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Parmele concedes he erred on his kick returns vs. NE

Echoing the sentiments of coach John Harbaugh and special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg, Jalen Parmele conceded that he committed errors on both of his kick returns in the Ravens' 23-20 overtime loss to the New England Patriots last Sunday.

On the opening kickoff, Parmele was four yards deep in the end zone and could only return it to the Ravens' 11-yard line. On a kickoff in the third quarter, he was three yards deep, and his 21-yard return was negated by a holding penalty on rookie Ed Dickson.

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"The first one, I definitely would have downed," Parmele said. "I was stepping off of my back foot, and I wasn't moving forward, and the ball had good hangtime. I definitely would have kept that in, but it's hard to judge those because of the high emotion and adrenaline. If I had to change anything about the second one, I'd take out the slight hesitation. Just make a quicker decision. I paused a little before I took it out. So I'd take that hesitation out."

Parmele, fellow returner Josh Wilson and Rosburg agreed that the return game is based on a lot of moving parts which must work cohesively to result in long gains. The depth of kickoffs, hangtime and the pursuit of coverage teams also play a role.

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"It's a split decision," Parmele said. "You can't hesitate like I did. You've got to make a fast decision, and whatever you go with, you've got to go because you've got guys coming down the field, and the timing's all messed up if you hesitate. That's what happened on that second return. I hesitated just a little bit, and it screwed up the timing. But you've got to be precise when you're back there."

One of the biggest struggles for the Ravens this season has been kick returns, where they rank 22nd in the NFL with a 21.0-yard average. If Wilson's strained hamstring will allow it, Wilson could be the primary returner. If he can't go, Parmele or rookie David Reed could get the call although Reed did not practice after injuring his thigh and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.

"I'm ready if I'm called on," Parmele said. "Regardless of who's back there, I'll be ready. And I know we'll improve this week on kickoff returns. I think we're preparing well, and I think we have a good feeling of what this team's going to do against us."

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