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.