Midway through the preseason, the Ravens' special teams have already scored two touchdowns.
During the Ravens' preseason-opening 44-16 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, rookie safety Brynden Trawick blocked a punt that was recovered in the end zone for a score by wide receiver LaQuan Williams. In a 27-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons last week, reserve cornerback Asa Jackson returned a punt 78 yards for a score.
“We always like to score. That’s very rewarding, particularly when you score in the fourth quarter and you’re able to get the lead out of it," Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said. "It was gratifying. I like the way our guys are practicing. We’ve been working a lot on fundamentals, and when you see the fundamentals come through in-game, it reinforces your work, and the light comes on a little bit. It’s been fun, in all honesty.
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"I look forward to more opportunities to cover kicks. We really didn’t have any chances this last week -- as Atlanta chose not to bring the ball out. Even though we had kickoff opportunities, we didn’t have any opportunities to make tackles, to make plays, and that’s what we’re trying to do in the preseason. Hopefully, that will be different this week, and we’ll have an opportunity to go down and see who can cover kicks.”
With jobs on the line and several players on the roster bubble, how they perform in kick coverage can create separation when it comes time to make decisions on who makes the team and who will be cut.
“I think we’ve all been desperate since we got here," Rosburg said when asked about the sense of urgency on special teams. "We’re a desperate bunch. We’re trying as hard as we can every day to get as good as we possibly can. The tempo of practice has been crisp all the way through. In OTAs and in football schools, in minicamps, it’s been good.
"Now, I think just because the clock is ticking and the season is upon us, people think that now there is going to be a whole other level of preparation. This has been going on for a long time. Guys understand that it’s not something you can kick in at the end and suddenly make an impression or suddenly become a player. Guys are doing that from the first day we showed up.”