Devin Hester

Competition for Ravens' primary kick and punt returners is wide open

Competition for Ravens' primary kick and punt returners is wide open

Griff Whalen has spent time with five different NFL teams since 2012. So witnessing nine different players returning kicks during a recent practice at the Ravens’ training facility was not shocking.

But it did confirm that the team’s search for a primary return specialist is wide open.

“It’s common to have a bunch of guys taking reps,” said Whalen, a wide receiver who was signed by the team on July 21. “The difference is that there’s no designated starter. So there’s open competition for the starting position and the backup position. But that’s not that unusual either. Some teams kind of know who their returner is and others don’t. So it’s...

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