Ray Rice, Marshal Yanda and other players take off their uniforms and equipment as the minicamp wraps up. (Kenneth K. LAM, Baltimore Sun /June 19, 2014)
Bryan McCann served as the primary kick returner in the Ravens’ 29-14 win against the Houston Texans Sunday, amassing 53 yards on two returns. But David Reed, who had assumed that role for a good portion of last season, said he is no longer bothered by the left shoulder strain that had shelved him for three weeks.
So which one has taken the lead in the kick return competition as described by coach John Harbaugh? Jerry Rosburg isn’t saying.
“It’s exactly what it is. It’s a kick return competition,” the special teams coordinator said Friday. “We brought Bryan McCann in here and one of the reasons we brought him in here is because he had experience and success returning kicks and punts. So far, we’ve seen that there’s a reason why he’s had success. He runs hard, he’s got good vision, and we also have on our team others that do the same punts and kick returns. We’ve got competition every day in practice. It’s healthy, it’s good, and David Reed feels as healthy and good and Webby feels as healthy and good. The more things you can do to help your team, the better off your team is going to be.”
Rosburg also wasn’t very illuminating in determining what factors help him decide between Reed and McCann.
“Well, we make that decision every week based on how they practice and what the scheme sets up like and who the opponent is and how they kick the ball,” Rosburg said. “There’s a lot of different things that go into it, but those are the key factors.”
One source said that Reed will return kicks against the Jacksonville Jaguars Monday night. Rosburg wasn’t as definitive.
“We’ll find out on Monday night,” he said with a grin.
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