Coaches preach patience with Kindle, Doss

The day after the Ravens elected to deactivate outside linebacker Sergio Kindle and rookie wide receiver Tandon Doss just prior to Sunday's 35-7 thumping of the Pittsburgh Steelers, coach John Harbaugh sounded confident that both players would eventually make their way to the 46-man game-day roster -- provided they polish their skills at their respective positions and on special teams.

Defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano and special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg echoed those themes during their respective media sessions Thursday. With regard to Kindle, Pagano said the second-year outside linebacker is making progress, but needs to hone his focus and his approach.

"He’s doing a great job still out here," Pagano said. "He’s working hard and learning the scheme, but just so happens there are a bunch of guys that have emerged. So there’s a ton of competition there. He’s got to prepare like a starter, and if something happens and he happens to be up, he’ll be ready to go."

Rosburg said Doss is still in the process of fine-tuning his talents on special teams.

"He’s been practicing hard on special teams since the day he got here," Rosburg said. "Tandon brings a lot of skills to the table, one of which is his return ability. He’s competing with others for the gunner spot. He’s competing with other guys in kickoff coverage. It’s a decision that coach [John] Harbaugh makes on the actives. We use the guys that he says are up. That’s really how it pans out. I’ve been impressed with how Tandon has improved since the day he got here up until this day, and he’ll continue to do it today."

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