Michael Campanaro is looking forward to playing Sunday instead of watching.
The struggles of veteran returner Devin Hester, who was cut Tuesday, hurt the Ravens with field position this season and led to a safety against the Patriots on Monday night. Sunday against the Eagles, Campanaro figures to get his opportunity to return punts, with possible help from safety Lardarius Webb.
“Just looking to go out there and make a positive impact,” said Campanaro, who was elevated from the practice squad to the 53-man roster Tuesday. “We haven’t done a good job as a team (in the return game). I don’t think it’s put on one person when it comes to kick returning and punt returning. It’s a collective group.”
Campanaro, a Baltimore-area product from River Hill High School, has been injury-plagued since the Ravens drafted him in 2014 (seventh round). When healthy, Campanaro has displayed sure hands and the ability to get open as a slot receiver. However, Campanaro has only played in eight games during his career, and he was waived with an injury settlement in September before being re-signed in November.
“I definitely have a lot to prove my teammates and team, and (I) have a lot of plays to make,” Campanaro said. “This is my third year. I’m just excited to get back out there and play football.”
Hester no longer looked like the great returner he once was, but he shared some of his wisdom with Campanaro over the past few weeks.
“Great mentor,” said Campanaro. “Was willing to teach me, always giving me advice. It sucks to see him go, but it is an opportunity. I’m just looking to make the most of it.”
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