After Jeremy Ross’ crucial muff Sunday, the question of who will return punts for the Ravens has been reopened. Coach John Harbaugh did not rule out the possibility of making a switch at his Monday press conference.
“Yes, I think that’s fair,” Harbaugh said when asked if he had a decision to make at punt returner. “It just goes with the territory.”
Ball security has been a problem for Ross in the past. He lost a fumble on a return against the Cardinals last month, and he had two fumbles on returns in 2014 playing for the Lions.
Lardarius Webb fielded the next punt after Ross’ muff, but that was a fair-catch situation, and Webb has been used in those situations before. Webb, Asa Jackson, and Raheem Mostert are possibilities to replace Ross as the full-time punt returner. However, Jackson has had fumbling issues as well, and Harbaugh was very critical of Jackson’s two personal foul penalties during Sunday’s game.
Ross’ muff Sunday came with the Ravens holding a 14-13 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Jaguars recovered at the Ravens’ 37-yard line, setting up a go-ahead touchdown for Jacksonville. The Ravens ultimately lost, 22-20, on a 53-yard field goal with no time left on the clock. That ending was controversial, because the NFL admitted Monday that time should have expired before Jason Myers ever made the game-winning kick.
It has been a crazy year for the Ravens (2-7), who are making crucial mistakes and getting few breaks. Ross’ muff was another error that proved costly.
“The ball was moving left to right and behind (Ross), but it’s still a catch that you have to make in that situation, for sure,” Harbaugh said.
For that reason, Ross may not get a chance to return punts Sunday against the Rams.
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On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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