ST. LOUIS -- After Thursday's preseason game which rookie helps himself the most?
Probably Deonte Thompson, who is trying to carve out a spot on the 53-man roster that likely will be heavy on receivers.
That means Thompson, an undrafted rookie, is on the perimeter of making the cut but showed he can be a threat on special teams consistently.
Thompson had several solid kick returns as he averaged 31 yards on three of them and an 11-yard touchdown catch -- across the middle even though he was well-covered -- in the 31-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams. He led all Ravens receivers with six catches for 68 yards.
"He made some plays ... He did well. He's going to have to be a coverage guy too," said coach John Harbaugh, noting that's if Thompson makes the team. "He's going to have to cover punts as a gunner and kicks as an outside guy as well."
Thompson feels good about his chance to make the cut.
"I going to try not to think about it," he said. "I think I played pretty solid, in all phases, special teams. I tried to put on a show and increase my value for the team."
The Ravens have put more emphasis on having quick-strike weapons. The special teams play, which can be shaky at times, needs all the help it can get. Thompson has come close to breaking a few returns for touchdowns already.
"That's how I want to be known. I want to be known as a game-changer," he said. "A guy that can pop the play every time the ball touches his hands. Thats my goal every game I go to. "
And if he makes it just as a special teams player?
"That's great," Thompson said. "I just want to be a Raven."