Wide receiver Tandon Doss, who struggled to establish himself after the Ravens selected him in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL draft, has moved on, signing a new deal today with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Doss, 24, became an unrestricted free agent earlier this month when the Ravens declined to offer him a one-year, $1.43 million tender. They didn't rule out bringing him back, but that became unlikely with the re-signing of wide receiver-returner Jacoby Jones and the addition of wide receiver Steve Smith.
"I'm incredibly excited about the opportunity to come to Jacksonville and compete for a spot right away,” Doss said in a statement released by the Jaguars. “... I can't wait to get back here and get to work. I just want to get on the field in any capacity. If it's at wideout, or on special teams, I'm willing to play wherever they think I can help the team."
Doss was cut before the start of the 2013 regular season, but he re-signed with the Ravens when Jones hurt his knee in the team's season-opening loss to the Denver Broncos. He caught a career-high 19 passes last season for 305 yards while emerging as a productive punt returner.
The former Indiana standout led the NFL with a 15.6-yard average on punt returns and set career highs in punt returns (23) and return yards (359). That included an 82-yard punt return touchdown against the Houston Texans in Week 3 of the season.
Still, he had a relatively disappointing career for the Ravens, starting just two of 35 career games over three seasons. He finished with 26 catches for 428 yards and a touchdown.
With Doss gone, there are six unrestricted free agents who ended last season with the Ravens still on the market. That group includes running back Bernard Scott, fullback Vonta Leach, tight ends Ed Dickson and Dallas Clark, nose tackle Terrence Cody and safety James Ihedigbo.
The Ravens still have interest in re-signing both Dickson and Ihedigbo.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun