OWINGS MILLS – Asa Jackson will begin Saturday night’s game against the Redskins as the No. 1 kickoff and punt returner, according to Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg. However, Rosburg admitted he was still searching for someone to win the job.
“It’s a work in progress,” Rosburg said following Tuesday’s practice. “We’re working a lot of different guys in practice. We have to come to some decisions soon, because it’s going to happen quickly.”
Jackson, Michael Campanaro, Tom Nelson, and DeAndre Carter are all candidates for the return job, not to mention veterans Steve Smith and Lardarius Webb, who may return punts in special situations. However Campanaro missed his second straight practice Tuesday with a soft tissue issue, leaving his status uncertain for Saturday.
However, Rosburg is not getting much help from the opposition in his quest to find a kickoff returner. The Ravens had six touchbacks against the Saints in the preseason opener, and five touchbacks against the Eagles on Saturday. Jackson has two kickoff returns in the preseason, while Nelson and Carter have one each. But Rosburg was disappointed the Saints and Eagles often kicked the ball deep in the end zone.
“It makes no sense to me,” Rosburg said following Tuesday’s practice. “These young men, they come to your camp and try to make a team, and you kick it out of the end zone and they don’t show what they can do. It’s not fair to the players, in my view. That’s why we kick it to the goal line. Let the guys who came here try to make a National Football League team.”
The Ravens’ returners hope they get a chance to impress Rosburg on Saturday.