“Whenever you can come in and help your team in any way that is always a good feeling," Ross said after the 49ers game. "So I feel good about it and ... and (getting) an opportunity to help contribute.”
Ross, now in his fourth NFL season, was the Lions return specialist last season. He has averaged 29.5 yards on six kick returns for the Ravens, with two returns of over 40 yards, and has 10.0 yards on three punt returns.
He also has also made five catches for 58 yards in two games since being promoted from the Ravens practice squad.
"I think Jeremy has come in and done a great job of being consistent, being where he’s supposed to be," quarterback Joe Flacco said.
"That’s the most important thing when you get a guy right off the bench that is that level. ... It has been a somewhat smooth transition throwing the ball to him, because he knows what he’s doing, and he has a good feel about him.”
With injuries sidelining Campanaro and Breshad Perriman as well as rookie Darren Waller (who has been out with a concussion), and with Marlon Brown underperforming, the door has been opened for Ross, and he has taken advantage. Expect him to be a larger part of this offense as this struggling 2015 season limps along.
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