By the numbers, LaQuan Williams totaled 60 yards on two kick returns in the Ravens’ 37-7 demolition of the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
But the education process for the undrafted rookie continues.
Williams’ most questionable decision – according to special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg – entailed returning a Josh Brown kick 23 yards to the Ravens’ 14-yard line in the fourth quarter.
“Given the scope of the game at that time – we talked about it on the sideline – it’s probably wise to keep that one in the end zone, as deep as it was and as high as it was,” Rosburg said during his weekly briefing Thursday. “That particular kicker is one of the guys in this league who still has really good hang time on his deep ball. That one got away from [Williams] a little bit. And it would have been wise with that – in the scope of the game, with the lead that we had – to keep that one in. But that’s part of the learning process. We had a good talk about it. He actually asked some good questions about that. So it was a real positive experience in the end.”
Rosburg was more effusive in his approval of Williams’ first kick return, a 37-yarder to the Ravens’ 28 that had the potential to be even longer.
“The first opportunity we had, he ran it exactly the way we wanted it run,” Rosburg said. “He set it up well, and he burst to the outside. We wish he had read the last block a little bit better. But all in all, I thought it was a really positive start.”